Windows Vista Troubleshooting TricksWindows Vista Tricks Indexing Options
Windows Vista works in the background to automatically index all the files in the Start Menu, user profile folders and files setup for offline access by default. If you havemany files in these locations and the files change often, the indexing service may slow down your system's performance. Unlike Windows XP, Vista now allows you toeasily tweak the indexing service following the steps below. It is recommended that you disable indexing for the other locations other than the Start Menu for maximumperformance. Bear in mind that while this tweak speeds up your overall system performance, it will also slow you down when searching for files in those locations.This Windows Vista Troubleshooting tips also imporve windows vista speed.
-->Click on the Start Button and enter Indexing Options. Hit Enter and the Indexing Options should load.
-->Click on the Modify button, followed by Show all locations.
Scroll through the tree-view and uncheck all options except the Start Menu. Hit OK.
Note: For advanced users, you can also change other indexing options, like the file types to index, by clicking on the Advanced button.
Adjust Vista Glass Window Border
- Right click on your desktop and select Personalize.
- Click -> Windows Color and Appearance.
- Click -> Open Classic Appearance Properties
- Click -> Advanced. - Select -> Border Padding in the Items drop down box.
- Increase or decrease your border size in windows vista.
- Hit OK.
Stop Applications That Auto-start On Startup - Windows Vista Troubleshooting 2
There are 2 ways to stop applications that auto-start when you login to Windows Vista. You can either use the System Configuration Utility or the new Software Explorer in
Method 1: System Configuration Utility
Click on the Start Button, enter msconfig and hit Enter.
Click on the Startup tab.
Uncheck items that you do want to auto-start and click OK.
Method 2: Windows Defender
Click on the Start Button, enter Windows Defender and hit Enter.
Click on the Tools from the top menu bar.
Click on Software Explorer and select Show for All Users.
Select an application to either Remove or Disable.
Editing the Boot file in Windows Vista -(troubleshooting helpful)
One of the major changes in Vista that the average user will not notice but anyone that has a multi-boot system will is that the old text based Boot.ini file no longer exists. It
has been replaced by a boot config database that is edited via a command line tool BCDEDIT.
Whilst BCDEDIT works quite well - fumbling around with the command line, ensuring the right switches and settings are put in can sometimes be pretty frustrating (no - I am
not saying that a GUI tool replaces a CLI tool - but I am saying that for ease of use a good GUI can be very helpful)
A freeware GUI Boot database editing tool that I have seen and used is VistaBootPRO. Putting it mildly - it rocks! I should point out at this time that I am under no
commercial agreements with the makers of the product - I just like it and have and will recommend it to any administrator of Vista.
This Windows vista troubleshooting tips help you optimise windows vista.