Posted by: kurtsh | July 31, 2008

DOWNLOAD: Windows Vista Performance & Tuning Guide

image“How to improve performance quickly & easily in Windows Vista”

If you’re one of the people that still hasn’t been able to figure out how to tune an installation of Windows Vista for performance (and you call yourself an IT Professional?  <grin>) we’ve made it pretty straight forward for you with this basic guide on “Performance & Tuning” for Windows Vista.

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.


The fact is, single core machines with 1GB of memory and 50GB of storage can run Windows Vista Home Basic or Business just fine.  (Home Premium & heaven forbid Ultimate have substantially higher resource needs and may require 2GB RAM)  In fact, there’s a lot that even the guide doesn’t tell you.  Here’s an example of a document that I’m writing myself about little tweaks that you can make:

Do you own a standard, conventional laptop? 
Have you installed Windows Vista Ultimate Edition?
If so, there’s a darned good chance you’ve got the Tablet Input Panel Service running in the background of your PC as a service for basically no reason at all.  Go to Start—>Run and type SERVICE.MSC.  Search for the Tablet PC Input Panel Service and disable it.  You’ll never need it and it’s basically just eating RAM and the occasional CPU cycle to iterate through another service.

This is by no means a blessing to “shutting down all supposedly unnecessary services” which some goombas on the Interwebs believe is the holy grail of performance tuning on Windows Vista.  Newsflash:  It’s HIGHLY unlikely you really know whether or not you need a given service, and it’s very likely that some Windows application, utility within Windows, or one of the other services requires the service you’re planning on shutting down – and it’s likely that you haven’t considered all the permutations of requirements, or even thought of what services are really impacting your system.  Just because it’s listed doesn’t mean it’s tasking your system. 

And the folks on the net that are listing out "what services to turn off in Windows Vista” are missing one very important piece of information:  The software that you run.  Because they don’t know your environment, how can they declare what services are “unnecessary to you”?


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