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Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows

Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows - PCSTATS
Abstract: Newest Update! Take control of Windows with help from PCSTATS. We've got 99 ways to squeeze out better performance, enhance boot times, free up hard drive space and trim away Windows's fat.
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Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 65-68

65. Use the Vista reliability checker to track system issues

Part of the upgrades Microsoft added to Windows Vista was a huge increase in the functionality of the suite of self-monitoring tools first introduced in Windows XP. While most of the improvements just add new functions to existing programs like the performance monitor, there is one completely new addition which is definitely worth your while to explore. The Windows Vista reliability checker.

The reliability checker is a log of all software or hardware errors and irregularities your system has ever experienced, as well as a record of software installations and removals, all bound up in a daily log format combine with a 'reliability index' which measures your systems current reliability compared to at other points in its lifespan. This is an absolute godsend for Windows troubleshooters and anyone curious about the overall health of their computer.

To open the Vista reliability checker:

Open the 'start' menu and type 'monitor' in the search box and hit Enter.

Double click on the 'reliability monitor' link in the left-hand pane.

The interface is easy to figure out, so explore. You will definitely find something interesting, especially if you've been having constant system errors. With this tool you should be able to track the problems back to where they started and get an idea of the source.

66. Disable warning sounds and add visual cues

If you are fed up with the audio prompts and alerts in Windows Vista, you can easily switch them out for visual cues, making your Vista experience more intuitive without headphones or speakers.

To disable audio warning for visual warnings:

Open the 'start' menu and type 'ease' in the search bar. Hit Enter.

Scroll down and click 'use text or visual alternatives for sound.'

Check 'turn on visual notifications for sound (sound sentry)' And choose the visual cue you would like from the list below.

67. Create desktop shutdown and reboot icons

If you're fed up with the arcane operations of the new Vista start menu shutdown dialog and want a simple way to restart your system, consider creating shutdown and restart icons right on the desktop.

To do this:

Right click on an empty area of the desktop and select 'new\shortcut'.

In the location text box, type 'Shutdown.exe -s -t 00' for a shutdown icon or ' Shutdown.exe -r -t 00' for a restart icon. Hit 'next' and give the new shortcut an appropriate name like "shutdown".

68. Good sidebar gadgets to have (and not to have)

If you've decided you are fond of the Vista Sidebar and want to maximize its potential, PCSTATS has got a few recommendations for you in terms of handy gadgets. Also, make sure you get rid of the RSS feed gadget as stated in Tip #40.

Try the following gadgets as a good primer for what you can do with your sidebar:

Blister CPU, memory and hard drive monitors gadget at Feebdack.com.

Wikipedia search gadget from Windows Live.com.

Control your system from the Sidebar gadget from Windows Live.com.

Calculator! Simple and obvious, what the sidebar was made for. Try this gadget from Hacki.st.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows
 Pg 2.  System Preparation - Tweak Insurance: Tips 1-3
 Pg 3.  System Preparation - Hardware: Tips 4-7
 Pg 4.  System Preparation - Hardware: Tips 8-10
 Pg 5.  First Boot the Essential Tweaks: Tips 11-12
 Pg 6.  First Booth the Essential Tweaks: Tips 13-16
 Pg 7.  First Boot the Essential Tweaks: Tips 17-20
 Pg 8.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 21-23
 Pg 9.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 24-26
 Pg 10.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 27-29
 Pg 11.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 30-31
 Pg 12.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 32-34
 Pg 13.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 35-38
 Pg 14.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 39-41
 Pg 15.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 42-44
 Pg 16.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 45-47
 Pg 17.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 48-50
 Pg 18.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 51-53
 Pg 19.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 54-57
 Pg 20.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 58-61
 Pg 21.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 62-64
 Pg 22.  — Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 65-68
 Pg 23.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 69-71
 Pg 24.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 72-74
 Pg 25.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 75-77
 Pg 26.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 78-81
 Pg 27.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 82-83
 Pg 28.  Customizing Vista Aeroglass Interface: Tips 84-87
 Pg 29.  Network and Internet Performance Tweaks: Tips 88-91
 Pg 30.  Vista Tuning for Notebooks: Tips 92-94
 Pg 31.  Windows Vista Gaming: Tips 95-99

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