Evergreen Tips to speed up windows 7 and Vista PC’s
You bought a brand new computer running windows and it boots pretty fast and performs superbly. Great going. You are happy and enjoys spending time on your computer. After a few months of use you notice that it is slow to boot and is frustrating to use due to frequent occurrences of freeze windows, un responsive mouse etc. Many computer users inclusive of myself has faced this situation. If you are also facing this issue please read on. These tips will be of immense value to you. You can follow these tips to speed up windows 7 and Vista PC’s. These tips will work for windows XP as well if you are still using the most popular windows OS.
Limit the number of programs running at start-up
This is the most important factor to control. We install various softwares and games for our use and we hardly notice that many are automatically get started up during boot time of your computer. Why do you want to start a program every time you boot your computer if you are going to use it once in a while.
Yes, you should limit the number of programs that are automatically getting started during boot.
If you are using Window 7 or Vista, Click the Start button and type System configuration in the search box. Click on the System configuration in the results. Move to the start-up tab and disable the programs that you don’t want to start during boot up.Go to the services tab and disable the services which you don’t want to start-up during boot.
Bonus : You can also access the System configuration another way.Ppress the keyboard key with windows logo and the R key simultaneously. This will open up the Run prompt. Type msconfig in the run prompt and hit enter.
Remove all unwanted program
Many times we install trial versions of softwares, games, utilities etc and we forgot to remove them after use. Many of these programs eat up disk space and consume residual memory and processor cycles. Removing unwanted programs is a must if you want to keep your computer in good condition.
Click start button and click control panel. Under program,s click ’Uninstall program’ and uninstall all unwanted, un used programs.
Cleaning up you Hard Disk
Log files, Temporary files, offline web pages, huge install logs during windows updates etc can eat up space and consume resources. Cleaning all these periodically will improve your systems responsiveness. Click the Start button , type Disk Cleanup in the search box, and then click on the Disk Cleanup in the list of results. Windows will automatically clean up your hard disk. Once windows completes the clean up, it will show you how much space it has reclaimed.
But this automatic cleanup tool will not remove all temp files. There are temp files like Windows Temp Files and the Prefetch Files. To remove these files as well follow the steps below
- Exit all running programs, including browser
- Start->Run-> type %temp% and hit the enter key.
- This will open up the windows explorer and you can perform a select all and delete. This remove all files under windows temp.
To remove the PREFETCH files
- Exit all running programs, including browser.
- Start->Run-> type PREFETCH and hit the enter key.
- From the explorer window remove all files.
Use Disk Defragmenter
During the course of time, files stored in the hard disk may get fragmented and the hard disk will take more time to read files that are not stored in contiguous locations.Disk Defragmenter is a utility in Microsoft Windows designed to increase access speed by rearranging files stored on a disk to occupy contiguous storage locations, a technique called defragmentation. Defragmenting a disk minimizes head travel, which reduces the time it takes to read files from and write files to the disk.
You need to run defragmenter once in a while , to keep your file organization ideal for access. I usually runs it once in a month.
Click the start button -> All programs – >Accessories -> System Tool and click ‘Disk Defragmenter’
Make sure you update your Windows with latest updates
Make sure you are set up to get automatic updates from Microsoft. If you use Windows and other Microsoft software, such as Microsoft Office or Windows Live Essentials, then you should use the Microsoft Update service.
Cleanup your Desktop
I have observed that when the desktop is heavily cluttered with too many files, shortcuts , images etc it takes more time to load the desktop. Only keep what you need for your day to day needs on the desktop. Believe me this is improves the boot time. Clean up your desktop.
Scan your computer for viruses, Trojan and adware programs
Scan your computer periodically using standard antivirus tools to make sure that your system resources are not hijacked by these programs.Adware’s are typically harmless but they eat up memory and some times CPU cycles, hence remove all adware’s as well. Keep your PC free from viruses, adwares and trojans.