View Full Version : Quick guide to a Slightly Faster Computer

04-05-2009, 08:02 PM
Here are just a few things pretty easy things you can do to make your computer faster. When making any changes, be careful as you can mess up your computer if you play around without knowing what you're doing.

This may be one of the simplest, most effective way to make your computer run more quickly. Many programs will start up when you power on your computer (such as IM Programs, etc). These drastically increase the time needed between powering your system on and having the system in a usable state. In addition, the programs running add to your overall memory usage, which can make your PC feel sluggish.

To manually choose what to run upon startup of your PC:
? Click "Start", Select "Run", and type "MSCONFIG", without quotes. Press "OK", and "System Configuration Utility" will pop up. Navigate to the "Startup" tab, And deselect any programs that you'll either start manually, or don't constantly need running.
? In Windows Vista, simply type "msconfig" into the search bar in the start menu, and hit Enter.

Remember to be strict about what you allow to run upon startup. A lot of the listed items are unnecessary, and can be de-selected. Items that belong to hardware drivers are also unnecessary, because they're just additional utilities to further configure the hardware. These settings are loaded when Windows starts up, making them unnecessary.

Essentially, you'll want to de-select EVERYTHING, except: Programs you wish to start up when your computer boots, as well as any Antivirus/antispyware programs you may have installed that provide realtime protection.

Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:
Open any Explorer Window, for example, "My Computer". Click "Tools", Select "Folder Options". Click on the "View" tab. Uncheck the "Automatically search for network folders and printers" checkbox, Then click Apply, and OK. Afterwards, Reboot your PC.

Firefox is one of the fastest, most customizable browsers around, but that's not to say it can't be improved even more!

In Firefox's address bar, type "about:config" (without quotes).
This will allow you into the "hidden" options within the browser, through which you can unlock it's full potential.

Type "network.http" in the Filter: area, without the quotes.
? Locate "network.http.max-connections-per-server"
Set the value to 30.
? Locate "network.http.max-connections"
Set the value to 64.
? Locate "network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server"
Set the value to 8.
? Locate "network.http.request.max-start-delay"
Set the value to 0.
? Locate "network.http.pipelining"
Set the value to true.
? locate "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests"
Set the value to 10
? Right-click any of the listed options, select "New" -> "Integer"
Label it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set the value to 0.

This little tweak just makes your computer "Feel" faster. You don't have to wait around a second after hovering your mouse over a menu before it shows. To enable this small tweak:
Go to Start then Run, Type ?Regedit? then click ?Ok?. Navigate to ?HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Control Panel>Desktop?, Select ?MenuShowDelay? . Right click it, and select ?Modify". Reduce the number to around ~100. You can choose whatever suits you, though I personally favor very little delay. Finally, Reboot.

- XP
If you have more than 256MB of RAM this tweak will considerably improve your performance. It basically makes sure that your PC uses every last drop of memory (faster than swap file) before it starts using the swap file.
If you do NOT have more than 256MB of System RAM, DO NOT Enable this tweak!
Go to Start then Run, Type ?msconfig? then ok.
Click on the System.ini tab, and Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the "+" Sign.
Click on new then in the blank box type?ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1 ", and Click OK.
Reboot your computer.

Over time, Clutter on your hard drive will accumulate. This will hinder your computer's performance, and may prevent you from installing applications in the future due to lack of disk space. A useful utility to remove such junk files is called "CCleaner".
CCleaner has been designed to delete temporary, and unnecessary files from your PC with a single click. It's a very convenient program.

When files are read and written regularly, files tend to become fragmented. This occurs when pieces of files are located on different areas of the hard drive. Because the hard drive is actually a mechanical device with moving parts, data access time will be improved if the read/write heads don't have to seek out the information on the disks themselves.
Microsoft has included a Disk Defragmenting program, Which can be accessed through the "Start" menu.
To run Disk Defragmenter, Simply go to:
Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools.
Note, The defragmenting process may take up to an hour, Depending on how often you defragment, and how large your hard drive is.
You can program your computer to automatically defragment your drive when your computer isn't in use, for example, while you're sleeping.
To do this, go to: Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Scheduled Tasks.

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04-05-2009, 09:02 PM
i think it makes the computer faster..but also makes it more vulnerable to catch viruses and such D:

04-05-2009, 09:24 PM
i think it makes the computer faster..but also makes it more vulnerable to catch viruses and such D:

Im pretty sure this doesn't make your computer more vulnerable to viruses. That's the job of your firewall/antivirus.

04-07-2009, 10:31 PM
is there any way to watch streaming more faster?? i mean..currently i have to wait about an hour for an anime to finish streaming..then i can watch..

btw..im using firefox

04-08-2009, 12:32 AM
Make sure your not downloading anything through torrents, DAP, etc.. other than that, there is little you can do.

What type of connection do you use? What is the advertised speed for it?

04-08-2009, 02:29 AM
This is indeed what makes you a good moderator haha :D

04-08-2009, 05:48 AM
the firefox twick- its only an illusion..hahaha it makes firefox to load prematurely so it looks faster

04-10-2009, 04:09 AM
Make sure your not downloading anything through torrents, DAP, etc.. other than that, there is little you can do.

What type of connection do you use? What is the advertised speed for it?

im using wireless..

so..torrent can affect it too?? i dont know that..thanks avich..

04-10-2009, 08:13 AM
If your on wireless, I would recommend you secure your network using a password. You never know your neighbor is leeching your bandwidth.

05-23-2009, 12:17 PM
trimming advertisements would make your streaming faster as well...

i recommend the adblocker on firefox add ons...

you need to have mozilla firefox on your system first

just click on tools>addons>getaddons> type adblocker on search and install

about solid oxygen's suggestion... i use uniblue powersuite on that to process everything he did and also Tune Up utilities 2009

05-23-2009, 07:59 PM
Thank you soooo much.
I've needed all of that!