Getting rid of these 11 services and features can potentailly help your windows vista perform a little bit better.
Sidebar – You pay a heavy performance price for the analog clock, thumbnail slide-show viewer, and Microsoft-centric RSS news feed that dock in the Windows Sidebar. Turning the whole thing off gives you a big speed boost, especially at boot time.
Remove the Sidebar
– Right-click anywhere on the Sidebar and select Close Sidebar.
– Uncheck Start Sidebar when Windows starts, and then click OK.
Aero – If your PC is underpowered or overloaded, however, Aero may be more trouble than it’s worth.
Turn off Aero
– Right-click the Windows desktop and select Personalize > Window Color > Appearance.
– In the resulting “Window Color and Appearance” dialog box, click Open classic appearanceproperties for more color options (if you don’t see the option, that means Aero is already turned off). Select Windows Vista Basic and click OK.
Assorted Interface Beautification Options
This pretty face sacrifices productivity for a empathetic pretty interface, which is not worthy at all.
– To see the options, click Start > right-click Computer > Properties
– Click the Advanced System Properties link, the Advanced tab, and then the Settings button inside the Performance box.
– Uuncheck all of the listed options by selecting Adjust for best performance, or you can simply uncheck the ones you don’t care for.
Don’t worry about turning this item off if you run Vista Home (Basic or Premium). You don’t have it. If you run Vista Business or Ultimate, though, you can use Remote Assistance to control one PC from another. However, why have it turned on when you won’t be doing any remote connections at all?
Disable Remote Assistance
Click Start > right-click Computer > Properties
Click Remote Settings. Uncheck Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer.
Internet Printing Client – Do you ever print documents over the Internet? Neither do I. Chances are, you won’t miss out on anything by disabling Vista’s Internet Printing Client. Open the “Programs and Features” control panel and click the Turn Windows features on or off link on the left; you’ll get the Windows Features dialog box. Expand the Print Services section and uncheck Internet Printing Client. Click OK at this point, and then wait several more minutes for the system to ask to reboot.
Windows Meeting Space – Vista’s built-in peer-to-peer collaboration program, Meeting Space, lets you share files across a network while editing them with a remote colleague and can really be a good time saver. But do you use it daily? I don’t think so.
Simply uncheck Windows Meeting Space while you’re in the Windows Features dialog box.
Windows Ultimate Extras
One of the best things you can do exclusively in Vista Ultimate Edition is turn off the really pointless features that are found exclusively in Vista Ultimate Edition. I refer, of course, to Ultimate Extras, a set of downloadable add-ons available only to Ultimate users. If you didn’t pay for the most expensive version of Vista, these useless add-ons aren’t a concern.
Tablet PC Stuff
If you don’t have a tablet, these features are useless to you, so let’s turn it off.
– Start in the Windows Features dialog box and uncheck Tablet PC Optional Components.
– Click Start, type “services” (without quotes) and press Enter.
– Find and double-click Tablet PC Input Services. In the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then click OK.
Turn Off ReadyBoost
If you’re not using this much-hyped Vista feature–which supposedly speeds up Vista by caching memory to a flash drive — it’s actually slowing your system down a tiny bit.
– Click Start, type “services“, and press Enter.
– Find and double-click ReadyBoost. In the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then click OK.
Search Index is supposingly there to improve the search time when you lookup for files in your computer. Turning off Vista’s indexing can slow searches. But ditching this convenient feature could very likely speed up your general PC use significantly.
If you have Business or Ultimate and still don’t need Offline Files, turn it off by clicking Start, typing services, and pressing Enter. Find and double-click Offline Files. In the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then click OK.
Windows Error Reporting Service
To disable this unhelpful service, open the Services window: Click Start, type services, and press Enter. Find and double-click Windows Error Reporting Service. In the “Startup type” drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then click OK.