Tutorial: How to speed up your Windows for free

By korrupt · 43 replies
Jul 7, 2006
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  1. EricSalvi

    EricSalvi TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I honestly dont know what gave me that idea. Must be rumors around the web or even in the talks. I believe my mom heard that from some where so I never attempted to defrag my computer since I bought it about 3 years ago. I never had any problems with being slow either, so never even thought about it. I just cleaned up my computer tonight, got rid of everything on the desktop except recycle bin and shortcuts to mostly used folders, (which I moved to the C drive)... ran ccleaner and stuff, then defraged. Was really fun watching the bars getting all organized. I think it is a bit faster. Now I just need to fix my random black screen and I"ll be happy. Any way thanks for telling me it is perfectly fine to defrag in xp.
  2. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    defragmenting is a necessity:approve:
  3. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    to help speed up your pc by stopping sevices.
    there is a guide as to which ones can be stopped "AT THIS LOCATION"
  4. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    I used this, it speeded up my gaming alot! :)
  5. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Posts: 336

    thanks I have 32gb free space but my pc is working very slow.

    Disk defragmenter has deteced that Chkdsk is scheduled to run on the volume : (c:)
    Please run Chdksk /f.

    what the hell?
  6. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    It means there is a chkdsk due to run on the primary hdd before it can start defrag. Go to Start>Run cmd and type in chkdsk. If it ask you to check on reboot press Yes and do so. Then once it runs its scan, you will be back in windows, where you can start on the defrag process
  7. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Posts: 336

    It deleted some entries. is that bad.

    edit: got this

  8. renniel

    renniel TS Rookie Posts: 16

    hi newbie here. i downloaded spybot, how does it work? thanks.
  9. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    depends. Checkdisk deletes files if its inconsistent with whatever's recorded in its mft, or if its in a bad sector (guessing here). The only bad thing is if its an important file that you need...

    install spybot and follow the wizard that starts up the first time to download updates and other stuff. run the scanner to pick up any nasties detected, as well as use the immunize function to help prevent any nasties from affecting your system. If you are infected with something, its best to use a variety of scanners in conjunction with spybot to get rid of the infection. Read here for more info: https://www.techspot.com/community/...lware-removal-preliminary-instructions.58138/
  10. renniel

    renniel TS Rookie Posts: 16

    ok, thankyouverymuch
  11. pcuseless

    pcuseless TS Rookie

    Computer still slow

    Thank you Howard and Korrupt. I tried all of the advice you gave me. No luck. As I said earlier, when I go onto a selective startup, My computer works just fine, but I cannot sign into my Hotmail account, all other web connections are fine. On normal startup, it takes even upto 20minutes to kick in and I can access hotmail but at an even slower pace than a snail.
    What should I do now? Please advise.
    I really appreciate this.
    Thank you,
    PC useless.
  12. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    i think most ppl have a similar probs in start up at sometime or other.
    in my case one thing was my av and firewall i uninsulated it and re-installed it and that done the trick. at sometime or other they had become corrupt. why not give a try. although i don't know what other advice you have been given already. its last and i can't be bothered to look :zzz:
  13. gregthe1000

    gregthe1000 TS Rookie

    Just a tip, if you download ccleaner, you can use it's "tools" option and look up and delete start up programs...stuff to avoid (usually) - aim, real player or the like, and even dell support can slow your comp down.
  14. Condor

    Condor TS Maniac Posts: 388

    very good suggestion. I got 99% of the above stuffs on my rig :D
    haven't try ccleaner yet, but i'll give it a try now since when I browse my folder in my D: drive; it freeze for 3 sec before i can move again to see the rest of my 120 files in a folder, this included [movies, mp3 and other games folders]
  15. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    Software to speed up your pc

    Hello Ive noticed a few threads saying that there pc is running slow .. well heres some things you can try to speed your computer up:

    Free Up Disk Space

    By freeing disk space, you can improve the performance of your computer. The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk. The utility identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.

    Use Disk Cleanup to:

    Remove temporary Internet files.

    Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).

    Empty the Recycle Bin.

    Remove Windows temporary files.

    Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.

    Remove installed programs that you no longer use.

    Tip: Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.

    To use Disk Cleanup


    Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.
    Disk Cleanup dialog box

    Disk Cleanup calculates the amount of space you will be able to free.


    In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.
    Disk Cleanup for dialog box

    Choose the files that you want to delete.


    Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete, and then click OK.


    When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.

    After a few minutes, the process completes and the Disk Cleanup dialog box closes, leaving your computer cleaner and performing better.
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    Speed Up Access to Data

    Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer.

    Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.

    When to Run Disk Defragmenter

    In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals, optimally monthly, certain events warrant running the utility outside of the monthly rule of thumb.

    You should run Disk Defragmenter under the following circumstances:

    You add a large number of files.

    Your free disk space nears 15 percent.

    You install new programs or a new version of Windows.

    To use Disk Defragmenter:


    Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
    Disk Defragmenter dialog box

    Click Analyze to start the Disk Defragmenter.


    In the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, click the drives that you want to defragment, and then click the Analyze button.

    After the disk is analyzed, a dialog box appears, letting you know whether you should defragment the analyzed drives.

    Tip: You should analyze a volume before defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take.


    To defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment button.

    After the defragmentation is complete, Disk Defragmenter displays the results.


    To display detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition, click View Report.


    To close the View Report dialog box, click Close.


    To close the Disk Defragmenter utility, click the Close button on the title bar of the window.
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    Detect and Repair Disk Errors

    In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.

    As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.

    If you use your computer daily, you should try to run this utility weekly to help prevent data loss.

    To run the Error Checking utility:

    Important: Be sure to close all files before running the Error-Checking utility.


    Click Start, and then click My Computer.


    In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.


    In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.


    Click the Check Now button.


    In the Check Disk dialog box, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
    Check Disk dialog box

    In most circumstances, select Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.


    If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.

    Tip: Only select the Automatically fix file system errors check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Threads merged.

    Regards Howard :)
  17. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Posts: 94

    I've restart my computer after doing this.. so what's next?? any harm to my computer??
  18. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Only troublle with doing what metalX suggested is it will in all probability stop your firewall/antivirus softwtare etc from running as well as possible your video drivers etc. Not really a good idea.

    Regards Howard :)
  19. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    as per the advice given, you can do so, provided you know what ones to leave enabled to keep yourself secure and working.

    its best to google each process name and find out what they do before taking them off the list. Otherwise, go and download an app that can make that easier for you like Mike Lin Startup Editor or similar.

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