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Increase the Performance of Windows Vista - 3

Turn-Off User Account Control (UAC)
Now, there's a lot of talk about the new User Account Control policy in Vista, and all I can say is that it annoys the heck out of 99% of users and slows down normal computer usage. To turn it off, the easiest way is to:

1. Click the Start (Windows) button
2. Select the Control Panel
3. Type in 'UAC' into the search bar
4. It'll bring up a search result of 'Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off'
5. Just follow the prompts from there

Much better? You might say 'but what's that got to do with speed?' It prompts you at least a couple times an hour and then takes several seconds to figure itself out. Without these annoying prompts, your productivity goes up, so therefore it's a speed enhancer.

Disable Unused Services
Services are background processes which keep running waiting for a response, so if you don’t use the application it still runs and slows PC speed. The average user doesn’t need many running.

1. Click the Start button
2. Type msconfig in the Start Search box, hit enter
3. Click the Services tab
4. Uncheck the unneeded startup items (examples below)

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager - Provides Desktop Window Manager startup and maintenance services. Uncheck to disable.
Diagnostic Policy Service - Enables problem detection troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. Uncheck to disable.
Diagnostic Service Host - Same as above
Diagnostic System Host - Same as above
Offline Files - The Offline Files service performs maintenance activities on the Offline Files cache. Uncheck to disable.
Terminal Services - Allows users to connect interactively to a remote computer. Remote Desktop and Terminal Server depend on this service. If you don’t use either of these, then you can disable the service. Uncheck to disable.
Windows Error Reporting Service - Allows errors to be reported when programs stop working or responding and allows existing solutions to be delivered. Uncheck to disable.

After you are finished, click Apply then click OK to save changes.

Shutdown Remote Differential Compression
Remote Differential Compression checks the changes of your files over a network to move them with as little bandwidth as possible instead of transferring an entire file that has previously been moved. Obiviously, the average home PC user has NO need for this service. With it constantly checking for file changes, this service will greatly slow system performance.
To shut down this service:

1. Click the Start button
2. Select Control Panel
3. Click Classic View on the left side of the window
4. Double-click on Programs and Features
5. Click Turn Windows Features On and Off on the left side of the window
6. Uncheck Remote Differential Compression
7. Click OK

Shut-Off Windows Hibernation
Windows hibernation background services use a very large amount of system resources. If you are like most people you don’t use the Hibernate feature very much so you may want to disable it to give Vista a performance boost.
To shut down Hibernation:

1. Click the Start button
2. Select Control Panel
3. Click the Classic View on the left hand side
4. Double-click on Power Options
5. Select Change Plan Settings
6. Choose Change Advanced Power Settings
7. Click the Sleep “plus” icon
8. Click the Hibernate After “plus” icon
9. Adjust your selector down to zero minutes
10. Click Apply
11. Click OK

The Windows speed tips presented in this document are provided as a courtesy to others. Products mentioned are within the scope of a user's need, in our opinion, and may not be appropriate for you for your home or commercial use.
While we expect that the information we present here is accurate and should be helpful, we make no guarantees as to its accuracy, applicability, or adequacy to protect your system or that the information is up to date. We do not have experience with all the speed tips mentioned on these pages.

Products and techniques mentioned here may not be appropriate or adequate for your individual needs. If you choose to rely on information presented in this document, you do so at your own risk. Do the above procedures at your own risk. is not responsible for any damage the procedures may cause to your computer.

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