Boosting Vista Startup Performance

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 Nov. 2008 / Last Updated on 29 Aug. 2008]

How can you improve the startup performance of your Vista computer? Disable SuperFetch!

A quick way to boost the startup performance of a computer running Vista is to disable the SuperFetch features.

To disable the SuperFetch service, use the Services console from Administrative tools to stop the service and then set the startup value of the service to Disabled.

Once you do this you should be able to boot your computer, log on to Vista, and start working immediately instead of having to wait several minutes (or longer) for your system to become responsive. If you don't disable SuperFetch, chances are your disk will thrash and CPU usage hit the roof for several minutes after rebooting and logging on.

Disabling SuperFetch will also enable Vista to go into sleep mode more quickly and to resume from sleep faster as well.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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