Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning Windows Vista’s Appearance and Performance
Fine-Tuning Application Performance
Application performance determines the relative priority of applications being run by
users and those being run by the operating system. Unlike earlier releases of Win-
dows, Windows Vista does a much better job of prioritizing, and as a result, back-
ground processes and housekeeping tasks have less impact on performance. Because
of this, the default configuration for application performance, which gives schedul-
ing priority to applications you are running, is typically what you’ll want to use. The
only time you may want to change this behavior is if you are using a computer run-
ning Windows Vista as a server. For example, if you were using a computer as a
printer server or web server, you would probably want to change the scheduling pri-
You control application performance by completing the following steps:
1. In the Control Panel, click the System and Maintenance category heading link.
2. Click Performance Information and Tools.
3. Under Tasks, click “Adjust visual effects.” This opens the Performance Options
Figure 3-20. Optimizing visual effects