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    As slow as a greased snail

    Hi,
    I am no lover of the Vista operating system, but it came with my machine and I'm stuck with it. It has been running very slowly of recent months. Oh it functions alright, but it annoyingly takes too much time. For instance, when I move things to the trash can, it could take up to half a minute to make up its mind and do it. Usually I have to prod it along by clicking on the desk top several times just to get it moving.

    I have an antiviral/anti spyware package installed. I have a registry cleaner installed. I run them regularly. What else can I do to get this uselss OS working at the speed it should?

    Thanks for your time.

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    Ibex,

    Ok, here we go:

    But, 1st...
    What security program are you using? and please don't use registry cleaners.

    1. Use CCleaner regularly/daily... only the "Cleaner" part, leave the registry alone.
    2. > Internet Options, hit Delete & Delete.
    3. > cmd, Run as Admin. Put in %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535 and hit ENTER..now check ALL the boxes and hit OK
    Do 1, 2 & 3 daily.

    > Programs & Features. Remove any unused, unwanted or unnecessary Programs.

    Run Malwarebytes www.malwarebytes.org

    The above ought to help a lot.

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    After running Malwarebytes as suggested by Drew, I would run Msconfig.
    Click on the start orb, type msconfig and then hit enter.
    Click on the startup tab and check disable all.
    Reboot and see if you run faster. If so, go to http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ to see which items you can safely leave disabled.

    Jerry

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    Thanks, Jerry. I, really, should have mentioned that. Nothing needs to be running @ Startup. & then, absolutely, boot will be quicker.

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    Defragment your hard drive.

    Here's how you do it in Windows 7. It's probably the same in Vista.

    Double click on Computer.
    Right-click on C:, and choose Properties.
    Choose the Tools tab.
    Click Defragment now.

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    Defragging is unlikely to make a significant difference. Windows Vista and beyond will regularly defragment the disk via the scheduler so the amount of fragmentation should be minimal. I've also rarely seen deleting temporary files make a difference unless the disk is almost full.

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    I will support what Jerry has said. I was going to mention Defrag (already) happens wkly, by default. But, yes, the impact of defrag is minimal in this context. I have many customers say (mystified), "But, I just defragged" or "Maybe I should defrag?". Some people have acquired the notion (read, myth) that defrag fixes things. It doesn't/won't... it may have a small effect of performance or may create a wee bit of free space but, this is only, most likely if it has not been done for a long time but, as we said, it is done wkly, already, so...

    In Vista there are a couple other things you can do, regardless of how much effect it may result but, every little bits can help.

    > Search
    Type in *temp*
    Delete content therein

    > Search
    Type in prefetch
    Delete content therein

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    In ancient days (pre-Vista), defragging could have a significant effect.

    A long time ago (1998?), I dealt with a DOS computer which was extremely slow. I found that it was also extremely fragmented. I defragged the drive, and the computer was much faster after that.

    Yesterday I defragged my mother-in-law's Windows 2000 computer. She had lots of problems: mainly, it was really slow, and she would often have to reactivate "Active Desktop". Her hard drive was almost totally fragmented. One defrag made everything go from red to blue. Her computer now works a lot better.

    I often forget that we are now in the modern era.

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    Yes, indeed, Jim. When it wasn't 'automatic' and or not done on a regular, fairly short, interval things could get bad & it would/could have a significant effect.

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    Vista Speed

    I have been using Vista for 5 years and believe it or not, no problems. I have a lot of programs on my machine and it started to boot slowly. I use Norton Internet Security which came with Norton Utilities which I use to delete internet files, etc. I also got a USB drive that I could use Ready Boost on. It really speeded up my Vista. I had debated upgrading but it works so well now I just can't dump it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elderstin View Post
    I have been using Vista for 5 years and believe it or not, no problems. I have a lot of programs on my machine and it started to boot slowly. I use Norton Internet Security which came with Norton Utilities which I use to delete internet files, etc. I also got a USB drive that I could use Ready Boost on. It really speeded up my Vista. I had debated upgrading but it works so well now I just can't dump it.
    If you are seeing a speed up using Ready Boost it is likely that adding RAM to your PC would do the same thing but even better.

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    elderstin,

    You might take a look @ this (see link below).... I had pretty good performance w/ Vista & no problems. Some of this content may apply & help any OS work well.

    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...od-performance

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    Two other little things to add to the excellent advice above:

    How much un-used space is on your system hard drive? Windows typically does not 'like' to deal with a drive filled more than half way, and definitely slows down when it hits three-quarters full. (I didn't use 7 or 8 long enough to get even half full, so can't say if they're better about it.) If your drive is over half full consider moving some stuff off to another drive.

    Related to start-up programs, what services are running? Vista by default has quite a few that are set as automatic when, depending on your use, could be set to manual or disabled. There's one site in particular that gives very good advice on this, http://www.blackviper.com/windows-services/ but please read carefully.

    I ran Vista for two years, and, apart from the notorious slows that can show up due to its graphics stack (basically a traffic congestion problem - fixed in 7) it worked just fine.

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    Very, true... no matter if it's Vista, 7 or even, 8, nothing needs to be running @ Start-up.

    > msconfig > Startup tab, Disable ALL.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    Very, true... no matter if it's Vista, 7 or even, 8, nothing needs to be running @ Start-up.

    > msconfig > Startup tab, Disable ALL.

    Cheers,
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    Needs to be running - no. But there are some things you may want to be running like keyboard and mouse buttons support, some program update checks if you aren't in the habit of doing it manually by yourself or other hardware enable programs. Many startup items have a minimal effect on boot time and system performance even though there are some baddies out there. I prefer to evaluate each item rather than take a hachet to everything. A sight like http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ is a good resource for determining if an item should be disabled or not.

    Jerry

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