Vista Frustration - Do I switch to 7?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by tonyd48, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. montyuk

    montyuk New Member

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    strangely this is for osx but some of it may be relevant to you - Help Connecting Apple Mighty Mouse & Bluetooth Keyboard To Windows 7 - Mac Forums

    try something similar and see if that helps.
     
  2. tonyd48

    tonyd48 Honorable Member

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    Nothing yet, I'll play around later when I get a break.
     
  3. jimbo45

    jimbo45 New Member

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    Hi all
    I'm not a big fan of VISTA but you can do these few simple things which should improve performance on 95% of systems (especially those of you with 3, 4 or more GB of RAM).

    1) Install SP1 if it isn't already installed. This actually does improve VIST aconsiderably even without doing anything else.

    2) Switch off Windows search service. OK it might take a bit longer to find stuff when you need it but if you are always looking for data / files consider using something like MySQL. Switching of Indexing saves a lot of "Disk Thrashing".

    3) Switch off Superfetch -- this is the "Mother of all disk thrashing problems" - what this tries to do is guess what you run in your computer and "pre load" these apps so when you start them they should load much faster. In theory great idea but very very complex to do in a real life situation - especially if you are testing a lot and don't have a particular pattern of working. Superfetch will work fine after several sessions - but it could take a week or more - meanwhile you are gnashing your teeth out wondering what the disks are doing when you aren't running anything -- especially on laptops.
    OK Photoshop / ExCEL or whatever takes longer to load but who cares the load time is not significant and the computer is MUCH faster.

    4) Disable ReadyBoost if you aren't actively using it. All this does is be able to use a SD / other card device from a built in card reader / usb stick like extra RAM. --If your system is 3GB or more you don't need it -- the standard paging system is fine.

    These 4 simple tips should dramatically improve your system -- no registry hacks or anything else are required. Incidentally don't spend hours and hours defraggng disks-- for NT file systems the effort spent in doing this is not worth it.

    Windows 7 still IMO is superior to VISTA but you can lessen the "Vista Pain" by doing the above tips.

    Cheers
    jimbo


    If you are using Outlook 2000, or greater download from the Microsoft Office site the OUTLOOK backup program
    now save your data to say d:\mydata\outlookcopy.pst

    install your new OS and apps.

    When youve got Outlook going just use IMPORT and point the inport file to d:\mydata\outlookcopy.pst
    follow the prompts and use the FIRST option to avoid getting possible duplicates.

    The file you need to download is called pfbackup.exe
    It checks initially that your copy of office is legit --if you used the "Blue" version of Office 2007 you'll need to install a legit version of outlook. Outlook 2000 is good as it doesn't need activation. After installing the program you can delete Outlook 2000.

    If your email client is Outlook express no probs - just change your data store to say d:\email.

    After installing your new OS just change the OE data store to D:\email and you'll see all your folders etc.


    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    #23 jimbo45, Feb 4, 2009
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  4. fillup

    fillup New Member

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    Sorry to hear your having so much trouble with Vista. My guess is a Clean install of Vista sp1 would probably solve your problems. I think most of the Vista problems are related to all the extras the vendors install on top of Vista when you buy a new computer.

    I guess I'm lucky. I"ve been using Vista 64 bit for over a year now and have NEVER had a BSOD....don't even know what one looks like in Vista. Vista has been rock stable for me. Only had 1 app crash on me ever and that was a related to beta software. If it wasn't for some Windows Updates requiring restarts, I would never have to reboot. That said, I'm loving Windows 7 and the new Taskbar. I've been using Windows 7 fulltime now and it also has been rock stable.
     

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