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.

The other speakers were Stephen L Rose, Michael Boyd, Doug Miller, David Straydee, Gabe Auld, Ed Bott & Celine Allee.
Apologies to those people who’s names I have mangled.