Category: Performance


This tutorial will provide an in-depth explanation of how one could disable the hindering UAC (User Account Control) on their Windows Vista machine, in order to provide much easier administrative control over your computer system. Read below to find out how you can disable UAC on your computer and enjoy your administrative power without the irritants involved with having to accept prompts.

The first thing you must do is head to the “Control Panel”. To open the “Control Panel” you must click your “start” button, which is the small, round multi-coloured button in the bottom left of your screen. When you click the “start” button you will be presented with a menu like so:

Clicking the start menu

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, there is a small red oval around the text “Control Panel”. You must click the text “Control Panel” in order to open the “Control Panel”.

 

Once you have clicked the text “Control Panel", the “Control Panel” will open like so:

Searching control panel

 

The screenshot above depicts the “Control Panel” – the point of control over a Microsoft Windows operating system. You will notice a small red oval circling the text “Classic View”, which I recommend you click in order to achieve a more organized “Control Panel”, although it is best that you are in “Control Panel Home” view for the duration of this tutorial.

 

Once you are in “Control Panel Home” view, you will be presented with a screen just as it appears in the screenshot above. Once you have this screen you must then enter the text below in the text box at the top of the window marked “Search”

uac

 

Once you have typed the text “uac” into the “Search” bar, you will then be presented with a window just like so:

Control panel - user account control

 

You will notice in the screenshot above that there is a red oval around the text “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off”. You must click this text and then allow administrative privileges by clicking the “Continue” button at the prompt. Once you have accepted the security prompt, you will be presented with the window below:

Deactivating UAC

 

As you can see there is a small red oval circling the text “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer”. You must click the small white box on the left of the text in order to remove the check from the box. Once you have removed the check, you must then click the “OK” button on the right side of the window.

 

Once you click the “OK” button, you will then be presented with the window below asking you to restart like so:

Restart now

 

You must click the button marked “Restart Now”, which is circled in red. Doing so will restart your computer, which will then have UAC disabled.

Congratulations! You have just disabled one of Microsoft Windows’ most irritating “features” and you can now traverse your computer more freely. Enjoy your newfound Windows knowledge.

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This tutorial was written to show all Windows Vista users how they can help maximize the performance and power of their PC by deselecting certain visual effects on their computer. Read below to find out how you can optimize the display settings on your computer for optimum performance in just minutes.

The first thing you must do is click the “start” button. Clicking the “start” button will bring up the “start menu” like so:

Clicking the start menu

 

From the “start menu” you must click “Control Panel”. Once you have clicked “Control Panel” you will be presented with the “Control Panel” window, which will appear like so:

Control Panel

 

You will notice a large list of icons in the window as shown above, if yours is appearing categorically then you must click the “Classic View” text, which is circled in the top left of the window as shown above. Once you have done so you must select the “System” icon, which you should have to scroll down to find like so:

Control Panel - system

 

Once you have found the “System” icon, you must double-left-click the icon, which will bring up the “System” window like so:

Changing settings - System

 

As you can see there is a red circle around the text “Performance”. You must click the text “Performance”, which will lead you to the “Performance Information and Tools” window. This window is used to change many aspects of your computer’s performance. The window should appear like so:

Adjusting visual effects

 

In the image above, you will notice that the text “Adjust visual effects”. You must click this text. Once you have clicked the text “Adjust visual effects” and accepted any security prompts, you will be presented with the “Performance Options” like so:

Performance options

 

From the “Performance Options” window you may deselect or select as many options as you choose, although in order to maintain a relevantly attractive computer at the same time as optimizing its performance, I recommend that you disable all of the effects except for the effects listed below, which should be kept in order to maintain a good looking desktop:

  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop

You must click within the small white box in each of the visual effects that are not one of the five listed above in order to remove the check from the box, thus disabling each effect.

 

Once you have deselected all of the effects except for the five listed above, you muse then click the “Apply” button and then the “OK” button, which are both located in the bottom right of the “Performance Options” window.

 

Once you have clicked the “Apply” and “OK” button, your desktop will appear to change. Once this change is complete, which should only take a few seconds, your desktop will be more responsive and your overall processor usage should drop slightly if not dramatically. Your computer may ask you to restart in order for the changes to take effect, if this is the case then you must restart your computer and once it restarts you will then notice the difference.

Congratulations! You have just modified the visual effects settings for your Windows Vista PC. Enjoy your newfound Windows optimization knowledge.

This tutorial gives a thoroughly detailed explanation on how a Windows Vista or Windows XP user can remove pesky adware, spyware and malware from your system, thus providing a sharper, safer and more responsive system. Read below to find how you can clear your computer of adware, spyware and malware in just minutes.

The first step towards removing these irritating programs is to head to a review page. The review page I selected my antispyware software from was the site linked below:

http://www.spywareremoverreviewed.com/

 

The site linked above will provide the top 5 antispyware programs and a download and purchase link for each. I recommend the antispyware software “XoftSpy SE”, although you may choose whichever suits your budget better.

 

If you would like to consider using “XoftSpy SE” then you may visit one of the links below:

 

Download free edition

http://download.cnet.com/XoftSpy-SE-Anti-Spyware/3000-8022_4-10492481.html

 

Official site of XsoftSpy SE

http://www.paretologic.com/products/xoftspyse/index.aspx

 

Once you have downloaded or purchased your copy of “XsoftSpy SE” and saved it to your desktop, you must then install it using the automated installer. To do so you must double-left-click the installer icon, which will appear like so:

Opening XsoftSpy SE installer

 

Now that you have double-left-clicked the “XsoftSpySE_Setup_RW” icon, the installer will open (if you are using Windows XP) if you are using Windows Vista then you will be prompted with a security prompt first, which will appear like so:

Opening installer security warning

 

Once you have accepted the security confirmation prompts the installer will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer

 

You must click the “Next” button, which will then present you with the next installer window like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - agreement

 

You must read and accept the license conditions and then click the “I Agree” button in order to proceed to the next window. The next window will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - installation directory

 

You can select a custom directory for installation of the software or you may use the default directory. Once you have chosen the directory you wish to install to you must click the “Install” button. The program will then begin to install like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - installing

 

Once the installation is complete you will be presented with the finishing installation window, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - finished

 

You may now click the “Finish” button. Once you have clicked the “Finish” button the “XoftSpy SE” software will run and will update like so:

XoftSpy SE updating

 

Once your software has updated you will be presented with the application itself, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application initiated

 

You must now click the green button marked “Start Scan”, which will initiate the scan of your computer. The scan will begin, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application scanning

 

Once your scan has completed the software will show you the threats that it found and offer to fix them. The window will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application scanning completed

 

In order to remove the threats on your system you must click the green button marked “Clean”. Once you click the “Clean” button, you will be prompted to register your software. In order to register your software you must click the “Register” button that appears within the prompt that appears after you click the “Clean” button. Once you click the “Register” button you must then click the button marked “Get License Key” like so:

XoftSpy SE application registration

 

Once you click the “Get License Key” button your web browser will open and direct you to their purchase site. On this site you must follow the prompts and enter your details and appropriate and then you will receive your license code, which must be entered in the text box to the right of the text “License Key:” as shown above. Once you have entered the code you must click the “OK” button on the right side of the text box, which will register your software. You may now re-scan your computer by clicking the “Scan” button in the top left of the window and then clicking the “Clean” button once the scan has completed.

Congratulation! You have just removed most if not all of the spyware, malware and adware that your computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows performance boosting knowledge.

This tutorial is aimed at showing every user of Windows Vista or Windows XP how they can dramatically decrease the boot time of their computer by disabling unnecessary startup programs. Read below to find out how you can decrease your boot time in just minutes.

The first step you must take is to open the “Run” window, which be opened by holding the “Windows” key and then pressing the “R” key.

Hold down “Windows” key, while holding the “Windows” key press the “R” key once and then release the “Windows” key.

 

Once you have opened the “Run” window, you may then proceed to opening the “System Configuration” window, which can be done by typing into the text box within the “Run” window the text below and then hitting the “Enter” key or clicking “OK”:

msconfig

 

You must enter the text into the appropriate text box like so:

Opening msconfig

 

Once you have entered the text above as shown you must then hit the “Enter” key or click the “OK” button.

 

Now you should have the “System Configuration” window open, which will look like this:

System configuration

 

You must now click the tab marked “Startup” on the top of the window like so:

System configuration - startup

 

The startup services shown above will vary depending on your computer. As you can see I am running Windows Vista on a Lenovo computer.

 

You must now scroll through this list of programs and remove the programs that you know are not necessary by left-clicking once in the white box on the left of the program name then clicking “Apply” then clicking “OK”. For example if you wanted to disable “Windows Defender” on startup, you would uncheck the box next to “Windows Defender” then click the button marked “Apply” then restart your computer.

 

Once you have clicked the the “OK” button you will be prompted to restart your computer, accept the prompt and your computer will restart. Once your computer restarts you will notice a decrease in your startup time, which will vary depending on which startup programs you disabled.

Congratulations! You have just decreased the boot up time of your computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows performance boosting knowledge.

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