How to speed up my vista laptop

Written by gregory hamel
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Windows Vista is a computer operating system produced by Microsoft that comes preinstalled on certain models of laptop computers from such companies as Dell, Gateway and Asus. Windows Vista may require more system resources to run efficiently than its predecessor, Windows XP. If your laptop computer runs on Windows Vista and does not perform as well as you would like, there are several steps you can take optimise Vista for maximum performance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Laptop with Windows Vista
  • USB flash drive

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  1. 1

    Delete unused data and program files. Delete normal files like music and videos by dragging them to the recycle bin, right clicking on the bin and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin." Uninstall programs by clicking "Start," "Control Panel," "Programs and Features," selecting any program from the list and then clicking "Uninstall" or "Uninstall/Change."

  2. 2

    Run the Windows disk defragmenter. Click "Start," "Computer," right click on you hard drive, select "Properties," then the "Tools" tab, click "Defragment Now...," click "Defragment Now..." again," and then select the drive you want to defragment if prompted and click "Ok." Wait until the defragmentation process is complete, which may take a few hours.

  3. 3

    Turn off Windows Aero. Right click your desktop, select "Personalize," "Window Color and Appearance," "Open classic appearance properties for more colour options," select "Windows Vista Basic," and then click "Apply."

  4. 4

    Use ReadyBoost. ReadyBoost is a feature in Vista that allows you to support your system's random access memory (RAM) with a USB flash drive. Insert a flash drive into an open USB port, click "Start," "Computer," right click on the flash drive in the drive list, click the "ReadyBoost" tab, check the circle called "Use this device," drag the slider labelled "Space to reserve for system speed" as far to the right as possible, and then click "Apply."

Tips and warnings

  • Regularly performing disk defragmentation can help keep your hard drive working as efficiently as possible.
  • Not all flash drives are compatibly with ReadyBoost.

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