A computer is more fun to use when it rarely hits a high speed bump or crashes into a guard rail. When spending more money on a PC, either new or old, is not an option, a more practical approach is necessary to achieve that increase in speed. Here are some tips.
- Use Windows Defender to see start-up programs. You can run Windows Defender to stop unneeded programs that consumes resources too much.
In the Search Field at your Start Menu, type “Defender”, select the program in the Menu and then go for Tools and Software Explorer. In the Category pop-up, select Currently Running and select any program you want to close. Then click End Process to close it.
- Change your search indexing options. By default, Windows Vista indexes files constantly to make file searches faster but this can be a waste of resources if you have a limited space of RAM or slow processor. Disabling this feature could give you a quick speed boost.
Right click on the Start Button and select properties. Find the System Administrative Tools and select Don’t Search for Files, and then click OK. Occasionally, it is also recommended to run Indexing; otherwise your searches will take longer.
- Simplify your settings. Changing the Appearance Setting could also give you the dramatic boost you want, but it also means losing one of the best features of Windows Vista, the Glassy Aero Look.
Right Click on the desktop and select Personalize. Click Windows Color and Appearance and click the Open Classic option. Select Windows Vista Basic and choose Apply. Tip: You can enable Aero when you don’t need the maximum speed and turn it off just when you need it.
- Reduce your desktop resolution. This is also good to consider because Windows Vista won’t use as many pixels for the desktop and for your programs. The problem with this is that there will be fewer options for color palettes. Videos and photos will not also be crisp.
To reduce resolution, right click on the desktop and select Personalize, and then select Display Settings. Drag the slider to the left for lower resolution and click OK. A confirmation will prompt for this setting.
- Changes in performance setting. The single most effective twist involves changing the performance settings. Go to Start, Control Panel, double-click the system icon and select the Advanced System Settings link on the left side. Click Continue. Under the Advanced Tab, in the Performance Section, click Settings. Choose the option Adjust for the Best Performance, and lastly click OK.