Speed Maintenance

Ok, so you have had your computer for a while and it just doesn't run as fast as it used to. You think it's a piece of crap and you want a new one but don't go spending money yet. there's things you can do to make it run like new or better without spending a dime! You simply need to understand what makes your system fast and what slows it down. Here I'll try to address these issues and hopefully you will find new joy in that old system. Having a fast system is more than what you think. These steps will help you tune your network if you have one as well as the single system which is showing it's age.

Step 1. Uninstall any software you do not use or do not recognize. Most slowdowns come from software we install that bundle in Shell Extensions and other hidden junk. Most qualify as adware or junkware. Go through your Add/Remove programs list and remove anything you don't really need. Especially screensavers and other freeware or shareware items like weatherbug, comet cursor, etc..

Step 2. Startup programs. Windows XP users and 98 users have it, win2k users can download it. Msconfig is your greatest friend when you want to stop processes from firing up with windows on startup. Most slowdowns happen from rogue processes that don't need to be started on boot. Adobe's acrobat reader starts a helper program that takes up 32MB of memory! Disable everything you don't need at startup and reboot. If you need something, start it yourself when you're ready.

Step 3. Checkdisk and defragment. This is a given but defragmenting your drive can save on performance greatly as well as running a full checkdisk that checks for a repairs bad sectors. If your drive is getting old then this last step could be more useful than you think.

Step 4. Visual settings. On windows XP you should always put your perfrmance settings to be for better performance.

Step 5. System Restore. Disable system restore for a really good boost in performance. Just make sure you protect yourself so you don't need the restore feature. (stay away from porn sites)

Step 6. System Services. Disable any system service you don't use. Windows starts many services you never use to be more of a business system. In the control panel -> administrative -> services you can disable tings you wont use. If you have a router at home choose to use static IP's and disable the DHCP client service as well. If your system runs fine without it, disable it.

Step 7. Network adapter. Use the DrTCP program to set your MTU and RWin to something more specific to your ISP, for cable users having your MTU at 1500 and Rwin around 100000 is a good start. These are general settings and a tweak test at can help you find the best settings for your system.

Step 8. Router. Some of us use wireless routers or wired routers. Disabling everything in those routers you dont use makes them perform faster and that result shows up on your bandwidth and connection. Use static IP's and disable DHCP.

Step 9. Drivers. Use the latest stable drivers for your hardware. Also, custom drivers made by other users could benefit you. I use the Omega Drivers for ATI chipsets to get a 30% increase in video performance for games.

Step 10. Use CTRL+ALT+DEL to check for anything running that has eluded you until this point. Track down rogue processes, and stop them from starting.

All in all the goal is to have as few things running in memory as possible for functioning. The more code you have in memory the more time your processor takes to process it and the less time it has to work on what you want it to. On my Win2k laptop with 1gb ram my system takes up 52MB of memory while idle. This is down from about 170MB of my system right after a reinstall of everything after a format.

There are many many other things you can do to increase performance in places but these are the major ones that make the biggest difference in system stability and performance.


Written by Ghost on 2015-01-22 18:20:37

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