I was unable to completely get rid of all the junk on my new laptop, so I
finally (a week later) nuked it and installed Vista from scratch (NOT from
the recovery DVDs - they had all the junk on them too). It was radical but
it worked - I have a lean mean screaming machine. The optimization itself
has been hit and miss so far, but the following has helped...
Disable the Windows Search service, otherwise it keeps hitting the hard
drive and indexing everything.
Disable the Sidebar, or at least remove the slideshow applet - it sucks
cycles and hits the hard drive.
Play with the advanced power settings in the Control panel (mostly helps on
Get Microsoft's Autoruns program (it's by the Sysinternals guy) to manage
what starts up. Very comprehensive program, you can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys.../Autoruns.mspx
Download TweakVI - the free version has some great tweaks, and also
processor-specific tweaks. It's available at http://www.totalidea.com/content/twe...kvi-index.html
In the display controls, set your nVidia to "performance" vs "quality"
(there should be a slider in the 3D options).
Finally, consider your antivirus options. Norton seems to ship with most
PCs, but it seems to take more resources and have more issues than other
alternatives. I use NOD32 on Vista but Avast or AVG elsewhere...I think both
have Vista versions by now.
Dana Cline - MCE MVP
"Aaron B" <Aaron B@discussions.microsoft.com
> wrote in message
>I really don't want to have to deal with all the crap about either Vista
> sucks, or it's not Vista, it's my computer. I just want to know what to
> do. A
> lot of people have described computers that were bought have a lot of
> Junkware on them and that's not Vista's fault. I've gone through my
> Add/Remove Programs and removed everything that I knew wasn't important.
> RAM usage dropped from 50% to 44%, but that obviously isn't enough. This
> computer is the best one I've ever had, but performs like my last one.
> an Acer Aspire 5570-2609 with an NVidia 7600 graphics card, an Inter
> Dual-Core Processor, 80 gig hard drive, and I upgraded it to have 2 gigs
> RAM. What can I shut down from Vista or anything else that'll bring my
> performance up? I've only had this computer for 3 days and have had lag
> problems since day 1.