Sunday, February 26, 2012

Speed Up Slow PC Performance

A slow computer is one of the most irritating problems faced by users all over the world. It makes you frustrating, reduces your productivity and increases the chances of committing mistakes. Regardless to say, you’ll lose the interest in watching movies, listening music and playing games on such a computer.

With the ages a computer runs slower and slower. Definitely there is no single factor that causes such a major problem. Lot of things have to be taken into consideration if you’re expecting to make your computer run faster and prevent system freezes and lags. This article goes through simple, safe and useful techniques that are expected to perform at least once a week to speed up slow PC performance.
Clean Registry Errors
Registry Scan Results
Registry is like the brain of your operating system. It has thousands of entries belonging to several programs and the operating system itself. Over a period of time, potential problems start arising in the registry and simultaneously the PC performance goes affected. Thus regularly scan your registry using a quality Registry Cleaner and fix all errors found in it. 

Check Disk Errors
Similar to the point illustrated above the same problem happens with your hard disk. We daily store and process a number of files on our hard disk. Our actions, unexpected power failures and other things make bad sectors in our hard disk resulting in a slowed PC performance.
Repairing the Disk Errors
To dramatically speed up slow PC performance you’re supposed to check the hard disk errors and fix them instantly.
  1. Double click My Computer desktop icon.
  2. Right click the C:\ drive and select Properties.
  3. In the new dialog click Tools tab and then Check Now button.
  4. Click Start when prompted.
  5. Repeat the above steps for all other partitions of your hard disk. 

Clear Cache of Internet & Other Files
Your computer creates a cache of many files that you frequently open. This contains temporary internet files and other system files too. Obviously it negatively affects the system performance because a large amount of disk space is used for this purpose. Thus clearing temporary files becomes essential to speed up slow PC performance.
Cleaning Temporary Files
  1. Open My Computer, right click the C:\ drive and select Properties.
  2. In the General tab click Disk CleanUp button.
  3. In the new dialog click Clean Up System Files button.
  4. Check up all the boxes and click OK button. 

Adjust Windows Performance Settings
Windows itself provides an option to choose for best appearance or performance. By selecting the latter option, you’ll be able to notice a significant improvement in the system performance because most of the features that cause your computer run slow are disabled. In other words the first priority is given to the speed of your computer and then to the appearance.
Adjust Windows for Best Performance
Customize Windows settings as below:
  1. Right click My Computer desktop icon and select Properties.
  2. In the new dialog click Advanced System Settings. (Left side)
  3. As default the Advanced tab would be open. If it is so, click Settings button under Performance frame.
  4. You’ll see a new sub-dialog. Click Visual Effects tab and select Adjust for best performance.
  5. Click OK | OK. 

Optimize Startups & Services
This is a very crucial step. Until and unless you don’t manage the programs being loaded at the startup interval, you’ll not be able to speed up slow PC performance.
Most often Startup Manager and Services Optimizer come as a part of a Registry Cleaner software. If you have downloaded it, then click the relevant tab and manage them.
Optimizing Startups & Services
Alternatively, you may use System Configuration tool in Windows as discussed below. There is a limitation that unlike a Startup Manager and Services Optimizer tool, it will not be able to automatically optimize these items. You must have the knowledge of the programs and services that you’re considering to disable.
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs | Accessories. Select Run option.
  2. Type MsConfig and then press ENTER.
  3. Use the Startup and Services tabs to deselect each unnecessary item.
  4. Click Apply | OK when you’re done.
  5. Restart the system.

1 comment:

  1. Such a nice post, the steps are so descriptive and also the screen shots also help me a lot

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