Microsoft Suggests 6 Ways To Speed Up Your PC

With all of the television advertisements from companies claiming to have the secret cure to speed up your PC, Microsoft has six easy ways to do it on your own. These six easy steps are nothing new and have been used for years by most people who consider themselves guru’s. In addition to these suggestions, there are also other free software for you to use to keep your computer running fast.

Step #1. Remove spyware from your computer. I recommend using the free version of Malwarebytes. You will also need a good anti-virus program and I am using the free edition of Avast on my Windows 7 boxes. Others like the free program from Microsoft called Security Essentials. Another program that gets mentioned is AntiVir personal edition.

Step #2. Free up disk space. Microsoft recommends using their Disk Cleanup tool. I personally like CCleaner or Glary Utilites. Both of these tools do a very good job of cleaning out the junk and gunk that can clog up your operating system.

Step #3. Use the Disk Defragmentation built into Windows. This according to Microsoft will speed up access to your data. There is much controversy as to the benefits of defragging a hard disk. My personal opinion is that I recommend doing it. There are free programs such as Defraggler or Auslogics Disk Defrag.

Step #4. Also recommended is checking your disk for errors using the check disk utility. Here’s how:

  1. Close all open files.
  2. Click Start, and then click Computer.
  3. In the Computer window (My Computer in Windows XP), right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
  5. Click the Check Now button.
  6. In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.

Step #5. If you are using Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7, Microsoft recommends using Ready Boost. According to Microsoft, Ready Boost can help speed up your system. IMO your results may vary.

Steps #6. Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 7. This suggestion is of course, if and only if, your computer can support Windows 7.

I have read and suggest to those who are new to computers to read the free .pdf manual, ‘Windows On Speed: Ultimate Acceleration Manual’. You can get your free copy here.

Windows On Speed: Ultimate Acceleration Manual

What suggestions do you have to speed up a Windows computer?

Comments welcome.

Source – Microsoft

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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.

  • Dick

    Clean out the programs that start automatically when you boot up. They are mostly unnecessary, and slow down boot time drastically AND stay in memory hogging resources and slowing down the normal operation of your machine.

    There are several good utilities for this. However, I always look first to the System tool tray in the lower right of the screen to see how much junk a user is loading. It’s not all there but that is a fast indicator of what kind of user I’m dealing with.

    Right now I have 5 programs that start automatically. How many do you have?

    I use an old Start up manager but a program called Autoruns for Windows is free and highly recommended by Gizmo. Read about it and download it here:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

    If you don’t know what you are doing, don’t be stupid and remove stuff. Find someone who does know.

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

      Thanks Dick.

  • Ryan Farmer

    Ways to speed up your PC, by Steve Ballmer:

    Continue spending money on antivirus and antispyware software that doesn’t catch the malware but keeps slowing down your PC. Optionally, use our freeware which reports back lots of your personal information to us. Don’t worry, Windows already sends us most of this anyway and there’s no way to turn it off.

    Free up disk space: Windows 7 is only 15 GB larger than Windows XP, but contains an improved disk cleanup that can find megabytes of crap that Windows XP would leave behind!

    Use Disk Defrag to bog down your PC for a few hours leaving you playing solitaire, which has been upgraded to 64-bits! Hooray!

    Check your disk for errors! NTFS can’t do this on the fly like other file systems can. fsck? What’s that?

    Until next time, this is Sweaty B thanking you for spending $230 on Windows Ultimate Edition, see you again in a few years when you have to throw this PC in the garbage to buy one to run Windows 8.

    PS: Thanks for not looking into Linux or Mac, only pinko commies use that.

  • leftystrat

    Nice, Ryan :)

    Downgrading to Win 7 from XP did NOT speed up my computer. It is a completely false statement from our friends in Redmond.

  • Buffet

    I use 1 – 4. Another good suggestion is to faithfully read Lockergnome Nexus. I also use Black Viper’s website to set what services are running.

  • Aaron

    thanks since i moved to windows 7 i no longer have the freezing issues i had back when i had xp on this machine!
    @lefty maybe your machine doesnt support windows 7

    windows 7 is an upgrade, not a downgrade, and if xp runs better on your machine, its time to upgrade your machine

  • Ryan Farmer

    Shutting down system services won’t have much of an effect on Windows 7. It contains a new* feature that can start and stop services in response to what is happening at the time.

    Example: User needs to use Bluetooth, so Windows starts the service. Disabling Bluetooth wouldn’t free up any resources because it won’t be running until you need it anyway.

    *This is similar to what *nix operating systems call an event driven init (initialization) system.

    Apple has had this since 2005, it is called Launchd.

    Ubuntu has had Upstart since 2006, some other Linux distros use Upstart, others are switching to systemd, which is new and improved. :)

    Solaris has had event driven init for a while, but can’t recall the name.

    Back to Windows, Windows Vista and XP had a lot of stuff loaded at all times that didn’t really need to be, or set to manual waiting for something to ask it to start. Once started, there was no way the system could shut it down when no longer needed, and starting one service could set off a dependency chain where service 1 needs to start service 2, which needs services 3 and 4, etc.

    *grin* Better late than never. Right?

  • Denny

    “*grin* Better late than never. Right?” … YEP !

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