Some tips to make your Computer run faster

If you find your computer is slower at handling everyday tasks it may be because over time, computers get cluttered with unnecessary files that need cleaning out. There are many possible causes of a slow PC. Because your computer is constantly working with files – moving, copying and deleting from place to place – it will eventually get cluttered with leftover files, some of which are not needed and just take up valuable disk space. The brain of your computer is the Processor, and it may be that your processor is too slow to run today’s demanding software. The processor can also struggle if you have multiple programs running at once – for example, if you have opened MS Word to compose a document while downloading a file from the Internet and also playing a song through your media player. Other components of your PC can contribute to poor performance, particularly RAM, Graphics Card, etc. Some hardware needs special programs called Drivers and these need to be kept up to date. You may also have programs running in the background using up memory that you are unaware of, and in some cases, the problem may be a malicious program such as a virus or spyware.

Solutions

The following is a list of tweaks and tips that can be used to help improve the performance of your PC.

  • Keep the PC in a cool place. Its air vents should not be blocked.
  • Always turn off and unplug your PC before cleaning it.
  • RAM memory or Graphics cards, should be firmly in place in their slots.
  • Click Start menu, then Control Panel. Click Add or Remove Programs. Click Remove or Uninstall button to uninstall unnecessary programs.
  • Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. This brings up the Windows Task manger. In Applications tab, right click an unwanted program, then End Task.
  • Right-click the icon on Taskbar, then select to Quit, Disable or Shutdown.
  • Click Start menu, then Run. Type msconfig, then OK. In System Configuration Utility window, click Startup tab, then un-check the boxes for any programs that you do not wish to run automatically on start-up.
  • Identify unnecessary processes. (liutilities.com / processlibrary.com / neuber.com)
  • Keep up-to-date security software to detect and remove viruses.
  • Clean the Registry using CCleaner. (download.cnet.com/ccleaner)
  • On desk-top, Right-click; then Create New Shortcut. Paste rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks and click Next. Rename as Process Idle Tasks, and click Finish. Running this command periodically improves performance
  • Remove Temporary Internet Files and Windows Temporary Files. (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup > Select Drive > Ok > Select Files to be removed > Ok)
  • Empty the Recycle Bin
  • Start Menu > in the Run menu, type regedit.exe > Enter > Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop. On right side, Double-click MenuShowDelay. Edit the value. The lower the number specified, the faster the Start Menu will load.
  • Open registry (Start Menu > in Run menu, type regedit.exe > Enter). Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer. Create a new sub-key named AlwaysUnloadDLL and set the default value to equal ‘1’ to disable Windows caching the DLL in memory > Restart
  • In case on End Task, a program is unresponsive: Go to Start Menu > Run > type regedit.exe > Enter > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control. Double-click WaitToKillServiceTimeout. Change its value to 1000.
  • Periodically perform Hard Disk Defragmentation. (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System tools > Open Disk Defragmentor > Click on Analyze Disk)
  • If the Send To menu (on right-click) loads slowly, type sendto in the Run Dialog, and remove unwanted items in the Explorer Window that appears.
  • Download, install and run Bootvis (www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/BootVis.shtml). Click Next Boot + Driver Delays under the Trace menu > A screen pops-up > Click Ok (Allow Reboot) > Bootvis pops-up > Click Optimize System under Trace (Allow Reboot) > Wait to finish optimization.
  • Remove junk software using PC Decrapifier. (www.pcdecrapifier.com)
  • To disable splash screen (boot logo). Click Start > Run >  type msconfig > Enter > Click Boot (or BOOT.INI) from the top tabs > In Boot Options, tick No GUI Boot (or/NOGUIBOOT) > Apply > Ok (Allow Reboot)
  • For faster defragmentation, use the programs like Defraggler and Smart Defrag. (www.defraggler.com & http://www.iobit.com/downloadcenter.php?product=smart-defrag)
  • If My Computer Window loads slowly, in the Windows Explorer, go to Tools > Folder Options > View. Uuncheck Automatically search for network folders and printers
  • The program StartUp Delayer helps in setting after how much time programs should be loaded after startup; e.g, you can set Skype to load 50 seconds after Windows starts up. (www.r2.com.au/page/products/show/startdelay)
  • Open My Computer. Right-click on local drive (C, D, etc). Choose Properties. On the General tab, and Uncheck the box at the bottom called Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching. Choose Apply changes to all subfolders and files. Click Ok. In case of Access Denied errors, click Ignore All.
  • If you have PC with an older network card, you can enable the onboard processor for the network card. This will offload tasks from the CPU. Go to Start Menu > Run > type regedit.exe >  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Services > Tcpip > Parameters. Right-click to Create a DWORD value DisableTaskOffload (if does not already exist). Modify it to 0.
  • Turn off unnecessary features by going to Control Panel, choosing Uninstall a program, and then clicking on Turn Windows features on and off. You can turn off Remote Differential Compression, Tablet PC components, DFS replication service, Windows Fax & Scan, Windows Meeting Space, and many others which are not in use.
  • Clean Up system Registry using PC Health Advisor. (www.pchealthadvisor.com)
  • Update Drivers And Windows.
  • Actual Booster 3.1 is a free utility that makes your PC run faster by boosting the priority of programs running in foreground. (www.loonies.narod.ru/actlbstr.htm)
  • If you have a spyware, disable the Windows Defender. (Start Menu > All Programs >  Windows Defender > Tools > Options. Under Administrator options, clear the Use Windows Defender check box, and then click Save.
  • Replace a slow hard drive with a faster 7200 RPM drive, SATA drive, or SAS drive.
  • In case of more than one disk in the PC, you can increase performance by moving your paging file to the second drive and formatting the volume using FAT32 instead of NTFS.
  • Go to Start Menu > Run > type regedit.exe > Enter > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > FileSystem. Double-click on the NtfsMemoryUsage key on the right-hand side and change the value to 2.
  • Go to Start Menu > Run > type regedit.exe > Enter > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Internet Settings. On right side, right-click on MaxConnectionsPerServer, select Modify, click Decimal, and set the Value data field to 6. Repeat this process for MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server.
  • Right-click My Computer icon. Click Properties. Click Advanced tab and under Performance:
    • Click Settings and you can choose to switch off some of the Visual Effects. Select Adjust for best performance.
    • Click Settings then Advanced. Click Change. Uncheck Automatically Manage paging file size. Select the drive C:. Select Custom Size. Enter Initial and Maximum value (1.5 times your RAM – e.g, if you have 1 GB of RAM, set both the Initial and Maximum size boxes at 1500). Click the Set button. Click Apply and then Ok.
  • Speed up Games.
    • Games, especially demanding 3D games, depend on graphics card, processor and RAM. Get the latest drivers for graphics card (www.nvidia.com for Nvidia GeForce and ati.amd.com for ATI).
    • Use display options in game’s menu screen, e.g, Low, Medium or High, or advanced options, shadows, resolution and other special effects etc.
    • While gaming, do not run other programs in the background, especially anti-virus software.
    • ReadyBoost feature uses external USB flash drives as a hard disk cache / additional RAM. Configure ReadyBoost by right-clicking the device in Windows Explorer, click Properties, and then click the ReadyBoost tab. The only configuration option is to configure the space reserved for the cache. You must reserve at least 256 MB. ReadyBoost cache cannot be greater than 4 GB on a FAT32 file system or greater than 32 GB on an NTFS file system.
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