Category: Windows Vista

Disable IPv6 imaginary tunnel network interfaces

IPv6 network tunnel interfaces makes you open for network attacks, and introduces an overhead.

Description of soft and hard page faults

Description of how Windows optimizes the virtual memory to minimize the need for hard pagefaults.

Use process affinity to lock application to a single core

Applications optimized to run on single CPU systems, will perform worse on multi CPU systems.

Disable the MSDOS and Win16 subsystem

For security measures then one should consider disabling the ability to launch the 16 bit subsystem.

Activate ACHI to enable Native Command Queuing

Native Command Queuing (NCQ) can improve hard disk performance, as it optimizes the order to execute read and write commands.

Troubleshoot problems with entering sleep mode

Diagnose what is preventing your computer from entering sleep mode, or wakes it prematurely.

ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV)

Description and recommended settings for the ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV) service.

Compound TCP (CTCP) can speed up TCP Slow Start

Compound TCP (CTCP) can improve the throughput for high bandwidth and high latency connections, by improving TCP slow start.

Copying files when the DVD or CD is scratched

When the media is filled with bad sectors, then one can still try to recover the good bits.

Configure Windows Search to index file contents

Configure Windows Search index filters to perform indexing of document and spreadsheets using IFilters.

Activate support for Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN)

Explicit Congestion Notification improves congestion handling for the TCP/IP protocol.

Access special folders easily using the shell command

How to use the shell keyword to quickly access special folders like the Send To folder.

All Tasks can be accessed through a special Control Panel

The All Tasks folder gives a quick overview of all the options available in the Control Panel.

Analyze boot time performance on Vista

Windows Vista will automatically optimize the boot times, but there can be situations where the boot times remains very slow.

Change OEM branding of the Welcome Center

The Welcome Center applet can be modified to display OEM name and logo.

Restore search context menu option in Vista SP1+

The "Search..." context menu option has been removed with Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Enable auto-tuning of RWIN in Internet Explorer on Vista

Configure TCPIP receive window auto-tuning for HTTP connections for faster download.

Optimize processor power management

Use power management to throttle the processor when idle, and get a cool CPU temperature.

Use NTFS compression to save disk space

NTFS compression can compress / decompress files on the fly and save disk space and minimize needed hard disk I/O

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service

Description and recommended settings for the Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol service.

Creating a bootable USB stick

How to make a DOS bootdisk on a USB pen drive.

Configure automatic detection of folder type

Windows Explorer tries to guess how to display a directory, by looking at the files within.

NDIS 5 hardware features that increases network performance

Windows can activate NDIS 5 network hardware features for offloading the system processor.

NDIS 6 hardware features that increases network performance

Windows can activate NDIS 6 network hardware features for offloading the system processor.

Configuration of the boot manager entries

Description of the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) used to store the configuration of the boot manager.

Restore boot manager when it is missing or compressed

Windows Vista will fail to boot if it cannot find the files used to load the boot manager.

Windows Recovery Environment

Windows Vista includes a Windows Preinstallation Environment, which allows easier and more advanced system recovery.

No boot device found or available

Computer cannot start if no proper boot device exists, or if the active boot device fails.

Configure the thumbnail cache for picture preview

The thumbnail cache allows the Windows Explorer to show preview of pictures, but also makes the browsing slower.

Defrag command line switches

List of the available command line switches for defrag.

Change the Vista file copy to perform like in earlier versions

Configure the file copying method to use cached I/O requests instead of non-cached.

Fails to obtain IP address when using DHCP broadcast request

Certain network routers doesn't respond to DHCP requests that requires broadcast reply.

Adding FTP server / WebDAV folder as a network place

Use Windows Explorer to browse a remote internet server by adding it as a network place.

Mapping WebDAV folder as a network drive letter

Mount a Web Folder as a mapped network drive with help from the Webclient service.

Perform clean install using Windows Vista upgrade

Installing Windows Vista without needing to install an older version of Windows first.

Mount Ext2 / Ext3 linux partitions inside Windows

Access Linux Ext2 / Ext3 partitions inside Microsoft Windows.

WLAN AutoConfig

Description and recommended settings for the WLAN AutoConfig service.

Windows Search

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Search service.

Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service.

Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache service.

Windows Modules Installer

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Modules Installer service.

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.

Windows Media Center Service Launcher

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Center Service Launcher service.

Windows Media Center Scheduler Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Center Scheduler Service.

Windows Media Center Receiver Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Center Receiver Service.

Windows Media Center Extender Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Media Center Extender Service.

Windows Firewall

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Firewall service.

Windows Event Collector

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Event Collector service.

Windows Error Reporting Service

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Error Reporting Service service.

Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework service.

Windows Defender

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Defender service.

Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar service.

Windows Color System

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Color System service.

Windows CardSpace

Description and recommended settings for the Windows CardSpace service.

Windows Backup

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Backup service.

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service.

TPM Base Services

Description and recommended settings for the TPM Base Services.

Thread Ordering Server

Description and recommended settings for the Thread Ordering Server service.

Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector

Description and recommended settings for the Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector service.

Terminal Services Configuration

Description and recommended settings for the Terminal Services Configuration service (TSCS).

Tablet PC Input Service

Description and recommended settings for the Tablet PC Input Service.

Superfetch

Description and recommended settings for the Superfetch service.

Software Licensing

Description and recommended settings for the Software Licensing service.

SNMP Trap

Description and recommended settings for the SNMP Trap service.

Smart Card Removal Policy

Description and recommended settings for the Smart Card Removal Policy service.

SL UI Notification Service

Description and recommended settings for the SL UI Notification Service.

Quality Windows Audio Video Experience

Description and recommended settings for the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service.

Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support

Description and recommended settings for the Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support service.

Portable Device Enumerator Service

Description and recommended settings for the Portable Device Enumerator Service.

PNRP Machine Name Publication Service

Description and recommended settings for the PNRP Machine Name Publication Service.

PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator

Description and recommended settings for the PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator service.

Performance Logs & Alerts

Description and recommended settings for the Performance Logs & Alerts service.

Peer Networking Identity Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Peer Networking Identity Manager service.

Peer Networking Grouping

Description and recommended settings for the Peer Networking Grouping service.

Peer Name Resolution Protocol

Description and recommended settings for the Peer Name Resolution Protocol service.

Parental Controls

Description and recommended settings for the Parental Controls service.

Offline Files

Description and recommended settings for the Offline Files service.

Network Store Interface Service

Description and recommended settings for the Network Store Interface Service.

Network List Service

Description and recommended settings for the Network List Service.

Network Access Protection Agent

Description and recommended settings for the Network Access Protection Agent service (also called Quarantine Agent).

Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service

Description and recommended settings for the Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service.

Multimedia Class Scheduler

Description and recommended settings for the Multimedia Class Scheduler service.

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

Description and recommended settings for the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service.

Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN

Description and recommended settings for the Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN service.

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper

Description and recommended settings for the Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper service.

IP Helper

Description and recommended settings for the IP Helper service.

KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Description and recommended settings for the KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator service.

Interactive Services Detection

Description and recommended settings for the Interactive Services Detection service.

IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules

Description and recommended settings for the IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules service.

Health Key and Certificate Management

Description and recommended settings for the Health Key and Certificate Management service.

Group Policy Client

Description and recommended settings for the Group Policy Client service.

Function Discovery Resource Publication

Description and recommended settings for the Function Discovery Resource Publication service.

Function Discovery Provider Host

Description and recommended settings for the Function Discovery Provider Host service.

Extensible Authentication Protocol

Description and recommended settings for the Extensible Authentication Protocol service.

Diagnostic Service Host

Description and recommended settings for the Diagnostic Service Host service.

Diagnostic System Host

Description and recommended settings for the Diagnostic System Host service.

Diagnostic Policy Service

Description and recommended settings for the Diagnostic Policy Service.

DFS Replication

Description and recommended settings for the DFS Replication service.

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service.

CNG Key Isolation

Description and recommended settings for the CNG Key Isolation service.

Certificate Propagation

Description and recommended settings for the Certificate Propagation service.

Block Level Backup Engine Service

Description and recommended settings for the Block Level Backup Engine service.

Base Filtering Engine

Description and recommended settings for the Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service.

Application Experience

Description and recommended settings for the Application Experience service.

Wired AutoConfig

Description and recommended settings for the Wired AutoConfig service.

ReadyBoost

Description and recommended settings for the ReadyBoost service.

Configure TCPIP Max Transfer Unit (MTU) size

Changing the Max Transfer Unit (MTU) to avoid packet fragmentation and connection loss.

Activate Aero Interface on Windows Vista Home Basic

Bypass the restriction of not being able to use the Aero interface on Windows Vista Home Basic.

vLite - Vista Lite deployment tool

Configure the perfect Windows installation before actually installing.

Extend Windows Vista activation period

Windows Vista Software Licensing Manager makes it possible to extend the period before activation is needed.

Send To Toys

Utility that can extend the functionality of the sendto context menu.

Faster start menu search by not searching all files

The start menu search in Windows Vista will by default search all folders and files in My Documents folder.

Remove drive-letters for removable drives from Send-To

Configure whether it should display removable drives like Floppy, DVD and Network drives in the Send To context menu.

Change OEM branding of the system information applet

The System Information applet can be modified to display OEM name and logo.

Installing NTBackup in Windows Vista / 2008

Windows Vista / 2008 does not include the NtBackup utility by default.

TCP/IP RWIN Auto-Tuning can slow down network

Not all network routers supports the tcpip receive window scaling flag used by Windows Vista.

Description of the hard disk cache

The hard disk performance is very dependent on the configuration of the disk cache.

Open Command Prompt during the install phase

It is possible to open a command prompt during the GUI part of the Windows install.

Change the display of drive-letters in Windows Explorer

Control in what order the drive letter and label should be shown in My Computer.

Unlocker can display and close open file handles

Unlocker displays the open file handles, when trying to delete or move a file which is used by another application.

Using TCP/IP Version 6 (IPv6) can make network slow

Before activating TCP/IP Version 6 then one should make sure that the DNS server is able to handle IPv6 properly.

Synchronizing Images and Files with SyncToy

SyncToy is an utility by Microsoft which can make the manual task of synchronizing files a little easier.

Configure commit write for files on network shares

Network file server can ignore client file flush requests and thus increase the network file performance.

Configure the file association for unknown file types

Change whether it should use the Internet to determine what application to use for opening a file of an unknown type.

Security Center

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Security Center service (WSCSVC).

DCOM Server Process Launcher

Description and recommended settings for the DCOM Server Process Launcher service.

Virtual Disk Service (VDS)

Description and recommended settings for the Virtual Disk service.

WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service

Description and recommended settings for the WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto Discovery service.

The TCPIP nagle algorithm can slow down network

Description of the nagle algorithm effects on the network throughput, and how to configure the delayed ACK.

Description of password encryption in the Microsoft Network

The different password encryption algorithms available in the Microsoft Network.

Description of SMB signing in the Microsoft Network

How the security features in SMB signing can protect the network.

Monitor system performane and system health

CPU core temperature monitoring utilities, that can give alerts if things gets too hot.

Rebuild icon cache to fix incorrectly displayed icons

The icon cache can become corrupted and lead to icons being garbled.

WMI Performance Adapter

Description and recommended settings for the WMI Performance Adapter service.

Application Layer Gateway

Description and recommended settings for the Application Layer Gateway service.

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Image Acquisition service.

Windows Audio

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Audio service.

WebClient

Description and recommended settings for the WebClient service.

Volume Shadow Copy

Description and recommended settings for the Volume Shadow Copy service.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Device Host

Description and recommended settings for the Universal Plug and Play Device Host service.

Themes Service

Description and recommended settings for the Themes service.

SSDP Discovery Service

Description and recommended settings for the SSDP Discovery service.

Shell Hardware Detection

Description and recommended settings for the Shell Hardware Detection service.

Network Location Awareness

Description and recommended settings for the Network Location Awareness service.

MS Software Shadow Copy Provider

Description and recommended settings for the MS Software Shadow Copy Provider service.

Human Interface Device Access / HID Input Service

Description and recommended settings for the Human Interface Device Access service.

Cryptographic Services

Description and recommended settings for the Cryptographic services.

COM+ System Application Service

Description and recommended settings for the COM+ System Application service.

Samurize

Advanced desktop enhancement engine that can gather all sorts of system details along with feeds from the Internet and place it all together on the desktop.

Description of Master Browser in the Microsoft Network

The use of the master browser in the microsoft network, and how it is elected.

Configure the explorer file sort to be like in Windows 2000

Windows Explorer file sorting can be changed from logical number compare to just one digit at a time.

Uninstall ghost devices or services using the Device Manager

Description of ghost devices and how they can be removed in safemode.

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

Description and recommended settings for the Background Intelligent Transfer service.

Windows Update / Automatic Updates

Description and recommended settings for the Automatic Updates service.

Disable the page file to avoid using the slow HDD

Disabling the page file to prevent Windows from unloading memory to the hard disk.

Configure master browser election in Windows NT

How to configure the way Microsoft Windows participates in the master browser election.

Control disk check at boot after incorrect shutdown

Windows NT will perform a chkdsk at boot time after an improper shutdown.

Configure the keyboard mapping using scancode map

How to use the scancode map to modify the keyboard layout and disable the Windows-key.

Boot Manager

A boot manager can help with running multiple operating systems on the same machine.

Hide computer from the other computers on the network

How to configure the computer not to announce itself on the Microsoft Network.

Creating the Show Desktop shortcut

The Show Desktop shortcut in the quick launch bar can be restored if deleted.

Create keyboard shortcut to quickly launch a program

How to configure a keyboard shortcut as a hotkey to quickly start an application.

Make screendump of the desktop using Print Screen

How to use the keyboard key "Print Screen" to make a screen dump.

Configure and troubleshoot Windows Management Instrumentation

Description of how to repair the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) repository.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Management Instrumentation service.

Windows Installer

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Installer service.

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Description and recommended settings for the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service.

Terminal Services

Description and recommended settings for the Terminal Services service.

Smart Card

Description and recommended settings for the Smart Card service.

Remote Access Connection Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Access Connection Manager service.

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Access Auto Connection Manager service.

RunAs Service / Secondary Logon

Description and recommended settings for the Secondary Logon service.

Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS)

Description and recommended settings for the Routing and Remote Access service.

Network Connections

Description and recommended settings for the Network Connections service.

Remote Registry Service

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Registry service.

IPSEC Policy Agent

Description and recommended settings for the IPSEC services.

Application Management

Description and recommended settings for the Application Management service.

DNS Client

Description and recommended settings for the DNS Client service.

Configure and troubleshoot Distributed Transaction Coordinator

How to reset the transaction log for the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) and reinstall MSDTC.

Distributed Transaction Coordinator

Description and recommended settings for the Distributed Transaction Coordinator service.

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Description and recommended settings for the Distributed Link Tracking Client service.

DHCP Client

Description and recommended settings for the DHCP Client service.

COM+ Event System

Description and recommended settings for the COM+ Event System service.

Windows Time

Description and recommended settings for the Windows Time service.

Telephony

Description and recommended settings for the Telephony service.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service

Description and recommended settings for the TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service.

System Event Notification

Description and recommended settings for the System Event Notification service (SENS).

Server

Description and recommended settings for the Server service.

Security Accounts Manager (SAM)

Description and recommended settings for the Security Accounts Manager service.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Procedure Call service.

Task Scheduler

Description and recommended settings for the Task Scheduler service.

Protected Storage

Description and recommended settings for the Protected Storage service.

Print Spooler

Description and recommended settings for the Print Spooler service.

Plug and Play

Description and recommended settings for the Plug and Play service.

NET Logon

Description and recommended settings for the NET Logon service.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Description and recommended settings for the Remote Procedure Call Locator service.

Windows Event Log

Description and recommended settings for the Event Log service.

Computer Browser

Description and recommended settings for the Computer Browser service.

Workstation

Description and recommended settings for the Workstation service.

FAX

Description and recommended settings for the FAX service.

Disable the automatic updating of file access time

Lower the disk activity by disabling the updating of when a file was last accessed.

Disable creation of DOS compatible 8.3 filename

Speed up the creation of new files by not creating a 8.3 filename for backward compatibility.

Configure the page file for best performance

Finding the the optimal size and location for the Windows swap file.

Configure the Master File Table for the NTFS partitions

The Master File Table is the index for all files and directories placed on a ntfs partition and critical for ntfs performance.