Optimize PC Performance

What’s the difference between a new computer and one that’s been in your trenches? Performance! Computers are durable machines, but they can endure but so much before they show signs of degradation. It’s up to us their users to do our best to cure what ails them.

I Regress

I remember when I first got my NEC x86 computer and it was packed with free or free to try software I ended up never using with the exception of Microsoft Word and Excel. I was amazed at how fast the response was and considered it the norm, but it wasn’t. As time past and I’m performing normal computing practices, such as creating files, downloading music (before Digital Rights Management). installing, uninstalling, shutdowns, restores, and such. This activity began to take its toll now showing signs of performance degradation.


 

Taking Action

I found there were a slew of  issues that could plague a computer’s performance, but I started with the basic cleansing of my system. In other words, to optimize pc performance I began by uninstalling the software I didn’t use, you know, the trial editions that expired and those I didn’t recognize, didn’t use but knew they used up memory, disk space, and weighed on my processor. I checked “MSCONFIG the system’s configuration to see which programs were configured to load when Windows started.

 

MSCONFIG

MSCONFIG

This did speed up my system’s boot time. Through normal usage my files become fragmented and in turn scatters throughout so they’re discontinuous (files are split between blocks) which slows response time because the hard drive has to locate these files to produce your request. To get these scattered files back into sequential order I use the defragment utility built-in Windows operating system. Defrag can be scheduled or ran manually in the background while you work. I usually run mine twice a month.

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My next step is the Disk Cleanup which is also a built-in Windows tool that deletes unnecessary files from the hard disk, such as temporary files, system files, recycle bin, Temporary Internet files, and programs that are no longer in use. Don’t worry it does not rid the system of anything other. It allows you to pick and choose which files you want to delete using the check boxes to include it in the deletions.

Disk Cleanup Utility

Disk Cleanup Utility


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