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How To Make Windows Vista Faster

How To Make Windows Vista Faster

In this Videojug video a computer expert demonstrates several easy and fast tricks to enhance the performance of Windows Vista on your computer, including removing temporary files, disabling startup applications and Windows visual settings.

Today I'm going to show you how to make Windows Vista faster. In all versions of Windows, there are a lots and lots of programs that run in the background that slow the computer down and there's also a lot of junk that gets onto the computer which can slow it down as well, so I'm going to show you how to clear out that junk, stop some of the start-up programs and generally speed up the computer. The first thing that we're going to do is look at what programs are running at the start of Windows, so these are all the programs that start as you start the computer up.

In this case, I've got a few down here, and a few here as well. If you find you've got a lot of them listed along the bottom there then that's probably one of the biggest culprits as to why the computer is running slowly, so what we're going to do is, we're going to go to the Start button and we're going to type msconfig. This is a really useful little tool for sorting out start-up problems and also clearing out start-up programs.

So you've come to this window, which is the System Configuration window, which gives you a number of tabs. The two that we're interested in are the Services tab and the Start-up tab. We'll start with the Services.

Services are light programs but they run totally in the background within Windows and as you can see from here, there are a lot of Services that run within Windows. Some of them you'll recognise, some of them you won't. What we're going to do is hide all of the Microsoft ones, these are built into Windows and we don't want to mess around with them because that can cause problems on the computer.

So, we hide the Microsoft ones and what we're left with is a whole bunch of other ones and you may find in yours that they're all ticked, some of them are ticked or even none of them are ticked, but this is were you choose what you do and don't want to start. So, in this case, I've got one here which is the Apple Mobile Device, that one is leading to Apple and iPods and iPhones and what I can do is I can untick that and I can click Apply and that one will now not start up when the computer starts up. The ones that aren't Microsoft are highly unlikely to cause any problems to the computer because they are put on by third parties and other applications.

If you find that you untick one and then, let's say your mobile phone doesn't get recognised on the computer, you can just go back in and tick it back again and then that will start to work again. So that's the Services. The other thing we're going to look up is the Startup items, so these are the programs that often appear down here.

If you want to, you can untick all of them. As you can see there are a lot here, I've already gone and unticked a lot of them but you can untick all the ones that you recognize and even the ones that you don't recognize, things like this, u-torrent, CCleaner, which I want to start up but they do slow down the computer. Once you've selected what you do and don't want you just click Apply, Okay and that will then close that window.

When you restart the computer you will get a prompt that will say you've just used the msconfig configuration tool, is that okay, you press okay and it won't come up again.

The other thing that we're going to do is clean out the computer from temporary files. So, you can go to download a program called CCleaner, you go to ccleaner.

com, download and install it and it brings up this application here. CCleaner is a fantastic program. It will basically remove all of these different temporary things within the system and it will free up a lot of disk space which in turn makes the computer run faster.

So, you go in here, you leave it, the default is to leave all of these things ticked, you may want to untick Cookies because that's going to be where your passwords and things are stored, are saved from your websites. You click Run Cleaner. This will go through.

you can see it is starting to clear out fil