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Windows Vista Tricks and Tips

written by: •edited by: Misty Faucheux•updated: 5/26/2009

Looking for some new tips and tricks that can help improve Vista’s speed and performance? There are actually a number of things you can try. Read on to find out more.

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    Tips for Improving Vista’s Speed and Performance

    Whether you’ve just been introduced to Windows Vista or you’ve been using the operating system for quite some time, there are a number of things you can do to help improve Vista’s speed and performance. We’ve collected a full library of this information here at Bright Hub, and here are a few of our most popular articles.

    Having Slow Startup Issues with Vista?

    If it seems like Vista is taking forever to boot and reach a point where you can start working on your machine, you may have several unneeded services in your startup sequence. Even if you don’t, you still may be able to make some modifications that will greatly improve startup times. For more information on how to approach both of these problems, check out this article on how to change the order of startup applications in Vista.

    General Vista Tweaks

    Before looking for more complex solutions to poor Vista performance issues, you might want to try a few of these more basic Vista tweaks. This list contains ten simple tips and tricks that should have you seeing increased performance and efficiency in no time.

    More Detailed Tips and Tricks for Speeding Up Vista

    What if you’ve covered all the basics, and Vista is still running slow or not performing as well as you’d like? In 21 More Super Ways to Speed Up Vista, Diana Monda Dill details some of the lesser-known methods of making Vista run faster and more efficiently. This series of ten articles includes information on how to use Vista’s advanced cleanup feature, how to reclaim hard drive space by getting of shadow copies and more. Even if you choose not to employ these techniques, just reading through the information will give you more of an idea of the types of things that are likely to cause slow-down issues.

    Appearance of Icons and Fonts

    Not all Vista tips and tweaks deal strictly with performance issues. You may just want to change the appearance of certain items in the operating system for aesthetic reasons or because you find the default size and shape too difficult to read. It’s actually possible to change the default icons and fonts in Vista without too much trouble at all. Not only can you change the appearance of desktop icons, but you can also modify the appearance of those icons associated with file types and folder shortcuts. You can also change the default size of all icons as well as the size and shape of fonts used by your system.

    Internet Connection Issues

    If you keep getting popup boxes asking for Internet connection information even when you’re already connected, it’s possible that you’ve inadvertently changed the default connection type. It only takes a few steps to correct this problem, though. To find out more, see this article on how to stop the broadband connection box from popping up over and over in Windows Vista.

    If you still haven’t found what you’re looking before, be sure to browse through the area dedicated to Vista Support here on Bright Hub’s Windows Channel. New and updated information is being added all the time so bookmark the area, and check back often.