( This article is about Speed up Windows PC in General. If you want to speed up your web Browser, Read : http://stweb.biz/how-to-speed-up-your-google-chrome-in-slow-connections/ )
By now, you must have got that your Windows Laptop/desktop SUCKS. Sadly there is no magical solution for this. BUT there are quite a few ways that can make your system work at its maximum potential. Below are some tips to speed up Windows. Keep Reading 🙂
NOTE : I STRONGLY recommend that you follow these steps in the following order to get best results.
1. Install CCleaner
I am no salesman of them. But what they give you for free is much more than paid ‘speed boosters‘ could give you. Windows tends to get slow because of all the crap that accumulates on your Hard Drive / Registry. All your browsing (like you are doing right now) generates cache and cookies which clogs your hard drive. CCleaner helps you to get rid of it.
You can download it here : DOWNLOAD CCLEANER
Once downloaded, look at its left panel. You will find 4 options for cleaning up. Start with Cleaner. If you are an Advanced user, go to the Tools option select Startup. Limit that programs that run during booting.
2. Defragging Works Wonders
Every time a file is edited / updated, Windows saves it to a new sector in your Hard Drive. You must have noticed the long loading times in heavy .pptx files. Defragging is like cleaning your room, you hate to do it but is a necessary evil.Get the steps from Microsoft for : Windows XP : www.support.microsoft.com/kb/314848
3. Uninstall Programs that you don’t use anymore
Now the surprise part is over. You may already know this but removing unused programs works wonders. Go to
Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program.
Go through the long list of programs you have installed so far. Do you really need that Hip music Player, or that Racing game you installed an year ago ? Perhaps not. Uninstalling them can free a lot of memory. You can always install them again when you need them. Try to look for heavier (more MBs) installations. Be careful, don’t delete essentials such as Office, etc !
4. Clean up Recycle Bin
That dustbin you always see at the bottom of your desktop is there for an reason. Do it.
5. Try ReadyBoost
Since Windows Vista, Microsoft has introduced a feature called as Readyboost. It allows you to use your spare Pen/Flash Drive as Cache memory. For systems with less Ram (less than 2 GB), the performance improvement is phenomenal. To start, just plug-in your pen drive and you should automatically see an option for Readyboost. Should you not, go to My computer > Removable Disk (could be E: depending on your PC) and open the Radyboost Tab.