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12 Vista features your PC doesn't need

Improve performance by turning off the bloat

From Aero to Remote Assistance, we've rounded up the 12 most unnecessary features that simply bloat Windows Vista and can be turned off immediately.

3. Assorted interface beautification options

You can save some additional clock cycles by turning off all or some of Vista's pretty interface options, not all of which are directly connected to Aero.

To see the options, click Start, right-click Computer and select Properties. Click the Advanced System Properties link, the Advanced tab and then the Settings button inside the Performance box.

You can uncheck all of the listed options by selecting 'Adjust for best performance' or you can simply uncheck the ones you don't care for. I unchecked 'Fade or slide menus into view', 'Fade or slide ToolTips into view', 'Show shadows under menus' and 'Slide open combo boxes'. The rest I left on.

4. Remote Assistance

Don't worry about turning off this item if you run Vista Home (Basic or Premium). You don't have it. If you run Vista Business or Ultimate, though, you can use Remote Assistance to control one PC from another - a useful tool if you regularly provide tech support for a relative living far away.

On the other hand, if you're not providing long-distance support, or if you prefer a third-party remote-control program, Remote Assistance is just a waste of resources. To get rid of it, click Start, right-click Computer and select Properties. Click Remote Settings and uncheck 'Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer'.

5. Internet Printing Client

Do you ever print documents over the internet? Neither do I. Chances are, you won't miss out on anything by disabling Vista's Internet Printing Client.

Open the Programs and Features control panel and click the 'Turn Windows features on or off' link on the left; you'll get the Windows Features dialog box. Expand the Print Services section and uncheck Internet Printing Client.

Click ok at this point, and then wait several more minutes for the system to ask to reboot. Or you can read the next three items in this article, which also use this dialog box.

6. Windows Meeting Space

I like Windows' built-in peer-to-peer collaboration program, Meeting Space, which lets you share files across a network while editing them with a remote colleague. But I don't have any use for it in my daily life, and neither do most of the people I know.

So I shut Windows Meeting Space off. You can, too. Simply uncheck Windows Meeting Space while you're in the Windows Features dialog box. If you're not in the Windows Features dialog box, see the previous tip for instructions on getting to it.

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