These are the performance tuning steps I usually take after a fresh install of Windows Vista:
- Disable System Restore
- Adjust for best performance (System Properties-Advanced Tab, Performance)
- Disable User Account Control
- Pick one or the other: Google Desktop or Windows Indexing (most Dell computers have Google Desktop installed by default)
These are great actions to take on slower and/or less graphically capable computers. Everything just seems to pop once these changes are made. Far more responsive…and much more of a Windows XP look and feel.