Faster PC Tips

by Rod Dunne on June 8, 2010

in Registry Cleaners Articles, Tips and Tools

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Getting a faster PC is traditionally a combination of two elements. The first is reducing the existing processing and demands on the computer and the second is adding hardware to improve performance. This article covers the first approach using simple PC repairs and leaves hardware improvements (adding RAM, improving graphics, upgrading laptop hard drives etc.) for another day’s discussion.

Making a PC run faster involves looking at what processes are having an undue strain on the central processor unit (CPU), memory (RAM) and disk access. If you have a slow PC then the following actions should help matters.

Make more free disk space: This will speed up a PC by permitting more disk space for caching. In particular, the Windows operating system usually requires at least 10% for standard processing. Clearing out unused software as part of a monthly PC service is a simple approach to creating some space. If you are technically minded, then swap in a larger capacity laptop hard drive.

Shut down applications and services not in use: Any programs running in the background (except anti-vius applications) should be closed down. You will have a faster PC simply due to the extra RAM that closing applications frees up. Use the Task Manager to pick and choose which to close down.

Run disk defragmentation: This speeds up disk access times as any request for data requires more CPU processing and caching when the data is stored in multiple segments around the drive, rather than accessing the data all in one single request to the disk. The Disk Defragmentation tool that comes with Windows is fine for doing this or you could use specialized tools such as Regtool to defragment and also clean the drives.

Run Windows Update Service: You can make a PC run faster often by simply getting the latest device drivers and patch updates (for the OS).

Disabling Flash in browsers: If you check the Task Manager while running a browser you will be amazed by the amount of RAM it requires rendering pages. One particular culprit are Flash videos and advertisements (Apple feel that it causes their iPads to even crash). Try disabling the Flash add-on for a few days and (a) see if you miss it and (b) see if it makes a difference. If you still wish to see Flash programs on websites then restart the browser every few hours to stop a slow PC from freezing.

Optional additional tuning: The above should make the most gains in getting a faster PC. Many PC owners also use commercial or free registry repair tools to make some extra speed gains. The following two examples clean, repair and optimize the registry.

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