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Best Ways to Speed Up Vista on a New Laptop

written by: Daniel Barros•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 5/26/2009

Bought a new Laptop? Feel Vista is running slowly? We've got solutions for you to help with startup speed, optimization of performance, and power management.

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    New Laptop Blues

    You’ve gotten a brand new laptop, and for some reason, it isn’t running quite as fast as it appeared in the store – there is a quick and easy way to remedy this. Here are the best three ways to speed up that new Vista laptop, and a fourth way that is better than the rest, but more extreme.

    Delete all that junk!

    Anybody who’s bought a laptop from Dell, HP, or any other major brand has taken it home only to discover that the desktop isn’t as clean as one would hope. The desktop is most likely extremely cluttered with things that HP will swear to you are “essential”.

    Do yourself a favor and don’t buy into the things you hear from the manufacturer – remove the laptop’s stickers carefully and delete all the extraneous nonsense that they managed to pre-install onto your PC. The easiest way to do this is to click on the start menu and go into the Control panel.

    Once you’re in the control panel – go ahead and click on “Add/Remove Programs”.

    Look through that list. Anything that you don’t use on a daily basis is something that you can happily get rid of – also, make sure to do this when you haven’t installed anything on it yet. That way, you can be sure you’re not uninstalling things you just installed.

    Once you’re done running through the installed programs list, it’s time to run another program.

    Run CCleaner!

    Go to Piriform’s website and download the critically acclaimed CCleaner.

    If you’ve got the program, it’s time to run it.

    Go ahead and run both the application cleaner and the registry cleaner. The application cleaner will clean out temporary files that may still be lingering after the initial HP junk installation. The registry cleaner will do the same thing for the registry – furthermore, after uninstalling; it’ll remove any issues with broken registry links.

    Once this is done, move on to the next step.

    Note: Read my article on Top (free) Performance Enhancement Software for more on CCleaner and others. And for a more detailed review of CCleaner read this article by Jean Amprimoz.

    Defrag that Hard Drive!

    Defragging a hard drive will move the more used data to the outer layer of the disk to get easier access – this is a method that can bring life to not only the latest and greatest laptops, but also to the old clunkers that we all have sitting around in our homes.

    Windows Vista has a built-in defragmentation tool, and so that would be the easiest way to go about this without wasting more time downloading programs.

    The defrag tool shouldn’t take too long to complete the process because your laptop is new and shouldn’t be too full after you’ve done the above two steps.

    However, if the performance is still less than you’d like, visit our “Uninstalling Windows 7” article and go through the same procedure to remove Vista, and then…

    Install Windows 7!

    The best way to speed up the new laptop is to install Windows 7 – it’s a much lighter and faster OS than Vista and causes considerably fewer problems.

    However, not all people are ready to jump ship onto the new OS – if that’s the case, the above three steps should hopefully speed up the new laptop you just bought and give you an edge that you didn’t have before.

    For more on installing Windows 7 check out the extensive list of articles we have in the Bright Hub portfolio.