Support for Windows Vista without any service packs installed ended on April 13, 2010. To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure you're running Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2). For more information, refer to this Microsoft web page: Support is ending for some versions of Windows
Summary: Optimizing Microsoft Windows Performance
Automated Performance Diagnostics
- Power saver settings
- Running multiple anti-virus programs
- Having too many users logged on to the computer
Tuning System Performance in Vista
There are several tasks you can perform when using Vista to improve slow performance. Vista contains built-in-features that allow you to manage potential slow performance issues. These include:
- Deleting programs you never use
- Limiting how many programs load at startup
- Running fewer programs at the same time
- Turning off visual effects
- Restarting regularly
- Checking for viruses and spyware
- Checking your computer’s speed
- Disabling services you don’t need
The left pane of Performance Information and Tools includes tasks that can help you improve your computer's performance. For more information on using these tasks, please refer to Windows Help Article: "Ways to improve your computer's performance".
There are several tasks you can perform to maximize already good performance. These include:
- Ensuring that you have adequate RAM
- Ensuring that you have an adequate virtual-memory configuration
- Using ReadyBoost
- Managing startup programs
- Keeping your disks defragmented
- Maintaining adequate free space on your disks
- Avoiding tweaks of dubious value
Microsoft Windows Vista contains a built-in-diagnostics feature that assists in managing potential slow performance issues. To learn more about it, refer to Microsoft's "Built-in Diagnostics" page.
Troubleshooting Recently Added Software
|This does not apply to software programs that were pre-installed on your computer.|
Identifying and Troubleshooting Malware and Viruses
For more information on identifying and removing malware, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Cleaning Your Hard Drive to Improve System Performance
To learn how to "clean" your computer's hard disk drive, refer to the following Microsoft Help and How-to article, "Delete Files Using Disk Cleanup".
General Troubleshooting for Slow Performance
Upgrade Memory to Improve Slow Performance
Consider upgrading the computer memory. 512 MB is adequate for basic Windows usage. Memory-intensive tasks such as games, media applications, or productivity software, often require more memory.
Contact your computer manufacturer or a computer technician for more information on how to purchase and install more RAM memory for your computer.