How to make Vista Faster: In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to make Vista Startup and Shutdown faster. There are many options available to make your Windows Vista quicker, however, many of these options require reducing Vista's functionality. We will try to focus on options that do not limit functionality.
Making Windows Vista Boot and Shutdown Faster:
Perform a "Disk Cleanup":
Click Start and type Disk Cleanup in the Start Search box, then press Enter and follow the onscreen instructions
Run "Disk Defragmenter":
Click Start and type Disk Defragmenter in the Start Search box, then press Enter and follow the onscreen instructions (select Defragment Now)
Empty the "Windows Prefetch" Directory:
Navigate to C:\Windows\Prefetch and delete all files and folders within, then reboot. After the first couple of reboots, Windows Vista should boot and shutdown faster
Those are just a few tricks that I use to help Windows Vista Boot or Startup and Shutdown quicker. Of course there are many more options like removing programs you never use, stopping programs from launching at startup and reducing Vista eye candy visual effects like Windows Aero.
Keep in mind that just like it's predecessors, Windows Vista will slow down over time as you fill the hard drive with information. Performing these steps at regular intervals should help keep your system speedy and performing well.