Tune up and turn down this bloated OS
Holy crap, Vista, Micrsoft's newest operating system, is a resource pig. It's a bloated install, it uses a ton of RAM, loads of disk I/O, loads of resources constantly monitoring your every move and loads of video resources to power the fancy-schmacy transparency of it's windows, the fade in/out when starting and shutting down programs and more.
This is all well and good for the casual users, but for us power users, the rare breed that prefers to have those resources available for working on your music and/or video projects, none of that matters. So, when I purchased my first Vista powered computer, a new laptop, I immediately took to poking around to find ways to lighten it's footprint.
To get to the core visual properties of the operating system, right click anywhere on the desktop and select "personalize". This brings you to what amounts to a control panel for your OS's appearance.
I am sure it is not a surprise to find out that there are a lot of unnecessary crap in the OS on your drive that can save literally gigs of space.
hiberfil.sys is an interesting piece of work. it's a file that is created when your system goes into hiberation. The file can get quite large and lives in the root of the system drive.
Power management and hibernation are bad ideas, I prefer to disable all that crap. Start > System and Maintenance > Power Options will take you to a brave new world of power management. You can, in various locations within that section, disable shutting off monitors, hard drives, hiberation and all sorts of other power sucking/power saving types of features.
All the buzz lately has been around vLite. This is a tool that can be used prior to installation of Vista to slim down the OS, selecting what features to install and not install. It would be worth a check if you are comfortable enough to install Vista yourself.
This is simply a brief look at a high level of ways to tune up and turn down Vista's footprint on your computer. Free up some disk space, some RAM and some video processing power. In the future I will get in to a little bit more detail.
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Mar 01, 2008 01:03 pm
Is to not use it at all.
Developers will write for XP for quite a while to come(not much Vista only) due to the fact that Vista was received so poorly.
Another option is another OS entirely. Mac has tons of A/V applications, and while linux doesn't, it has quite a few(reaper works through Wine, Audacity, etc..)
Jul 28, 2008 01:49 am
Service pack 1 is now available and fix's a few of these problems.
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