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Old 14th March 2006, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default 5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Computer Speed

Here are a few quick tips to speed up your computer.

"Disk Cleanup is a Windows utility that helps keep unused and unwanted files from taking up extra storage space on your computer. You can think of it as "spring cleaning” for your computer. Basically, it removes files that may have once been useful or used but now are just taking up extra room that could be used for more useful programs and files."

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Old 18th April 2006, 07:37 PM   #2
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Exclamation Degragmenting speed up the computer?

I challenge you to support your claim that in 2006 defragmenting is a useful endeavor for the average user and that it increases the speed of a computer in a meaningful way.

PC World disagrees with you. Please see

http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/artic...34,pg,8,00.asp

and

http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/artic...43,pg,8,00.asp

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Old 4th May 2006, 07:31 PM   #3
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What PC World (and most tech support folks) are saying is this:

Because the basic hard drives that come with today's preconfigured systems are so much larger and faster than they used to be, and because these same systems come with more RAM and faster processors ... most folks won't notice the performance improvement provided by defragmenting.

Make no mistake about it, though: Defragmenting is one of the best things you can do for any Windows system to keep it running smoothly. This is particularly true for Windows systems that see a lot of small file writing and deleting.

Consider this:

As the filesystem becomes increasingly fragmented, the simple physics involved in concatenating the fragments into useable data cause the hard drive's parts to (a) spin more frequently, (b) reverse direction more frequently and (c) shuttle the heads more frequently. Each of these activities takes time. I mean "real" time, not the "perceived" time most of us notice. Even if we're talking microseconds (which we are), that adds up. In addition, excessive fragmentation places additional wear and tear on the hard drive components, and will shorten its already delicate lifespan.

For those of you who are having weird problems like system crashes when you empty your Recycle Bin or trouble browsing your drives/networks using Windows Explorer, the problem is most likely that your "swap file" (fake RAM on the hard drive) has become too fragmented to use. If someone requests, I'll post how to fix this common problem.

In summary: Defragmenting the hard drive is required maintenance for anyone who runs Windows if they have any interest in keeping their equipment in top form. Many distributors ship newer Windows systems with the defragmentation application already set up to defragment in the background, or with a desktop icon for a commercial product like Diskkeeper.

(Note that Linux, Unix and MacOS are already designed to constantly defragment the disk(s) in the background and have no need for additional mechanisms to perform that function.)

And welcome to the forums, tempuser20062, you old gadfly!

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Old 31st January 2011, 06:59 AM   #4
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Here are some ways on how you can boost your computer speed: remove temporary Internet files, downloaded programs, recycle bin contents, Windows temporary files, old programs, and unused restore points and shadow copies from your System Restore. Then, you can also obtain an anti-spyware software. In addition, you can detect and repair disk errors to improve your systemís performance.

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Old 31st January 2011, 07:59 AM   #5
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I use CCleaner, it's a free download from Piriform, no pop ups, no annoying ads to worry about, works pretty good for cleaning the temp files, hard drive space, and other areas, and it's free.

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Old 26th July 2011, 04:13 PM   #6
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Don't forget that the operating system still access the registry at astonishing speeds, on the other side, it reads the files from the hard-drive much more slower, and even if most think that cleaning registry will boost your performance should now that also defragmenting the HDD will give you a much more impressive boost.

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Old 27th April 2012, 03:27 AM   #7
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Hi,

1.Uninstall the applications which are not required so that no. of processes reduce and speed improves
2.Check if any viruses processes are utilizing processor more if so, fix it using antivirus.
3. Make sure your drive in which OS is installed has some free space of minimum 2.5 GB because it is used as a virtual paging memory .

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Old 15th May 2012, 09:16 PM   #8
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One way to speed up Windows is to replace with with Linux.

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Old 18th June 2012, 07:36 AM   #9
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When my system is down, I generally uninstall the anti-virus, clean-up all the short-cuts in Start up menu and delete all the programs which haven't been used for more than one month

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Here is my list of things to improve your PC performance:

- remove software that you dont need
- regularly defragment
- buy more RAM
- get a SSD hard drive as your main drive

Hope it helps.

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