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Best 11 ways to speed up your windows computer

When my home PC was running very slow,I needed some way to speed it up. I knew some installed programs were slowing it down but didn’t know which ones,so I just did a google search and found out that the Java updates running on my computer were slowing my PC down. When I uninstalled the java updates, my computer became a lot faster and is running fine now.Thanks for the tips from the Microsoft site, I found it much more comfortable working on my PC.

This post is made up of useful tips from different websites, those which I found to be most useful.

These tips come from Microsoft

1.Free up disc space

Use Disk Cleanup to:

  • Remove temporary Internet files.

  • Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).

  • Empty the Recycle Bin.

  • Remove Windows temporary files such as error reports.

  • Remove optional Windows components that you don’t use.

  • Remove installed programs that you no longer use.

  • Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.

    2. Speed up access to data

    Speed up access to data by running disc defragmenter utility listed in system tools.

When to run Disk Defragmenter
In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals?monthly is optimal?there are other times you should run it too, such as when:

  • You add a large number of files.

  • Your free disk space totals 15 percent or less.

  • You install new programs or a new version of Windows.

    3. Detect and repair disk errors

    As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.

To run the Error Checking utility:

  1. Close all open files.

  2. Click?Start, and then click?My Computer.

  3. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click?Properties.

  4. In the?Properties dialog box, click the?Tools tab.

  5. Click the?Check Now button.

  6. In the?Check Disk dialog box (called?Error-checking in Windows 7), select the?Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then clickStart.

    4. Protect your computer against spyware

    5.Use Readyboost to speed up your computer
    If you’re using Windows 7 or Vista, you can use ReadyBoost to speed up your system
    Source:Microsoft
    Surfing across webpages I found out new ways to speedup my computer. Some of these tips were already known to me, and some others were new.
    6.Clean up your Desktop
    My desktop used to be filled up with all sort of junk, images, saved webpages,documents etc. As these files kept on accumulating, my PC got slower and slower.I knew that the more files you have on the desktop, the slower will be your PC .I came across this article which explains how cleaning up desktop can speed up my computer.
    “Each time Windows starts, operating memory is used for all files on the Desktop. If those files are Shortcuts, the total amount of memory used will be small. If however, there are several or dozens of files on the Desktop, those will use lots of operating memory, essentially for no purpose or gain. With less memory available, the computer runs slower because it has to swap out information from operating memory to the hard drive. It does this process (called memory paging) to keep everything the user wants to do, running at the same time.”
    Source:About.com
    Creating a single folder and moving all those files scattered on the desktop will help you increase the speed of your PC to a great extent.

    7.Adjust Visual effects
    If you are running low on memory and your computer is running slow, it is better to avoid visual effects especially with Windows Vista and Windows7.
    8.Turn off unnecessary windows Services

    Turning off unnecessary windows services can save you a lot of memory and working time. Most of these services are not required for a common user and these are just for adding updates or for Research purpose.
    Some of windows services which can be turned off are
    Automatic Updates
    Error Reporting Service
    Human Interface Device Access
    IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
    Windows Messenger
    Security Center
    Task Scheduler
    Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS):
    Disable if you have another firewall like Norton running
    9.Do a shut down/reboot also known as a cold reboot
    Though I have known it for years from experience that, shutting down and restarting a PC can indeed speed it up.I never had an idea that it is known as Cold reboot. Thanks to wikihow I have a new term and a new concept.This is how wikihow explains the idea
    “Some programs do not release memory properly when they close. Even doing a warm restart will not release some of the drivers and other core programs in memory. The computer has to be completely shut down and then restarted. The Windows system is designed to hold on to those programs for a period of time. Shutting down the system for 30 seconds will cause the chips to “forget” the settings, an they will start anew when you restart the system. Curing these ‘Memory Leaks’ is as simple as rebooting the machine when it starts getting sluggish.”

    10.Run CCleaner

    I have been using Ccleaner for quite much time, and didn’t think of listing it here, but on second thought Ccleaner can be included here as it is a freeware and trusted by millions of users all over the world.CCleaner optimizes,fixes registry and prtects privacy.
    Some other softwares which I use to clean up my computer are
    System Mechanic Professional
    Advanced System optimizer
    Last but not the least

    11.Format your computer and reinstall windows

    In some cases whatever you do, your computer will not speed up. It means that your system has some major problems or it is filled with viruses and spam bots. It is better to format your C drive and Reinstall windows,install a good antivirus and scan all other drives before proceeding. Formatting your drive once in a while is a great way to keep your system fresh.
    Hope you have enjoyed reading this post, if you like it leave your comments below as I am looking forward to updating this post with new ideas.

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  1. zen says

    NIce posting. I like it. Thanks

  2. Jobin Martin says

    Hi Zen

    Welcome to Techpiper.



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