Fast Downloads slows down vista!!!

  daxia 16:42 10 Apr 2008

Hi !

I just upgraded my system from XP to vista home basic last week (I did a clean install).

Now, I am having some problems. For some reason, it seems that downloading stuff slows down my system, and the faster the download is, the more the system gets slown down. I doesn't matter what program I use. Utorrent, Firefox, Internet explorer, all the same problem. With XP downloading stuff did not make any difference to anything. I used to be able to download stuff, burn a DVD, do a virus scan and watch a movie all at the same time without any problems. Now, I cant even watch a movie while downloading something.

My computer is a DELL M1710 laptop with
Core 2 duo 2.16Mhz, 2GB ram, 7200RPM hd and Geforce Go 7950 GTX 512mb DDR3, so I believe that my system is powerfull enough.

My network card is called BroadCom NetXtreme 57xx

Also, I have seen allot of problems with my FPS when playing WoW and other games in Vista that I did not use to have with XP.

I think that I have the latest drivers for everything. Windows update cant find anything.

If anyone knows what might be wrong, please help.


  Totally-braindead 18:50 10 Apr 2008

I'm not entirely convinced that anything is actually wrong. Granted your laptop should be more than capable of running more than one program at a time but Vista is slower than XP. Well many find it so. I know I did even with a clean install.

I tried Vista for a very short period of time and did not try what you are doing so cannot comment but I'm sure someone will.

  mrwoowoo 00:03 11 Apr 2008

Some speed up tips here.

click here
Or even..

Top 10 Windows Vista Performance Tweaks

1. Turn off Windows Search Indexing
Windows Vista search indexing is constantly reviewing files on your system to make their contents available for quick searching. This is handy, but can severely impact system performance.
To disable this constant indexing:
• Click Start then Computer
• Right Click the C: Drive
• On General Tab, Uncheck Index this drive for faster searching
• On the subsequent dialog box, Select Include subfolders and files
2. Turn off Remote Differential Compression
Remote Differential Compression measures the changes in files over a network to transfer them with minimal bandwidth rather than transferring an entire file that has previously been moved. By constantly checking for file changes, this service can hinder system performance.
To disable this service:
• Open Control Panel
• Switch to Classic View
• Select Program Features
• Choose Turn Windows features on and off
• Scroll down and uncheck Remote Differential Compression
*Special Note: Windows Vista has the same tendency as XP to get bogged down with a bloated and corrupt Windows registry and file system. We strongly recommend keeping Vista running in optimum condition using an app like RegCure PC Optimizer: Free Download (Recommended)
3. Turn off Automatic Windows Defender Operation
Windows Defender real-time protection against malware continues to run despite having Automatic operation disabled.
To disable this feature:
• Open Control Panel
• Select Windows Defender
• Choose Tools from the top menu
• Select Options
• Uncheck Auto Start at the bottom of the window
4. Turn off Automatic Disk Defragmentation
Windows Vista and its always-on defragment feature isn't really that necessary and can cause system slow down. Just remember to run a defrag manually every week or so.
To disable this:
• Click Start then Computer
• Right Click the C: Drive
• Select the Tools Tab
• Uncheck Run on a schedule
*Important: Keeping your hard drive defragmented is key to great system performance, but it's very important not to neglect Vista's core files, dll structure, and file/path reference system. PCTuneUpTips advises regular Vista system scans and maintenance with RegCure: Free Download (Highly Recommended)
5. Add a 2GB or higher USB Flash drive to take advantage of Windows Ready Boost (Additional Memory Cache)
Ready Boost is Microsoft's name for using a USB thumb/flash drive to provide some quick access memory the operating system can use as extra RAM. The Ready Boost system can significantly improve system performance.
To set this up:
• Insert a USB Flash Drive (preferably 2GB or more)
• Click Start then Computer
• Right Click the USB Drive in My Computer
• Select the Ready Boost Tab
• Choose Use this device
• Select as much space as you can free up for RAM usage vs. Storage

  mrwoowoo 00:06 11 Apr 2008

Part 2.

6. Turn off Windows Hibernation
Windows hibernation background services can use a large amount of system resources. If you don't use the Hibernate feature on a regular basis you may want to disable it to give Vista a performance boost.
To disable Hibernation:
• Select the Control Panel then Power Options
• Click Change Plan Settings
• Click on Change Advanced Power Settings
• Expand the Sleep selection
• Expand the Hibernate After selection
• Crank the selector down to zero
• Click Apply
7. Turn off System Restore
Analysis and restore point creation by Windows Vista can eat a fair amount of system resources. Disabling this service will obviously mean the system restore feature in Vista will not be available in the event of a system crash. Change this at your own risk.
• Control Panel>System
• Click System Protection on the left panel
• Uncheck the main system drive
• Agree to the confirmation
*Note: The best protection against ever needing to restore your PC is regular file cleaning and maintenance. We strongly recommend regular Vista error detection and repair scans using RegCure PC Optimizer: Free Download (#1 Recommended)
8. Disable User Access Control (UAC)
This much-loathed new Vista feature attempts to protect your system from malware infection by making you manually confirm a whole host of everyday user operations. While it doesn't directly impact performance, it can be annoying and might be more hassle than good.
To disable User Access Control:
• Click Start then Control Panel
• Select User Accounts
• Select Turn User Account Control on or off
• Uncheck User Account Control Box
• Restart as recommended
9. Disable excess Windows Services that Auto-Launch at Startup
Just like Windows XP, Vista ships with all kinds of services enabled that load at startup and may never be used by most users.
To see what loads at startup and disable the ones you likely won't be needing (they can always be started manually later):
• Click Start then Control Panel
• Select Administrative Tools
• Choose System Configuration
• Click the Services Tab
• You can safely deselect:
o Offline Files (unless you're using Offline File Sync)
o Tablet PC Input Service (unless you have a tablet PC)
o Terminal Services
o Windows Search (If you have already disabled indexing)
o Fax (unless you're using a fax modem)
*You can also control Windows Vista strartup programs very easily with RegCure: Download Now
10. Disable Excess Windows Features
Windows ships with other features that are listed separately in the Vista operating system from the startup services.
You can view and disable these features by:
• Clicking Start then Control Panel
• Select Program Features
• On the left panel, select Turn Windows Features on or off
• You can safely deselect:
o Indexing Service
o Remote Differential Compression
o Tablet PC Optional Components
o Windows DFS Replication Service
o Windows Fax & Scan (unless you use a modem for faxing)
o Windows Meeting Space (unless you use the Live Meeting Service)

. Gain Speed
Does Vista seem slower than XP to you? A default power setting in the "Power Saver" plan limits the CPU to 50 percent. Open the Power Options control panel and change it to "High Performance" to give it full throttle.

  mrwoowoo 00:10 11 Apr 2008

I think the bottom paragraph (gain speed)will give the best result,if relevent.

  sunny staines 02:19 11 Apr 2008


thanks for info pasted to word and saved

  [email protected] 08:12 11 Apr 2008

"A default power setting in the "Power Saver" plan limits the CPU to 50 percent."
mine shows min 5% max 100% on balanced. min 100% max 100% on power? maybe amd cool and quiet does this? i would have thought limiting the cpu to 50% makes for very interesting performance?

  [email protected] 08:13 11 Apr 2008

oh power saver! never used that, ignore me...

  mrwoowoo 19:57 11 Apr 2008

"i would have thought limiting the cpu to 50% makes for very interesting performance?"..It did,LOL.
Even with a intel quad core,Word took an age to open.Changed the power options to high performance and now Word opens as quick,if not quicker than xp.
Strange thing is,all my games ran flat out,with max settings whilst sometimes multi tasking as well.
Very strange indeed.

  Jim_F 22:09 11 Apr 2008


27th September 2007 James Bannan Vista, Windows :

All this automatic tuning of the Vista network stack sounds great in theory, but the problem is that some clients don’t support TCP window scaling, or do but don’t have it enabled. Additionally, some firewall products also don’t support it. In either scenario, the result is dropped packets which affects network performance horrendously -- your traffic is literally dropping into a black hole, never to be seen again.

So if you’re experiencing excessive network lags on your Vista machine, especially compared to non-Vista machines, it might be worthwhile disabling auto-tuning. Do this by opening up an administrative Command Window (right-click, Run as administrator), and type in the following command:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

You may also need to type in:

netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled

The changes take effect straight away, with no reboot needed. Bear in mind that this is a global change, so it may really be worth your while to sit down and nut through your network's QoS settings to get things running happily without disabling auto-tuning.

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