Windows Vista's Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business and Enterprise all have a 64-bit (or x64) edition.
This was released early 2007.
It is best utilized by computer users who have high-performance and advanced needs.
The 64-bit edition is ideal for CAD and AutoCAD work, scientific computing, financial analysis, hard-core PC gaming and for multimedia artists.
The 64-bit editions require a system with a 64-bit processor and 64-bit system drivers so make sure you are compatible before actually installing.
Some may find that using Vista x64 slows down the performance of their computer or makes their computers start up take longer than usual.
Here are the top 5 ways to speed up Vista x64.
Uninstall the programs or applications that you do not use.
That software you used back in college for your project may no longer be needed.
It is eating up too much memory and it reminds you of that frightful professor you had whose spindly fingers gave you the creeps.
Go to Control panel and remove such programs.
Off with Aero Glass Transparency It may have been cool to look at that trendy animation for a week or two but when you get down to doing real work, you need speed over aesthetics.
To return to that automatic minimizing and maximizing of your windows, on the desktop, right click on an empty space.
Choose "Window Color and Appearance".
Then click "Open classic appearance properties for more color options" From here, there is a drop down asking for your color scheme, choose "Windows Visual Basic" then click OK.
Clean unused programs when Vista x64 is starting up.
It is also a good idea to do this as since you will also be able to detect if there are malicious software starting up with your Vista.
Auto-Defrag no more Vista's defaulted feature is automatically defragging every four times your computer starts.
It may be quite annoying especially if you have a deadline to beat or if you are chatting with a friend halfway around the world and you only meet once in a while online.
To stop this, go to "Computer" then point your mouse to your C: drive.
Once there, right click and choose "Properties.
Go to "Tools" and select "Defragment Now.
" Uncheck the box for "Run on a Schedule.
" Click OK.
However, you still have to manually defrag your computer to avoid disk fragmentation.
Do this around every month or so.
Use ReadyBoost This is a feature of Vista you want to exploit.
It uses an external drive for disk cache.
What that means is it helps in expediting data access.
If you plan to use this feature fully, have a pen drive that has at least 1GB storage capacity, with 512MB free.
These are just the top 5 and relatively easy ways on how to speed up Vista x64, aside from the obvious and expensive alternative of installing more RAM.
If you already have a RAM of 2GB, then using the 5 mentioned ways will already boost the performance of your Vista x64.