Thursday, July 1, 2010

Windows XP: Ways to Improve Your Computer’s Performance

Is your computer running sluggishly? Does it take longer to boot and shut down than usual? If so, here are some ways that could help you improve the performance of your computer. Speeding up your PC is simple to do. It doesn’t require any special skills. All you need to have is the desire to make it go faster.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs
Deactivating the applications that you don’t want to run at startup can free vital central processing unit (CPU) resources and can help boost CPU access time. You can modify which programs to be loaded at startup by using the Microsoft System Configuration Utility (msconfig.exe). To launch and use this utility, follow these steps below:

1. Click Start > Run
2. Key in msconfig or msconfig.exe
3. Click on the Startup tab



4. Uncheck the programs that you do not want to run at startup or programs that you no longer use
5. Once finished, click OK.
    Clean Up Your Hard Drive
    Windows is capable of storing a lot of unimportant data. Cleaning up corrupted and old files regularly can help boost your PC speed and performance. You can use the Disk Cleanup tool, which comes with Windows to remove useless files. Here’s how to use this tool:

    1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools
    2. Click Disk Cleanup
    3. Select the drive that you want to clean up
    4. Then click OK
    5. Once Disk Cleanup is done calculating how much space you’ll be able to free on your selected drive, check all the files to be deleted



    6. Click OK
    7. Then click Yes to start the cleanup process

    Defrag Your Hard Drive
    Fragmentation can cause your hard disk to perform some actions that can slow down your computer. As time goes on, the data required for each file is distributed over your machine’s hard drive. Microsoft designed the tool called Disk Defragmenter to boost access speed. This tool optimizes the time it takes the computer to read and write files to and from the disk by reducing head travel time and augmenting the transfer rate. To use the Windows Disk Defragmenter utility, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools
    2. Click Disk Defragmenter



    3. Select the drive that you wish to defrag
    4. Click Defragment
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