Monday, 28 March 2011

Make your Computer Run Faster

Make your Computer Run Faster

Performance Mode

Windows by default has you in "best appearance mode" rather than best performance mode. It's much better to have more memory and processing power go to the applications you run rather than wasting energy upgrading a crappy looking interface to the ranks of mediocre.

Steps To Fix
Right click on My Computer on the desktop and click properties.
Click on the advanced tab
Click on settings, next to where it says performance
Adjust to best performance

Clean your Startup Programs and Services

The more programs you have on startup the slower your computer will get. Many programs set themselves to open on startup without even asking you first. It's pretty easy to remove the ones you don't want.
Steps To Fix
Click the start button
Click Run
Type msconfig
Click on the startup tab
Uncheck any programs you don't want.
If you're unsure, google the program name.
Click on the services tab
Click Manufacturer twice
Unselect unneeded non windows services.

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Uninstall Unwanted Software

Many manufacturers stuff your computer full of disgusting shareware programs. Most notable is Norton Antivirus. It takes loads of system resources and tries to scare users into buying their product by saying they're in serious DANGER because their trial time has expired. RevoUninstaller is a freeware that can help do a total uninstall of programs. Many programs like yahoo messenger tend to leave behind a mess in the registry they don't remove.

Cleanup Disk Space

It can be a big hassle to try to find the files eating up the most hard drive space especially when they aren't program installations. There's several freeware software that can help. windirstat lets you visualize which files are taking up the most room. The folder size service is a little known tool that makes windows display the total size of what's contained in any folder (go to view - details in any folder).
There are several free programs that clean out your temporary internet files and files in temporary folders. Overtime it can really eat away the gigabytes left unchecked. The most popular are ccleaner and windows cleanup.

Free Antivirus and AntiSpyware Software

Viruses tend to be classified as either malicious programs that destroy data or trojans that capture keystrokes. There's also a group that is used to attack sites by flooding packets when called on. Spyware, malware, or 'badware' is software that spams you, collects search history or other personal information for marketing, or otherwise does really annoying things without the users permission. People usually get viruses and spyware from downloading infected software or emails. Getting hacked is very rare.

Free Firewalls

Trojans are usually the ones causing the most financial damage by capturing keystrokes and getting people's creditcard and banking information. Firewalls easily prevent such programs by prompting whenever programs try to access the internet.

Defragment Your Hard Drive

When you save a file, it saves it saves it in pieces, or fragments across the drive. The more you save things and delete things off the disk, the more fragmented the files become. If a file is scattered across the disk in too many fragments, it takes way longer for the contents of the file to be returned, in what's called the "seek time". Defragmenting helps place the files to avoid fragmenting and often has optimizations to place the most used files on the outer part of the disk, resulting in faster seeks. Contrary to popular believe, disk usage does not effect the hard drive's lifespan according to a google study analyzing 100,000 disks.
Defrag using Windows Defragmenter
Click my computer
Right click any drive
Click properties
Click the tools tab
Click Defragment

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