Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Remove Unwanted Features From Windows Vista | Boost Vista Speed

Windows Vista packs a lot of code more than any version of Windows ever and some of it is just plain unnecessary. All of that excess code has a way of slowing down an operating system. You can regain some PC performance by removing unneeded features.
There were many of Vista features that you can turn off right now. Some are shiny baubles that slow down graphics performance, while others are optional utilities that hog memory when they shouldn't. A few can actually be quite useful, though they play a major role in bogging down your PC.


Should you really turn off all of the following features right this minute? That depends on your computer, your work habits, and your tastes.
Just to be on the safe side, make sure to create a restore point before you turn any of the items off. That way you can quickly return your machine to its present state should you decide that you don't like the change. 


Make A Restore point:
click Start, type sysdm.cpl, and press Enter. 
Choose System Protection, Create, and then follow the prompts.
Alternatively, you can also start system restore by choosing -- Start Menu , Programs And Accessories, System Tools, System Restore
Features That You Can Remove:
Sidebar:
Sidebar; click to view full-size image.You pay a heavy performance price for the analog clock, thumbnail slide-show viewer, and Microsoft-centric RSS news feed that dock in the Windows Sidebar. Turning the whole thing off gives you a big speed boost, especially at boot time.
To remove the Sidebar, right-click anywhere on the Sidebar and select Close Sidebar. Uncheck Start Sidebar when Windows starts, and then click OK.


Aero:
Aero adds a little practicality and a lot of panache to the Vista user interface, and personally, I like it. If you like to remove windows aero effects, read my earlier post on Remove Windows Aero Effect To SpeedUp Windows Vista.


Vista's Pretty Interface Options:
If you don't wish to remove aero effects completly, you can still save some additional clock cycles by turning off all or some of Vista's pretty interface options, not all of which are directly connected to Aero.
To see the options, click Start, right-click Computer, and select Properties. Click the Advanced System Properties link, the Advanced tab, and then the Settings button inside the Performance box.
You can uncheck all of the listed options by selecting Adjust for best performance, or you can simply uncheck the ones you don't care for. The best idea is to uncheck  Fade or slide menus into view, Fade or slide ToolTips into view, Show shadows under menus, and Slide open combo boxes. The rest I left on.


Remote Assistance:
Don't worry about turning this item off if you run Vista Home (Basic or Premium). You don't have it. If you run Vista Business or Ultimate, though, you can use Remote Assistance to control one PC from another--a useful tool if you regularly provide tech support for a relative living far away... If you wish to remove remote assistance from your vista, read my earlier post Using Remote Desktop Connection | Virtual Network Computing.


Internet Printing Client:
Internet Printing; click to view full-size image.Do you ever print documents over the Internet? Neither do I. Chances are, you won't miss out on anything by disabling Vista's Internet Printing Client.
Open the 'Programs and Features' control panel and click the Turn Windows features on or off link on the left; you'll get the Windows Features dialog box. Expand the Print Services section and uncheck Internet Printing Client. 


Windows Meeting Space:
Meeting space is Windows' built-in peer-to-peer collaboration program which lets you share files across a network while editing them with a remote colleague. But most of the people wont have any use for it in their daily life.

So it is better to shut Windows Meeting Space off. Simply uncheck Windows Meeting Space while you're in the Windows Features dialog box (what we discussed just before).

Search Indexing:
This one is a real trade-off. Ditching this convenient feature could very likely speed up your general PC use significantly. You can get most of this feature from my earlier post -- Customize Search Feature In Windows Vista


Offline Files:
Microsoft didn't include Offline Files in the Home editions of Vista. But if you have Business or Ultimate and still don't need Offline Files, follow my older post on to Turn Off Offline Files Feature In Windows Vista.

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