Vista, Realy Something


Sunday, April 15, 2007 by RogerCale | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Well I got my taxes back. I upgraded my computer for Vista as follows:
it's already a 3.2mhz computer, did not have to upgrade the CPU.
Upgraded to 4 gigs of memory.
Upgraded to a 500 gig HD EIDE Hard Drive.
Upgraded to an nVidia Geforce 7600 GS 512mb AGP 8 Card.
And bought the Vista Ultimate Full (not upgrade).
I am inpressed with the looks and features of vista, however it ran extreamly slow on almost everything, like moving files from one hard drive to another, doing things on the internet. I formatted and reinstalled WindowsXP for now, until I can figure out the reason for the slowness.Am I the only person with vista slowness or are there others? is there something I can do to make things faster?

Thanks for your help and suggestions. Roger  
Reply #1 Sunday, April 15, 2007 5:10 PM
one of the cause of the slowness in copying files back and forth is the drive type, IDE and EIDE are basically being replaced by SATA, if you can get urself one of the SATA drives and you will notice a improved performance boost in the transfer of files.
i dont run vista myself as i am waiting until the first service packs appear for it, that could be another of the causes of slowness, like any new software there are usually a few bugs that are sorted out with the first batch of service packs.
Reply #2 Sunday, April 15, 2007 6:33 PM
I use Vista Ultimate and find it to be as fast or faster the XP and NO crashes.
Reply #3 Sunday, April 15, 2007 6:40 PM
Upgraded to 4 gigs of memory.

Could also be the RAM if you're using the older PC300 type stuff. You could check for this in System. Vista Experience....RAM is rated on memory calculations per second, and if you have a low score (say in the 2.0's or lower) you may need to consider upgrading to the more modern & faster DDR - DDR2 RAM to improve Vista's performance on your machine. Thing is, that may entail a change of MOBO....and possibly your AGP graphics card to PCI express. Hopefully it won't come to that and somebody else can offer some ideas/solutions so Vista runs well for you.

Best of luck with it as Vista is a great OS to use.
Reply #4 Sunday, April 15, 2007 6:59 PM
I just bought Vista ultimate, retail. gaming and file transfers seem slow. i googled up some tweaks that helped speed things up. first, to boost your transfer rates to one device to another you want to go to control panel> performance and features> turn windows features on or off. here you can unchech a feature called remote differential compression. this will allow for better transfer rates. Also if you get a sata drive you can enable some extra performance features by adjusting the policies on your sata drive.
all in all, to get the most out of vista, (run as fast as xp, faster) you'll need a dual-core cpu, and faster ram.
Reply #5 Sunday, April 15, 2007 8:13 PM


That explains.

I think the EIDE wasn't the best desicion. You could buy a cheap SATA card and another cheaper SATA 500GB. You might also want to check if your Hard drive is running in PIO mode instead of DMA, which doesn't chug that much on XP but Vista being an disk-access heavy OS, that's rather different.

(On a side note, how big is the HDD cache? For large sizes, ANYTHING below 8MB- the bare minimum- is gonna be laggy. 16MB is the sweet spot for everything >300GB.)
Reply #6 Sunday, April 15, 2007 9:14 PM
already a 3.2mhz computer, did not have to upgrade the CPU.

yea that wouldnt be too good, you just MIGHT have to upgrade that thing.....
Reply #7 Sunday, April 15, 2007 10:31 PM
Microsoft have a ram checker thingy for download that can check the state of your ram,if my comps anything to go by a dual core would make it bitch'n and at times could do with one apart from going to 10,ooo rpm hdd's

for tweaks to do to vista, cnet and tech republic have articles there that should help

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