Tips to faster your PC

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The articles present few tips to faster PC with windows XP Operating system.

Speed does matter

Really it is frustrating to stare at the screen which has gone stuck up or responses late. Speed does matter a lot when working with PC. Many people use Windows XP for its user friendliness. Need not necessary to purchase new hardware to enhance the speed, just few settings would render better results. Here, I suggest few tips, hopefully will increase system performance.

Delete garbage data

Some time unwanted data occupies huge space (up to 38 GB in C drive because of .net extension files). Obviously kills speed, find the garbage data from the link: C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\Temp
Some people avoid it deleting as it resides in the system file. I suggest, delete it without giving a second thought, off course it not adverse effect in any way.

Defragment the disk

Defragmenter is a utility in Microsoft Windows designed to increase access speed by rearranging files stored on a disk to occupy contiguous storage locations. Start>programs> Accessories>System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

Ensure that Windows XP is utilizing the NTFS file system

If you're not sure, here's how to check: First, double-click the My Computer icon, right-click on the C: Drive, then select Properties. Next, examine the File System type; if it says FAT32, then back-up any important data. Next, click Start, click Run, type CMD, and then click OK. At the prompt, type CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS and press the Enter key. This process may take a while; it's important that the computer be uninterrupted and virus-free. The file system used by the bootable drive will be either FAT32 or NTFS. I recommend NTFS for its superior security, reliability, and efficiency with larger disk drives.

Disable file indexing

The indexing service extracts information from documents and other files on the hard drive and creates a "searchable keyword index." As you can imagine, this process can be quite taxing on any system. The idea is that the user can search for a word, phrase, or property inside a document, should they have hundreds or thousands of documents and not know the file name of the document they want. Windows XP's built-in search functionality can still perform these kinds of searches without the Indexing service. It just takes longer. The OS has to open each file at the time of the request to help find what the user is looking for.

If you don’t require "search" feature

I recommend disabling it. Here's how: First, double-click the My Computer icon. Next, right-click on the C: Drive, then select Properties. Uncheck "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching." Next, apply changes to "C: subfolders and files," and click OK. If a warning or error message appears (such as "Access is denied"), click the Ignore All button.

Empty the Windows Prefetch folder every three months

Windows XP can "prefetch" portions of data and applications that are used frequently. This makes processes appear to load faster when called upon by the user. That's fine. But over time, the prefetch folder may become overloaded with references to files and applications no longer in use. When that happens, Windows XP is wasting time, and slowing system performance, by pre-loading them. Nothing critical is in this folder, and the entire contents are safe to delete

Once a month, run a disk cleanup. Here's how

Double-click the My Computer icon. Then right-click on the C: drive and select Properties. Click the Disk Cleanup button -- it's just to the right of the Capacity pie graph -- and delete all temporary files.

Device Manager setting

In your Device Manager, double-click on the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers device, and ensure that DMA is enabled for each drive you have connected to the Primary and Secondary controller. Do this by double-clicking on Primary IDE Channel. Then click the Advanced Settings tab. Ensure the Transfer Mode is set to "DMA if available" for both Device 0 and Device 1. Then repeat this process with the Secondary IDE Channel.

Remove unecessary progams

Remove any unnecessary programs and/or items from Windows Startup routine using the MSCONFIG utility. Here's how: First, click Start, click Run, type MSCONFIG, and click OK. Click the StartUp tab, then uncheck any items you don't want to start when Windows starts. Unsure what some items are? Visit the WinTasks Process Library. It contains known system processes, applications, as well as spyware references and explanations. Or quickly identify them by searching for the filenames using Google or another Web search engine.Remove any unnecessary or unused programs from the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel.

Unnecessary animations

Turn off any and all unnecessary animations, and disable active desktop. In fact, for optimal performance, turn off all animations. Windows XP offers many different settings in this area. Here's how to do it: First click on the System icon in the Control Panel. Next, click on the Advanced tab. Select the Settings button located under Performance. Feel free to play around with the options offered here, as nothing you can change will alter the reliability of the computer -- only its responsiveness.

Software update

Update the anti-virus software on a weekly, even daily, basis. Make sure they have only one anti-virus software package installed. Mixing anti-virus software is a sure way to spell disaster for performance and reliability.Update the PC's video and motherboard chipset drivers. Also, update and configure the BIOS.

Less font types

Make sure that your pc has fewer than 500 type fonts installed on their computer. The more fonts they have, the slower the system will become. While Windows XP handles fonts much more efficiently than did the previous versions of Windows, too many fonts -- that is, anything over 500 -- will noticeably tax the system.

Hard disk partition

If possible do not partition the hard drive. Windows XP's NTFS file system runs more efficiently on one large partition. The data is no safer on a separate partition, and a reformat is never necessary to reinstall an operating system. The same excuses people offer for using partitions apply to using a folder instead. For example, instead of putting all your data on the D: drive, put it in a folder called "D drive." You'll achieve the same organizational benefits that a separate partition offers, but without the degradation in system performance. Also, your free space won't be limited by the size of the partition; instead, it will be limited by the size of the entire hard drive. This means you won't need to re-size any partitions, ever. That task can be time-consuming and also can result in lost data.

Windows explorer

If you're sick of a single Windows Explorer window crashing and then taking the rest of your OS down with it, then follow this tip: open My Computer, click on Tools, then Folder Options. Now click on the View tab. Scroll down to "Launch folder windows in a separate process," and enable this option. You'll have to reboot your machine for this option to take effect.

Try and Test

I hope following any of these suggestions should result in visible improvements to the performance and reliability of your computer system. Many of the tips I have tried and found very helpful !


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author avatar A K Rao
6th Aug 2012 (#)

That is a wonderful aricle about optimising the speed of our PC! I will try to optimise my PC's speed with the tips given here! Thanks !

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author avatar Mohamadi Quadri
8th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for the comment.

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