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SRainharp

Vista on Netbook: what services/etc to disable?

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Hi,

I'm running Vista on a netbook from 2009 with the following specs:

  • Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6Ghz
  • 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 149GB SATA HDD (74.5GB for Vista and 74.5GB for XP)
  • Intel 945GM Chipset & GMA for specified Chipset (think 950?)

It's usable, but slightly sluggish - even a bit more sluggish at even FCEUX NES emulator than XP. Plus Vista is using about 400-500MB RAM when idle. I'm using an ISO that was updated to April 2017, Ultimate to be precise. I've installed WiFi (AR9285) and Intel GMA drivers. I want to keep the sidebar and Aero Glass on (I use the former because I like to subscribe to my own board's RSS feed and the latter because the performance impact of it is next to nothing here), but would like to disable unnecessary services and other things that gobble up CPU/RAM usage and HDD writes. Obviously don't want to go completely barebones, just disabling stuff like update services etc.

Any tips/hints? Thanks ^^

(And don't tell me to use Windows 7, that was even worse on here.)

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Why didn't you go for home premium or business? ultimate might add unneccesary stuff that might hog up a bit extra memory and processing, also you might want to get Windows 2008 Updates to be secure incase you're going to be using the internet for browsing or watching videos or anything related , although dont get the Spectre Updates if you decide to get the updates , it cuts around 25-30% cpu speed and considering you're already on 1.6ghz you wouldn't want that, It might a bit offtopic to what you asked but just a suggestion 

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I've followed most of that guide and got the RAM usage at a minimum idle of 322MB, and a rough average of around 406MB idle, I'm aware Vista handles applications RAM a d*** lot better than XP (even out of the box) does thanks to Superfetch and other things, but it just needs tweaking a little for services I suppose compared to XP.

I also bought a 2GB RAM so that should help further. Should I increase the paging file size to 4GB in that case?

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45 minutes ago, SRainharp said:

 I'm aware Vista handles applications RAM a d*** lot better than XP (even out of the box) does thanks to Superfetch and other things, but it just needs tweaking a little for services I suppose compared to XP.

Hmmm. :dubbio:

http://www.jucs.org/jucs_18_2/performance_evaluation_of_recent/jucs_18_02_0218_0263_martinovic.pdf

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In comparison with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 have plenty of new features and enhancements in parts of the OS that mostly impact the performance: memory management, CPU scheduling, the display architecture, HDD management and network optimization. Our performance measurement results show that in all tested environments, in most performance measurements these new features and enhancements do not result in better performance.

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The obtained experimental results lead to the conclusion that, contrary to our expectations, Windows 7 and especially Windows Vista do not provide a better overall performance on the high-end computer system compared to Windows XP. Some performance improvements can be seen in memory management and graphics display, but other parts of these OSs have equal or lower performance than Windows XP.

jaclaz

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2 hours ago, jaclaz said:

Some performance improvements can be seen in memory management and graphics display

That's what I was referring to! ^^

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In your particular case @SRainharp I would disable Superfetch, but keep Prefetch.  Vista was slow in relinquishing RAM used for cache to be available for applications.

HOWEVER - do not disable the Superfetch service.  Instead, go to the registry and change it there.  Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

Change EnableSuperfetch to "0".  Now restart Vista.

By the way, I don't charge "cache" for my advice (har hardy har har) :p

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I've also rid of widgets, indexing (Windows Search Service) and Terminal Server.  But remember, I vLite'd my installation DVD.  I also run Ultimate, but mine probably runs just as well as Home Premium or something lesser.  And I didn't want to worry about CPU or Aero restrictions on "junior" versions.

 

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2 hours ago, SRainharp said:

That's what I was referring to! ^^

Not really, you were explictly referring to Superfetch, which - as Jody just posted (for  free[1]) - would be the first thing to disable. :whistle:

 

jaclaz

[1] and with my personal endorsement and cachet  (har harder har har) :P

 

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