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1. Defragment your computer hard

disk using free tools like


2. You should also defragment

your Windows pagefile and


3. Clean up hard drive disk space

being taken up by temporary files,

the recycle bin, hibernation and

more. You can also use a tool like

TreeSize to determine what is

taking up space on your hard


4. Load up Windows faster by using

Startup Delayer, a free program

that will speed up the boot time of

Windows by delaying the startup

of programs.

5. Speaking of startup programs,

many of them are useless and can

be turned off. Use the MSCONFIG

utility to disable startup programs.

6. By default, the size of the paging

file is controlled by Windows, which

can cause defragmentation. Also,

the paging file should be on a

different hard drive or partition

than the boot partition. Read here

on the rules for best paging file


7. In Windows XP and Vista, the

Windows Search indexing service is

turned on for all local hard drives.

Turning off indexing is a simple

way to increase performance.

8. If you don’t care about all the

fancy visual effects in Windows,

you can turn them off by going to

Performance Options.

9. You can optimize the Windows

boot time using a free program

called Bootvis from Microsoft.

10. Clean your registry by

removing broken shortcuts, missing

shared DLLs, invalid paths, invalid

installer references and more. Read

about the 10 best and free registry


11. One of the main reasons why

PC’s are slow is because of

spyware. There are many

programs to remove spyware

including Ad-Aware, Giant

Antispyware, SUPERAntiSpyware,

and more.

12. If you have a deeper spyware

infection that is very hard to

remove, you can use HijackThis to

remove spyware.

13. Remove unwanted pre-

installed software (aka junk

software) from your new PC using

PC Decrapifier.

14. Disable unnecessary Windows

services, settings, and programs

that slow down your computer.

15. Tweak Windows XP and tweak

Windows Vista settings using free


16. Disable UAC (User Account

Control) in Windows Vista

17. Tweak your mouse settings so

that you can copy and paste

faster, scroll faster, navigate

quickly while browsing and more.

Read here to learn how to tweak

your mouse.

18. Delete temporary and unused

files on your computer using a free

program like CCleaner. It can also

fix issues with your registry.

19. Delete your Internet browsing

history, temporary Internet files,

cookies to free up disk space.

20. Clean out the Windows prefetch

folder to improve performance.

21. Disable the XP boot logo to

speed up Windows boot time.

22. Reduce the number of fonts

that your computer has to load up

on startup.

23. Force Windows to unload DLLs

from memory to free up RAM.

24. Run DOS programs in separate

memory spaces for better


25. Turn off system restore only if

you regularly backup your

Windows machine using third party


26. Move or change the location of

your My Documents folder so that

it is on a separate partition or hard


27. Turn off default disk

performance monitors on Windows

XP to increase performance.

28. Speed up boot time by

disabling unused ports on your

Windows machine.

29. Use Process Lasso to speed up

your computer by allowing it to

make sure that no one process can

completely overtake the CPU.

30. Make icons appear faster while

browsing in My Computer by

disabling search for network files

and printers.

31. Speed up browsing of pictures

and videos in Windows Vista by

disabling the Vista thumbnails


32. Edit the right-click context

menu in Windows XP and Vista and

remove unnecessary items to

increase display speed.

33. Use the Windows Performance

Toolkit and the trace logs to speed

up Windows boot time.

34. Speed up your Internet

browsing by using an external DNS

server such as OpenDNS.

35. Improve Vista performance by

using ReadyBoost, a new feature

whereby Vista can use the free

space on your USB drive as a

caching mechanism.

36. If you have a slow Internet

connection, you can browse web

pages faster using a service called

Finch, which converts it into simple


37. Use Vista Services Optimizer to

disable unnecessary services in

Vista safely.

38. Also, check out my list of web

accelerators, which are programs

that try to prefetch and cache the

sites you are going to visit.

39. Speed up Mozilla Firefox by

tweaking the configuration settings

and by installing an add-on called


40. Learn how to build your own

computer with the fastest parts

and best hardware.

41. Use a program called TeraCopy

to speed up file copying in

Windows XP and Vista.

42. Disable automatic Last Access

Timestamp to speed up Windows


43. Speed up the Start Menu in

Vista by h*cking the

MenuShowDelay key in the


44. Increase the FileSystem

memory cache in Vista to utilize a

system with a large amount of


45. Install more RAM if you are

running XP with less than 512 MB

or Vista with less than 1 GB of RAM.

46. Shut down XP faster by

reducing the wait time to kill hung


47. Make sure that you have

selected “Adjust for best

performance” on the Performance

tab in System Properties.

48. If you are reinstalling Windows,

make sure that you partition your

hard drives correctly to maximize


49. Use Altiris software

virtualization to install all of your

programs into a virtual layer that

does not affect the registry or

system files.

50. Create and install virtual

machines for free and install junk

program, games, etc into the

virtual machines instead of the

host operating system. Check out

Sun openxVM.

51. Do not clear your paging file

during shutdown unless it is needed

for security purposes. Clearing the

paging file slows down shutdown.

52. If your XP or Vista computer is

not using NFTS, make sure you

convert your FAT disk to the NTFS

file system.

53. Update all of your drivers in

Windows, including chipset and

motherboard drivers to their latest


54. Every once in a while run the

built-in Windows Disk Cleanup


55. Enable DMA mode in Windows

XP for IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers in

Device Manager.

56. Remove unnecessary or old

programs from the Add/Remove

dialog of the Control Panel.

57. Use a program click memtest86

or Prime95 to check for bad

memory on your PC.

58. Determine your BIOS version

and check the manufactures

website to see if you need to

update your BIOS.

59. Every once in a while, clean

your mouse, keyboard and

computer fans of dust and other


60. Replace a slow hard drive with

a faster 7200 RPM drive, SATA

drive, or SAS drive.

61. Changing from Master/Slave to

Cable Select on your hard drive

configuration can significantly

decrease your boot time.

62. Perform a virus scan on your

computer regularly. If you don’t

want to install virus protection, use

some of the free online virus


63. Remove extra toolbars from

your Windows taskbar and from

your Internet browser.

64. Disable the Windows Vista

Sidebar if you’re not really using it

for anything important. All those

gadgets take up memory and

processing power.

65. If you have a SATA drive and

you’re running Windows Vista, you

can speed up your PC by enabling

the advanced write caching


66. Learn how to use keyboard

shortcuts for Windows, Microsoft

Word, Outlook, or create your own

keyboard shortcuts.

67. Turn off the Aero visual effects

in Windows Vista to increase

computer performance.

68. If you are technically savvy

and don’t mind taking a few risks,

you can try to overclock your


69. Speed up the Send To menu in

Explorer by typing “sendto” in the

Run dialog box and deleting

unnecessary items.

70. Make sure to download all the

latest Windows Updates, Service

Packs, and hot fixes as they

“normally” help your computer

work better.

71. Make sure that there are no

bad sectors or other errors on your

hard drive by using the ScanDisk

orchkdsk utility.

72. If you are not using some of

the hardware on your computer,

i.e. floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, USB

ports, IR ports, Firewire, etc, then

go into your BIOS and disable them

so that they do not use any power

and do not have to be loaded

during boot up.

73. If you have never used the

Recent Documents feature in

Windows, then disable it

completely as a long list can affect

PC performance.

74. One basic tweak that can help

in performance is to disable error

reporting in Windows XP

75. If you don’t care about a pretty

interface, you should use the

Windows Classic theme under

Display Properties.

76. Disable short filenames if you

are using NTFS by running the

following command: fsutil behavior

set disable8dot3 1. It will speed up

the file creation process.

77. If you have lots of files in a

single folder, it can slow down

Explorer. It’s best to create multiple

folders and spread out the files

between the folders.

78. If you have files that are

generally large, you might want to

consider increasing the cluster size

on NTFS to 16K or even 32K

instead of 4K. This will help speed

up opening of files.

79. If you have more than one

disk in your PC, you can increase

performance by moving your

paging file to the second drive and

formatting the volume using FAT32

instead of NTFS.

80. Turn off unnecessary features

in Vista by going to Control Panel,

choosing Uninstall a program, and

then clicking on Turn Windows

features on and off. You can turn

off Remote Differential

Compression, Tablet PC

components, DFS replication

service, Windows Fax&Scan,

Windows Meeting Space, and lots


81. Install a free or commercial

anti-virus program to help protect

against viruses, etc. Make sure to

use an anti-virus program that

does not hog up all of your

computer resources.

82. Completely uninstall programs

and applications using a program

like Revo Uninstaller. It will get rid

of remnants left behind by normal


83. If you know what you are

doing, you can install several hard

drives into your machine and set

them up in RAID 0, RAID 5, or other

RAID configurations.

84. If you are using USB 1.0 ports,

upgrade to 2.0. If you have a

Firewire port, try to use that

instead of a USB port since Firewire

is faster than USB right now.

85. Remove the drivers for all old

devices that may be hidden in

Device Manager that you no longer


86. A more extreme option is to

choose a faster operating system.

If you find Vista to be slow, go with

Windows XP. Switching to Mac or

Linux is also an option.

87. One of the easiest ways to

speed up your PC is to simply

reformat it. Of course, you want to

backup your data, but it is the best

way to get your computer back to

peak performance.

88. Speed up Internet browsing in

IE by increasing the number of

max connections per server in the


89. If you use uTorrent to

download torrents, you can

increase the download speeds by

tweaking the settings.

90. If you have a desktop

background, make sure it’s a small

and simple bitmap image rather

than a fancy picture off the

Internet. The best is to find a really

small texture and to tile it.

91. For the Virtual Memory setting

in Windows (right-click on My

Computer, Properties, Advanced,

Performance Settings, Advanced,

Virtual Memory), make sure the

MIN and MAX are both the same


92. If you search on Google a lot or

Wikipedia, you can do it much

faster on Vista by adding them to

the Vista Start Menu Instant Search


93. If you have a custom built

computer or a PC that was

previously used, make sure to

check the BIOS for optimal settings

such as enabled CPU caches,

correctly set IDE/SATA data

transfer modes, memory timings,

etc. You can also enable Fast/Quick

boot if you have that option.

94. If you have a SCSI drive, make

sure the write cache is enabled.

You can do so by opening the

properties of the SCSI drive in


95. If you have a machine with an

older network card, make sure to

enable the onboard processor for

the network card, which will offload

tasks from the CPU.

96. If you are using Windows Vista,

you can disable the Welcome

Center splash screen that always

pops up.

97. If you already have anti-

spyware software installed, turn off

Windows Defender protection.

98. If you are running a 32-bit

version of Windows and have 4GB

of RAM or more, you can force

Windows to see and use all of the

RAM by enabling PAE.

99. Buy a new computer


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