Optimize Vista


    How many hundreds of times I heard how Windows Vista scolded for its slowness, "buggy", incompatibility, inconvenience, and more. To be honest, until recently, I myself was, to put it mildly, not happy with Vista, tried to use it, but then refused it.

    But two months ago, at work, I had to face Vista closely, and I became interested ”, but how can you make it work well ? And now, after two months, I want to share my experience with you and I hope to receive useful tips from you. If you are

    Sure, many of you have already encountered or will still need to use Vista, so this article will be interesting to those who do not use this OS. By the way, hereinafter will be advice on how to use Windows Vista legallywithin 120 days!

    I hope you appreciate my article - I spent almost half my day writing it :) It’s clear that for someone below it will seem like “baby talk”, someone already knows all this, but for some reason doesn’t. And someone will draw useful information for themselves.

    I’ll note right away that I don’t want to convince anyone to use Vista or call holivar - if someone is not interested in this topic, just pass by, please. Thanks.

    UPD after an hour: it’s amazing how they like to put minuses to topics about Vista, where they don’t “lower them”! And the fact that this article is useful to many about an increasingly widespread OS is visible to some spit out :(
    UPD after four hours: thanks for the positive evaluation of the article, I look forward to more useful additions to it :)
    UPD after almost a week :) speed up copying in Vista! Finally, the one-kilobyte shortcut is not deleted for 30 seconds :) Start-> Control Panel (not classic) -> Programs-> Turn Windows components on or off . Remove the “Remote differential compression” checkbox. Hurrah.

    I think about the continuation of the article, there are already achievements :)

    1. Where to start?

    I’ll start, perhaps, with the well-known fact that making a “bare”, freshly installed Windows freeze very, very hard - i.e. 99% of glitches are caused by third-party software and drivers. Therefore, I can advise you three things:

    1. Use the latest drivers. Do not install drivers two to three years ago, and then complain about unstable operation!
    2. Limit yourself to the minimum software required. Pay particular attention to the choice of applications that potentially load the system - especially anti-virus.
    2.1. Control the installation of programs. If you suddenly needed or wanted to install a new, unverified software - I recommend using utilities to control the installation of software - in order to carefully and completely remove unnecessary software. For example, Total Uninstall or a free analogue of ZSoft Uninstaller or Revo Uninstaller .

    3. You should not use programs or versions of programs released before the advent of Windows Vista. Again - update and update again! If you have utilities or programs that you have used half your life, but which, unfortunately, are no longer being updated - try to abandon them, look for an analogue, and I’m sure that you will find something much better.

    If the system worked, worked, and suddenly began to mercilessly "slow down" and "buggy" - look for the reason in yourself in recently installed programs.

    Be careful and everything will work happily ever after. Yes, and the risk of "grabbing" a virus or AdWare will be greatly reduced.

    2. We select Vista for ourselves

    It's no secret that many people use pirated software, and he is a Russian person - if for free - so we take everything! This is to say that many people who install Vista choose “Ultimate” without thinking at once. Why limit yourself? Just by installing the maximum configuration of Vista, you install many services, utilities and add-ons, which, most likely, you simply do not need. Thus, you create an extra load on your PC.

    My advice is to look at the list of features of different versions of Vista and choose the one that suits you. I installed Home Basic at home and did not lose it at all (I do not need Aero at all). Would be at hand Starter Edition - would put it.

    Microsoft has not just divided Vista into so many configurations.

    Everything that will be described further, I recommend doing on a freshly installed Windows Vista.

    3. We clean autoload and disconnect UAC

    We press Win + R keys, the Run window pops up. Enter "msconfig" and run.

    We climb into startup and turn off, first of all, Windows Defender, then the utilities you do not need remaining after installing the drivers. After installing the software, do not forget to check if something that you do not need is registered at startup. This will speed up the loading of Windows and free up system resources.

    Now we get into the “Service” tab, select “Disable User Account Control” and click on “Launch”. Thus, you disable the terribly annoying UAC (the same crap that when you launch almost any application gives a warning)


    4. Turn off unused services

    Open the “Control Panel”, switch to the classic mode, select “Administration”, launch the “Services” applet.

    Next, I will give a list of services that are disabled by me. Just in case, do not disconnect them permanently, set the startup type to them “Manual”.

    1. ReadyBoost
    2. Windows Firewall
    3. Web Client
    4. IP Helper Service
    5. Windows Event Log
    6. Windows Defender
    7. Application Compatibility Information
    8. Changed Communications Tracking Client
    9. Computer Browser
    10. Server
    11. Tablet Input Service PC
    12. Windows Time Service
    13. Portable Enumerator
    Service 14. Software Compatibility Assistant Service
    15. Windows Error
    Reporting Service 16. Connected Networks Information Service
    17. Network List Service
    18. System Event Notification
    Service 19. Terminal Service
    20. Security
    Center 21. Windows Update.

    I note that this list is primarily aimed at home computers, so when disconnecting, look at the descriptions of the services. At the same time, look at the rest of the services and disable unnecessary for you personally. For example, why do you need a “Print Manager” if you don’t have a printer, an “Infrared Monitor” if you don’t have an infrared port, or “Bluetooth Support” if you don’t have Bluetooth?

    I checked this method and list of services on several dozen computers, and there were no problems.

    Until we reboot :)

    5. Prettiness and swap file

    We hold down the Win + Pause keys, select "Advanced system parameters" on the left, open the performance parameters. I kept these visual effects:

    1. Turning on the desktop composition
    2. Using display styles for windows and buttons
    3. Display thumbnails instead of icons
    4. Smooth the bumps of screen fonts.

    Of course, this is all a matter of taste, BUT the more you turn off the “decorations”, the faster the system will respond to your actions, especially in case of heavy CPU load. I especially recommend turning off transparency and the entire animation.

    We crawl into the "Advanced" tab, click "Change." We select the C: drive (or where you have the system installed, if you have several physical hard drives, then vice versa, select NOT the hard drive on which the system stands), click "Specify Size". We set the same values ​​for & laquo; Original Size ” and “ Maximum Size ” . We set the values ​​according to the volume of RAM:

    512 MB RAM - 2048 MB swap
    1024 MB RAM - 2048 MB swap
    2048 MB RAM - 1024 MB swap
    4 GB or more - I recommend to disable the swap altogether.

    Click "Ask . " If you use VERY memory-intensive applications, set a larger swap volume.

    6. Trivia and Using Vista 120 Days

    We turn off the Windows sidebar, do not forget to tick “do not load with windows”, turn off the warnings of the “Security Center” by clicking here: Run the security center service if necessary. On the left of the window that opens, click "Change the warning method by the security center" and select "Do not notify ...". I also recommend switching the Start menu to the classic view.

    If you, like me, prefer to use either legal or free software, you can cheat a little with Vista :) Namely, closer to the end of the trial period, through the "Start-> Run" run the command "slmgr.vbs -dli" (checks how much is left until the end of the period), and then run the command “slmgr.vbs -rearm”and restart the computer. The method is completely legal and is described by Microsoft itself. The only limitation is that this command only works three times, so use it before the end of the trial period. Information taken from here.


    Without regrets, I installed Windows Vista on my home computer. After the optimization, it began to completely suit me in terms of performance (of course, Microsoft should scold it - why did it release an OS that requires such manual tuning), stability (more stable than XP and XP x64), all the software that I use works wonderfully on Vista, and the little “chips” of Vista make life easier.

    For example, such a trifle as renaming a file - if earlier, when you clicked on a file name, the whole name was highlighted, with the extension, now only the name. A trifle - but nice. And such trifles the sea!


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    3. Of particular interest is what you recommend optimizing in the Windows registry (the so-called "hidden settings")

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