Originally Posted by jlhawn
wipe your drive and install Windows 7 & pro 64bit...
...you get windows 7 pro 64bit from new egg.com in the O.E. package for $139 bucks.
You can also get a decent (2.6 GHz Core2 Duo with 4 GB RAM) computer with Windows 7 already installed on it for less than that on eBay
, so unless the OP already has a super-fast computer, simply buying one of these computers would be much more economical and would probably provide a much bigger performance increase for the money. And the listings at the link I provided above are "Buy it now" listings. Prices can be even cheaper on the Auction listings.
Originally Posted by hammong
Vista was never a fast booting nor fast running OS, even when it was brand new and without bloat. I would give serious consideration to upgrading to Windows 7 at a minimum if your hardware will support it.
I can't quite agree there. I'm running Vista on my Internet machine here which is a (Core2 Duo at 1.8 GHz with 4 GB RAM), and it's plenty fast and boots Windows to the desktop in 21 seconds (boots Windows = excluding POST time).
Originally Posted by hammong
How much RAM do you have? Even with Vista, I wouldn't attempt running less than 2GB of RAM.
I wouldn't recommend running Vista with anything less than 4 GB of RAM. In my experience, the Superfetcher is overly aggressive in Windows Vista, frantically loading stuff from the HDD as soon as any memory is freed. This continual activity keeps the HDD busy, causing it to load programs and swap/page RAM slowly. If upgrading to 4 GB isn't a possibility, I recommend disabling the Superfetcher service.
Originally Posted by XAslanX
Sounds like it's time for a reinstall depending on the age of the current installation. Vista can fly if setup properly, I have it installed on my crucial M4 in my HTPC and it's just as fast as Win 7 so yes vista is not all that bad.
Originally Posted by gmack24
...what can I do to get my vista to well how can I say. Work again ?
Its horribly slow.
Takes like 10 mins to boot up and then every now and again it beeps then it freezes up.
So I am forced to unplug it.
Been unplugging it for like about 6 months now.
Any suggestions ?
Or should I throw out some screen shots on all my errors I am getting ?
That is very slow. There are a number of things that could possibly contribute to making it that slow:
- Too many programs/services starting with Windows (most Windows PCs have this problem)
- Badly fragmented (or poorly laid out) HDD
- Not enough RAM (4 GB recommended for Windows Vista)
- Failing HDD that is taking a long time to read certain files
- Underpowered computer with old hardware
be nice to see those error messages that you're getting. Without knowing more, my recommendation is this: Press [Win]+[R], type "msconfig" and press [Enter] to start the System Configuration utility. When it appears, select "Selective startup" and untick "Load startup items." Then click on the "Services" tab, click "Hide all Microsoft services", and click [Disable all]. Then click [OK] and reboot your computer. When it reboots, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
and from there, and scan your PC with it.
When it is done, reboot your computer and see how it works. At this point, no startup programs and few services are being loaded, so the computer should be faster (and you may be missing a few tray icons). The next step would be to see what condition the HDD is in. I recommend CrystalDiskInfo
for this task. Take a screenshot of it and post it here (you can press [Alt]+[PrintScreen] to capture only the active window to the clipboard). You may need to make CrystalDiskInfo taller to get everything in the SMART status list to fit.
If the HDD is in good condition and the computer is working much better, you can look into reinstating certain programs and services with the System Configuration utility. Remember, the fewer programs starting with Windows, the better the computer's performance will be. So only enable the ones you need.
After this, we can discuss defragmentation. To do it best is more complicated than most people think.
Edited by Techie007 - 10/15/13 at 9:30am