I bet majority of people are facing the same issue – slowness when they migrate from Windows XP to Windows Vista. You may ask, what are the solutions?
The simplest solution is to turn OFF all the windows visual effect. However you will lose all the Vista nice looking interfaces (GUI). No one is aware of you’re actually using Vista. So, how do you keep the Vista interface without scarify performance?
Instead of choosing “Adjust for best performance”, you can select the “custom” in the performance options windows.
Let’s look at the cool 3D feature in Vista (i.e. Windows Button +Tab), when do you actually use it other than just to show off? It is a completely a useless feature. To disable that, you basically just uncheck the “Enable desktop composition”.
To keep the vista GUI without scarify any performance, I disable all the windows visual effect except for the following:
- Show preview and filters in folders
- Show thumbnails instead of icon
- Smooth edges of screen fonts
- Use visual styles on windows and buttons
Well, I like the preview and showing thumbnails. Without that, it doesn’t seem like I’m using Vista. Smooth edges of screen fonts makes the fonts easy to read I suppose. The last visual styles on window and buttons are the most important thing which enables the whole Vista GUI.
At last, why I want to use Vista GUI?
Is it because I want to show off? Is it cool? Nope, it is because it makes my fonts easy to be read in my laptop with 14 inch screen. I have tried many options including changing the font size, turning on Vista GUI is still the best solution. It really makes everything easy to read. I don't feel any performance drop as compared to disable all visual effects.
Hope this can help boost your windows performance but still enjoying the Vista experience at the same time.
P/S: You can also run defragment to improve your system performance.