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PostSubject: Tips to keep your PC clean & speed..!   Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:10 pm

Here i present some more ways to speed up and optimize your PC.. :shock:

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Always keep the Hard disk fragmented. Windows has its inbuilt Disk De-fragment software which helps you to do that or else even we have it in our Tune Up Utilities software.

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If a PC has only 512 MB of RAM, add more memory. This is a relatively inexpensive and easy upgrade that can dramatically improve system performance.

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Ensure that Windows XP is utilizing the NTFS file system. If you're not sure, here's how to check:

    First, double-click the My Computer icon, right-click on the C: Drive, then select Properties.
    Next, examine the File System type; if it says FAT32, then back-up any important data.
    Next, click Start, click Run, type CMD, and then click OK.
    At the prompt, type CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS and press the Enter key.
    This process may take a while; it's important that the computer be uninterrupted and virus-free.
    The file system used by the bootable drive will be either FAT32 or NTFS. I highly recommend NTFS for its superior security, reliability, and efficiency with larger disk drives.

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Disable file indexing. The indexing service extracts information from documents and other files on the hard drive and creates a "searchable keyword index." As you can imagine, this process can be quite taxing on any system.

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Update the PC's video and motherboard chipset drivers. Also, update and configure the BIOS.

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Once a month, run a Disk cleanup. Here's how:
    Double-click the My Computer icon, then right-click on the C: drive and select Properties.
    Click the Disk Cleanup button and delete all temporary files.
    In your Device Manager, double-click on the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers device, and ensure that DMA is enabled for each drive you have connected to the Primary and Secondary controller.
    Do this by double-clicking on Primary IDE Channel.
    Then click the Advanced Settings tab.
    Ensure the Transfer Mode is set to "DMA if available" for both Device 0 and Device 1.
    Then repeat this process with the Secondary IDE Channel.

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Remove all spyware from the computer. Use free programs such as AdAware by Lavasoft or SpyBot Search & Destroy. Once these programs are installed, be sure to check for and download any updates before starting your search. Anything either program finds can be safely removed. Any free software that requires spyware to run will no longer function once the spyware portion has been removed; if your customer really wants the program even though it contains spyware, simply reinstall it.

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Remove any unnecessary programs and/or items from Windows Startup routine using the MSCONFIG utility. Here's how:
    First, click Start, click Run, type MSCONFIG, and click OK.
    Click the StartUp tab,
    Then uncheck any items you don't want to start when Windows starts.
    Remove any unnecessary or unused programs from the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel.

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Turn off any and all unnecessary animations, and disable active desktop. In fact, for optimal performance, turn off all animations. Windows XP offers many different settings in this area. Here's how to do it:
    First click on the System icon in the Control Panel.
    Next, click on the Advanced tab.
    Select the Settings button located under Performance.
    Change the options offered here, as nothing you can change will alter the reliability of the computer only its responsiveness.

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Visit Microsoft's Windows update site regularly, and download all updates labeled Critical. Download any optional updates at your discretion.

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Update the Anti-virus software on a weekly, even daily, basis. Make sure they have only one anti-virus software package installed. Mixing anti-virus software is a sure way to spell disaster for performance and reliability.

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Make sure the customer has fewer than 500 type fonts installed on their computer. The more fonts they have, the slower the system will become.

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Disable unnecessary services. Windows XP loads a lot of services that your customer most likely does not need.

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If you're sick of a single Windows Explorer window crashing and then taking the rest of your OS down with it, then follow this tip:
    Open My Computer, click on Tools, then Folder Options.
    Now click on the View tab.
    Scroll down to "Launch folder windows in a separate process," and enable this option.
    You'll have to reboot your machine for this option to take effect.

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At least once a year, open the computer's cases and blow out all the dust and debris. While you're in there, check that all the fans are turning properly. Also inspect the motherboard capacitors for bulging or leaks.


Following any of these suggestions should result in noticeable improvements to the performance and reliability of your computers. :) :cheers:
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PostSubject: TFS   Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:34 pm

Thanks for sharing :cheers:
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to keep your PC clean & speed..!   Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:14 am

IMHO, easiest way to optimize XP is definitely format is once in 3-4 months. Windows 7 is better here a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to keep your PC clean & speed..!   Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:11 am

awesome post and really helpfull :) thanks
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