How To Speed Up Your Computer

How To Speed Up Your Computer

Posted on June 26, 2010. Filed under: How To Speed Up Your Computer | Tags: |

There are a few things you can do to speed up your computer.

1. Make sure you don’t have a virus slowing down your computer by running a complete virus scan. If you do-clean it up with your antivirus software.

2. Defragment your hard drive. Type in Disk Defragmenter in your Run box and click Defragment disk

2. Clean your hard drive. Type in Disk Cleanup and choose the areas to clean.

3. Adjust your Virtual Memory settings. From the Start Menu choose Control Panel> Choose System> Advanced>

Performance> Settings> Visual Effects tab: Here you can experiment with choosing Adjust for Best Performance or adding what you do or don’t want-some of the appearance options slow down the computer. Experiment with it until you get a level that is acceptable.

 Performance> Settings>Advanced tab– Only change this to Background services if your computer is going to be used primarily as a Network server.

Virtual Memory> Change. Your computer will say what the minimum and maximum for this Windows file which the computer uses as RAM. See how your computer runs with the minimum and see how it runs with the maximum. Use whichever is best for your computer, but don’t move out of these perameters.

Sometimes the amount of primary memory installed (RAM) is inadequate for a new application (software program). When this occurs the user receives an “out of memory” error, and the application fails to launch. One solution for this is to use the hard drive as additional RAM. This space on the hard drive is known Virtual Memory. You can modify the Virtual Memory here. However relying too much on virtual memory results in the entire system slowing down. If you want to speed up your computer-delete the program that requires more RAM than you have and set your virtual memory to its minimum setting.

4. Add Physical Memory (RAM) to your system. In order to know what kind of RAM youneed to buy you have to open up your computer and see what is in there. There is no other way unless you have the original documentation that came with the computer or RAM. Also, check out your system information by typing in msinfo32 into the Run box and look for information about your memory.

5. Turn on or off Indexing. If you use Windows search and you want your computer to be able to retrieve files quicker then turn this on. If you don’t use search much-turn it off to free up the space. Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties to find Performance Tools and adjust Indexing preferences.

6. Clean your Registry. A free program to do this is called Abexo Free Registry Cleaner 1.1.

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