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

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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I use Black Vipers recommendations for this stuff...

http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm
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Aero is pretty, I like my translucent menu bars ... I wouldn't turn it off. If you have a half-decent system, it runs fine.
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If you have sufficient memory, and a processor that is reasonable, then there's not a thing wrong with Vista. I have no issue with Vista slowing down, being tempermental, or anything (see sig rig) and i have NOTHING special turned off. I even RDP to the box from my office EVERY DAY and do things on it and experience absolutely no issues.

So before people start bashing on this OS (yes, it had it's issues on release, but what doesn't!?!??), they should upgrade their systems to be withing at least the last generation of CPUs and GPUs and then complain after that's said and done. Guaranteed, they will find the system stable, quick, and enjoyable.
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I use Black Vipers recommendations for this stuff...

http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm
BV FTW
I like his work and have recommended it for years.
    
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If you have sufficient memory, and a processor that is reasonable, then there's not a thing wrong with Vista. I have no issue with Vista slowing down, being tempermental, or anything (see sig rig) and i have NOTHING special turned off. I even RDP to the box from my office EVERY DAY and do things on it and experience absolutely no issues.

So before people start bashing on this OS (yes, it had it's issues on release, but what doesn't!?!??), they should upgrade their systems to be withing at least the last generation of CPUs and GPUs and then complain after that's said and done. Guaranteed, they will find the system stable, quick, and enjoyable.
The point of turning all that garbage is off is to get the most out of your computer. Even if your computer is fast, it can be faster with more free resources to use.


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I use Black Vipers recommendations for this stuff...

http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm
Nice one!
Edited by chilaXenBAmf808 - 7/1/08 at 9:46am
    
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If you have sufficient memory, and a processor that is reasonable, then there's not a thing wrong with Vista. I have no issue with Vista slowing down, being tempermental, or anything (see sig rig) and i have NOTHING special turned off. I even RDP to the box from my office EVERY DAY and do things on it and experience absolutely no issues.

So before people start bashing on this OS (yes, it had it's issues on release, but what doesn't!?!??), they should upgrade their systems to be withing at least the last generation of CPUs and GPUs and then complain after that's said and done. Guaranteed, they will find the system stable, quick, and enjoyable.
Post SP1, these sorts of optimizations for mostly for those, who won't use Tablet PC things, and other junk. However a lot of the optimizations are for the benchmark junkies that get off on getting another 5 3DMarks.
    
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Hmm, My install of vista only had 3 of the things in the quoted portion running.

I find Vista works just fine for me, but if I had a laptop with Vista (even Basic) and a single core Celeron with 512 mb of shared RAM (which my dad does) it is horrendous, and just turning off some services does not help. The only real solution is more memory (which he aslo now has, and it is much better).

It is a shame that MS allowed the "Vista Capable" thing to even exist, and even more so for manufacturers to put it on machines that just barely meet the (way to low) minimum specs. The Recomended specs should have been the minimum.
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Without "SL UI Notification Service", you may not be able to access the Control Panel (apparently)...

I haven't tried it cuz I don't want to kill my system, but I'd research further before blindly following this list.
    
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Turn off Aero? Lolzorz. It's probably safe to say that there's no difference in performance whether Aero is on or off with most systems here on OCN.
 
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