Stop Unnecessary Services in Vista
This is a big one, but proceed with caution here! We really don’t want to have to use that restore point we created, do we?
To see the list of services running of your Vista PC, press the Windows key and enter “msconfig." This will open the System Configuration dialog. Click on the Startup tab to see the list of processes that run at boot time.
Here you need to be a bit judicious. Do not stop a service if you do not know what it does. If you’re not sure, do a Google search and find out what the service is.
For example, I see a MobileMe startup item from Apple. I don’t recognize that one, and since I don’t have an iPod, I wonder if this process is needed. A Google search tells me that MobileMe is a service that pushes stuff from the “cloud" to my mobile device. A quick check here tells me that I don’t have an Apple mobile device, so I don’t need that!
Amazon Unbox. Well, sometimes I buy TV shows and MP3s from Amazon, but does it need to run at start-up? I’m usually reasonably sure when I’ve purchased something from Amazon and could start it to download myself. I don’t need Amazon Unbox.
There are other services you may not need. Some applications start a part of themselves at start-up to decrease the perceived time it takes to start the application. If it’s an application you don’t often need to use, then you can prevent it from starting automatically. (I don’t need OpenOffice to prestart.)
Bear in mind as you look at your services that one may impinge or rely upon another. For example, I have a Systran “server" running on my PC. It interacts with MS Word, Internet Explorer, and (until version 3) Firefox. It’s an example of a service that I do want to start.
Again, proceed with caution.