How to Speed Up Windows Vista

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Disabling Unused Features to Speed Up Windows Vista

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Speed Up Windows Vista.

Disabling unused features will speed up Vista. Some of the features that come with Windows Vista are not normally utilized by home users. If you do not use these functions, the Windows system is loading programs that you do not need and taking Windows resources (memory) to do it.

The following procedures will tell you what these features are, how they work and how to disable one or all of them. It's your choice which features you turn on and off in Windows.

After you have made these changes to your system, measure success. It your computer is still not as fast as you think it should be, follow the instructions in the article "Top 9 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer".

Also, reducing the visual effects in Vista can result in speed increases for your computer without much if any noticeable change to the look and feel.

02
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Internet Printing Client

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Disable Internet Printing Client.

Internet Printing Client is a utility that enables users to print documents over the Internet to essentially any printer in the world, using the HTTP protocol. If you do this type of world-wide printing or you print to print servers on a business network, you may want to keep this feature. But if you only use printers attached to computers in your local network (like a shared printer hanging off another computer in your house), you do not need this feature.

To disable this feature, perform the following procedure:

  1. Click on the Start Button

  2. Select “Control Panel”

  3. Select “Programs”

  4. Select “Turn Windows Features On and Off”

  5. Uncheck the box next to “Internet Printing Client”

    (At this point you can uncheck other boxes as well, if you desire.)

  6. Click “Apply” (Give Windows time to finish processing your action)

  7. Click “Restart” (if that’s the only feature you want to disable), or click “Restart Later” (to continue working).

Restarting your computer will take some time to complete. (After the computer has restarted and returned to Windows, you will notice a speed improvement.)

To see the next feature you can disable, click "Next" in the navigation bar on this page.

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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 specifically with 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. Click on the Start Button

  2. Select “Control Panel”

  3. Select “Programs”

  4. Select “Turn Windows Features On and Off”

  5. Uncheck the box next to “Tablet PC Optional Components”

    (At this point you can uncheck other boxes as well, if you desire.)

  6. Click “Apply” (Give Windows time to finish processing your action)

  7. Click “Restart” (if that’s the only feature you want to disable), or click “Restart Later” (to continue working).

Restarting your computer will take some time to complete. (After the computer has restarted and returned to Windows, you will notice a speed improvement.)

Also, at some point (before or after restarting the computer) you must disable this feature in the “Services” panel. To do that:

  1. Click the Start button

  2. Typing “services” in the "Start Search" field and pressing Enter.

  3. In the list of commands find and double-click "Tablet PC Input Services".

  4. Click on the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select “Disabled”, and click “OK.”

To see the next feature you can disable, click "Next" in the navigation bar on this page.

04
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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: Create a meeting, invite remote users to join it. It's a great feature but if you don't useit, you can disable it.

To disable this feature, perform the following procedure:

  1. Click on the Start Button

  2. Select “Control Panel”

  3. Select “Programs”

  4. Select “Turn Windows Features On and Off”

  5. Uncheck the box next to “Windows Meeting Space”

    (At this point you can uncheck other boxes as well, if you desire.)

  6. Click “Apply” (Give Windows time to finish processing your action)

  7. Click “Restart” (if that’s the only feature you want to disable), or click “Restart Later” (to continue working).

Restarting your computer will take some time to complete. (After the computer has restarted and returned to Windows, you will notice a speed improvement.)

To see the next feature you can disable, click "Next" in the navigation bar on this page.

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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 slowdown 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. Click on the Start Button

  2. Select “Control Panel”

  3. Select “Programs”

  4. Select “Turn Windows Features On and Off”

  5. Uncheck the box next to “ReadyBoost”

    (At this point you can uncheck other boxes as well, if you desire.)

  6. Click “Apply” (Give Windows time to finish processing your action)

  7. Click “Restart” (if that’s the only feature you want to disable), or click “Restart Later” (to continue working).

Restarting your computer will take some time to complete. (After the computer has restarted and returned to Windows, you will notice a speed improvement.)

Also, at some point (before or after restarting the computer) you must disable this feature in the “Services” panel. To do that:

  1. Click the Start button

  2. Typing “services” in the "Start Search" field and pressing Enter.

  3. In the list of commands find and double-click "ReadyBoost".

  4. Click on the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select “Disabled”, and click “OK.”

To see the next feature you can disable, click "Next" in the navigation bar on this page.

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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. Click on the Start Button

  2. Select “Control Panel”

  3. Select “Programs”

  4. Select “Turn Windows Features On and Off”

  5. Uncheck the box next to “Windows Error Reporting Service”

    (At this point you can uncheck other boxes as well, if you desire.)

  6. Click “Apply” (Give Windows time to finish processing your action)

  7. Click “Restart” (if that’s the only feature you want to disable), or click “Restart Later” (to continue working).

Restarting your computer will take some time to complete. (After the computer has restarted and returned to Windows, you will notice a speed improvement.)

Also, at some point (before or after restarting the computer) you must disable this feature in the “Services” panel. To do that:

  1. Click the Start button

  2. Typing “services” in the "Start Search" field and pressing Enter.

  3. In the list of commands find and double-click “Windows Error Reporting Service”.

  4. Click on the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select “Disabled”, and click “OK.”

To see the next feature you can disable, click "Next" in the navigation bar on this page.

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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 2 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 it, you can disable it.

To disable these features, perform the following procedure:

  1. Click on the Start Button

  2. Select “Control Panel”

  3. Select “Programs”

  4. Select “Turn Windows Features On and Off”

  5. Uncheck the box next to “Windows DFS Replication Service” and "Remote Differential Component"

    (At this point you can uncheck other boxes as well, if you desire.)

  6. Click “Apply” (Give Windows time to finish processing your action)

  7. Click “Restart” (if that’s the only feature you want to disable), or click “Restart Later” (to continue working).

Restarting your computer will take some time to complete. (After the computer has restarted and returned to Windows, you will notice a speed improvement.)

To see the next feature you can disable, click "Next" in the navigation bar on this page.

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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 – that’s why Windows 7 has a much scaled back version of UAC.

You can only enable or disable it 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. To see more information about the Norton UAC, skip the below procedure and go to the next screen.

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:

To disable UAC, perform the following steps:

  1. Click on the Start Button

  2. Select “Control Panel”

  3. Select “User Accounts and Family Safety”

  4. Select “User Accounts”

  5. Select “Turn User Account Control on or off”

  6. Select “Continue” at the UAC prompt

  7. Uncheck the box “Use User Account Control”, click “Ok”

  8. Click “Restart” and reboot your computer

Restarting your computer may take some time to complete. When Windows restarts, UAC will be disabled.

After you have made these changes to your system, measure success. It your computer is still not as fast as you think it should be, follow the instructions in the article "Top 9 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer".

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Using the Free Norton UAC

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Norton Lab's Free UAC.

You can only enable or disable it for Vista Home Basic and Home Premium. Computer security is very important; but you do have other choices - for example, Norton UAC.

This program learns from the user's actions, prompts less, provides high security and is what UAC should be in the first place.

Note: Windows UAC must be turned on for the Norton UAC to work properly. What you will notice, if you install it, is a warning screen that has more options (Don't ask me again, being my favorite) and is titled Norton Labs.

Besides Norton UAC, there are other solutions as well in third-party utility programs.