speed to the max.
Relief for slow computer speed problems
There are many possible causes for system slowdown
and sluggishness. I will describe some of the most common ones below
and indicate the remedy to be used to boost computer speed.
1. Inadequate system resources
– Current systems require a lot of power and capability to perform
adequately. Inadequate memory size or a slow CPU (central processing
unit) will bring operations to a crawl. Check the minimum
specifications for your operating system and make sure that what you
have equipment that surpasses the requirements by a comfortable margin.
If not, it’s probably time for a new system.
The primary factor preventing computer speed up is
inadequate memory. Windows XP should have at least 1 gig of
memory and 2 gig is even better. Vista and Windows 7 need at least 2 gb
and 4 is really the best minimum. Adding more memory will provide a
It generally doesn't pay to replace your
computer's brain, the CPU (Central Processing Unit).
(See my article - Computer
Speed Up - for more information)
2. Unnecessary, annoying or dangerous
software hogging your system – Make sure that your system is
protected against viruses and spyware. Be sure to have an effective
Internet Security Suite running on your system. (See my article - Computer Internet Security - for more details.)
Security Essentials is very good and it's free. Add Malwarebytes to
double check in case you have any problems. It's a good idea to run a
quick scan if your system is slow.
3. Fragmented or disorganized hard drive
– Over time the data on your hard drive gets scattered all over the
place. It’s something like a disorganized file cabinet. The system has
to do more work to work with the data. Additionally, a lot of junk data
accumulates clogging your drive. Disk errors may crop up over time.
To correct the fragmentation, defragment your hard
drive. To clean up the junk data, delete unnecessary files. Check for
and repair certain disk errors. The details for these steps
provided by Microsoft
4. Windows XP contains a huge
list of special effects and visual enhancements
such as animated menus, fade effects, cursor shadows, menu shadows etc.
Disabling some of these settings can make Windows XP running faster and
use fewer system resources
1. Open Control Panel from the Start menu and
choose "System." Choose the "Advanced" tab.2. Select the "Settings"
button under the Performance section.3. Check the "Adjust for best
performance" box and click "Apply" to apply the settings.4.
Alternatively, you can choose the "Custom" open, you can then
selectively enable or disable each specific effect. The cursor
shadowing effect can have a noticeable impact on performance.
5. Unnecessary start up programs
– Various programs that you install add some extra programs to the
system startup which may not be necessary and will slow down startup
and general operation. To remove these programs;
1. Click the start button and select run
2. Enter Msconfig and click ok
3. Select the startup tab
4. Uncheck any programs that are not needed
according to the list provided by Raymond in the link below.
5. When the system restarts, the unchecked
programs will no longer be started.
Raymond's unnecessary programs list
6. Disable the Windows indexing service
- If you don’t do a lot of file searches, disable the Windows indexing
service. The time you save on a search is generally not worth the
general degradation in performance which the indexing service causes.
Microsoft has generously provided instructions for
doing this at the following link; Instructions for removing the indexing
7. Use Firefox as your main
Not only is Firefox faster for each page, it is
also less subject to virus and spyware attacks.
Additionally, I have found that over time having a
lot of browser windows open really slows things down when they are IE
windows. I have not found this to be the case with Firefox.
8. Use powerful utilities to clean up your registry and tune your
system. Ccleaner is free and is about the only cleaner trusted by technicians.
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