Videocast seen over here.
It was worth an hour of my time.
Some of the highlights:
- If you’re going to deploy it and expect it to run on four year old hardware, wellll, it’s not going to operate very well.
- Vista SP1 made a huge difference to performance.
- Using the latest drivers is key.
- In the corporate environment, never upgrade. Rebuild the PC instead.
- Set expectations. If a PC boot is taking 6 minutes, it’s not a “”Vista”” problem, your PC has a problem. You need to get it fixed Mr. End-user, by telling someone.
- Review your Group Policies. Do you really need synchronous blocking enabled?
- 64-bit Vista is best for systems with >4gb memory and the workload to support it.
- Defragging makes no difference on a SSD drive.
- Defragging on a normal drive doesn’t make much difference.
- Xperf toolkit will allow you to trace the entire Vista boot process.
- Task Manager has a new option, Resource Manager, located in the Performance tab.
”Hard Faults” are virtual memory faults which result in disk I/O being performed.
- Start with a clean image. Vendor OEM images add value, and sometimes decrease performance.
- Autoruns is a better tool to use than MSconfig.
- Don’t disable SuperFetch.