hi,,,, vista is a bit more sluggish on start up than xp but you can take a look in the startup tab in msconfig,,, click on start orb then type in the vista search box,,,,,, msconfig,,,, click on the msconfig.exe,,, then click on startup,,,, uncheck everything you dont need,,, DO NOT UNCHECK YOUR SECURITY,,,, as a guide i only have 2 things run on startup,,, avast and SAS,,, then reboot,,, then go to this site,,,,http://www.blackviper.com/
go to the popular content section and click on WINDOWS VISTA SERVICE PACK 1 CONFIGURATIONS,,, have a good read and follow the recomendations ,,,,, there are 3 configurations you can follow,,, safe,,,, tweeked,,, barebones,,,, i would recomend safe for now then take another look in a few weeks time when you have got use to vista,,,
vista has alot of programs that contact back to microsoft as dose xp,,, but vista has about 35-40 things where xp has about 10,,,, useing the black viper's config's will stop alot of these,,, but for me the worst offender is windows defender,,, i would shut it down in services and get a good spyware program like SAS (superantispyware) or MB (malwarebytes)http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.phphttp://www.superantispyware.com/
both of these have realtime protection or a free version you can use as a scanner.
if you want to make restore points as you go along doing all this its up to you,,, but i assure you vista has beet you to it,,,, it creates them for fun i think,,, and it also uses 15% of your HDD,,, if you want to re set this have a look at this http://www.vista4beginners.com/System-Restore-Space-Used
dont be tempted to set it too low as if you need to post restore because of an infection then if you only have a few restore points ,,, these could be carrying the infection aswell,,,, i have mine set to 15GB.
also as i sed vista has a mad crush on makeing restore points,,,, ie when you start,,,, download and install,,, when you uninstall,,, when you restart,,, at midnight every night,,,,, when you leave the bathroom light on,,,,etc,,, you can change or stop most of these,,, take a look at this onehttp://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...-windows-vista/
also think about useing a reg cleaner and another defrager aswell as thhe vista auto defrag,,,, be very carefull with reg cleaners ,,, always use the back up they have,,, here's a mild one thats popularhttp://www.ccleaner.com/
and here's a very good free de fraggerhttp://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag
also i would up stick the ram if you only have 1gb,,, the sweet spot for vista is recognised as 2gb,,,,,,,,,,,
good luck and enjoy vista.
in this post i have recomended the use of a reg cleaner,,, as i now understand BC do not recomend the use of these programs for good reasons,,, as the losses and problems sometimes caused by these programs far out weigh the gaines,,,, if you alredy have downloaded this mild reg cleaner, then here are a couple of links to look at before decideing weather to use it or not.
here is a link that explains BC policy and why they are dangerous. i have now read this and totaly agree with policy.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/142638/dest068exe-defect08exe/
for those who have,,, as a result of my recomendation alredy downloaded the reg cleaner (ccleaner) and still want to use it,,, please take a look at these two links first.http://www.internetrotsyourbrain.com/ccleanerbeginnersguide/http://www.timeatlas.com/tutorials/Ccleaner.htm
sorry for any trouble caused,,,,,,,,,,, Ian
Edited by figgis41, 13 June 2008 - 09:54 AM.