Tips : Speed up your system

Have you ever felt that the system has slowed down and it is not performing like what it did after installing the windows/operating system ? If your answer is yes, then you need to go through some of the useful tips below for speeding up your system.

1) Remove Startup Items that are unwanted
You can do this by opening Run-->type msconfig and press enter
Open the startup tab... and uncheck the items that are not needed
This helps us to improve the startup speed.

2) Defragmentation
As time goes by, big files or even small files get splitted and saved in different memory locations in ur hard drive when u copy something to it. This is because Hard disk controllers choose random locations to store the files. If there are not enough free space to accomadate the file at a stretch, it puts a link and store the remaining part of the file in someother location. The effect of which is, it will cause the hard disk to read the same file from different locations which will cause increase in access time. The Windows OS provides us with a useful Utility called Disk Defragmenter which could be found at Programs --> accessories --> system tools. This utility picks up fragmented files and puts into continuous locations. Apart from this utility, there is another software called DiskLite, which does the same process.

3) Softwares
Have/Install softwares that you require. Try to reduce the number of softwares by having a software that gives most functions. For Eg, Media Player Classic or VLC media player plays most of the file formats, and may not require the codecs to be installed to play certain files. So it is better to install these softwares than to install a player for different formats and codec for reading those formats. It is recommended to have your softwares in the drive where there is Windows installed. (safety tip: Dont have your important documents or other files in your windows drive. In case of OS crash, it will be helpful to format the windows drive without loosing the important contents)

4) Registry
The more you install, the more the registry gets bigger. When ur registry keeps on building its size, it will increase the processing time. Use Registry mechanic to remove unwanted/broken registry entries.

5) Portable Softwares
There is a recent trend of using this kind of s/w. Portable S/W are that which can be taken to any place via USB or CD and can be used anywhere without actual installation of the s/w. So this will not add any files to windows directory or make an registry entry which occurs during installation of a s/w. But the drawback on these s/w may be that, it requires time for loading every time you start the s/w. So for bigger s/w portables are not advisable, whereas small portable s/w can be used.

6) Multiple Files
When moving many number of files, say for eg, while moving/copying a set of pictures collection, It takes huge time to copy/move. The reason is simple, more the number of files, more the access time of each file. So keeping the files zipped makes it a single file. Now moving/copying this zip file will consume way too less than actual. It is very helpful when moving contents from one place to another using USB.

7) Anti Virus
It is very much required to make your anti-virus to start at startup of windows and run throught out the session to safequard your system. But the choice of AV is important. The AV you use shouldnt slow down ur PC. So get a better and faster anti-virus like Nod32 or Kaspersky.

8) Keep Ur files and folders Organised
This is the most common tip. The better you know the system and where your files are present, the better you can traverse through your folders. Keep the right content at the right place.

9) Last but not least
Get more RAM memory and have a high speed processor with more internal cache memory (or even dual core or quad core processors and so on. These processors have multiple cores which process different programs in different cores. You could feel the performance improvement when you run programs that consumes much resource like video processing, playing very high graphics games etc)

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