Thanks all for the input.
I'm gonna try NOD32. I like the idea of having a say in how it affects my machine like Harlan Bear said.
In regards to Norton, I've uninstalled but.... Any resources for manually removing those stubborn files that don't go away w/ the uninstall?
Downloading the trial now.
What's:ESET Smart Security for Win XP/2000/Vista
It's an optional d/l right beside:ESET NOD32 3.0 Antivirus for Win XP/2000/Vista
I assume it's a sort of firewall?
I'm running no AV software and am amazed how much faster the computer runs. I've tried Avast, AVG, and NOD and prefer "none" to all of them. YMMV
Apple Mobile Device - Provides the interface to Apple mobile devices. If you don’t have any apple hardware but use iTunes, then disable this service.Diagnostic Policy Service - The Diagnostic Policy Service enables problem detection, troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. If this service is stopped, diagnostics will no longer function. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.Diagnostic System Host - The Diagnostic System Host service enables problem detection, troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. If this service is stopped, some diagnostics will no longer function. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.Base Filtering Engine - The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) is a service that manages firewall and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policies and implements user mode filtering. Stopping or disabling the BFE service will significantly reduce the security of the system. It will also result in unpredictable behavior in IPsec management and firewall applications.Certificate Propagation - Propagates certificates from smart cards.Computer Browser - Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.Desktop Window Manager Session Manager - Provides Desktop Window Manager startup and maintenance services. Disabling this will kill aero glass.Function Discovery Provider Host - Host process for Function Discovery providers. Detects devices such as Windows Media Center Extenders on your local network.Function Discovery Resource Publication - Publishes this computer and resources attached to this computer so they can be discovered over the network. If this service is stopped, network resources will no longer be published and they will not be discovered by other computers on the network.Group Policy Client - The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is stopped or disabled, the settings will not be applied and applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component might not be functional if the service is stopped or disabled.IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules - The IKEEXT service hosts the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) and Authenticated Internet Protocol (AuthIP) keying modules. These keying modules are used for authentication and key exchange in Internet Protocol security (IPsec). Stopping or disabling the IKEEXT service will disable IKE and AuthIP key exchange with peer computers. IPsec is typically configured to use IKE or AuthIP; therefore, stopping or disabling the IKEEXT service might result in an IPsec failure and might compromise the security of the system. It is strongly recommended that you have the IKEEXT service running.IP Helper - Provides automatic IPv6 connectivity over an IPv4 network. If this service is stopped, the machine will only have IPv6 connectivity if it is connected to a native IPv6 network.iPod Service - iPod hardware management services.IPsec Policy Agent - Internet Protocol security (IPsec) supports network-level peer authentication, data origin authentication, data integrity, data confidentiality (encryption), and replay protection. This service enforces IPsec policies created through the IP Security Policies snap-in or the command-line tool "netsh ipsec". If you stop this service, you may experience network connectivity issues if your policy requires that connections use IPsec. Also,remote management of Windows Firewall is not available when this service is stopped.Messenger Sharing Folders USN Journal Reader service - Service installed by Messenger to enable sharing scenarios.Network Location Awareness - Collects and stores configuration information for the network and notifies programs when this information is modified. If this service is stopped, configuration information might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.NMIndexingService – A component of the Nero CD/DVD burning software that is not needed for burning.Offline Files - The Offline Files service performs maintenance activities on the Offline Files cache, responds to user logon and logoff events, implements the internals of the public API, and dispatches interesting events to those interested in Offline Files activities and changes in cache state.ReadyBoost - Provides support for improving system performance using ReadyBoost. If you do not use ReadyBoost, disable this.Tablet PC Input Service - Enables Tablet PC pen and ink functionality.Telephony - Provides Telephony API (TAPI) support for programs that control telephony devices on the local computer and, through the LAN, on servers that are also running the service.Terminal Services – Allows users to connect interactively to a remote computer. Remote Desktop and Terminal Server depend on this service. To prevent remote use of this computer, clear the checkboxes on the Remote tab of the System properties control panel item.Terminal Services Configuration - Terminal Services Configuration service (TSCS) is responsible for all Terminal Services and Remote Desktop related configuration and session maintenance activities that require SYSTEM context. These include per-session temporary folders, TS themes, and TS certificates.Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector - Allows the redirection of Printers/Drives/Ports for RDP connectionsThemes - Provides user experience theme management.UPnP Device Host - Allows UPnP devices to be hosted on this computer. If this service is stopped, any hosted UPnP devices will stop functioning and no additional hosted devices can be added. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.WebClient - Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files. If this service is stopped, these functions will not be available. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.Windows Audio – Manages audio for Windows-based programs. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to startWindows Audio Endpoint Builder - Manages audio devices for the Windows Audio service. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.Windows Defender - Scan your computer for unwanted software, schedule scans, and get the latest unwanted software definitions.Windows Error Reporting Service - Allows errors to be reported when programs stop working or responding and allows existing solutions to be delivered. Also allows logs to be generated for diagnostic and repair services. If this service is stopped, error reporting might not work correctly and results of diagnostic services and repairs might not be displayed. This service has always been a favorite for power users to disable. I'm not going to lie, it will give you a slight performance gain if you disable it since less overhead = more resources for your apps. However, Windows Vista is in Beta! Why wouldn't you want Microsoft to hear about the problems you are having. Don't you want them to be aware of issues you are having?Windows Firewall - Windows Firewall helps protect your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network.Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) - Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.Windows Management Instrumentation - Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. This service is used a lot in the enterprise environment in scripting events on computers. In the home area, there is no use for it and can be disabled. If in the future you ever have any problems with installing programs, try re-enabling this service again since some, not all, tend to use it.Windows Search - Provides content indexing and property caching for file, email and other content (via extensibility APIs). The service responds to file and email notifications to index modified content. If the service is stopped or disabled, the Explorer will not be able to display virtual folder views of items, and search in the Explorer will fall back to item-by-item slow search.Windows Time - Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.Windows Update - Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API. While many disable this service, I think you are crazy if you do these days.
My machine stillscreams w/ NOD32.
Any updates on ISO's? Just being the squeaky wheel!
No Harlan, My mistake. I thought you were the one helping me out. As I reviewed the thread. It was actually Rhuarc that was helping me out by figuring why I can't view .iso files even though I can mount the iso as a disk...
Sorry for the mixup.
Great stuff pupator.
As an additional comment for Adobe users:
If you goto msconfig and browse under the startup/boot tabs. You'll see a line that's called "FLEXnet licensing service".
Depending on which Adobe application you have running. You may need to Leave this checkbox "on" so it boots w/ the system. This takes virtually no system resources but can keep your Adobe product from having dreaded licensing issues.
i.e. I run Web Premium CS3 and I have to have this item boot w/ my machine ir I get licensing errors and can't fire up any Adobe programs.
Yes, it will work fine.
Make sure you (after install) go to office.com and download the 2007 document compatibility pack so that you'll at least be able to open the 2007 formatted documents.
I like Office 2007, but 2003 does run a bit faster on Vista.
thanks much!! im on 03 at work and home and so is my wife.... its bad enough im not going to be on my beloved XP now....lol but give up my Office 03... never!!! lol
thanks much!! im on Office 03 at work and home and so is my wife.... its bad enough im not going to be on my beloved XP now....lol but give up my Office 03... never!!! lol
Have Office 03 at work, and Office 2007 at home. I really like 2007, it is far eaiser to use. At first it was bewildering, but if you just start using it, you find that formatting and such are far far simpler. I think it is a dramatic improvement.
There is one app out there that I think all Windows users should have installed, configured, and running daily: SyncBack. There is a 100% free version which I have installed on all my computers. With it you can set up automatic backups with all kinds of options (include and exclude sub-folders, file types, etc). You can backup to local drives or networked drives.
I recently bought a large external drive for backup and took your suggestion about SyncBack. It rocks! I splurged and bought the high end version ($30 ) because I wanted to incremental backups on a weekly cycle. I'm quite pleased with the product and highly recommend it to others.
I missed this post somehow. Thanks Richard for commenting on it. I'm gonna try this out tomorrow!
@SloyerRollLogMeIn - This puts a little program into your taskbar. As long as this is running youc an go to logmein.com, log into your account, and remotley access your PC from anywhere. THe beauty of itis that since it goes over the internet it ignores all firewalls and routers. No need to forward ports or set exception lists.