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To increase performance of your computer one option is more performance optimization...

Why do more performance optimization?

Once we have the primary OS (Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7/8/10 ) optimized there are some "Speed up My PC" tips that can be done to make your computer as fast or maybe faster than it was the first time you started it. Want to know more? Read on!

Startup, a lot of install programs dump their main program short cut into the startup folder. There are two startup folders you will need to look in to determine if you want a program to start automatically or not.

All users, and your profile, open explorer, when it is open it will default to your user profile, open Programs under Start Menu, go to Start up folder. Have a look at any programs in the folder, if you think you can do with out the program starting automatically then move it up to a higher folder or delete it. Do the same for the All users profile.

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Next look at the tray on the main task bar, there are a lot of icons there, some can be turned off at the tray others will have to be turned off either in the control panel or through other means.

Some of the icons (programs that are run as services) may not be turned off, the icon for 'Safely Remove Hardware' is one such icon. Turning off these icons will save you some memory depending on the service, there is no set memory usage size for these icons. If you need to know how much memory an icon is using you can open the Task manager, go to the 'Performance' tab look at the graph 'PF' under the graph is a number, this is the amount of memory all programs running at this time is using.

Turn off the icon/service display, note the change now you know how much memory that specific icon was using. Although this may be nit-picking but if you have a lot of icons sitting in the tray waiting for you to click on them but never do it is a waste of memory that you could be using for your more important programs like Doom!

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The next more performance optimization tweak concerns services, now this may not be something you feel comfortable doing then skip this section. You do not need every service that is running, how do I know? Because of experience of over 25 years fixing the problems that the OS and install programs cause.

To get to the services right click on My Computer, go to Manage on the menu, or go to Control Panel, open System. there are three main topics in the left window, select Services and Applications, then click on services. It is easier to use the standard view than the Extended unless you open the page up.

So now which ones do you turn off (Disabled)? And Why?

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Name Comments
Alerter Not required unless the computer is a Server in a domain
ClipBook Unless you use the Clipbook function to copy large amounts of data you don't need this (by large I am speaking of Gigs at a time
Error Reporting Service This is also a server function
Fast User Switching Compatibility I turn this one off because it is a security risk, some viruses use it.
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Even if you have a CD/DVD drive that you can burn with turn this off, will cause problems with 3rd party burning software
Infrared Monitor Turn this off unless you want to connect two computer by using the Infrared device in some systems. I was never successful in making it work reliably.
Messenger Always turn this one off. This is a domain utility only, viruses use it also.
Network DDE Legacy network service
Network DDE DSDM Another legacy network service
Portable Media Serial Number Service If you want the Microsoft video player seaching the internet every time you put a CD/DVD in your drive leave this on.
Routing and Remote Access If you use Dial Up to connect to the internet, this needs to be on.
Secondary Logon This needs to be turned off because the Fast user switching is turned off.
Telnet Always turn this one off. It is the hackers dream to get into your computer!
Themes Provides user experience theme management.
When you disable the 'Themes' Service your desktop will revert to the Windows 2000 version of the desk top. If you want to use a custom desktop do not disable this service, although the system will load faster and use less memory with out custom themes.
WebClient If you are not building web sites, turn this off.
Windows Media Connect Service Turn this one off, you do not want to share media with anyone, you can upload your media to a lot of places, never share, opens the doors for hackers.

Note: There are more performance optimization services to turn off this is a short list, see the DIY Computer Repairs: Checklists and Guides the  for your specific Operating System.

The next thing we want to look at is your display properties. You can gain back valuable video memory and processor speed with these changes. (Look at Themes in the chart above).

Your Theme, if you have a background that is a high resolution graphic this will consume most of your video memory, it also consumes up to forty percent of your processing power. 38 Checklists and one specifically for installing new hardware!

So you will want to either turn off the background or change it to a less graphic intense background. I have found that a solid color is the best for a back ground. It is also easier on your eyes. Go to Control Panel, then open Display. On the first page select your Theme, then go to the Appearance tab. You can change the Windows and buttons style, Color Scheme, and the Font size. Look at the bottom right there are two buttons we will look at Effects and Advanced.

Under the Effects button I always turn off all options, The only one I an think of that would be of use also corresponds with the Font size in the paragraph above, for Large Icons. If you increase the font size to large or extra large then it may make the Icons look out of proportion.

Under Advanced you can change the color of the background only. Because I used to work in a 'Data Center' where there are banks and banks of computers and they keep the lighting low I started to notice that bright blue or other colors bothered my eyes so I use green, very smoothing in my opinion. Your back ground is important because of the contrast between the background and the document or program you are working on.

For your security I would recommend that you set the screen saver. You know your work habits and do not want the screen saver to come on while you are working and a long telephone call comes in. Then again you want it to be set at a short enough duration if you leave the computer unattended the screen save will come on. Be sure to select the option to lock the computer when the screen saver is on. Here is a small antecedent of a friend of mine:

My friend is normal computer user, in other words he was a typical business person that used a computer. He would often take his work and laptop home. One day something was going on and he left his computer on. His two year old decided that Daddy wasn't quite done working and started banging on the keyboard, moving and clicking the mouse. Need less to say he leaned his lesson, because jr deleted a lot of his current documents.

There are two more performance optimization areas that you should consider optimizing:

Your hard drive would server you better if you defragmented it on a weekly or monthly basis, here is the link to my defragmentation page- more performance optimization by defragment your hard drive....

Your last more performance optimization tweak is the policies. This is for the advanced user and not the faint of heart. Although these items can be undone the effects are wide ranging on the computer.

Another thing that will speed up a computer for more performance optimization that has been used for some time is to clean out the registry. This is a program I use and highly recommended if you have completed all the above steps and you computer is still slow - Registry Fix! (As a matter of fact one two now three online "speed up my PC" companies uses this program to "fix" your computer and will charge you twice the cost of this program to do it...)

Most of these more performance optimization tweaks are for the Advanced DIYer but if you read the instructions carefully you will realize a nice performance gain when complete.

Oppps, Microsoft making it hard to find more performance optimization options you need to turn off or change in Windows 7 and Windows 8? Maybe you need this...

Update 02/17/20 - Note: These instructions apply to pre Windows 8.1 Operating Systems, when time permits I will write up an article on what can and can not be done for Windows 8.1 and newer Operating Systems...


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