About Vista & anti-virus and the whole kaboodle ofdiscontent
I understand that this post is a little old but thought that I would offer a few words out of my infinite wisdom (or should that be finite?) - lol.
I just bought myself a new computer and when I was in the shop I was very hesitant about the purchase because it came pre-loaded with Vista. I had heard so many stories about it being terrible that I didn't want to become a victim of Microsoft's incompetence. However.... until now I have found it to be stable and reliable with no adverse effect on productivity. Yes, I did find it to run a little sluggish for a while, so what did I do?
I turned off all unnecessary services and stopped them loading at the system start up.
I got rid of some of the fancy display features. The display still looks nice, but do you really need to have a translucent background in your Explorer windows?
I removed and stopped the windows sidebar feature.
I completely removed the pre-installed version of Norton anti-virus. I absolutely detest this as it has always seemed to place a great strain on system resources. Instead, I did a little research and got an application from ESET called NOD32.
Spybot SD was also added, but I set the preferences for manual scan and not an automatic scan upon start up.
And that was it. My computer boots up in under 40 seconds whereas previously it had been around the 2 minute mark. Applications run a lot faster now.
There are of course a lot of other things that you can do to speed things up, but most of these require playing with the registry and I don't really have the time today tpo explain all of this.
If any of the above seems of interest to you, just do a search in your favourite search engine and you will find step by step instructions.
Thank you for your time.
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