Start Updating your computer almost complete your computer needs

Updating your computer almost complete your computer needs

Part of the reason well-used PCs take so long to start is because of all the applications and utilities you've installed.

If I have not written about it, I’ve throw in a link to a relevant article from some of my other favorite sites.

This list is in no particular order, just written in the order that I could think of them. Defragment your computer hard disk using built-in Windows tools or third-party programs. You should also defragment your Windows pagefile and registry if you’re running Windows XP still. Clean up hard drive disk space being taken up by temporary files, the recycle bin, hibernation files and more. Convert your PC into a virtual machine using Hyper-V for free and visit risky sites or install junk program, games, etc. If your XP or Vista computer is not using NFTS, make sure you convert your FAT disk to the NTFS file system. Update all of your drivers in Windows, including chipset and motherboard drivers to their latest versions. Every once in awhile run the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup utility. Use Task Manager to find resource hungry processes running on your PC. Remove unnecessary or old programs from the Add/Remove or Programs and Features dialog in the Control Panel. Use a program click memtest86 or Prime95 to check for bad memory on your PC. Determine your BIOS version and check the manufactures website to see if you need to update your BIOS. Every once in awhile, clean your mouse, keyboard and computer fans of dust and other buildup. Replace a slow 5400 RPM hard drive with a faster 7200 RPM drive, SATA drive, SSD drive or SAS drive. Here’s a list of the most popular anti-virus software and some tips on how to protect yourself from viruses and malware. Remove extra toolbars from your Windows taskbar and from your Internet browser. Disable the Windows Vista and 7 Sidebar if you’re not really using it for anything important.

For example, Firefox works perfectly well without the Mozilla Maintenance Service.

On the Startup tab (use Task Manager - right-click on the taskbar and choose Task Manager in Windows 8 and Windows 10 to find this) are lots of programs that start with Windows.

Select the Services tab, tick ‘Hide all Microsoft services' and see what's left.

There may be services you can live without and clearing the tick box prevents them from running.

Knowing what to disable isn't easy, but you can use Google to search for items and see if they are necessary, useful or neither of those.

Windows 10 helpfully tells you how much impact each program has on performance: For programs that have a high startup impact, you can right click and disable them.

Here is my list of the best anti-malware and anti-spyware programs out there. If you have a deeper spyware infection like a rootkit that is very hard to remove, you might need to perform an offline virus scan. Remove unwanted pre-installed software (aka junk software) from your new PC using PC Decrapifier. Disable unnecessary non-Microsoft Windows services that slow down your computer. Tweak Windows XP and tweak Windows 7 or Windows 10 settings using free programs. Disable UAC (User Account Control) in Windows if you’re an advanced user. Tweak your mouse settings so that you can copy and paste faster, scroll faster, navigate quickly while browsing and more. Delete temporary and unused files on your computer using a free program like CCleaner. The best is to find a really small texture and to tile it. Change the privacy settings in Windows 10 so that your PC isn’t always trying to connect to Microsoft’s servers. I’ve already mentioned virus scanning, but it’s worth mentioning that Windows Defender is usually good enough and you should uninstall any third-party anti-virus product as it will slow down your system. If I have missed a good performance tip, make sure to comment.

I still recommend using an anti-malware program in addition to Windows Defender. If you have a custom built computer or a PC that was previously used, make sure to check the BIOS for optimal settings such as enabled CPU caches, correctly set IDE/SATA data transfer modes, memory timings, updated drivers, etc. Though sometimes useful, if you want better performance you can disable taskbar thumbnails and disable thumbnail previews in Explorer. For advanced users, you can disable program compatibility assistant, which checks each program at run-time for compatibility issues. If you don’t use the Cortana digital assistant in Windows 10, you can save quite a bit of resources by disabling it altogether. If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows, you need to get to a 64-bit version ASAP, even if it means upgrading your hardware.

If Windows finds anything untoward it will let you know and suggest ways to deal with the issue.