Vista Services Tweaks
Warning: Disabling certain services can lead to unexpected results on some systems. The disabling of the services as recommended should be done with care and are for the general user. Some users may need to make adjustments depending upon their individual needs. Services tweaking is optional for Vista-ready hardware, providing some performance gains nevertheless.
To Disable Services
Hit Windows Key + R and type in "services.msc" (without quotes). This will open up the Services Management Console
Scroll down the list of services until you find the service you wish to disable then double click on the service, or, alternatively, right click on the service and select Properties.
In the dropdown for Startup type select "Disabled", click Apply, and click the Stop button to stop the service.
Once the service shows as being stopped, click OK and go on to the next service.
Note: Some services have dependencies with other services so depending on the order in which you disable them you may get a message that tells you that stopping this service will stop another service.
Tweaks for added Security
Disable the following Services for added Security
Peer Networking Grouping
Peer Networking Identity Manager
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Remote Access Connection Manager
Terminal Services --- do not disable if using Infrared monitoring service
Open Windows Explorer (Start> All Programs> Accessories). From there, press the "Alt" key & the Classic Menus pops up. Once they are displayed select "Tools" > "Folder Options". Then click the "View" tab.
Uncheck the following:
Display file size information in folder tips
Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folder list
Hide extensions for known files and folders
Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended)
And check the following:
Hidden Files and Folders - Select Show hidden files and folders
Launch folder windows in a separate process (on some configurations this can cause performance degradation and system freezes)
To have Windows Explorer open in the directory of your choice:
1. Create a shortcut to explorer.exe on your desktop or any convenient location.
2. Right click on the shortcut and from the context menu select "Properties" then click on the "Shortcut" tab.
3. Change the default Target from "%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe" to the full path to where you want Explorer to open - i.e., if you want explorer to open on the root of your C: drive, type in:
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe /n, /e, c:\
(Where "C:\Windows" is the location of Vista's Windows directory, and the "c:\" is the drive or directory where you want Explorer to open at.
4. After you have made your changes click Apply then OK.
To add an "Explore From Here" right click context menu entry for Windows Explorer:
1. Copy and paste the below code into a text file, and save as explorefromhere.reg (or something similar)
2. Double click the above saved file and merge the entries into the registry.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Explore From Here]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Explore From Here\command]
Tweaking UAC / UAP
User Account Control (UAC) (also referred to sometimes as User Account Protection or UAP) is a new security feature of Windows Vista, to prevent malware taking control of your system. This is achieved by the means of running your basic user account as if it were a standard account instead of having administrator privileges. When administrator privileges are necessary, a dialog box pops for your consent.
However, UAC also can be VERY annoying to some users, as it prevents full control of the computer from the default administrator account(s) created during setup, even for such basic tasks as managing data contained outside the user account files.
WARNING: Disabling UAC may put your computer at risk, and leave a back door open for malware (viruses, trojans, etc). Those wishing to leave the higher security in place may wish to just use the standard UAC settings.
After the installation, the UAC settings can be tweaked, so that (with a few exceptions) the user account(s) created during setup can give the exact level of Operating System and data control that is desirable.
UAC can be disabled either temporarily to allow software installation, or permanently to allow full user control of the system and data.
Disable UAC on a program to program basis
To allow a program complete administrator privileges, simply right click on the program, go down to Properties and under Compatibility click Allow Administrator privileges.
Disable the UAC services
Hit Windows Key + R and type msconfig in the run dialog box. UAC will prompt you for approval. Under tools in msconfig, find the tool that says Disable UAC and click OK. A reboot will be necessary to see the changes.
JDs Quick and Easy Method
Go to Start & Click on your account picture, this takes you to User Accounts.
Click on the "Turn User Account Control on or off" link (at the bottom of the list), to disable/ enable UAC
Tweaks taken from: http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/about85935.html