Nov 26, 2010

Simple steps to speed up your PC

We often see that our PC slows down. We can take some actions which will increase the speed of our PC like anything. Special thing is that we don't need any kind of Software or Application to do this. You can take the following action once every month or quarter to enhance your PC's performance. You may need the Administrator access to perform some of the tasks. Just do it and see the result:
  • Remove all unwanted/un-used programs from your computer: To do this, click on Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. In Control Panel, click on Add or Remove Programs. This will open a window having list of all program installed. From there recognize the unwanted programs and uninstall them.
  • Delete unnecessary folder from Program Files: When you uninstall any program, in most cases it leaves a program folder in C:\Program Files. You can delete the unused folders from there. Please don't do it if you are not clear.
  • Delete unnecessary entry from Registry Editor: Similar to Program Files, Windows leaves many entries in Registry Editor which can be deleted. To do this click on Start -> Run. Write "regedit" and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor. Normally you will find five entries there: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS and HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG. Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, you will find the Software area where all software entries are listed. From here you can delete the unwanted software folder. Again don't do it if you are not clear.
  • Set the Virtual Memory: Set the Initial Size and Maximum Size of Virtual Memory as equal. To do this, right click on My Computer -> Properties. Go to Advanced tab and under Performance, click Settings. Again go to Advanced tab and under Virtual Memory section, click on Change. Now you will see the recommended file size downsize (say 1011 MB). Now put the around file size in both Initial Size and Maximum Size section and click Set. Now click OK -> OK. You may need to restart the system.
  • Decrease the boot time: Click on Start -> Run. Type "msconfig" and press Enter. System Configuration Utility will open. Click on BOOT.INI tab. There you will find the timeout as 30 sec. Make it 3 sec and click on Apply -> OK. You will need to restart the system.
  • Disable unwanted Startup/Services: In Windows operating system, we have many services which are not necessary for day to day working. These services use resource of Windows and decrease the performance of the operating system. We can simply disable these services to enhance the machine performance. To disable any services, please follow the steps (please note that you will need Administrator privilege to perform these tasks):
    • Click on Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.
    • Go to "Administrative Tools".
    • Now open "Services". There you will find list of available services.
    • Now double click on any service which you want to stop/start.
    • Now under “Startup type”, select “Disable” through drop down menu.
    • Now click on "Apply" and the "OK".
  • Disable all unused services from "services.msc".
  • Set your computer for best performance: To do this, right click on My Computer -> Properties. Go to Advanced tab and under performance area, click on Settings. Now under Visual Effect tab, click on Adjust for best performance and click Apply -> OK. You graphics will decrease but it will increase the response time.
  • Delete previous restore points: To do this, again go to My Computer's properties and click on System Restore tab. Now click on Turn off System Restore check box and click Apply. After few seconds, the status of your partition will change to disable. Please don't forget to uncheck the box otherwise it will permanently disable system restore facility.
  • Stop unwanted services: To do this, go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services. Under services window, recognize which service is not necessary and then disable it. To disable any service, right click on that service and click on Stop. Don't stop any service if you are not clear.
  • Set you explorer in Realtime mode: To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Windows Task Manager. Click on Processes tab and search for "explorer.exe" service. Now right click on explorer.exe, click on Set Priority -> Realtime.
  • Scan disk for errors: To do this, open My Computer, right click on the partition which you want to check and click on Properties. Go to Tools tab and click on Check Now. Select both checkbox and then click on Start.
  • Clear Prefetch: Click on Start -> Run. Write "prefetch" and click Enter. Delete all the files under prefetch folder.
  • Clear Temp folder: Click on Start -> Run. Write "%temp%" and press Enter. Delete all the files under Temp folder.
  • Perform Disk Cleanup: To do this, click on Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup. Select all possible options and then click on OK.
  • Perform Disk Defragmenter: Again go to System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter. Now select the partition and click on Defragment. You may also first realize whether is it necessary to defragment the volume or not to click "Analyze" button.