Jun 1, 2010

5 Ways to Speed up your PC

There are many ways to speed up your PC. One is spending lots and lots of money on memory increasing or to buy the latest processors which are capable of performing multiprogramming at a time. For this you need to have lots of money, where I think spending of huge money is a waste. But in here, I give you some of the basic tips and the most useful techniques to speed up your PC, where you can save lots of money. Its just a little time consuming process, but a very simple things, by following this guide of 5 ways to speed up your PC you can gain knowledge on how the system works and store's the data which you have processed, this is some what a technician need to know. The interesting part about this article is that you can make many magics such as a old system can  perform smoother and lighter by following these tips.  

By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 7, Vista, and XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to more efficiently maintain your computer and safeguard your privacy when you're online.

1. Free up disk space

The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.

Use Disk Cleanup to:
    *Remove temporary Internet files.
    *Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).
    *Empty the Recycle Bin.
    *Remove Windows temporary files such as error reports.
    *Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.
    *Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
    *Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.

Note: Generally, temporary Internet files take more amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access.

To use Disk Cleanup 

Window 7 users

1.Click Start >> type Disk Cleanup in search box. There are several drives available, you might choose to specify which drive you want to clean. 
Note:  Clean the disk where the operating system is installed
2.When Disk Cleanup has calculated how much space you can free, in the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.

                        Disk Cleanup dialog box

3.Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete (Check on all the content, recommended), and then click OK.

4.When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
        After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner.

For Windows XP users

1.Click Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.

                                   Disk Cleanup dialog box

2. In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.
      Choose the files that you want to delete(Check on all the content).


3. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
     After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner.

2. Speed up access to data

Disk fragments slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer searches the hard disk for a file which is to be opened. The response time can be significantly longer when these fragmented files are present.

Disk Defragment is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, without fragments, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.

When to run Disk Defragmenter !

In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals monthly is optimal, there are other times you should run it too, such as when:
    *You add a large number of files.
    *Your free disk space totals 15 percent or less.
    *You install new programs or a new version of Windows.

To use Disk Defragmenter:

Windows 7 users

   1.Click Start >> search Disk Defragmenter and click enter.
                      Click Analyze disk to start the Disk Defragmenter.

2. In the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, click the drives that you want to defragment, and then click the Analyze button. After the disk is analyzed, a dialog box appears, letting you know whether you should defragment the analyzed drives.

Note: You should analyze a volume before defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take.

3. To defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment disk button. In the Current status area, under the Progress column, you can monitor the process as it happens. After the defragmentation is complete, it displays the results.
4. To display detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition, click View Report.
5. To close the View Report dialog box, click Close.
6. You can also schedule the Disk Defragmenter to run automatically, and your computer might be set up this way by default. Under Schedule, it reads scheduled defragmentation is turned on, then displays the time of day and frequency of  defragmentation. If you want to turn off automatic defragmentation or change the time or frequency, click the Configure schedule (or Turn on Schedule, if it is not currently configured to run automatically). Then change the settings, then click OK.
7. To close the Disk Defragmenter utility, click the Close button on the title bar of the window.

3. Detect and repair disk errors

In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.

As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.

If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss.
Run the Error Checking utility:

1. Close all open files.
2. Click Start, and go to My Computer.
3. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
4. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
5. Click the Check Now button.
6. In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
      Check Disk Local Disk dialog box, with the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box selected.
7.If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.

Note: Only select the "Automatically fix file system errors" check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

4. Protect your computer against spyware

Spyware collects personal information without letting you know and without asking for permission. From the Web sites you visit to usernames and passwords, spyware can put you and your confidential information at risk. In addition to privacy concerns, spyware can hamper your computer's performance. To combat spyware, you might want to consider using the PC safety scan from Windows Live OneCare. This scan is a free service and will help check for and remove viruses.

5. ReadyBoost your Windows

If you're using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can use ReadyBoost to speed up your system. A new concept in adding memory to a system, it allows you to use non-volatile flash memory like a USB flash drive or a memory card to improve performance without having to add additional memory.

By following the above guidelines you can make your computer run smoother, and you even can access your internet faster i.e your pages opens faster by deleting all the temporary files and cookies from your PC.

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