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"
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!
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
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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)?
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||Not required unless the computer is a Server in a domain
||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
||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.
||Always turn this one off. This is a domain utility only,
viruses use it also.
||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.
||This needs to be turned off because the Fast user
switching is turned off.
||Always turn this one off. It is the hackers dream to get
into your computer!
||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.
||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
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
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...