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    Top 10 tips for a faster vista pc.

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      • 1. Top 10 Tips For A Faster Vista PC1-Click-fix*Tame visual performance*The huge visual leap Microsoft made between the XP and Vista operating systems -- theattractive see-through taskbar and translucent window frames -- means PCs with a slowvideo card will struggle to deliver the same speed you may be used to. Turn off the fancygraphics for improved performance on entry-level or older machines. Right click thedesktop, select Personalize -> Windows Color and Appearance and turn off transparency.Plain, but faster.*Moderate your Sidebar*The Sidebar looks great but as with the new visual features in Vista, it will chew yourCPU and take processing time away from the programs you use frequently. Disable theSidebar by right-clicking it, select Properties -> Clear Sidebar. If you cant bring yourselfto get rid of the sidebar altogether, just remove the applications you dont use.*Disable search index*The auto-complete feature in your search tool is a handy add-on, but you may not usesearch enough to warrant the processing power it uses. You can turn it off by followingStart -> Computer, right click the C: hard drive icon and clear the Index This Drivecheckbox.*Disable startup programs*Every PC has a host of programs that open automatically when you boot up. Most ofthem are important, but some of them you dont need right away when you start thecomputer. Open Windows Defender and select Tools -> Software Explorer to reveal theprograms Windows opens automatically at start up. Those youre sure you dont need toopen overtime, click and select Disable.*An extra 800MB*If youve updated Vista with, youre happy with SP1s performanceand you wont need to remove it in future, you can use Microsofts tool to remove theuninstall files, that take 800MB of space on your PC. Go to Start -> Search and entervsp1cln.exe into the search box. This command will automatically remove the files fromyour computer, giving you an extra bit of performance.*Tell Vista what programs get the red carpet*If you notice long delays to open a program, its possible you have a previously openedapp running on an endless loop, not shutting down. This eats up all your processingpower without you realizing. To fix this, open Task Manager, right click on the programand select Set Priority -> Below Normal. This gives your other programs priority for yourPCs processing resources.*System Restore*


      • 2. You can return your PC to a previous point in time youve set with System Restore. Thisfeature will also set its own time points, for example, when you install an importantprogram like antivirus, or every time you turn your PC on. Run System Restore at Start >Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > System Protection > SystemRestore. You can also find out more about System Restore.*Or turn off System Restore*Vistas method of setting restore points is great to wipe your disk clean of any bugs youmay have picked up in the past week or so, that may be slowing your PC down. SystemRestore takes up a lot of space to keep the disk drive state in memory. If you backupregularly to hard drive or CD, you can turn off System Restore by following the samepath above and selecting the checkbox Turn off System Restore.*Check your firewall*Its possible a slow PC is the victim of a malicious program or virus, sometimes calledmalware or spyware. Spyware keeps tabs on the information on your computer and maytransmit it to thieves to use your credit card data or similar personal information. Checknow if your firewall is turned on. Follow Start - Control Panel - Network and InternetConnections - Windows Firewall.Spyware will slow your PC down significantly and if youve got it, you should get rid ofit immediately with an antivirus program. Click here for recommendations.*Clear your registry*The registry is like your computers library that stores your programs. With time, as someprograms are added and removed, and everyday programs opened more frequently thanothers, your registry ends up disorganized with files scattered everywhere. An old orcluttered registry will cause crashes and blue screen lags.