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Computer Help [VISTA]
« on: March 31, 2008, 02:56:40 AM »
Hey I got an Acer computer with Vista. It's the SAME EXACT COMPUTER with the SAME EXACT MEMORY AND STUFF. but I can't play my favorite games anymore because everything runs too slow on my computer. I can't play Halo Morrowind OR Last Chaos. But at her house I can play ALL OF THOSE GAMES. mabye there's a program stopping me, can anyone help???????
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Re: Computer Help [VISTA]
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 03:26:01 AM »
It's the SAME EXACT COMPUTER with the SAME EXACT MEMORY AND STUFF.

There's your problem. Vista is a huge memory hog, compared to XP. You may have to update your memory to get back the speed you had before. :(

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Re: Computer Help [VISTA]
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 03:35:42 AM »
sorry i meant its the same exact comp as my grandmothers and i can play everything there but none on mine.
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Re: Computer Help [VISTA]
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2008, 04:34:37 AM »
i personally do not like vista, imo it causes too many problems and it makes you do all extra work and cost more. but i do like the cool systems vista compares with XP, but i will be a XP customer, exept my laptop -_- when i get one...

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Re: Computer Help [VISTA]
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008, 07:32:40 AM »
Okay. I'm a Vista user, so I know how much it sucks (performance-wise). For starters, the comp must've came with pre-installed software. Make a backup of the factory settings and get rid of the useless junk. For me, it's HP's darn useless software, which starts with windows and drains the resources. According to that program, a small 'update of HP's quick-launch toolbar' is 'critical', and I can't ignore or hide that. It keeps prompting me to update. I just disabled the whole thing. Likewise, there will be many useless stuff. Remove everything. Next, check the programs/processes running in the background, like tray applications. Bring them down to a minimum. Then, the anti-virus. Which anti-virus did you get? If you got Norton, I recommend you get rid of it asap, it's the worst program I've seen, it practically drains the system resources, besides making you lose your bearings in the interface.

Now, during gameplay, disable programs like anti-virus, and disable Aero theme and switch to Vista Basic theme if it makes a difference. This should increase the performance by a bit.

Vista has a lots of stuff going on in the background, MANY windows processes which we might not need at all. I don't know the details, but search the net for optimizing Vista. While you're at it, DO NOT follow anything that requires you to install programs. And I recommend you don't mess with anything to do with registry. Disabling some Windows services and th like should be fine.
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