How To Speed Up Your Computer – Windows


When we first buy our computer or laptop, the speed and performance is just amazing. As great as the speed is, we can always predict that the speed of the computer will begin to fall right from the first month. It is without doubt, an annoyance.
 
When we are installing new programs all the time, it comes as no surprise that the performance decreases. These programs start using up the RAM, so less RAM remains for the computer to use for it to operate swiftly. So what can we do?

Let’s start from the beginning. The Boot up. How to speed up windows boot time?

When windows is booted up, the core system components and software are launched. But believe it or not, there are also many other programs which load up, which don’t need to! Most of these programs are downloaded and installed by ourselves. So how do we stop these speed killing programs from starting up on the boot?

Now there are many ways of doing this. But the way I’m going to recommend is with a program. Now you’re probably thinking, ‘More programs? Hypocrite much?!’ The reason I’m recommending this program is that it comes in useful when speeding up you’re computer at all stages, not just the boot up.

The program is called CCleaner. This is an amazing piece of kit solely designed to speed up the performance of you’re computer. It is available for free but I strongly recommend upgrading to atleast the professional version as this enables more features. The free version is perfectly fine though. It looks like this

 

You can download it here:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

– So once you have downloaded it, open up the program

– On the left hand side click on tools

– Then click on startup

-Then click the windows tab

CCleaner should now look something like this:

 

Now here is the important bit. You need to determine which programs are important and which are not. The great thing about CCleaner is that it gives relevant information about each program. You are interested in the Publisher, the column can be seen in the image above. Now some programs you obviously would not alter, such as the Intel Corporation programs which can be seen above and also the Avast anti virus. If you are not sure of a particular publisher, then I would recommend leaving it as it is, or search on the internet to find out what the program is.

But the more obvious programs you would disable here. For example if Limewire was on the list, you would disable that as it is not needed for startup. You can start a program such as Limewire as and when you need it.

You will notice there is another tab for Internet Explorer. Now I’m not sure if the tab is for IE just because my default browser is set to it or because that is the only browser you can optimize on CCleaner at the moment. But again, you would do the same  thing on here. This time, disabling extensions which you don’t need.

 

In the image above, you can see I have disabled extensions/programs such as Google Toolbar and Yahoo! Toolbar Helper. Disabling many similar extensions will help speed up you’re browser as it will not have to load them up when launching.

Now the other 2 tabs, Scheduled Tasks and Context Menu I would leave alone. Scheduled Tasks just has programs and when they update. Unless you dont want a particular program to update, then you can leave that as it is.

So that’s the startup hopefully speeded up. So what about whilst normally going about you’re activities on the computer?

The next thing to do is clean up the registry. The registry is a hierachical database that stores configuration settings for Windows. Now these have to be loaded every time Windows boots. But there are so many files here which are not needed, usually left behind from uninstalled programs. So let’s go ahead and remove them.

On the left hand side, click Registry. Then Scan for Issues. You should end up with this on you’re screen:

 

CCleaner will scan the registry and find the files which are just sitting there doing nothing or are missing. Click Fix selected issues. CCleaner will give you the option of backing up you’re registry and I strongly recommend you do this just in case something is deleted which shouldn’t be. Once it has finished, you’re registry will be much healthier.

The next thing we want to clean up is the memory dump. The memory dump is where the computer stores the last working memory state, usually just before the computer last crashed. Click on Cleaner on the left. From the tick list, Memory Dumps should be selected by default. Then click Analyze.

You will see quite a bit of things stored up from the last memory dump. This usually equates to approximately 500MB. Now this is a lot of memory and should be removed. So go ahead and click Run Cleaner. This will go ahead and remove all these files for you. Once cleaned, you should end up with something like this:

 

Now as you can see, the tick list is actually quite long and there are many things on there you could also clean. For example the recycle bin and temporary files. Go down the list and tick the things you would like to analyze and clean. If you are unsure of what some of the items are, then I would recommend leaving them unticked.

Ok so that’s my attempt at helping you speed up you’re computer!

Thanks for reading, hope it helped!

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