Vista is great
Windows sounds - Vista v XP (interesting YouTube video)
Windows Vista Accessibility Demonstrations
Windows Vista includes built-in accessibility settings and programs that make it easier for computer users to see, hear, and use.Accessibility Today Video
View video demonstrations:
Accessibility Tutorials - Windows Vista
Windows Accessibility - Video Tutorials (YouTube)
Changing the Resolution
Adjusting the Font Size
Changing Windows colours
Making the Mouse Cursor larger
Speeding up a sluggish computer
Apparently if you are running Windows Vista and are finding it a bit slow - perhaps when using voice recognition, there is an easy way to speed it up. Normally this would require opening up the case and plugging in extra RAM chips. Vista has a feature called ‘ReadyBoost’ which uses some or all of the memory from an external storage device such as a USB memory stick/pen drive or memory card (collectively known as flash memory/drive) like the ones you find in digital cameras. Most new flash memory should be compatible with ReadyBoost.
Once you insert the flash memory into the USB port or card reader slot Vista will automatically detect it and install the appropriate drivers and then you will be given some options by AutoPlay as shown opposite, as to how you would like to use the memory. [If you are unable to see the image then please email me for a PDF version of this tip.]
Typically, you would just use it to store and/or access files, thus clicking on the option that is most appropriate to allow you to do this. However, there should be another option offered if your flash drive is compatible, that of ‘Speed up my system’. If for some reason the dialogue box does not display, then locate the memory stick/card using My Computer or Windows Explorer and then right click on the flash drive and then click on Properties and then the ReadBoost tab, and make the following selections:
Click Use this device.
Move the slider to choose how much of the available space on your memory stick/card you want to reserve for boosting your system speed. (Follow the recommendation given in the second paragraph under the slider.) Click Apply and then OK - job done.
It is recommend that you use at least a 2 gig or higher of flash memory and permanently leave it in your computer. With the price of memory being relatively cheap it’s worth doing this if you do not have a spare one lying around. At the very least you should notice that your computer starts up quicker from a cold start (after shutdown) and after being in hibernation mode [see September 08 for information on different power modes].