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.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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