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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Perfo... > Vista’s Performance Improvements

Vista’s Performance Improvements

Certain computer pastimes—hardcore gaming, software development, database administration, and digital video editing, to name just a few—require hardware help to maximize performance. Whether it’s scads of system RAM, a mountain of hard drive storage space, or a state-of-the-art graphics card, these intense computer tasks require the best hardware that users can afford.

Those of us who are not into those intense computing pursuits generally don’t need the fastest machine on the market to write memos, build spreadsheet models, or design web pages. What we really need is a system that doesn’t get in our way by making us wait for seemingly routine tasks. For example, in Windows XP, I often right-click a document in Explorer with the intention of clicking a command such as Cut, Copy, or Rename. Along the way, however, my mouse pointer has to pass over the Send To command. XP populates the Send To menu by going to the Registry and searching for items that it can add to this menu. For some reason, that sometimes takes several seconds, so my mouse pointer remains stuck on Send To, even though that’s not the command I want.


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