How to Speed up Windows Vista

Make your Windows Vista run faster with these simple changes:

Turn Off Remote Differential Compression

Remote Differential Compression (RDC) is an algorithm that synchronizes two files by communicating the differences between them. It observes file changes in a network and synchronizes files that were changed independently. RDC’s constant checking of file changes slows down overall system performance. Shut down RDC and speed up overall system performance.

  • Access the Control Panel.
  • Change the view to ‘Classic’.
  • Click on ‘Program Features’.
  • Choose ‘Turn Windows Features On and Off’.
  • Click the box that unchecks Remote Differential Compression.

Disable Windows Hibernation

The background during the hibernation of your system uses a major portion of system resources. Disable the Hibernate feature to add performance gain to your Vista OS.

  • Access the Control Panel and ‘Power Options’.
  • Click on ‘Change Plan Settings’.
  • Access ‘Change Advanced Power Settings’.
  • Click on the ‘Sleep’ selection.
  • Access the Hibernate After selection.
  • Adjust the selector to zero.
  • Apply.

Turn Off Windows Search Indexing

Windows Vista search indexing constantly checks files in the system to make the data easily available for searching. Search Indexing can be helpful but it also slows down system performance. Turn off constant indexing.

  • Select ‘Start’ then click on ‘My Computer’.
  • Right-click C: drive.
  • Go to the ‘General’ tab, and uncheck ‘Index’.

Shut Off Automatic Disk Defragmentation

Windows Vista uses a defragmentation setup that is constantly ‘ON.’ This is unnecessary and will cause the system to slow down. Disable this feature.

  • Select ‘Start’ and then click on ‘My Computer’.
  • Right-click C: drive.
  • Access the ‘Tools’ tab.
  • Click the box that unchecks ‘Run on a Schedule’.

Add a USB Flash Drive for Windows Ready Boost

For easy-access memory for the OS, Ready Boost can use a USB flash drive. The Ready Boost process can significantly improve the speed of your system. Set up Windows Ready Boost.

  • Plug-in a USB flash drive.
  • Select ‘Start’ and then ‘My Computer’.
  • Right-click on the USB drive.
  • Choose ‘Ready Boost’.
  • Click on ‘Use This Device’.
  • Choose the optimal amount of space that is available (storage vs. RAM usage).