Speed up your computer in 4 easy steps
Note: Before making any significant changes to your computer I recommend backing up all your important files. If you’re not confident fixing it yourself, try using pc matic or another pc tuneup program. Alternatively, get professional computer assistance.
So, you’ve had your computer for awhile. Is it starting to lag? Does frustration set in every time you try to use your computer? Don’t worry; there are things you can do to improve your computer’s speed. In just four simple steps, you can increase your computer’s speed and decrease your level of frustration in equal measure. Let’s get started, shall we? Before you know it, you’ll be back in love with your computer again. Put down the sledge hammer and back away slowly.
Optimize your system’s BIOS settings
To do this, go to the BIOS setting wizard. From there, choose the option “Advanced BIOS Feature,” and mouse over the option for first boot device. Select the “HDD-O” tab. Do not select the default “Floppy” option. This will work to speed up your computer and extend the lifespan of your computer’s disc drive.
Nix the Windows boot screen
By cancelling the loading of the Windows boot screen when you start up your computer, your system will run faster. To do this, go to My Computer, then Tools, and then select “Folder Options. Choose “Display contents of system folders, which can be found within the advanced settings. Navigate to the file named “MSDos.sys” and de-select its “Read-only” properties. From there, you can open up the folder with a Plain Text Editor to add in the phrase “logo=0″ to the end of the “option” paragraph. By doing this, you’ll ensure that your computer does not load the Windows boot screen upon system boot up, which will make the computer load more quickly.
Clean up your desktop
Desktop icons aren’t just pretty pictures. They contain information and, if you have too many of them, can bog down your computer start up process. Why? Because the computer has to use resources to find and display the desktop icons one at a time. This can take a very long time if there are so many. To speed up the boot process, remove as many icons as possible. Only keep the desktop shortcuts you absolutely need.
Make start up entries better
Have you noticed that when you use many programs all at once your computer lags? That’s because its resources are being spread too thinly. The same goes for when you start up your computer. The more programs that start up when the computer boots up, the slower the start up process will be. To speed up the process, it’s important to disable some entries that you do not need to start up when the computer boots. To do that, type “msconfig” into your Start – Run command space. From there, you can choose which programs to disable and which to keep selected. The programs will all still of course be accessible, but they will not start up automatically. This will help keep your computer running faster.
These are just a few ways you can speed up your computer, but it’s a very good place to start. Take these easy steps and you should notice a marked increase in the speed at which your computer runs.