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File: Optimise Windows Vista (Part 1): Windows Startup and Services


Microsoft’s new operating system, i.e., Windows Vista is resource-intensive (as you have certainly noticed). It must be said that the performance part of the OS was somewhat forgotten when it was designed. Fortunately, many effective tricks exist to make it faster and responsive.

Plan of the file

The first part of this dossier will be devoted entirely to improving the start-up of Vista.

The system configuration tool

“Start” tab

When installing programs on your computer, many run on startup: looking for updates, or simply launching the program in a background task...

The problem is that in the long run, they greatly slow down the startup of your computer. To remedy this, let’s use the built-in Vista system configuration tool.

For this, do Windows+R, enter msconfig and click on OK. The system configuration tool window is displayed.

On the tab Start-up, you can see the list of all programs running at startup. Uncheck those that are not indispensable (Adobe Reader, Nero, Java...) and keep the ones necessary for your computer to function properly such as the mouse driver, or even sound.

If you don't know what a program fits, look at its location path or the manufacturer column.

If you have disabled an important program by mistake, and necessary for Vista, it will reactivate automatically.

Here is a list of the programs that I have enabled on my mobile and those that I have disabled:

Outil de configuration système
System Configuration Tool

As you can see, there’s not much more activity left compared to the start.

“Services” tab

This utility also allows you to disable unnecessary services from external and internal Vista applications. When starting up, many services take charge (several hundred sometimes!): some are necessary for the network, others for security...

But many services can be disabled. It all depends on your needs! We will see here only those services that are likely to have a significant impact on the start-up (as regards the other services, I will discuss this in the second part of this file).

To do this, click on the tab Services.

Then tick the box” Hide all Microsoft services“. From now on, the services displayed are not specific to the operating system: they come from programs installed by yourself.

As before, uncheck unnecessary ones such as: NMIndexing Service (an indexing tool of your hard drive by Nero, useless because Vista already integrates), Google Updater Service and Google Update Service (research daily updates for Google products such as Google Earth, Picasa...: often, and this is valid for many software, several weeks/months run between your version and a new update, disable it, especially as you can still search for updates via the software in question)...

Many services can be present: if their names consist of the English word update, it means that it is a program that searches for updates: unlock them: they use bandwidth and significantly slow start-up time. To update them, launch the program in question and browse the various menus (often in the Tools or Help menus).

And with regard to Microsoft services (uncheck the box” Hide all Microsoft services“), Deactivation of the Workstation service allows a serious saving of time: the latter can be disabled only if you are connected to the Internet by WIFI and must remain enabled on a LAN network or one in the case of a server. Thanks to this deactivation, the start of your session should no longer block for a few seconds the time to establish the connection to the Internet (I repeat only in the case of a wireless network: WIFI).

Finally, click on Apply then on OK.

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  • Fredy

    Thank you for your answer. Another thing, the NVIDIA Windows compatible boot elements... and NVIDIA Media Center... aren't they recommended since they are drivers?

  • @Fredy : personally, I fired everything and I didn't encounter any problems. I think I read somewhere that it wasn't essential to let them activate. That said, if you encounter a problem, nothing prevents you from re-starting them later.

  • Fredy

    Okay, thank you, I'm going to essyer.

    I'd like to say that I love your blog even if you could go a little further a few times.

  • @Fredy : thank you for enjoying this blog! It is true that we could go further — I say because there are also Rainbow and other contributors on the team, but we have to vary the difficulty by proposing things that are within the reach of everyone and more technical things that require basic knowledge.

    The right middle is sometimes hard to find...

    Regarding NVIDIA, the service is useless.

  • Benj22

    SLT!

    I have a little problem...
    My antivirus no longer appears in “security center” or my firewall (all Mcafee)
    And I think it’s after deactivating the “windows defender” and “fire-windows” services, yet I think there was nothing more normal than deactivating these services since I have my antivirus that makes both! (and I don't want any obstruction and also that none of the 2 (firewall and windows defender) were activated anyway!
    consequence: security center message at every pc boot (pc not secure). So I disable the security center service -> new message like it is disabled...

    I reactivate all 3 services and the, impossible to detect my anti-virus with security center, forced to put that I manage everything myself!
    But I'd like him to redetect my anti-virus

    Thank you

  • @Benj22 : the deactivation of the Security Centre results in such messages. But normally, your antivirus is still operational as well as your firewall. So you don't need the Security Center activated as a service.

    If you want the Security Center to stop warning you every time your PC is not secure, open it, and in the left sidebar, there is normally a link to manage notification messages.

    When at Firewall, I still advise you to let it enable by default for “minimal” security reasons (despite the fact that it is managed by your antivirus).

    Finally, Windows Defender is useless, if you already have your own antivirus, you can disable it.

    Finally, if you want to keep the Security Center service, and it re-detects your antivirus, the best thing is that you reinstall it (but telling him that you manage the security yourself is good as well).

    Here you go.

  • Benj22

    Just that when we have turned off the “security center” service, the link of the left sidebar disappears in turn, so it is not possible to control the permanent messages at startup like “your security center is disabled, enable it for more security”!

    It is only if I have reactivated the service that I can then manage the notification messages...

    Also, I have a firewall with mcafee, so I don't think I need the standard Windows firewall, if? it’s not the same, if?

    Otherwise am I able to go to share files in a network even if I have disabled my Windows firewall? Because on the other hand, it seems to tell me in network center and sharing that without the Windows firewall, it is impossible to disable sharing!

    last question, I hope :
    how is your security centre reinstalled?

    I'm sorry again for the inconvenience.

    • @Benj22: the security center doesn't reset, it’s just a service to reactivate. So, logically you reactivate it, you change the notifications and then you disable it: then he shouldn't bother you anymore. If this is still the case, you should try to disable the notification area icon (right-click on the menu start in an empty place then Properties, and look for something like Always hide the icon).
      As for the firewall, you have noticed for yourself it is necessary to share files on certain types of networks (public in particular) so let it enable it consumes no particular resources, as much as keep it.

      Here you go! Have I answered all your questions? If not, don't hesitate

  • Bebj22

    Hey! Hey!

    Sorry for the delay, (I wasn't at home...)
    Yes Thank you, you answered all the questions I asked myself!

    Thank you again for your site. @bientôt!