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So,

I installed Vista Ultimate (32bit OEM) about a month ago, and my boot time is horrific. It takes around 6 minutes from powering up to usable desktop.

I have a near identical machine sitting next to my sig rig running a stripped install of XP Pro (32bit OEM) and it boots in < 60 secs. (Just like this machine did before I installed Vista)

I installed Vista with standard options so I could see what Microsoft's offering was like in all its default glory. (With the exception of the sidebar that's been turned off since day one)

I've tried very briefly (I'm at work) looking around for a Vista tweaks FAQ - are there any obvious setting changes or services I can disable that may help?

Various info about my rig:
- I have a single 500GB partition, rarely more than 1% fragmented (Diskeeper 2008) and have all system sounds disabled.
- I have Vista SP1, and have intentionally blindly taken every possible update offered, including Ultimate Extras.
- The onboard RAID controller is disabled in the BIOS.

Any input much appreciated.
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when i have tried vista i also notice it takes quite a bit longer to load than xp. however i would start by disabling any unused services on startup. there is a very nice Vista tweak guide on here somewhere, it is a sticky i believe.
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should be in the windows forum give me a minute should be able to find it

hmm i can't seem to find it either. IIRC the title was something like "Tweak Tune and Hack Vista" or something to that nature
Edited by JerseyDubbin - 6/19/08 at 7:01am
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well one thing i can say is that your CPU is probably a big bottle neck.

i have a 2.8 cpu northy and after a fresh install of XP it takes longer than my sig to boot in to vista.

vista does take longer to boot than xp

but you should try this:
goto RUN
type "msconfig"
under the boot tab there is advanced settings somewhere
click it and make sure that the boot cpu cores (in your case one, so shouldn't matter) isn't limited. and make sure you booting with max, ram (in your case 4GB)

also go in to bios and enable "quick boot" / "fast boot" (as this will probably skip ram test and etc)

and everything else that slows it down from booting shall be disabled.

also enable your HDD as first boot device.
Edited by this n00b again - 6/19/08 at 7:03am
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Thanks for the input guys, I have quick boot enabled and the Asus splash screen switched off, and my HD is the first (and only) boot device. I'll check the boot settings to ensure I'm booting with 4GB.

I expected Vista to be a big resource hog, and I know my CPU is ancient, but I'm still getting decent frames, even with some more recent releases. I play exclusively at 1920x1200, so I'm much more GPU reliant. CoD4, NFS: Pro Street & Guild Wars are all very smooth.

I'm waiting to build a Nehalem rig before I play SupCom, Crysis, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry 2 etc, and anything else that'll bring my Northwood to its knees hehe.
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Im uploading the guides that you guys are referring to, onto my SkyDrive. Anyone know how to link em in here? Ill post the XP and Vista guides. Also for reference. I love Vista and have long argued to people that its a worthy successor to XP, but lately it seems like its slowing down a lot more than it ever was. I'm thinking of going back to XP as well.
Edited by serialtoon - 6/19/08 at 7:39am
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MSCONFIG is your friend! Learn to use it and use it well. Can dramatically decrease boot time and also gets rid of useless things starting up.
    
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XP and Vista Tweak Guides.

Here you go, give this a whirl.
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Quote:
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MSCONFIG is your friend! Learn to use it and use it well. Can dramatically decrease boot time and also gets rid of useless things starting up.
yep, it is extremely useful, although it can prevent certain programs from running, but you can always go back and turn the desired ones back on.
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VLite can help optimize the installation, take out a lot of unnecessary stuff and should make Vista boot quicker.
http://www.vlite.net/
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