How to Speed Up Your Computer Right Now

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Take control of your computer. If you're running Windows XP, learn the easiest way to speed it up.

1. Step 1

2. Switch to Classic Mode:

a. Right-click the desktop

b. Select "Properties"

c. Find where it says "Theme:" Underneath this, click the drop-down arrow, and select "Windows Classic"
d. Click "OK"

Reason: Takes less CPU power and RAM


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4. Step 2 Disable Visual Effects:

a. Click "Start"

b. Click "Control Panel"

c. Double-click the "System" icon

d. Click the "Advanced" tab
e. Under "Performance," click "Settings"
f. Click the "Adjust for best performance" option

g. Click "OK"
h. Click "OK"

Reason: Takes less CPU power and RAM


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6. Step 3 Defragment the Hard Drive:

a. Double-click "My Computer"

b. Find the "C" drive, and right click on it
c. Select "Properties"

d. Click the "Tools" tab

e. Click the "Defragment Now" button

f. At the top, the "C" drive should be highlighted

g. Click the "Defragment" button



Reason: Increases speed at which files are accessed

7. Step 4 If you have one hard drive installed, perform this step. If you have two hard drives installed, skip this step and go to Step 5.


Make Sure Virtual Memory is Set to "System managed size:"

a. Click "Start"

b. Click "Control Panel"
c. Double-click the "System" icon
d. Click the "Advanced" tab

e. Under "Performance," click "Settings"

f. Click the "Advanced" tab

g. Under "Virtual Memory," click "Change"

h. Make sure the "System managed size" option is selected
i. Click "Set"

j. Click "OK"

k. Click "OK"
l. Click "OK"

Reason: Gives the OS as much virtual RAM as it needs


8. Step 5 If you have two hard drives installed on your system, move the paging file to the second hard drive:
a. Follow steps "a" through "g" of Step 4
b. Make sure the "C" drive is highlighted at the top
c. Click the "No paging file" option
d. Click "Set"
e. Click "OK"
f. Click "Change"
g. Make sure the second hard drive is highlighted at the top (The "C" drive shouldn't be the one highlighted. It might be called "D" or "E")
h. Select the "System managed size" button
i. Click "Set"
j. Click "OK"
k. Click "OK"
l. Click "OK"
m. Restart your computer so the changes can take effect

Reason: Offloads the virtual memory onto the other hard drive, allowing the main hard drive to work faster.


9. Step 6 Disable Hard Disk Indexing:
a. Double-click "My Computer"
b. Right click on the "C" drive
c. Select "Properties"
d. Uncheck the box that says "Allow Indexing Service to index for fast file searching"
e. Click "OK"

Reason: Hard drive is accessed less often, making it faster (note this comes with the price of making file searches slower. If you use the search box frequently, you may want to leave this checked. Otherwise, uncheck it.)


10. Step 7 Determine What Version of Internet Explorer You Have:
a. Open Internet Explorer
b. Select "Help," and then "About"
c. The version number is listed under the IE logo. If you have version six, go to Step 8. If you have version seven, go to Step 9.


11. Step 8 Delete Useless Files in IE 6:
a. Click "OK"
b. Select "Tools," and then select "Internet Options..."
c. Click "Delete Cookies"
d. Click "OK"
e. Click "Delete Files"
f. Click "OK"
g. Click "Settings"
h. Click "View Files..."
i. Highlight and delete all the files
j. Close the window, and click "OK"
k. Click "Clear History"
l. Click "Yes"
m. Click "OK"

Reason: Time isn't wasted loading old, unwanted files


12. Step 9 Delete Useless Files in IE 7:
a. Click "OK"
b. Select "Tools," and then select "Internet Options"
c. Select "Delete..." under the "Browsing History" section
d. Click "Delete All"
e. Click "Yes"
f. Click "OK"

Reason: Time isn't wasted loading old, unwanted files


13. Step 10 Delete Useless Files in Firefox:
a. Open Firefox
b. Select "Tools"
c. Select "Clear Private Data..."
d. Check Everything but "Offline Website Data" and "Saved Passwords"
e. Click "Clear Private Data Now"

Reason: Time isn't wasted loading old, unwanted files


The process described here is a bit technical, but an automated software speed upgrade is available for use: Open Here

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