|The Microsoft Vista operating system brings a lot of bells and whistles – some beautifully rendered screens, backgrounds, menu bars, and window borders. However as most users realized, these same frills are a huge draw on computer resources and most PCs were simply underpowered and ill-equipped to meet Vista’s demands. Consequently, many Vista PCs run sluggish and slow.Vista’s user interface is especially hard on PC processors. There are several things you can do to get rid of some of the Vista “fluff” and get your PC to run more efficiently and ultimately faster! An additional benefit to disabling Aero is to increase your battery life (for all you laptop users out there).|
Lose Weight, Make Vista Lean
You can further customize your PC’s Color Scheme or manually select a “Theme”. Some of the pre-configured Themes include: Windows Vista Basic (a slimmed-down version of the flashy Windows Aero Theme) and Windows Vista Classic (the most trimmed-down, most efficient and least resource-draining Theme). Select your Themes by clicking the Start Button, select Control Panel –> Appearance and Personalization –> Change the Color Scheme.
Windows Vista and RAM
Windows Vista is well-known to be over-consume your PC’s RAM. You can add a 2GB USB Flash drive (or larger) to take advantage of the Windows Vista Ready Boost feautre. Ready Boost uses a USB flash drive to provide quick access memory for the operating system. The Ready Boost system can greatly improve system speed.
To set it up:
– Plug in a Ready Boost Compatible USB Flash Drive
– Select Start then Computer
– Right Click Your USB Drive in My Computer
– Choose the Ready Boost Tab
– Click Use this device
– Choose as much space as you can free up for RAM usage vs. Storage
Windows Vista Aero Minimum Requirements
Windows Vista requires fairly robust graphics capabilities on a PC in order to support Aero fully. Starting with a DirectX 9 – class GPU and a recommended 256 Mb of dedicated graphics memory (although a minimum of 128Mb is acceptible). Anything less than this will result in a bogged-down system and the possibility of lower monitor resolution output.
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