The list below describes the top ten ways you can speed up your computer through either general maintenance or hardware upgrades. I tried to list some things other than just the obvious ones most places always list. Now there are of course many more.
10. Check your initial hardware for possible memory, CPU, or hard drive upgrades.
9. Insure your paging files is set to one and a half times the size of the amount of ram installed. If you are using 2 gig or more of ram memory simply turn off the paging file. (To review your paging file right click my computer and choose properties -then choose the advanced tab – Then select the performance settings-slect the advanced tab and modify the virtual memory file size)
8. Run monthly system maintenance such as disk cleanup, disk check, or disk defrag.
7. Clean out your temporary internet files and cookies. (To do this open Internet Explorer and choose the tools menu- Select options- on the main page you can emty the temp files and delete the cookies.)
6. Empty the c:windowsprefetch folder.
5. Scan your system weekly for spyware.
4. Delete any unused programs by using the add/remove programs utility.
3. Groom your Windows start up file by using the msconfig utility. (This can be done by going to startRun and typing msconfig then select ok and choose the start up tab)
2. Update your device drivers. If you are using an OEM computer simply visit the manufacturers website for updated software and drivers. If using a custom built computer you will need to visit the hardware manufacturers support site one device at a time to obtain the latest software.
1. Turn off unnecessary services in the services manager.(To access this control panel go to control paneladministrative toolsservices)
This little tid bit should allow you to boost your PC performance somewhat. The major improvements will come with hardware upgrades especially increases in system memory (RAM).
Feel free to leave me some of your ideas below in the comments section.