How to Speed Up Windows Vista

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Speed Up Windows Vista.

Disabling unused features in Windows Vista will speed up your computer system. Some of the features that come with Vista are not normally useful for home users. If you do not use these functions, the Windows system is loading programs that you do not need and consuming system resources—namely, memory—that could be better used for other purposes.

The following steps will explain many of these features, how they work, and most importantly how to disable them if they are not ones you need.

After you have made these changes to your system, gauge the improvement on your system's performance. If your computer is still not as fast as you think it should be, you can also try reducing the visual effects in Vista, which can lessen the resources required for graphics in Windows. If you still aren't seeing a difference, there are a few more methods for improving your computer's speed.

First Steps: Go to Windows Control Panel

Most of the features below will be accessed through the Windows Control Panel. For each, follow these initial steps to reach the features list: 

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel Programs.
  3. Click Turn Windows Features On and Off.
  4. Jump to a feature below and complete the steps to disable it.

After you disable a feature, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Restarting your computer will likely take some time to complete as Windows removes the component. After the computer has restarted and returns to Windows, you should notice some speed improvement.

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Internet Printing Client

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Disable Internet Printing Client.

Internet Printing Client is a utility that lets users print documents over the internet to any printer in the world using the HTTP protocol and established permissions. You may want to keep this feature if you do this type of worldwide printing or you access print servers on a business network. However, if you only use printers attached to computers in your local network, like a shared printer connected to another computer in your house, you do not need this feature.

To disable this feature, follow the steps at the top of this article and then perform the following additional steps:

  1. Uncheck the box next to Internet Printing Client.
  2. Click Apply. It may take some time for Windows to finish disabling the feature.
  3. Click Restart. If you want to continue working an restart later, click Restart Later.
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Tablet PC Optional Components

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Tablet PC Optional Components.

Tablet PC Optional Components is a feature that enables different pointing devices specific to a Tablet PC. It adds or removes accessories like the Tablet PC Input Panel, Windows Journal, and the Snipping Tool. If you can’t live without the Snipping Tool or you have a Tablet PC keep this feature. Otherwise, you can disable it.

To disable this feature, perform the following procedure:

  1. Uncheck the box next to Tablet PC Optional Components.
  2. Click Apply. It may take some time for Windows to finish disabling the feature.
  3. Click Restart. If you want to continue working an restart later, click Restart Later.

Next, disable this feature in the Services panel—you can perform this either before or after restarting your computer:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type “services” in the Start Search field and press Enter.
  3. In the list of commands find and double-click Tablet PC Input Services.
  4. Click on the Startup type dropdown menu and select Disabled.
  5. Click OK.
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Windows Meeting Space

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Windows Meeting Space.

Windows Meeting Space is a program that enables real-time peer-to-peer collaboration, editing, and sharing of files across a network, as well as create a meeting and invite remote users to join it. It's a great feature, but if you don't use it, you might as well disable it:

  1. Uncheck the box next to Windows Meeting Space.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Click Restart. If you want to continue working an restart later, click Restart Later.
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ReadyBoost

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ReadyBoost.

ReadyBoost is a feature that was supposed to speed up Windows by caching information between operating memory and a flash drive. Actually, it may slow down a computer. A better solution is having the right amount of operating memory for your computer.

To disable this feature, perform the following procedure:

  1. Uncheck the box next to ReadyBoost.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Click Restart. If you want to continue working an restart later, click Restart Later.

Similar to Tablet PC Optional Components above, you'll need to disable ReadyBoost in the Services panel as well:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type “services” in the Start Search field and press Enter.
  3. In the list of commands find and double-click ReadyBoost.
  4. Click on the Startup type dropdown menu and select Disabled.
  5. Click OK.
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Windows Error Reporting Service

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Windows Error Reporting Service.

Windows Error Reporting Service is an annoying service that alerts a user every time Windows experiences any type of error in its own processes or with other third party programs. If you want to know about every little thing, keep it. Otherwise, you can disable this feature.

To disable this feature, perform the following procedure:

  1. Uncheck the box next to Windows Error Reporting Service.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Click Restart. If you want to continue working an restart later, click Restart Later.

You will also need to disable this feature in the Services panel. To do that:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type “services” in the Start Search field and press Enter.
  3. In the list of commands find and double-click Windows Error Reporting.
  4. Click on the Startup type dropdown menu and select Disabled.
  5. Click OK.
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Windows DFS Replication Service and Remote Differential Component

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Replication Services.

Windows DFS Replication Service is a utility that allows users to replicate or copy data files between two or more computers on the same network and keep them synchronized so that the same files are on more than one computer.

Remote Differential Component is a program that helps DFS Replication work faster by transmitting only changed or different files between computers. This process saves time and bandwidth because only the data that is different between the two computers is sent.

If you use these features keep them. If you do not use them, you can disable them:

  1. Uncheck the box next to Windows DFS Replication Service and Remote Differential Component.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Click Restart. If you want to continue working an restart later, click Restart Later.
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User Account Control (UAC)

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Disabling UAC.

User Account Control (UAC) is a security feature that is supposed to provide better protection for a computer by asking the user for confirmation every time an action is performed. This feature is not only annoying, it wastes a lot of time stopping processes that are not threats to the computer—this is why Windows 7 has a much more scaled back version of UAC.

You can only enable or disable UAC for Vista Home Basic and Home Premium. It is your choice: Computer security is very important, but you do have other choices; for example, Norton UAC and other third-party utilities. 

I do not recommend disabling UAC, but I do recommend using an alternative. However, if you don't want to do either, here is how to disable the Windows UAC:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts.
  3. Click Turn User Account Control on or off.
  4. Click Continue at the UAC prompt.
  5. Uncheck the box Use User Account Control.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Restart and reboot your computer.