Guide for making your Windows run faster

By NFSFAN
Apr 29, 2008
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  1. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    There is indeed a small misunderstanding here.

    I never implied that your advice is inappropriate, it will do the job amply, as I said. And those with a HUGE (or just large) disk, as you say, may probably derive a small additional gain by following it.

    However, my alternative advice is for those with more moderately sized disks who may prefer a more conservative allocation, as I said, which will probably still allocate an increased space to pagefile thus improving performance. After all, it uses the size recommended by the system itself as initial minimum. This is usually 1.5 x RAM. An eventual pagefile defragmentation, which is only very rarely required anyway, will occur even more rarely, if ever.

    I also tried to address a small ambiguity in your instructions because some laymen users might not know what value to use here:
    By the way, there’s more advice for optimizing the pagefile: Move the Pagefile off the system disk to another fast HD, but leave a small amount on C, format the pagefile partition with NTFS, etc, but could confuse users even more.

    In conclusion, both methods work and the matter is not sufficiently important to merit long argumentation. A user can do what he likes and I leave it up to him.
  2. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,572   +41

    Changing power management to performance, disabling file and printer sharing will also improve your speed. I'm sure everyone and there momma already knows this though ^^.
  3. superty12

    superty12 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 432

    Sticky

    Make this a sticky! (This serves as a vote and a bump.)
  4. james2012smith

    james2012smith TechSpot Member

    It's a helpful thread for me as I was in search of such information to make my system runs faster and increase efficiency.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Posts: 4,568   +184

    Since this thread was started in Apr 29, 2008, does it still apply for W7?
  6. roger_y

    roger_y Newcomer, in training

    Nice guide thx.
  7. drensmith

    drensmith Newcomer, in training Posts: 86

    I have a question and I cant find spot to ask it, so here goes.
    I ran speed test at speedtest.net. it said I have d.l. speed of 6.35.
    this is with verizon. I checked comcast and they said speed up to 50.
    does this sound right? comcast was a few $ cheaper as well.
  8. mauser1891

    mauser1891 Newcomer, in training

    Hello Folks,


    drenmith, there's the magic words... "up to 50".
    Up rate is far more important than down for me, since I do "post" rarely to YouTube but in gaming it is also important for FPS's. But you can get a free version of Radeon RAMDisk to make a small TMP/TEMP folder to use, and also use it for a pagefile. Finally a possible temp folder for web browsing. Free versions of late are max'ed at a 4092 (4G) RAMDisk.

    I'm still on trying to work out Win 8 Pro symbolic linking with junction in mind, as I would like to run ArmA 3 on a "properly based sized" 12G Radeon RAMDisk. Though I could merely have it installed on the RAMDisk. I have read some of it from various sources on how to do it, but without success. I also went to go read about it on Microsoft's TechNet. I also need to go through, later disable some of the services but I will use Black Viper's reference along with Microsoft TechNet.
    If somebody has, please share how you achieved this in a step by step response here without using links to another or several sites. I do some transcoding and gaming, but also trying to increase my knowledge base. Thus will take this moment to make a preliminary Thank You.

    Not sure if anyone else has attempted this yet, as there are not many of us that have 32G of DDR installed, and have used a 20G Radeon RAMDisk. But then that is why I chose to acquire Win 8 to assist others. My initial "lofting" of this system started to years ago, build start was last year, while it is still "evolving" and has provided me a great learning experience.

    Current (basic) system information -
    Win 8 Pro, not wanting Win 8.1 Pro upgrade as it "breaks" some of my apps and software.
    AMD FX-8350, OC 4.6Ghz
    G.Skills 32G DDR3 @ 1600
    Corsair H80 w/Link Commander
    Biostar TA990FXE mobo
    Plextor MP5 Pro 256G SSD, primary applications
    Seagate Momentus XT 750 Hybrid, secondary applications
    Seagate 1T HD, archive and storage
    Radeon RAMDisk 12-20G, variable deployment defined by current usage
    VirtualBox and/or VMPlayer, as needed
    Handbrake for transcoding
    ArmA 2/3 CTI for entertainment
    stability tested with concurrent instances of Furmark and Intel BurnIn Test for an hour.


    Thank You,
    mauser1891
  9. Martina Thomas

    Martina Thomas Newcomer, in training

    Thank you NFSFAN, for high lighting so many tips to improved windows speed. Among them I admit with these "points uninstalling unnecessary programs", "Optimization Programs", installing the newest Drivers. I employ these 3 tricks and watched a significant difference in windows speed.


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