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    Optimizing PC w/ Vista Home Basic (Vista Home Basic)

    Any ideas on optimizing my PC with this new operating system? I'd appreciate your thoughts! Thanks!

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    Re: Optimizing PC w/ Vista Home Basic (Vista Home Basic)

    What do you want "optimizing my PC " to do for you?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Optimizing PC w/ Vista Home Basic (Vista Home Basic)

    I'd like to help my PC start quicker and run and search as fast as possible. I should have been more specific in my original post. Are there files I can delete and settings I can change? I have a Toshiba laptop T2060, 1.6 GHz, 448 MB ram with Vista Home Basic operating system.
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    Re: Optimizing PC w/ Vista Home Basic (Vista Home Basic)

    With only 448 MB RAM you are going to be hard pressed to get Vista to go any faster than what it is without more memory. Since notebook memory is usually fairly expensive, you should check out Windows Vista: Features Explained: Windows ReadyBoost and Windows Vista Team Blog : Windows ReadyBoost. For the cost of a USB device, which is pretty cheap today, your can get a performance boost. To get your PC to start quicker you need to check all the programs being started when you boot the PC and keep only those absolutely necessary. See the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> AutoRuns for Windows v8.61 for a utility that will give you a complete view of what is started when your PC boots. You can post one or more screenshots and people here can give you opinions on what to exclude. Also, you have to remember that most notebooks are running disks that are slower than desktop PCs. That is especially noticable when you start the PC.

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    Re: Optimizing PC w/ Vista Home Basic (Vista Home Basic)

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Optimizing PC w/ Vista Home Basic (Vista Home

    First go to Control Panel > Performance Information and Tools. You will see a Windows Experience Index which is a copy of the single lowest subscore of five scores. Mine is shockingly low, at 2.0, until you read the fine print. In my case I have terrible graphics, with a device that drains memory from RAM, on a computer that I bought for word-processing in XP. (I subsequently converted to Vista, added 1 GB to the installed 512 MB, and I have a very fast 4 GB ReadyBoost.)

    The fine print is that what is rated in Graphics is Desktop performance for Windows Aero. (I'm not sure that Aero is even available in Vista Basic, so this may not apply to you.) Microsoft Aero is a resource drain of the first order, and if you set the appearance to Windows Classic you will have all of the benefits of Vista and a familiar display, without the resource demands that Aero places on your system, including battery drain if you have a laptop. That may be of interest to business users or to new computer buyers who are following developments, especially since Vista has security and other benefits. If you have two or more identical computers, preferably with new and fully-charged batteries, run a comparison test to see how they perform. (Please let us know the outcome if you actually do this.) Try it for a day with your present computer and see if you seem to have more resources.

    You will see a light bulb in Performance Information and Tools with Not sure where to start?, which provides a link to Learn how you can improve your computer's performance. This is worth clicking on to see what Microsoft has to say about things like startup programs, which I haven't discussed.

    My next computer will have better specifications and certainly better graphics, but I expect that I will still run Vista as Windows Classic. Why waste scarce resources?

    Toshiba seems to have a maddening (but possibly rational) habit of selling computers that have the memory slots full: if you have two memory slots and they're selling it as a 1 GB computer, it will have a half GB in each, and when you upgrade by a GB you'll end up with 1.5 GB with a half GB redundant. If you can socially network with others who have such memory, you might find a used chip or two that you can recycle by installing it in your machine. I wouldn't mind doing the same myself.

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