Quick ways to boost PC speed and performance
Paul Watson, PC Technician Tuesday, February 3rd 2009
Has your PC lost some of the pep that was once in its step? PC slowdown is a normal thing that happens as your PC matures and becomes laden with too many programs and erroneous file paths. However, you do not have to live with it. Here are some ways you can quickly boost your PC speed without having to go out and purchase a newer computer…
Slow Start up
If your PC takes to long to start up, you might have too many programs trying to turn on, when you do. Turning on your PC can become akin to dealing rush hour traffic as all you messenger services, your virus protection, your picture downloading software and who knows what else rushes to start firing up their programming. The best way to deal with this is to limit the number of programs you have wanting to run on start up. Just click on the RUN tab and type in MSNCONFIG to get to your start up options. Now you can tick off whatever programs you think you might no need at start up. There is also an option to delay some programs so that they start a minute or two after start up. Also, if you happen to have the full version of Regcure, you can pick and choose which program you want to keep at Start Up and which ones you would like to save for later.
Defragging taking forever
While it is good that you are trying to Defrag your hard drive, lets face it, Window’s Defragging program is as slow a your Grandma on Sunday. There are a number of other alternative defragmentor programs out there including Defraggler and Auslogics. Give one these puppies a try to see if perhaps you can optimize you hard drive before its time for bed.
Adding and Removing
If you have ever tried to add and remove some programs with the add and remove program applet that can be found in your control panel, you know that this beast is a slow one indeed that is prone to freezing and ending abruptly. My suggestion is to us an alternative uninstalling program such as CCleaner or Myunistaller.
Programs that just won’t end
Ever notice that after you choose to end an unresponsive program, that does not seem to want to go away right away. Well, you can change this by going to your Regedit program and looking up HKEY_local_machine\system\currentcontrolset\control and change the setting for “the wait to kill” to 1000. This should help zap out those unresponsive programs