This is a very important question. Windows Vista users everywhere are having substantial productivity issues. These include software incompatibilities, hardware incompatibilities, and a whole host of other performance issues.
In a way this is a bit ironic, since the Vista marketing campaign portrays that Vista boosts your productivity, this is simply untrue. Vista has many problems, most of which require fairly advanced computer knowledge to get around, which is a shame because the end user of Vista does not necessarily possess these skills. Nevertheless, Vista has annoyed a great many people, and because of this I don’t think that too many of us are now holding our breath expecting the next version of windows to be anything but another let down.
There is no doubt, if you want to increase your productivity, the very best and effective method, is simply to upgrade your copy of Windows Vista to Windows XP SP3. By doing this you will solve most of your problems in under 3 hours. That is if you have XP drivers for your PC.
If you are unable to do this… there is not much you can really do to help your computer that has this disease called Windows Vista. Even turning off all the graphics fuzz does not help much, I found that it actually made the rendering to screen look slower than with it turned on… There is one thing you can do, there is some final hope you your system yet, you could try upgrade to Windows Workstation 2008 (Windows Server 2008), more info can be found here http://www.win2008workstation.com
If you are a gamer, then again devastating news. Windows Vista gaming performance in my experience is about 33% slower than windows XP. Unfortunately no tweaks helped, no wonder magic cures, the only thing you can really do is install XP, or else rush out and go and buy a gaming console, just make sure that console wont require upgrading to Vista anytime soon and you should be fine.
I recently performed a quick scan of this article… it still holds true, even after the release of SP1. The general opinion out there is Vista is somewhat of a failure.