OK you've done the steps above which have reduced compatability errors and given a small boost to performance. The next steps are more tricky but will give a big boost to performance. STEP 1
Make sure you have none of the following installed on your pc, if you do then uninstall them:
- anything by google eg google desktop, google chrome etc
- any browser toolbars eg google toolbar, yahoo toolbar etc
- cCleaner or any other cleaner other than the one iv listed below.
- visual themes like WindowBlinds etc as these overwrite key system files and can cause damage and will effect system performance
The next step is to tweak Vista so install the .reg file from here :Shutdown
then reboot your pc.
Next download TuneUp America - Download
and then run it and on the very first page of Tune Up Utilities it gives you recommendations, ignore these for just now. Click on the Increase Performance
tab and then the Startup Manager
. You want to delete every entry until you have around 5 or less entries. If you are unsure of an entry then set it to disabled and restart your pc and see if you can live with out it. When you are sure, delete
the entries. Now click on the vista start orb and type in the search bar prefetch
and delete every single entry and close that window.
Go back into Tune Up Utilities and click the Free Up Disk Space
and delete as much as you can. Then click on the Clean Up Windows
tab and click on the registry cleaner
and do a full scan and delete everything it comes up with (dont worry about this as it creates a backup and in two years of using it iv never seen an entry appear that shouldnt) Once you've done that reboot your pc then open Tune Up Utilities again and click the Increase Performance
tab and click the Registry Defrag
Once thats run open Tune Up Utilities again and go to the Clean Up Windows
tab and click on 1-click Maintenance
and allow it to run then reboot Vista once its finished and corrected the problems.
Next open Tune Up Utilities again and click on the Customize Windows
tab and click on System Control
. Navigate through the options here changing each one to how you would like Vista to operate then click Apply
and then OK
and reboot. Open Tune Up Utilities again and hide any of its recommendations you dont want to use, especially ones relating to shutdown. For instance i have 2 recommendations hidden under speed and 4 under health as i dont want to use there recommendation for them. Close Tune Up Utilities as you are now finished with that. STEP 3
Changing the amount of virtual memory to a fixed size.
- Open Control Panel then System and Maintenance then System.
- In the left Tasks click on Advanced System Settings.
- You should come to Advanced tab. In Performance section, click on Settings button.
- Click on Advanced tab.
- In the Virtual Memory section, click on Change button.
- By default, “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” setting is selected so that Windows Vista system can manage the paging file without user’s interruption so uncheck the check box of Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
- Select and highlight the appropriate drive that you want to change the paging file settings under the box of “Drive [Volume Label]“.
- To fix a permanent size for the paging file, click on Custom size button, and set the values of Initial Size (MB) and Maximum Size (MB). Both values can be of same size to make the size of pagefile.sys static. I suggest going for a size of over 8 gigs. So if you have 2 gigs of ram installed set the Initial size and Maximum size to 6144. If you have 4 gigs of ram then use 4096 and so on but no matter the amount of ram you have installed you should never go beneath 2048.Then click on the Set button.
By default Vista does not enable write caching for SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives or advanced performance for SATA or ATA drives. To improve your data retrieval speed you must enable the write caching and advanced performance by doing the following:
- Click the vista start orb and then click on Computer
- Right click on your hard drive and select Properties
- Click the Hardware tab then select your Hard drive and click Properties
- Click on the Policies tab.
- Check the Enable write caching on the disk box and check the Enable Advanced performance box then click OK.
Vista search index constantly reviews files on your PC to make their contents available for quick searching. This is a feature i dont need as it impacts on system performance by causing the hard drive to run more often which generates heat, wastes energy, creates noise and reduces hard drive performance. Disable it by doing the following:
- Click on the vista start orb then click on Computer
- Right click on the hard drive and click on Properties.
- Uncheck the Index this drive for faster searching box then click on Apply.
- Next select Apply changes to drive, subfolders, and files and click on OK
- Click on the Ignore All button for the Error Applying Attributes window
- This will take a while but when its finished click on OK
Using the link below, disable only the services you will not be using. If you are unsure of an item set it to manaul. On my pc i have 38 services set to automatic with not a single one set to Automatic (Delayed Start). Only 20 services are disabled with all the rest set to manaul. This is probably the biggest boost to pc performance there is, so try and get the least amount you need set to Automatic. http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm STEP 7
Set your pc to High Performance. This will allow your CPU to operate up to it's full 100% instead of the default 50% in the other Plans.
- Click the vista start orb and then type in the search bar Power Options and hit enter
- Select High Performance then click on the Change plan settings link under the power plan.
- Click on Change advanced power settings.
- Tweak it to what you want then click Apply then OK
- In the window thats still open click Save changes then reboot
This tweak enhances the stability of Vista by opening every folder in a separate part of memory.
Click the Starb Orb and then click on Computer
. Click on the Organize
button and then choose Folder and Search Options
.When the Folder Options
multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the View
tab then check Launch folder windows in a separate process
. Click OK
to close the dialog box. STEP 9
Speed up the boot time by lowering the default amount of time it displays the operating system selection during boot up.
- Click the Start Orb and type in the search bar msconfig and hit enter
- Click on the Boot tab.
- In the Timeout field, enter the number 3
- Check the Make all boot settings permanent box and click Yes to confirm.
- Click on the Restart button.
The final step is to ensure your pc will run better. Type prefetch
into the vista start orb search bar and delete all the files again.. Run the disk cleanup from the Utilities.zip and delete all the files. Run the boot defrag again followed by the defrag all files shortcut.
Finally right click on your desktop and select New
. In the location box type: C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks
and then click on Next
. Then click on Finish
. You have just created a shortcut that when you run it will tell vista to complete all its tasks now.
Double left click on it and dont touch your pc for at least 30 minutes to ensure its finished running. Once thats done reboot your pc and enjoy using Vista for fun stuff again.