2. Right-click on My
Computer icon on Desktop and
select Properties (or
press <WIN> key
+ <Pause/Break> key),
click on Advanced system settings link
in left side pane (You can also open it by typing sysdm.cpl in
RUN or start menu search box and press Enter). Now click on Settings button
in Performance section:
Now disable all unnecessary options in Visual
Effects tab, you can remain
following options enabled according to your requirements:
- Enable desktop composition (If
you want to use Windows Aero theme)
- Enable transparent glass (If
you want to use transparency in Windows)
- Show preview and filters in folder (If
you use Details Pane in Explorer)
- Show thumbnails instead of icons (If
you want to show thumbnails in Explorer)
- Show window contents while dragging (If
you want windows to show content while moving them)
- Smooth edges of screen fonts (If
you want to show smooth fonts)
- Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop (If
you want to show shadows under desktop icon labels)
- Use visual styles on windows and buttons (If
you want to use Windows Aero or Basic theme.)
3. Open Folder
Options and click on View tab:
Now disable following options:
- Display file size information in folder tips.
- Display simple folder view in Navigation pane.
- Hide extensions for known file types.
- Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color.
- Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items.
Other options don't affect the system performance. You can enable/disable
them according to your requirements.
4. Right-click on My
Computer icon on Desktop and
select Manage (You
can also open it by typing services.msc in
RUN or start menu search box and press Enter).
Now goto Services & Applications
-> Services. Here you can set a few unnecessary services to Manual,
which will not start with windows and will decrease the boot time and will
increase system performance.
Please follow the following tutorial to know about which services can be safely
set to MANUAL:
Windows Vista Services that can be Safely set to MANUAL
5. Type msconfig in
RUN or Startmenu search box and press Enter. Now goto Startup tab
and deselect the unnecessary entries, which you don't want to start
automatically with Windows, e.g. you can disable VGA driver utility, Sound Card
utility, etc to speed up the startup time and to increase system performance.
You can also disable these items using Windows
Defender. Open Windows Defender and click on Tools and
then click on "Software Explorer".
6. Open Sound in
Control Panel (or type mmsys.cpl in
RUN or Startmenu search box and press Enter), goto Sounds tab
and select No Sounds in Sound
Scheme section. Or you can remain
some of your favorite sounds but set Exit
Windows, Windows Logoff, Windows Logon and Start Navigation to (None).
7. After following all above
mentioned points, you'll see a big improvement in your Windows Vista
performance. If you want to tweak more, then you can use 3rd party tools which
are listed here:
Windows Vista Tweaking Software List
8. At last I'll advise to defrag
the HDD regularly, install only necessary software, use the latest drivers and
keep your Windows updated.