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Windows Vista Performance Tweaks


Add Additional Clocks to Taskbar

Ever want to keep track of the time in a different time zone?  With Vista you can now track two additional time zones with mini clocks that show up when you hover the mouse over the clock.

Add additional time zones:


1. Right click on the clock in the taskbar and select Adjust Date/Time.

2. Click on the Additional Clocks tab.

3. Check the box for either additional clock 1 or 2 and select the time zone.

4. Type in a display name for your click and hit OK.

Now when you hover your mouse over or click on the clock you will see the additional time zone.

Tip:  You can also add additional clocks to the sidebar by adding more clock gadgets.


Create a Shortcut for Flip 3D


Would you like to add a shortcut to your desktop or quick launch bar that launches the new Flip 3D tab replacement?

1. Right click on your desktop and select New and then Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste RunDll32 DwmApi #105 into the location box and hit Next.

3. Enter in a name for your shortcut and hit Finish.

4. Copy/Cut and Paste your new shortcut where ever you want.


Disable Network Printer Search


When browsing through shared folders and network computers Explorer can slow down when it is searching the local network for printers.  This sounds like a great feature and may be useful for some but I would rather disable it to get maximum performance when browsing through folders.

1. Hit Alt to bring up the menu bar if it is not already on the screen.

2. Click on Tools and select Folder Options.

3. On the View Tab, uncheck Automatically search for network printers.


Disable Welcome Center


As soon as you install Windows Vista you are bombarded by the Welcome Center that is designed to help beginner Windows users easily configure their new computer.  This new welcome screen is a nice feature the first time you start using Windows vista but quickly becomes annoying.

Disabling the Welcome Center is very easy to do and can speed up your boot as well.

1. Start Regedit.

2. Navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Run.

3. Right click on the WindowsWelcomeCenter key and select Delete.

The next time you restart the Welcome Center will be gone.


Resize Partitions with Vista Disk Management

In Windows Vista it is now possible to resize partitions without any data loss in the new Disk Management console.

Resizing Partitions with Windows Vista:


   1. Click on the Start Button and right click on Computer and select Manage.

   2. Expand the Storage section and select Disk Management.

   3. Then just right click on any partition and select either Expand or Shrink to change the size of the partition.

This will allow you to safely resize your partitions without any data loss.


Speed up Start Menu Search


When a users enters text in the search box on the start panel Windows automatically searches the file index as well.  The file index includes all of the searchable files on your hard drive and can be quite large.  One way to speed up searching through your start menu applications is to narrow the scope of the search so that it does not include hard drive files.


Prevent Start Menu Searches from searching the File index:


1. Open Registry Editor (regedit).

2. Navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Explorer and finally Advanced.

3. Find and right click on Start_SearchFiles and select Modify.

4. Set the Value to 0.

Restart the Explorer.exe process or just reboot your computer.


Super Quick - Quick Launch Bar


If you have the quick launch bar you can press the WINDOWS + a number and it will launch that application.

For example: If you have a shortcut for a folder in the first slot you would press WINDOWS + 1 to open that folder.

A second quick launch application would be WINDOWS + 2.






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