Every once in a while, we will post a quick tip on how to tweak Windows Vista. Whether you think it’s worth upgrading from XP at this point or not, chances are you will eventually do it (if you ever want to enjoy DX10 when the time comes, you won’t have a choice). So be sure to check out some of these tweaks!
Our first tweak involves the new Power Management section of the Control Panel. At first I thought it was just a way to control when to put the monitor in sleep mode, etc, so I just set it to “Maximum Performance”. However, I noticed that my CPU was always at 100% clock speed. I looked into it, and there are actually plenty of advanced settings to choose from in this cool new control panel. Whether your goal is the fastest PC possible, or the quietest PC possible, there are several options you should look at.
The most important of these has to be the option titled “Processor power management”. With this setting, you can choose the CPU’s minimum and maximum clock speed. So you can have it running at 100% clock speed all the time, or even underclock it, only allowing it to reach whatever clock speed you want. This is a great benefit to HTPC owners trying to tweak the last bit of silence possible. If you are finding that your CPU is reaching temperatures that are just a little too high under load, set the maximum rate to something a bit lower than 100%. Eventually, you may be able to get it to the point where the CPU fan seldom ramps up to the next speed. Nifty!
Another cool new option I came across in here is the Adaptive Display setting. Have you ever found that if you set your monitor to go to sleep mode at a certain time, it always seems to fall asleep at just the wrong time? With this setting enabled, Windows Vista will ‘learn’ when is the best time to put the monitor into sleep mode.
To get into Power Options… Hey, this is Vista! Just click “Start” (well, what used to be called Start) and type in “power” and it will show up. Otherwise, look for it in the Control Panel.
I’m sure we’ll find more and more new features in Vista that aren’t necessarily highly documented, but make it an overall better OS than XP.