Microsoft – 6 Ways To Increase Windows Performance

This morning I received an article from Microsoft discussing 6 ways to increase the performance of Windows. After reading the list of performance tweaks, most of which is very basic in nature, I pondered if I should even post an article on this. But than I recalled that not everyone who comes to LG is a 100% certified expert. I would imagine that there are still some new folks out there for which computing is not their total lives. :-)

These are very basic features described on the Microsoft site, using the built in stuff that comes with most versions of Windows. In the screen shots they use Windows XP to describe what to push and where to look to tune up your box. On the site it states:

Our personal computers are like fine automobiles—they need preventive maintenance to run efficiently and avoid major breakdowns.

The following tips can help improve your computer’s performance. These examples use Microsoft Windows XP. Some of the screens may differ from version to version, but overall you’ll find these tips work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

By the way, in no way can you blow up your computer or files with any of these procedures. These tasks use utilities provided within the Windows operating systems to aid you in achieving the best system performance. This article does not address tinkering with the registry files.

This might be a good link to send those friends and relatives to who don’t have a clue on how to keep their systems running at peak performance. Just a thought.

Comments welcome.

Microsoft site is here.

[tags] microsoft, tips, performance, help, info, basic, [/tags]

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/hackonia hackonia

    It would have been nice for the PC manufacturers to have tweaked the system to get the most performance out of WIndows before they shipped it instead of asking users to dig into their systems and tweak settings that should have been tweaked before it left the factory.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi hackonia,
    I agree. But you and I know that this will never happen. :-(
    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Jeff

    I have a couple issues with this site:
    1. Scanning for bad sectors on a big drive will take forever.
    2. Compress drive to save disc space is a bad idea

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Jeff,
    Agree about #2. Bad idea.

  • Unknown Geek

    Thanks for the link, just want to say that theres a spelling error in Microsoft, you said Mcrosoft. Im just saying that in case your a spelling geek.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thanks for the correction. :-)