Apache Performance Problem on Vista

Just switch my operating system to Vista, and my biggest complaint about it is that it breaks my Apache HTTP server. The server still runs, but very slowly. The symptom is as follow: every time I reload a web page from the browser, there usually is a 2-3 seconds delay before the loading sequence starts. This shouldn't be happening because I serve all my files locally, so I expect no delay at all. Also, this behavior does not occur in XP.

After some excessive searches, I found a forum post (forgot the URL, will update this when I hit the site again) that suggests uninstalling Zone Alarm will resolve the problem. I gave it a try since I was in nowhere in solving the problem. Surprisingly the uninstallation did cure the delay issue of Apache. Beware that you HAVE TO restart Vista after uninstallation, otherwise you will not see the changes.

That's right, I uninstalled my firewall. So replacement? I like Zone Alarm and enjoy using it, but it doesn't seem to be very stable on Vista. However, I've found another great firewall product, Comodo Firewall Pro, which is a commercial grade firewall free of charge.

Download Speed on Windows Vista Has Dropped Dramatically

The Problem

The download speed on my Windows Vista have dropped from 300kb/s to around 20kb/s. It took me several attempts to find out what the problem was.

It first seemed to me that my ISP was in a technical difficulty state. I am on a dual-boot system with both XP and Vista. In order to verify that Vista was not the cause of the problem, I booted into Xp and did some speed throughput test. Surprisingly my download speed in XP was normal (300kb/s). Clearly the cause for my slow download in Vista was the Vista itself.
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