Windows Vista Tuning Guide

I especially appreciated the Mojave Experiment that Microsoft recently shared with the world (where Vista-negative opinions were tested with a “new” version of Windows, code-named Mojave; it was then revealed to the participants after seeing the new version that what they were looking at was actually Vista). I’ve been using Vista since well before I came onto the market, and I can hardly stand to use WIndows XP computers anymore. Anyhow, check out mojaveexperiment.com if you haven’t seen it, especially if you have a negative opinion of Vista today based on what you’ve heard from others. (Note: Scientifically speaking, the “experiment” would be badly flawed, but it’s a marketing campaign and in that light it’s pretty darned smart if you ask me. Plus, I’ve lost track of how may people who, never having seen Vista yet having a negative perception, decided to upgrade after trying for a couple hours (on my laptop) at my suggestion. With SP1 installed, for the record. Seriously, group think and manipulation goes both directions).

For those of us who are using Vista (or any other OS for that matter), it’s nice to be able to fine-tune a computer system so it will perform the way we want it to. For Vista, Microsoft has released a document called Windows Vista Performance and Tuning as part of their Springboard series, which lets users know about a number of tweaks and decisions they can make to make the OS work well for their needs. It also effectively spells out in fairly plain language some relatively complex information.

Windows Vista and SP1 focus on delivering greater performance and overall system responsiveness. By striking a balance between speed and responsiveness, Windows Vista and SP1 deliver a level of performance that has the greatest positive impact on the system’s usability.This guide looks at the following areas of performance improvement:

  • Making configuration changes that help a computer feel more responsive when you use it.
  • Using hardware to boost the actual physical speed of a computer.
  • Making configuration changes that help a computer to start faster.
  • Making the computer more reliable may help increase performance.
  • Monitoring performance occasionally so that you can stop problems before they get too big.

There are a variety of other guides out there as well, but this one hits a number of important nails on the head that the average computer user can easily understand and use.

  • Allen Paule

    Maybe you feel the way you do. It’s ok with me. However, why are none of the big corporations switching? And why have they forced MS to support XP well into the future?

    Answer: Vista is nothing more than a recycled Windows Millennium with more graphics. It is useless for serious computing.

  • David McLeod

    I have two machines with Vista and one with XP Pro. Personally I would rather use the Vista machine. I think that if you make sure that what you install on a Vista machine is actually Vista compatible, you will have better luck with it. There’s a lot of Vista bashing by people that don’t even have it.

  • Bill Stripp

    Well I can verify after doing several installations that Vista runs substantially slower than XP. I can measure it in terms of speed to run VMWare, frames for various games, time to render certain video segments, etc. It consistently, across all applications, runs 20-40% slower on the exact same hardware, doing the exact same tasks.

    Perhaps I have not tuned it extensively enough. However, I never needed to do that for XP to any real degree nor do I really want to upgrade hardware for some very questionable benefits that Vista offers.

    I am typing this on yet another machine that came pre-loaded with Vista that I tried for a few days. I’ll be upgrading to XP this afternoon. I want my OS small and out of the way.