I want to do MORE to keep this Vista laptop running well...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Henry, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Henry

    Henry Guest

    Vista has a lot of built-in optimization functions that seem to
    work perfectly on my core duo 2GB laptop. With background HD
    defrag, automated firewall, Mozy's automated online backup, and
    no need for registry "cleaning", all that's left to me is a periodic

    -- spyware sweep (Spybot S&D)
    -- antivirus check (Avast!)
    -- manual desktop cleanup and filing

    Surely there's more that will keep this gem glistening, or even
    polish up a facet or two. Other than putting it through the
    dishwasher once in a while, what more can I do?


    Vista: the best computing experience I've had in 50 years
    Henry, Aug 19, 2007
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  2. CCLeaner (Free) only use the registry cleaner part of this if you know
    what you're doing.

    AVG anti-spy (Free).
    Annie R J Brion, Aug 19, 2007
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  3. Best advice, if it ain't broke, don't try to "fix" it.

    How well Vista works... or doesn't, depends on what hardware you have
    and what software you have installed. Show me the typical poster that
    claims he has "no problems" and I'll bet the farm such a user has a
    minimal configuration and his idea of "using" his computer is limited
    to reading/sending email, perhaps doing some Mickey Mouse word
    processing once in awhile surfing the web. That's like getting in a
    Model "T" Ford, giving the crack a few turns and letting it coast down
    hill. OF COURSE it works. Why shouldn't it? Driving it back UP the
    hill your experience may be very different.

    People that report problems with Vista are more likely to be
    multitasking power users and those that have installed something
    beyond the run of the mill hardware and more demanding software. Heck
    even Vista's core software like Explorer, IE7, Media Player and Movie
    Maker all sputter and choke way too often. Seems Photo Gallery can
    corrupt files for some users. A lot of things that were promised in
    early beta versions never made the final cut. As usual Vista was
    shipped with things "broke" to be fixed sometime in the future. Maybe.

    Vista more or less "works" for most users, but it doesn't live up to
    expectations. That is disappointing as the CEO of one of the major box
    makes says. For all the pre release hype, the WOW factor, I just don't
    see it. Five years in development to do what? The best "new" thing I
    can say about Vista is oh, it's prettier. Only costs me $200 bucks to
    get a "pretty" OS. As a bonus I get much slower file transfer, the
    highly annoying UAC, many familiar controls changed, altered or moved.
    Maybe Microsoft means wow, what did they do with the $9#!$ or wow,
    where did they hide (*#!!&*.
    Adam Albright, Aug 19, 2007
  4. Henry

    NonTarget Guest

    If parting with $200 is problematic, perhaps purchasing a new Operating
    System wasn't a good idea.
    Ask your mother if she can let you not pay rent this month.
    NonTarget, Aug 19, 2007
  5. Henry

    NonTarget Guest

    My minimal config is Nforce SLI mb, SB Xfi Xtreme Music, 2 GeForce 6800's,
    PD 3.4 Ghz cpu. I have had Word and Excel open, while playing Ghost Recon
    AW. All in Vista. Many XP users could not get GRAW running.
    NonTarget, Aug 19, 2007
  6. Henry

    Mr. Arnold Guest

    Try not to install non Vista compliant software on the machine, and you'll
    be happy as a Lark.

    Mr. Arnold, Aug 19, 2007
  7. Typical smartass wannabe comment. I noticed you couldn't come up with
    a single FACT to dispute anything I said. That too is typical of your
    Adam Albright, Aug 19, 2007
  8. Henry

    NonTarget Guest

    Tell your mom I said Hi.
    I have a post that disputes your claim of Vista being good for email and
    NonTarget, Aug 19, 2007
  9. I have something for you. The tip of my boot kicking you in your big
    dump ass.

    Hint: If you can't even figure out how to get email or use Word under
    Vista, you're utterly hopeless. Instead of playing with your computer
    you probably should still be playing with these:

    Adam Albright, Aug 19, 2007
  10. Henry

    Henry Guest

    Reflecting, I guess my post was almost a troll, though I really
    was seeking pointers to something like Norton's old "one-click".

    As I pressed SEND, it was with pleasure regarding a project that
    had just successfully completed. This little laptop flawlessly
    ran code we wrote in the '90s, and churned away for an hour less
    than it would have taken on my XP (P4 3GHz) system. We do it
    fairly often, but never again on anything but Vista.

    Someone suggested that noncomplainers must have simple setups
    and do simplistic things. My time (on a meter) is about 20% word
    processing, 20% spreadsheeting (including tech-based data), 20%
    pure science, 20% communication (including www), and the rest is
    divided between PowerPoint, utilities, and installs/experiments,
    etc. I admit there's no music or entertainment videos, and the
    only games I play involve real quarks and mesons.

    The absence of gaming and media software makes my setup simpler
    than most, but the tasks are not simplistic. The Gadget
    depicting memory and core task density is often in the red, so
    this thing is running fairly hard.

    I must express gratitude to Yuri Kobetz, whose True Launch Bar
    has made life easier, and may have reduced conflicts leading to
    the crashes that plague some users. This laptop, as an example,
    has yet to see its first crash...

    Back to my original point. I would like to find a well-designed
    utility that examines the system in use, over time, and then
    offers ways to optimize various parameters depending on
    collected data. I would be surprised to discover that a function
    of that sort is not integrated into Vista, but if there's an
    add-on available, that's what I want.

    Henry, Aug 19, 2007
  11. Henry

    NonTarget Guest

    I dont think your mom would let you outta the house to kick me anywhere.

    But if Vista is so unstable, its ability to run GRAW speaks otherwise. That
    program will tax any system.
    You really don't know what your talking about, apparently you are a
    disgruntled ex employee.

    The internet is full of opinions, linking to Vista gripes is no more
    difficult than linking to Dell gripes, or HP gripes, or living at home with
    your mother gripes.
    NonTarget, Aug 20, 2007
  12. Henry

    Lang Murphy Guest

    Have you looked at the Reliability and Performance Monitor? I'll admit I
    have not used it to create a data collector set, but this may be what you're
    looking for.

    Lang Murphy, Aug 23, 2007
  13. Henry

    Saucy Guest

    Well, I'm sure it's an endless list what you can do .. but isn't there some
    principle of diminishing returns? Beyond what you've done [and other than
    making sure your data gets backed up], the next stage is to simply start
    using Vista as a platform for creativity [writing, learning, art, computer
    programming, website development and anything else you can come up with].

    Saucy, Aug 23, 2007
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