How To Turn Off Vista's Useless Junk And Speed Up Your PC

There are over 100 background services running in Vista. Most of them do nothing but slow you down!

Any frequent reader of my Hubs knows that I am far from Windows Vista's greatest fan. I may actually be one of the loudest and most persistent critics of this misbegotten excuse for an operating system (OS).

I am currently receiving a measure of vindication as more and more people are finding stubborn and often insurmountable problems with drivers, applications, and worst of all, the sheer sluggishness of this monstrous OS which requires a jaw-dropping 15GB of free hard drive space just to install. And if you ever want to uninstall it, you're better off just reformatting the disk or you'll be weeks just trying to put all the pieces back together.

There are well over a hundred services inside Vista's innards, and most of them do absolutely nothing for the common, average user other than slow down his PC to a crawl and require outrageous amounts of hard drive space, RAM and CPU cycles. If you are even remotely considering using Vista, you had better have an uncle in the PC business as you're going to require a system with some truly massive power. All the people who think that just because their Centrino 512MB RAM laptop has a sticker that says it's "Vista Ready" that you'll actually be able to do something with it. Lots of luck!

There is so much sheer unadulterated trash gumming up the works on Vista that the average, normal user is truly well off by just turning the vast majority of it off. The readers of my Hubs are not generally the top multinational enterprise administrator types, but regular men and women who just use their computers for everyday common uses. I can assure you that well over 99% of these readers do not have any need whatsoever for the following Windows Vista services running all the time and turning your speedy computer into a mud bog slogger:

  • Infrared Monitor Service
  • KTMRM for Distributed Transaction Coordinator
  • Network Access Protection Agent
  • Peer Name Resolution Protocol
  • Pen Service
  • PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator Service
  • Remote Access Connection Manager
  • Remote Registry
  • Secondary Logon
  • SL UI Notification Service
  • SSDP Discover Service
  • Tablet PC Input Service
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • UPnP Device Host
  • Virtual Disk
  • WebClient
  • Windows Management Instrumentation
  • Windows Media Center Extender Service
  • WinHTTP WebProxy AutoDiscovery Service
  • and let's not even mention Aero! (Gag!)

These are the ones that can be easily terminated in common, everyday scenarios and you'd never miss them for an instant. However, there is a really great resource over at Black Viper. It lists every single service that runs on every flavor of Vista and which ones can be terminated and under what situations. It also gives you specific and easy to follow instructions on how to do that! Turning many of these off will make your system fast and responsive again. If you were stupid enough to buy Vista, do something smart for a change! Go check out that website and start turning off all that useless OS junk!


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Alisha 9 years ago

Great article -- my fiancé bought his mother a new computer and it came with Vista (didn't have a choice). It started off at a crawl, with only 512MB included (why do they think 512MB is enough?) and Vista Home Basic is what was installed.

Uninstalling all the junk that comes pre-installed with most computers broke it somehow. There was an issue with a common Vista problem with needing an update, and without that update you can't update (huh?). Vista had to be reloaded and then the updates installed and all that junk software uninstalled again.

Disabling some of those services just might help speed up Vista a little more. I'll definitely suggest it to my fiancé in case he wants to give it a try.

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Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto Author

Actually, I have an even better idea for you. Uninstall that horrid Vista junk and install XP! It will make your 512MB RAM PC fly! :)

Alisha 9 years ago

We would if we had a copy of XP to use and give to her. The computer didn't even come with an official Vista disc, just recovery discs.

I'm glad my computer actually came with the XP disc and other discs if I decide to install all the junk.

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Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto Author

Yeah, good luck recovering anything off those Vista recovery disks. They might as well have sent you coasters! :)

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raymondphilippe 9 years ago from The Netherlands

One way or another after a certain amount of time Windows PC's (at least mine) get sluggish in their performance. I'll try your tips.

pinoysaamerika 9 years ago

This is scary. I'm thinking of buying a new sony laptop but this just pushes me to my usual direction- apple macs.

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Heartaday 9 years ago

Thank you for compiling this list. I wonder if some of that is what makes my computer mysteriously chug for an hour for no reason?

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Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto Author

Hi, Heartaday. Most likely, yes. Although there many other reasons for the "mysterious chug" and none of them are good!

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America

I LOVE the picture. I like features of Microsoft, but not all of them; and, slowing down a computer is not nice. I suppose they will sell additional software or hardware to speed it up.

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linmac 9 years ago from NE Scotland

My friend got a new computer with vista installed - disaster! Took it back to the shop and got XP put on. 9 years ago

vista is designed to perform better on multi core processors. my 3 year old computer badly needs some tweaking. cheers.

jonathan 9 years ago

oh god i just had my first lap top and this peace of sheat vista is in. its crazy i can not even play worms a game made in the nintees. now my background has been disapeared it shows a black wall like there is no backrund any way i want to change it and it says that thisfunction has been disabled. what should i do?

dafla 9 years ago

Don't have Vista, don't want it, but just in case I'm forced to get it one day, I'm going to bookmark this hub.

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dc64 9 years ago

Lightning fried my old PC. Bought one with vista installed. I hate it. It is always kicking me off the internet.

prashant 9 years ago

hi everyone,

if anyone here do not mind in just explaining the process of disabling these junk files on the vista. i m also working on vista software it will really halp me in improving the speed of my processing my thoughts..

InnerSymbiance 9 years ago

Avoid Vista at all costs.. It's not worth the time, the regret and the mass of services it runs, and what it requires to do so. Stay XP, Go Mac, Do the Unbuntu whatever your Operating System, it's far superior to Vista, in any shape or Form.


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breakthrough 9 years ago from Australia

isn't it time you got an imac????? come on man, cross over and enjoy life !!!!

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embitca 9 years ago from Boston

Oh good, I've been looking for a list of all the stuff I can safely turn off. I run XP on my desktop, but Vista is on my laptop and it drives me insane.

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sparkster 9 years ago from United Kingdom

wow, thanks for the warning. I'm just about to buy a new laptop with windows vista pre-installed. Now I know what to do!

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rrd257r 9 years ago from NY

Wanted to just put out there that although this is a great Hub and tweaks on any OS are always fun and sometimes helpful, that you will have a much, much better experience using 2 GB of RAM and at least a Dual-Core Processor. It's simply not worth your time otherwise. I run both XP and Vista on my Desktop and Laptop accordingly, and love both of them. I wasn't too fond of Vista myself until I got used to it. Now I love it. Point being: 2GB RAM & a Dual-Core Processor are almost necessary. Just a quick tip for all of you reading through this.

MrAngry 9 years ago

No wonder that tosser gates is laughing all the way to the bank! if I had known just how bloody AWFUL & USELESS vista is, I wouldn`t have touched it with a bargepole!


Don`t waste your money on this dire OS!

WantTooMuch 9 years ago

If you have 4GiB of ram, at bootup Vista (with its default superfetch) will spend about 7+ minutes trying to fill it up, I've tried to minimize hard drive access as much as I can, and the hard drive still gets accessed about every half minute or so, rather or not I'm doing something. Not good for notebooks! UAC will prompt about 4 to 6 messages warning about changing your start menu around every time you want to change it. At least after turning off superfetch and UAC this is at least an ok os. It has better more descriptive error messages than XP, and is more user friendly to move/copy files (after removing UAC). Linux is better, but you have to deal with the weaknesses of X11, and software installation. MACs only have one mouse button. Every OS has its problems. Its pluses and minuses, pick the best combination and go wiith it. Having multiple OSs on a computer etc can get confusing, but can serve as a backup when the other one goes nuts. Pick your balance.

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crazycat 9 years ago from Philippines

Great! Thank you for sharing. It's better to always check programs that are running and oly run those that we use.

Lewis 9 years ago

Upgraded (?!) the laptop (amd dual core 2gb mem) to vista 5 months ago. Loved it at first, but then i tried to copy and move files!! From then on it was downhill all the way. Reinstalled it once, and fiddled with the internals but no good.. She died on the operating table... Luckily enough i found my trusty xp sp2 install disc, blew off the dust and vwalla!! Im happy again................

uddeshya 8 years ago

i really liked vista

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Excellent advice and very timely

Son one bought new computer had vista installed. I have printed an sendon to him.

thank you

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Blaine561 8 years ago from Montreal

If you are going to run Vista, you will need to get the Ultimate version, the only one worth running for the features Vista is supposed to provide.  Why they came out with all this other junk is beside me.  Oh, and you will need 8 Gb of RAM minimum the run the thing.

Get a tower, 2 SCCI drives for the OS, one for programs and one for the OS alone.  Get the 64-bit version if you can and run 64Gb of RAM and the thing will flash on.  This is the next evolution of computers, more complex, not less.

In 10 years you'll wonder why anybody would have ever run XP.

My first computer was a TI-99a with a whopping 4 Kb of RAM.  Yea, a whole 4 Kb, held it in the palm of my hand.  Molecular switches (HP Labs - 2002), magnetic RAM (IBM - 2003), terabit flash disks (Samsung - 2006), there coming everyone, it's just a matter of time.

Scientists perdict that by 2030 we'll be able to map the human mind and by 2035 they'll have a computer capable of housing it.  Think your little PC problems mean that much in the big scheme of things?

Just remember, as the Trolls said, "Every OS Sucks!"

Sweet Dreams,


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beta1070 8 years ago from UK

I agree with the ealier comment about using XP. Heck, I'd take it one step back - to Win 2K. (No, it's NOT the same as the dreadful ME)

hendus74 8 years ago

Linux is free. Try ubuntu, or xubuntu7.10

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Windows Vista Tips 8 years ago

"Every OS Sucks!" - pretty good words.. and pretty good article - thumb up!

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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

You have elicited quite a few comments here, Hal! Great hub. I, too, am a Vista hater, as I have one at work and it gives me constant problems. If it's not the internet shutting down randomly, it's the Mozilla internet freezing up for visiting a popular website such as !

I'm not a Mac person, but I'm DEFINITELY not a Vista person.

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cheapbuys 8 years ago

Come on guys get with the times, leave Vista alone and upgrade your PCs then you won't feel it be slow.

LillianSmith25 8 years ago

I agree that Microsoft's Vista needs an overhaul. If you've got a high-end system, however, the OS is a real charmer with stunning visual effects. It also helps if you know how to manage Microsoft programs and troubleshoot problems. For those interested, MCSA Center -- -- has a wealth of informaton about the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator course that teaches how to efficiently run computers. Please drop by!

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

I will never use Vista! It stinks from its very start!

I still use XP, and more and more Linux and I am going to switch to Apple Leopard OS, soon, to leave that Microsoft Vista misery, for ever.

And they are still selling PC systems with only 512MB of RAM and Vista OS????????

Medical Alert Calling Systems 8 years ago

Very, Very, Very useful hub. Thanks a lot!

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kari dean 8 years ago

Isn't Microsoft developing a new operating system to replace Vista? Any idea when it will be available? After reading this hub, not a moment too soon.

wrgentry 8 years ago

This whole article is nonsense. I ran through my system services and most of the services listed aren't even running anyway. They are "manual" and currently "off".

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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

Thanks. My computer (with Vista) has started to freeze up. Hope taking out some of the junk will help.

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esocial 8 years ago from California

Mega thanks for this info! Printing it out for my teen who could use it for his college PC :) Thanks!

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Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

Great info!

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outdoorjunkie 8 years ago from California

Fantastic... I have been using Vista for awhile and I hate it! Not only is it slow but to top it off the spooling service will randomly just stop working for no good reason.

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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

I noticed that whenever I visit (merriam webster's website), my firefox locks up. Not sure if it's firefox or vista, but I'd like to blame vista for it!

Andrej 8 years ago

I believe that there is a lot useless stuff in vista, but what about playing games. Unfortinatly Direct X10 is only available for vista. Do you think it make sence ti turn this stuff off while playing?

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NateRider 8 years ago from Missouri

I've run Windows Vista for more than a year now and my only problem with the OS was UAC (User Account Control). It seriously messed up some of the programs I run daily. However, when I bought a 2GB RAM upgrade and turned off UAC, my computer runs a lot faster and stronger than any other computer I've used. I can run near every program on my computer now and it still won't lock up.

I understand that some people have had problems with the Vista OS, but they're already producing the next OS. Look up "Windows 7". Supposedly, they're starting from scrap and creating an entirely new OS.

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

The only thing thats tottaly compatible with vista is a papper shredder!! Take out the disc and place in one and it works perfectly!!


Warren Bell 8 years ago

Windows is the lousiest software ever written. It is impossible to do anything with it or find anything one needs in their own computer. Its impossible to get any answers on the internet, and Microsoft's answer is spend more money with them. No solutions only more questions. Bill Gates took the best computer system in the world and garbage canned it because they wouldn't sell it to him. Would that we could go back to some reality. Nough Said..... One of millions of unhappy users.

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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Hal, I was very interested to see this hub because, although I've had no problems, I'm always into speeding up my system. I have a new (refurbed) PC that I bought online at the Dell/Outlet website. It's an Inspiron 530 with an LCD wide-screen flat panel monitor - the Altec Lansing speakers I bought seperately. It came with Vista Home Premium installed. I was nervous because I'd heard so many horror stories, but I gotta tell you, I love it. I've had absolutely no problems at all.

But, it can always be better, right? So, I looked for the "useless services" you listed above, intent on unchecking them, but they were nowhere to be found in my computer! What I DID uninstall was Roxio. It's a huge file which I've never used - I like Windows: Movie Maker, Media Canter, and Media Player. I also went to the website link you provided, but found nothing there I wasn't using.

Are you sure those "useless services" are always a part of Vista?

jelpot 8 years ago

first i hated vista as well as the most of you...wel but now i get used to it :Pa dual core and 2Gb are some minimum requirements i think...Sp1 did make al lot things good!and vista is pretty but i'm waiting for windows 7

poople 8 years ago

I have Vista on my Laptop, when I first got it is was fine I was so intrigued about the Aero function. I've had my laptop for hmm...6 months and already it is starting to slow down. It was very gradual but ever since last week the gradual slow down has been very noticable as my parents also bought one too. And there's is lightiening fast (they bought it less than a month ago.) But anywways I turned off a whole bunch of stuff now it looks plain but is running faster=) Next time I buy a computer, I'm getting a Mac. I alswyas wanted one, and virsuses are non existent. Anyways, just thanking you until I throw this laptop out =)

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Sandilyn 8 years ago from Port Orange, FL

Good hub. I agree that there are a lot of programs out there that most people do not use.

I am one of the few that love my vista. There are a few programs that I have removed but I do use a lot of those that you mentioned. I will say that I do like the new features of the Power Point. I give a lot of Presentations.

There is one problem that I am having and that is hooking up a printer to it. My son and I are now trying a second printer and it isn't functioning yet!!!!

Other than that I love my Vista!

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esocial 8 years ago from California

Wow, is THIS a godsend or what?! Thanks!

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Stacie L 8 years ago

wonderful advice! I was hesitating to buy a new pc because thet insist on selling it with Vista.

i am trying to find someone who will take it off and install xp. I even went so far as to consider iMac!

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks for all the kind words. I appreciate it. Hopefully Win7 will be here soon and Vista will only be a bad memory! :)

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Jilly50 8 years ago from deep in the heart of Texas

Everyone hates Vista. But most of us are not geekified enough to mess with it much. My computers hard drive croaked (just after the warranty expired of course). I had a new hard drive put in and it runs faster than it ever has although a few things dont work well or at all. Go figure. Unless you really know what you are doing I wouldn't mess with delicate tasks to get it running faster. You can kill your computer.

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

I agree wholeheartedly. I have spent countless hours fixing what novice users screwed up by not having a clue what they're doing. Unless you are thoroughly qualified, try to find a quality geek with references in your area and entrust your PC's maintenance to them.

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adamjthompson 8 years ago

Good info. My computer is so powerful, though, it runs Vista without even blinking. :-)

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Do you have a Cray? :)

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adamjthompson 8 years ago

No, just a Dell. But it's got 3GB of RAM and a quad core processor. It opens word in less than 2 seconds...Photoshop takes less than 3 seconds to load. Pretty sweet. :-P

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healthgoji 8 years ago

Excellent excellent information - especially for computers which are less than the latest and greatest.

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

adamjthompson: It's very interesting that you say that, as I have a two day old Q8200 Quad Core 2.3 GHz 45nm 3 GB RAM Dell right here. I've just timed Photoshop CS2 on Vista Home Premium at a 17 second launch. Hmm... I feel another computer & OS comparison coming up. I have NEVER experienced the performance that many people claim with Vista. It's always been a slug for me! :(

healthgoji: I know of a guy who tried to install Vista Business on his Celeron notebook with 256MB RAM. He claims it DOES run... I don't believe him though! :)

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ubanichijioke 8 years ago from Lagos

YOur tips on speeding up a system is quite useful but also dangerous. I think not everybody can deal with installing and uninstalling or even formatting a hard disk. All the same, YOU did a great job. I will try it and see if my system will be a little faster. If possible, i will uninstall the Visita. Love you.

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Er... love you too! :)

Dontae 8 years ago

Vista is great for most new computers that run multi-core cpus and at least a gb of ram. my pc runs 64-bit with a dual processor and 3gbs of ram and runs great. vista is majorly flawed due to the amount of processes always running. single cores will lag and die with vista. my moms laptop died on vista.

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Starscream14 8 years ago

I think Vista will be great later on, in 2009 or 2010, and maybe till then Microsoft will upgrade it and make a better version...

P.S. I love the picture with Bill Gates:)

6 pack abs 8 years ago

Thanks Hal for the useful information. I have to laptops: one 2 years old running XP and a new one running Vista... I can't get along with Vista... So slow... Maybe with these information I'll start using more the new laptop.

Sue 8 years ago

Hi All,

This Vista system can reduce you to tears lol. For about 4 weeks now I have a window coming up and blocking the surfing which says wan mini port ppp o and all the blah blah blah anyone else with the same problem I tried uninstalling it (wan mini port) and it says I need Microsofts persmission hou do you like that?

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Dontae, even some more powerful PCs than the norm do slow down quite a bit when running Vista over XP. Granted, my 45nm Core 2 Quad Yorkfield with its 3 GB RAM is able to tackle that OS, but anything much less capable than that current state of the art does experience significant trouble.

Starscream14, Windows 7 does look to be a major improvement over Vista and it might be out by the end of 2009. We can only hope and pray! :)

6 pack abs, Vista will be much happier with the more CPU horsepower and RAM volume you can throw at it.

Sue, you have the evil WAN Miniport problem with Vista SP1. It's rather common. Here is the fix:

Use the following commands to be carried out as the user Administrator (Run as Administrator) from Command prompt (cmd):netcfg -e -u ms_sstpminiport

This will delete the WAN Miniport. If you want to install it again it should be on your network disks.

You may have to find the course Hardware ID device from the Device Manager and selecting the Details tab-> Hardware IDs if it is not 'ms_sstpminiport' which is causing the problem.

Let me know if that solves it! :)

Sue 8 years ago

Sorry Hal I missed your Info about wan miniport wnen I can actually get rid of it thanks very much for your Info have visited your hubpages very nice. Somebody who know how to write should write an e-book about all these vista problems they could probably make a fortune!!!. Well Hal here comes that dreaded mini port again now its once every two pages depends on the time of day and the speed of this computer which is very very very slow I´m not kidding when I say that.

Will Post on your own blog with the answer if I get to resolve it.

In the meantime everyone hope you all have a great thanksgiving this year have fun keep safe.

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

I think that all the problems of Vista would fill an encyclopedia! :) Thanks!

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Mr. E-Tutor 8 years ago from New York

Thanks! I needed this . . . Is there anything good about Vista? What about the new Windows they're working on - is there any info out on that?

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rajakrsnan 8 years ago from Bangalore

good article. i had switched from vista to xp when i purchased my laptop. it used to get stuck in the middle of an simple task and that forced me to move out to xp. may be i need to sit with the technicians and try to tell them what needs to be done. this article is an eye opener for me and how to make vista work for me the way i want it to be. thank you!

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

My laptop came with Vista and I didn't know any better. It takes about 5 minutes to boot up and longer to shut down, drives me crazy. The computer only came with 512 MB, which obviously isn't enough RAM. I have issues all the time - browser freezing, horrible response times from the sytem, always something. I curse a blue streak at it often, have even hit it in frustration. Whose bright idea was Vista, anyway? Bill Gates' joke before he left?

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Mr. E-Tutor, Windows Seven is the next generation and it is expected in about a year. The jury seems to be out on the current beta as it seems to still carry a bit of Vista's baggage and is skewed far more than I would like towards touchscreen and voice recognition, which I need like a hole in the head.

rajakrsnan, thanks! Good luck!

Shirley Anderson, half a Gig of RAM on Vista is like trying to compete in a Formula 1 race on a skateboard. I have several PCs, and one of them is a dual core with 2GB or RAM, and it's still not quite enough. The sweet spot right now for Vista 32 seems to be 3GB RAM, and when matched up with my quad core CPU, I am finally experiencing reasonable performance... at least somewhat close to XP, but with a far less capable computer.

Vista was supposed to be a phenomenal system but the elimination of WinFS and other key features during the development process turned it into a huge slug.

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Arkan, as this is a family friendly site, I'm entering your comment with censure:


Everybody says that we should move on and get on with the latest advancement in technology: Windows Vista. But what if the "latest advancement in technology" actually brought us backwards?

It's only economy. When you can't afford 64 gigabytes of memory, would you? Of course not.

Microsoft is always making things more complex. For instance, look at the IE 8 beta 2. It has the Compability Mode. Sites won't view correctly without it. Now ask yourself. Why don't they just repair the CENSORED engine? Dahh.


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sean.rutger 8 years ago from USA

Great post, thanks for reminding me: I haven't bothered to crawl through the services and disable all the useless stuff since I bought my Vista machine. I remember when Black Viper went down a few years ago... I'm glad it's back! Maybe this is the conspiracy nut in me, but I really believe that selling a bloated OS to people who don't know how to optimize results in more system sales over time (as those people replace their "slow" computers), which in turn results in more OS sales. Devious!

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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

I tend to agree with your conspiracy theory. After all, I really can't see any reason whatsoever why Windows 7 (let alone Vista) is going to be any better than Windows 98 SE. I know people that are still running that OS brilliantly! :)

joeblow 8 years ago

is pretty good to talk about all the is wrong with vista, and then to get paid for advertizing it at the bottom of this page, u say we should shut down all the services in ur forum that u suggest, but not anywhere in this forum is anything saying how to do this. lol at least have the guts to tell us how..................

newsworthy 8 years ago

Thanks for posting this. I cant hub very well with what Im working with and I am in market for a new machine.  Surely I wont be stupid enough to buy Vista. :-)  

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Billrrrr 7 years ago from Cape Cod

As someone who has owned just about every computer from the Timex Sinclair, TI 99, VIC, C64, Amiga, Apple, Mac up to my current Sony VAIO....I can truly say that Vista is EXCELLENT. Stop bashing it. It is not bad..just new. Each successive system does leave some good features behind but also brings new features. I was really sad when we went from Windows 3.5 to Windows 95 but I got used to it. Vista bashers will get used to it by the time it is replaced with something else....then they can bash the next 'new' OS.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

joeblow, Hubbers have NO CONTROL over the ads that are placed on their pages, so believe me, I wouldn't want to advertise Vista. As to how to accomplish these fixes, just follow the link in the article to very detailed, exhaustive, and up to date pages of instructions.

newsworthy, steer away from Vista if you can. By all means experiment with the Windows 7 beta. A far superior OS.

Billrrrr, Vista has its supporters and its detractors. I will firmly remain among the countless millions of PC users who have tried Vista and detested it.

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sciencewithme 7 years ago

Nice hub. I will do these steps to a friends laptop to speed it up. If they work to my satisfaction than I will once again purchasing a PC for the laptop I am considering. At this point it is going to be a MacBook but they do cost more.

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Camping Dan 7 years ago

I noticed in the Sunday retail ads that Best Buy will speed up your new PC purchase for an additional $40. Shouldn't your new PC run great right out of the box? Why is Vista such a bulky pain, and when is MS going to configure it for speed on their end so we don't have to?

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I haven't seen those ads, but I suspect that they're overclocking the CPUs. Vista is dead as a doornail. Windows 7 should be coming out late this year and it is a real zoomer! I can hardly wait! :)

andre 7 years ago

vista should be against the law. a complete piece of sh*t. gates jumped ship because micrsoft put that garbage out to make money, forced people to buy it, and it is worse than any prior os. i know what im talking about.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Although I can't agree with you that the Vista rollout was responsible for Bill Gates' "retirement", I do agree with you that Vista is a very poor OS. However, it's still better than Windows ME and Bob! :)

The Real World 7 years ago

Will Windows 7 be any better?

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I've played around with the W7 beta. Yes, it's entire orders of magnitude better than Vista. There is still room for improvement, however, and it still isn't in the class of the latest OS-X, but overall, it's great!

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Reed Talonario 7 years ago

Thanks for the info. Personally, I didn't want Vista but when I was buying, nothing else was being offered.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Let's hope and pray that Bozo Ballmer does something right and offers the rumored FREE UPGRADE TO 7 to recent buyers of PCs with Vista installed. I'd take him up on that right away!

Sue 7 years ago

Hello Hal,

I still have´nt got the remedy for Wan Miniport but it seems that if your Internet keeps going off and you mess around with that repair Ip thing on the bottom of the Bar thats where the problem can start. So one day just by sheer luck I reckon we managed to get rid of it by messing around with the repair Ip thing. Moral of the Story if your Internet keeps going off just switch off your Router and let it redo itself. DONT mess with the repair Ip if you have Windows Vista like riding a bucking bronco believe you me.

Have a great Summer all.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Hi, Sue. Thanks for the update! Turning off the router is always a good policy. Disconnect it from the electricity socket entirely and wait for a couple of minutes, then plug it back in. I appreciate your information!

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Staci-Barbo7 7 years ago from North Carolina

Hal, when my IBM Thinkpad hard drive died, I decided the best thing to do was to replace the hard drive instead of purchasing a new computer, since the computer came with the Windows XP OS and i could just have it reinstalled.  There was no way I was going to pay for a new computer and possibly be forced to have Vista over XP.  I know some laptop models offer you a choice between Vista and XP now. 

Do you happen to know whether Microsoft is going to scrap Vista entirely when it releases its newest OS?  Staci

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Staci, Vista is going to be to around long after Windows 7's debut. Microsoft has announced that it will distribute Vista until at least January 2011, finally ending mainstream support by April 2012. What's interesting is that there are some rumors that XP may be supported after that date which would be very strange given the fact that XP was released several years before Vista. But I guess it speaks to XP's popularity! :)

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sibaja_software 7 years ago from Italy

We have hope now. Windows 7 is available for pre-order at 50% until July 11th. It promises to be faster, lower CPU usage, take advantage of 64bits CPUs and (gulp!) be more reiliable. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I've used XP 64 bit and now Vista 64 bit as I have 12 GB RAM, and it's an absolute revelation. I'm counting the days until the W7 launch. The half price deal is a bit overwrought, however, as I plan on getting an RTM in about a month. I need Microsoft's support like I need (another) hole in my head, so it works out fine for me! :)

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Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

I'm assuming (from the recent comments) that Vista hasn't improved one iota in the last 2 years? I'm waiting delivery of a new PC which has Vista installed (no choice). I had XP on my old machine so I could possibly uninstall Vista and install XP, though I'm a bit scared to embark on that as I'm not a techie person. Do you think it's bad enough that it would be worth going through the pain of doing that?

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Vista SP1 has fixed a lot of the incredibly stupid problems that the initial version was damned with, but it's still way too big an OS to run on most lower end computers. Even with all the problems, I wouldn't downgrade from Vista to XP on a new PC. I know that there are some people who do that, but if your PC is even somewhat capable you're really better off not to. When did you buy your PC? If you can show that it was June 26 or later, you can get Windows 7 absolutely free in October. Now that is definitely the way to go. W7 is fantastic! And even if your invoice is after that date, Microsoft is preselling W7 at half price until July 11. Get it now. you won't be sorry! :)

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Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

Thanks Hal. Unfortunately I bought it before June 26 but it STILL hasn't been delivered so maybe I can make some kind of case for getting the invoice post-dated!

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Depending on where you bought it, call them up and read them the riot act. Tell them that you're very unhappy with the delay and for compensation they can re-date the invoice so you qualify for W7. Might work!

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MSKing 7 years ago

Hal - great info

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! :)

Fake Steve Ballmer 7 years ago

Thanks, Hal! I admit that I do like Vista but sometimes the programs do crash on me... I just freed my computer of 10GB of disk space and it's running smoother. Can't wait for Windows 7. If I get a laptop, I'm gonna have to install the Se7en RC or Linux or just wait for the Google Chrome OS...

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Read my Hub on Google Chrome OS:

and you'll change your mind. It's nothing but a Linux distro that only runs a browser. Big deal! :)

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Sorry, psyche. I can't publish profanity. Please restate your comment in a family friendly format.

James Radford 7 years ago

good article.. Just upgraded and although its all good now I keep hearing how Vista won't take long to start slowing down.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! :)

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SPeck 7 years ago

Great tips. There's nothing more annoying that unknown programs running in the background that slow you down.

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stormskeep 7 years ago

Very useful information thank you a whole bunch!

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

You're welcome! :)

gerbil 7 years ago

Why does everyone hate vista? It doesn't AT ALL bog down my computer even with all the crap installed. Then again...

Im running on a phenomII 955, With 4 gigs of ram, And you people are running on pieces of crap computers that you expect vista to run on.

Since vista was released in 2007, YOU CANT HAVE A COMPUTER WITH 512 RAM RUNNING IT GOOD. That was the standard for way back in 2003.

If you buy a prebuilt computer for more than 500 dollars that has 512 ram, You most likely got ripped off.

Anyway Great article man. Did all this stuff on my computer. Works better than it did. I love it even more now. :D

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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Hey Hal,

I had more RAM installed in my laptop, just so I didn't have to wait for an eternity to accomplish even something minor. My husband's been looking for ways to uninstall junk for a long time so thanks for the tips and links.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

gerbil, it's obvious that on a system such as my Core i7 920 with 12 GB of RAM Vista's horrific overheads are not obvious, but not everyone in the world is running systems like this. Windows 7 shows how Microsoft can create an OS that works equally well on virtually any system around today, and there is no excuse for the paunchy misbegotten POS that Vista was, especially pre-SP1.

Carmen Borthwick: In many cases RAM is the magic bullet. Just throw more RAM at any PC and watch it soar! Thanks! :)

jonty 7 years ago

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thank you very much for the kind words, I really appreciate your comments! :)

Registry Cleaner 7 years ago

A very informative read, glad I found it. Will definitely tell others. One question though, out of the 5 free cleaners you listed, which one is your favorite?

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Huh? Which Hub are you reading?

bobbie 7 years ago

I didn't see one person who said they downloaded this fixer and their computer ran better...just a lot of complaints about Vista so for now I will not download this supposed fixer..

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Er... what download? Black Viper is a website.

Nitro 6 years ago

Well for all of you vista haters know this...XP is on its way out and if you dont like vista upgrade your machines....This is nothing new you should be used to it by now. quit complaining and upgrade your computers memory and processors...Or hang on to Xp by the skin of your teeth until forced into another operating system. Besides the majority of bugs are worked out of vista now...It just took years to do it!!!! Now that all of the market testing is done you should be able to enjoy it....Nitro

someguy 6 years ago

I wish all OS's would do what vista did, weed out the retards... people need to learn how to setup their systems. You adjust the seat in a new car when you get in it to fit you don't you? Or do you just drive around with your face stuck in the winshield complaining about how unconfortable the brand of car is?

brino 6 years ago

Warning: Disabling these services prevents the installation of Microsoft Office 2010!!

I disabled the services listed above in my Windows 7 which was performing very poorly. It did improve general speed. I then attempted several times to install Office 2010 but I got the following error every time "There was a problem setting up Microsoft Office 2010...". I renabled all the services I'd altered and the install worked.

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How to - Answers 6 years ago from Ireland

Yes I have vista on my laptop and hate it. XP was so much better. Everything is so slow it drives me mad

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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Win 7 Rules. Period.

Y Moreault 6 years ago

Why not a classs action for refund and damages against the Gates Gang by all those who paid for this Vista piece of junk?

johndoe99 6 years ago

i have an old mp4 player that was only compatible with Vista, (would not work on XP), so could not at files, my laptop was a centrino 512mb, so i installed vista and followed your tips. Thanks a lot now work superb

BC 5 years ago

I have Vista and I only really have my computer to play games on (that in mind, I don't have loads on, just the normal amount) but it won't play games from 2002 and I got my computer in 2009.


BC 5 years ago

it was brand new in 09 too.

Bbear 5 years ago

Am I the only person on the face of the planet for whom Vista has operated effectively, after about ten minutes of system tweaking?

Mrs. Campbell 5 years ago

I use Windows Vista and have just installed my new HP LaserJer P1102w printer. The new hardware works fine, but despite installing a Microsoft XPS Document Writer as suggested by HP my laptop still takes longer to boot up than it did pre-printer. Without the Document Writer it was threatening to not boot up at all.

Will any laptop take longer to boot if a printer is installed please? Do excuse my ignorance!

Business Support 5 years ago

Mrs Campbell - possibly. Try installing the smallest driver package you can, not the full application suite.

Vista may stink, but the real pain is the shutting down of support for XP - that bastion of business computing world-wide.

April 2014 will be a sad month for many.

giog 5 years ago

i. am mad af

Vista Problems 5 years ago

Vista problems are so annoying and frequent! I wish they would upgrade everyone to Windows 7 for FREE! This site has helped me out with a lot of my vista issues! Check em out!

Dahlke 4 years ago

ehere can i find a big bus to throw this damm computer under?? i think i will just go back to land line??

jezamae 4 years ago

Hi - very helpful article, thank you for that. I voted. :) If you are still accepting questions/comments... Apparently I'm running Vista 32, but under Local Drive and in Drivers, there are two folders - Vista, and Vista64. Can I delete Vista64 since my system isn't running that? Or will I do some damage? Thanks for any advice you can offer. Going to Black Viper NOW!! :)

CHARLTON 4 years ago

I am computer stupid at 76 yrs old, but when I opened my laptop to communicate with family & up came a lot of trash (to me, at least), I flippped (which I never do anymore). How do I get into my PC without all this hogwash? Please, someone, please!

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