Started playing with Windows Vista Home Premium (that's a mouthful). First thing I noticed was the eye candy. Desktop is very pretty. Second thing I noticed was how slow network transfers were. So slow that nothing happened when I tried to transfer files from my old computer to my new one.
Applied the following tweaks from Top 10 Vista Speed Tweaks.
- Disabled Indexing. I choose Google Desktop for indexing my computer.
- Turned of Remote Differential Compression.
- Turned off Windows Defender.
- Disk Defragmentation is not scheduled.
- Didn't try the USB boost option.
- Didn't try the Hibernation option.
- Left System Restore feature running. It seems like good insurance.
- Disabled User Account Control (UAC). Those Apple Get a Mac - Security ads were spot-on. UAC is such a pain in the neck if you want to do anything remotely resembling system administration.
- Disabled some unused services.
I also did the following:
- Turned off Remote Assistance.
- Removed Symantec Norton. This program also installed its own network adapters. Speed improved from less than 1 MB/sec to 2.3 MB/sec, which is about 50% the speed of my wireless router. Good enough for transferring my files from one computer to another.
- Turned off the Firewall. My router has a hardware firewall and I prefer Sygate software firewall.