I am going to take you through the processes I go through when someone asks me to help speed up their computer. I have been working with computers for a very long time. Through the years I have been working to define a process that will clean your computer up like you just did a fresh install of windows. As many people fall into the trap of downloading “Bloatware” and viruses that claim to optimize and speed up your system. Although there are some out that actually do as advertised they are just made for general use. The difference with my method is it is specific to your system it goes in depth to free space, resources, speed, and these things will increase your computing enjoyment. To Achieve this we will be using a variety of tools that are built into windows, as well as a few that I recommend from http://www.piriform.com/.
Step One: Changing Boot settings, start up programs, and services.
Here we are going to disable all the unnecessary programs and services that start up when you log on to you computer. when they all start up on boot up this slows everything down immensely. Plus you don’t need all these programs running until you need to use them. Overall this will speed up the boot up time and overall speed of your computer.
Press Windows + R and type in ‘msconfig’ press ok:
It should bring a window up like this:
Next Select the ‘Startup’ tab and you should get a window like this:
If your window looks anything like this with a whole bunch of check marks there is a lot of speed being wasted. This means that every program that has a check mark next to it is starting up with your computer. From here go through and un-check all the programs that are unnecessary like itunes, quicktime, ect… Pretty much anything besides the important stuff. Mine currently looks like this:
As you can see I have it limited to only four from thirty plus.
Now click on the ‘Services’ tab. Most people forget about the services, as a lot of unnecessary services are running they can also start start programs up that you have already disabled. To sort out the services that you do not want to turn off go ahead and check the box at the bottom that says ‘hide all microsoft services’.
A good way to sort through this is to sort it by manufacturer by clicking on the ‘manufacturer’ label. You probably don’t need all your apple services starting on sart up like this:
Once you are done sorting through this mess hit apply then ok it will prompt you to restart:
I would say “exit without restart” because we are not done yet.
Step Two: Windows Task Scheduler.
Go to the start menu and right click on my computer and click manage:
If you get prompted for premission accept “click ok” to continue.
Under system tools click Task Scheduler:
Explamation: Even Though we just disabled all the unnecessary startup programs and services a lot of programs will create “tasks” that will restart these services and programs repeatly even if they are not needed. For a laptop these are just one more reason for your battery to die faster and in general your computer to run slower.
Now click on task scheduler library:
You should get a list of tasks like this:
Note: If you are ever not sure what a task does check the description below in this case we probably wouldn’t want to disable the google update task. If there is no description you can look it up (www.google.com), comment and ask and I’ll do my best to help or just leave it alone. If you have a lot of programs running and installed there will be plenty of tasks to disable.
Once you have selected a task to disable there are two approaches disable or delete. Both options are found on the right side:
I suguest that you just disable it just incase you need to reactivate it for some reason.
Step Three: Disable the User Account Control Settings (optional).
Explamation: Although this is optional let me explain my reasoning. Everytime you try to install a program and the screen gets dimmed and your computers asks ‘do you want to do this?’ it is eating up graphics resources. This precaution is unesscary if you have computer security software running, as it will scan any program you are trying to install before it runs. These alerts are annoying and a wast of time. To disable them or at least lower the amount of times you are prompted for overrides, the steps are as follows.
Open your windows menu and click on your user icon:
It will open a window like this:
and click on “change user account control settings”.
Now in this window, the default is the second from the top if you drop the notch down one you can see that windows recognizes that dimming slows down your computer:
So if you want it to give you the prompt select this setting, and it will stop the dimming effect. If you are like me and don’t want it at all, you trust your security software, as well as your self (meaning you don’t download bloatware ect and you travel to safe website), then drop it all the way down to the last notch to disable it completely.
Once you have made your selection click ok and now it is time for the next step.
Step Four: Registry Errors, Temporary Files, and Excess Data.
These three things take up space, cause errors in your system, and slow your computer down. Now I am going to recommend a program that will help repair these errors, find these excess files and deletes them. Its called CCleaner by Piriform the download link is here. Once downloaded, installed, and opened you will get something like this:
The default settings are good enough just click analyze once it is done and it will give you a status report:
as you can see I have 472MB worth of excess files that it can clear up for me.
If you don’t want to lose your internet history or cookies you can click on the applications menu find your browser un-ckeck the box with history/cookies ect. Do this before you click analyze to exclude it from deletion.
Once you are ready click run cleaner,
once its done it will give that stats like how much it “cleaned” and how much from each program and what.
Next click the registry tab on the left:
This fixes errors that occur from aplications and will speed up your computer and less errors will occur because of it. Click scan for issues:
Once done click “fix selected issues..” it will prompt you to back up, select yes:
And save the file as is:
Click ” fix all selected issues”:
Once it is done you can rescan if you feel it necessary and run the process again. After you have completed these steps I suguest that you restart your computer and check and see how much faster it is on sartup and in general.
Part Two: will be coming along shortly…