unwanted Vista components

  orsta 19:58 06 Sep 2007

I would like to remove Defender and Mail amongst others, I prefer the likes of Spybot and Thunderbird.

But i can not figure out how to remove the bits i don't like. Could somebody enlighten me?


  skidzy 20:21 06 Sep 2007

I dont think you can remove Defender and Windows Mail from Vista as this is embedded into Internet Explorer.

And if thinking of reverting to IE6,you cannot as Vista is not compatible with IE6.

Why do you wish to remove these ?...to gain space ?

Your gain would be very small if indeed the case.

  [email protected] 20:51 06 Sep 2007

just remove all accounts from mail, and at the bottom of defender options, un tick the last but one box called user windows defender, it will warn you it's switched off. i dont think you can remove either, if you want programs that work, just disable them, i have also turned off defrag, and system restore, and replaced them with 3rd party programs.

  orsta 12:10 07 Sep 2007

Thanks for the replies.

I only wanted to remove them because they are not being used. Just a bit of housekeeping really. I had already switched off defender because I'm using spybot.

Fortunately i have more hard drive than required at present. Mind you i have thought that before.

  Chegs ®™ 00:13 08 Sep 2007

Top 10 Windows Vista Performance Tweaks
Windows Vista is a great looking operating system with some awesome features, but it can be slow as molasses unless you've got a hugely powerful PC to run it. For most computers however, a few quick Vista tweaks can make a massive difference in the speed of Vista for everyday use.

Here's our list of recommended Vista performance and speed 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

  Chegs ®™ 00:14 08 Sep 2007

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:
Offline Files (unless you're using Offline File Sync)
Tablet PC Input Service (unless you have a tablet PC)
Terminal Services
Windows Search (If you have already disabled indexing)
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:
Indexing Service
Remote Differential Compression
Tablet PC Optional Components
Windows DFS Replication Service
Windows Fax & Scan (unless you use a modem for faxing)
Windows Meeting Space (unless you use the Live Meeting Service)

  orsta 11:37 08 Sep 2007

Cheers chegs, something to play with one afternoon next week.


  setecio 09:06 09 Sep 2007


  orsta 14:54 09 Sep 2007

I'll kill this thread off now.

Thanks to all.

  Zorgalite 12:26 13 Sep 2007

Good Tips. Bookmarked.

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