Could Windows Vista’s Pretty Looks Be To Blame For It Running So Slow?

If you have switched over from XP to Vista you surly will have known by now that Vista is much slower. This lack of speed has to do with Vista dedicating a lot of its resources to trying to “look pretty”. Making the operating system look nice is great and all but when it comes time to actually get some work done it can be a huge problem. In this article I’m going to show you two quick ways to make your Vista perform a it faster but you are going to have to be willing to sacrifice some of Vista’s looks in order to get more function. Keep in mind that there really is no point in having your computer look really nice since you are the only person that is really going to be seeing it.

If you are using the Home Premium, Enterprise, Business or Ultimate more likely than not you have the Aero effect turned on. This effect is designed to make your computers windows have a glass like effect that looks cool. It also allows you to have Windows Flip 3D which is just a fancy version of the Alt + Tab combination which allows you to cycle through your currently opened programs. If your not sure what the Flip 3D is, just open a few programs, hold down the Windows Button and press the Tab key a few times – that’s Windows Flip 3D. Now hold down the Alt key and press the Tab key a few times – that’s the old way of cycling through your programs. Here’s how to get rid of the Aero effect:

Click Start, click on Control Panel and on the left hand side make sure that the Control Panel Home is selected. Click on Appearance and Personalize, click on Personalize, click on Windows Color and Appearance and at the bottom select “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”. Now in this new window under the Color Scheme drop down box select Windows Vista Basic. Click Apply and then OK. This should turn off the Aero effect.

Now the next thing that you most likely will not need that Vista has is the sidebar. Unless you actually use the gadgets on the sidebar regularly then I highly suggest that you completely get rid of it. In practical situations it really serves no purpose for the normal person other than making your computers look pretty. Here’s how its done:Right click on the windows sidebar icon in the System Tray (the system tray is that little group of icons next to your clock) and select properties. Now when you are in the Windows Sidebar Properties dialog box, just uncheck the box that says “Start Sidebar when Windows Starts” and select Apply and then OK. Now all you have to do is to just right click on the Windows Sidebar Icon in the system tray again and hit Exit.

By doing both of these things you have now given yourself some more resources to use which in the long run will make your computer faster.

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