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What to do to increase the speed of windows

By manishji ·
I want to increase my windows xp speed i have removed tem files increased the virtual memory.. is there any other effective way??

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Some things to try ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What to do to increase th ...

How much free space is there on your C HDD? You ought to have 15% FREE SPACE, dropping below this figure will slow the system more and more.

When was the last time you defragmented the hard drive(s)? This will consolidate your HDD free space into a contiguous chunk.

Try using a registry cleaner - like CCLEANER:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner

Depending on your present system specifications, you could perhaps increase the system RAM. More RAM is by far the most effective way to increase the operating speed of any computer.

I would point out though, that increasing the Virtual RAM in a slapdash fashion will have the opposite effect, slowing your system even further by causing a bottleneck and reducing the amount of free space on your HDD. Your virtual memory should be between 1.5 and 2.0 times the currently fitted total RAM. Anything above this is likely to be affected by the Law of Diminishing Returns.

By far and away the best method to increase the speed, is to perform a fresh install onto a cleaned hard drive. Over the years, every time you install then uninstall programs, there are legacy entries left behind in the system registry and it eventually gets bloated to many times its optimum operating size. Registry Cleaners are all well and good, but can only clean out any orphaned entries that they are capable of identifying. Of course the degree to which your registry is bloated will depend on your typical usage and how many things you've installed and then removed.

Perhaps you could post the specifications for your computer? There may be other suggestions that are specific to your PCs make and model.

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Another thing you can do if you have a second HDD

by OH Smeg In reply to Some things to try ...

Is to move the Swap File off the Boot or Windows Drive onto the second Drive. Here I say Drive not Partition as there will be no advantage in moving it to a different Partition on the same Drive as there will still be a Bottleneck reading & writing to that drive.

With 32 Bit versions of Windows I fit 4 GIG of RAM if the M'Board will carry that much or just as much as the M'Board will carry.

While 32 Bit OS's can not use all 4 Gig's of RAM with the modern M'Boards with Dual Chanel RAM it gives the best performance possible and the costs of identical 2 X 2 GIG Modules is minimal.

If you use different Modules in Dual RAM Sockets the system reverts to Single Chanel Mode and doesn't perform as fast.

I prefer Defrag Programs not from M$ like Auslogics Defrag

http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-Disk-Defrag/3000-2086_4-10628872.html

and Smart Defrag

http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html?Str=download

Both are freeware and work better than what is supplied with Windows. Though if you have not run the Defrag Utility for a long time you may have to run it several times to consolidate the drive as well as it can be.

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Ways of Increasing Speed

by HamadBenSaeed In reply to What to do to increase th ...

I am not going to Guide you on the Hardware side, but I would like to say that there is a way to make your PC run faster with any Chip and Processor you have.

Just simply keep your Hard disk clean from:

1- Unwanted Softwares.
2- Unwanted Files (Videos, Music, Photos).

Formatting your PC and reinstalling windows once every month will keep your PC Healthy.

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Eh?? - "..reinstalling windows once every month.." -

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Ways of Increasing Speed

Are you serious??!!

"Formatting your PC and reinstalling windows once every month will keep your PC Healthy."

What is the single most likely cause of hard drive failure? USAGE. - The greater the frequency of writing to individual blocks and sectors on a platter, the more the magnetic coating becomes disturbed. Eventually, many tens of thousands of events later, the surface cannot endure further rearrangement of the magnetic particles and the hard drive develops a 'bad block', which then requires marking as bad and avoided for the remainder of the life of the system.

Under normal circumstances, the hard drive is written to whenever a program is installed or when system files are read into memory then returned to the hard drive (usually in a different location to where they were read from). However, all the unused sectors (where nothing can be read from because nothing exists there) retain their 100% stability since they have not yet been used.

ENTER the 'once a month format and reinstall'! Now every month the ENTIRE hard drive has all it's platters assaulted by a disk-wide format - even all the empty sectors.

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You have got to be kidding me!

by Ron K. In reply to Ways of Increasing Speed

If you have to reinstall Windows every month you don't know WTF you're doing.<br>
I have a smoking hot fast version of Windows XP Pro that was installed back in late 2005. I have 148 programs on it, all fully updated, and my computer rocks.

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NO kidding

by Slayer_ In reply to You have got to be kiddin ...

I got super fast system, running XP since 2002, easily 500+ programs installed. My start menu is almost unusable. Boot time is about 1:30 minutes to working desktop.

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really?

by ---TK--- In reply to Ways of Increasing Speed

I think someone needs to stop surfing the naughty sights... This has to be the worst advice ever!

I think you should go back and take a PC basics 101 class...

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Is it slower than it used to be?

by seanferd In reply to What to do to increase th ...

It is unlikely that you are going to make it faster magically. Your processor and amount of RAM are serious limiting factors.

Aside from the things already suggested, I highly recommend cutting down on the number of apps that start with Windows and run all the time. They can be started as needed, if they aren't needed all the time

One place to check is the system tray, by the clock. How many things in there? Do you need them on all the time? IM clients, CD burning software, printers, scanners, cameras, mp3 player connection software, whatever.

Look in the Start menu's startup folder.

You can also check for other stuff with programs like Autoruns (be careful with entries you don't understand)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
Or Startup Control Panel may be more your type of thing
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

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There's another thing to try.

by Ron K. In reply to What to do to increase th ...

Go to Start\Control panel\System, the Advanced tab\Performance\Settings\Advanced. I have my computer set for best performance of programs in both the processor and memory usage. <br>
I do have my paging file on a secondary drive too. It makes a difference.

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