Windows Vista Performance
In order to boost Windows Vista's boot time and overall performance, you can do several things to optimize your computer. Tweaks for Microsoft's resource hungry operating system help older slower computers. Here is a list of tips to optimize your computer.
Disable the sidebar
Use msconfig to disable items in your startup group
Often boot performance is based on mapped network drives and your network connectivity. These tips work on Snap Servers and NAS devices that Snap and Microsoft say are NOT Vista capable and XP workstations that will not connect to Vista computers.
When connecting Vista to XP, if you have problems, make sure the time is correct on both machines. If the time zone is off and the time is incorrect, the computers will not correct.
On the Vista Computer
select Administrative Tools->Local Security Policy.
Select Local Policies->Security Options->Network security->LAN Manager authentication level.
Select this and use the drop down to change it to:
Use the setting “Send LM & NTLM - use NTLM v.2 if negotiated"
If you go to the UNC Path \\yourcomputer, you will have to use the username:
thecomputeryouareconnectingtoname\usernameonthatcomputer then enter your password.
Vista has great networking features, you just have to know how to use them.