This article describes how to optimize Windows Vista performance, as well as perform routine maintenance and avoid program conflicts.
The Dell Recommended link above automatically checks your system to improve overall performance.
For detailed information on improving performance in Windows Vista, view the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:
"Ways to improve your computer's performance"
There are a few key housekeeping tasks that should be routinely performed on a computer to keep it running smoothly.
Make sure that all key operating system updates are installed. Visit Microsoft KB article "Install Windows updates" to learn more.
Files on your hard drive can sometimes become spread out, or fragmented, across different sectors of the drive. Defragmenting the hard drive aligns the pieces of those files in one sector, which increases the efficiency of the operating system to open the files. To learn more, see Microsoft KB article:
Old drivers may cause certain applications to not run correctly, or may have bugs that have been fixed in later releases. Drivers should be checked for updates at least twice a year. Click the button below to visit the Dell Drviers and Downloads website to update your drivers!
The use of multiple anti-virus programs may cause your system to lock up. Anti-virus programs come pre-installed on most Dell Computers, so customers sometimes install other anti-virus programs without realizing that there is already a system installed. If you decide to install an alternate anti-virus software, it is important that you first uninstall any other anti-virus programs that may be running on your computer.
Choose only one anti-virus program and reinstall it. It is not recommended to have more than one anti-virus software package installed on your computer.
Internet Explorer stores your history, website cookies, and passwords, as well as your Favorites. If you are experiencing problems with Internet Explorer, use the Microsoft Internet Explorer Solution Center to clean up your web browser and get the most out of your browsing experience.
Along with regular maintenance, make sure that Internet Security Software is installed on your computer and is kept up to date.
If you do not have or do not wish to purchase any Internet security software, Microsoft has created free security software built specifically for your operating system. Visit Microsoft Security Essentials to preview, download and get support.
Article ID: SLN99631Last Date Modified: 06/18/2020 12:47 PM