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Performance tip: Do you have more that 1 hard drive in your Computer?

If you have 2 or more hard drives in your computer you can increase performance by moving your swap file (an old operating system trick to artificially create more memory space used by Windows, also called virtual memory or page file).
In XP(Other Windows OS's are similar):
Start Button -> Control Panel -> double click System icon.
-In the System Properties Box select Advanced.
-In the Advanced tab select settings located under Performance.
-In the new box select the Advanced tab.
-In the Advanced section select change located under Virtual Memory.
-Under Drives select the drive that has have your Operating System in and choose No paging file, click on set.
-Next select any other drive and select System Managed size, click on set. Click OK,OK,OK OK to restart.
Usually the bigger the drive the faster. The faster the better.
Windows can now access the swap file on 1 drive as it accesses data on the other instead of waiting for data from 1 drive.
This tip applies if you have 2 physical hard disk drives, not 2 drives in 1 disk.
If you are a gamer get another disk and do this trick.

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Can I increase RAM by using some hard drive space


No. XP already does this (simulating RAM on disk) with the swap file. You can override the system settings for swap file size but usually auto is okay. In any case, disks are horribly slow compared to RAM so you're far better off putting more physical RAM in. You'll see a very noticeable increase in speed if your system is currently swapping out a lot.

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If you have Windows CD, boot your system with it and reinstall Windows and install only required software. Reason: You have too much clutter of junk files. This will help you start over. if you cannot do this, read on.

Remove all temporary files: Right click on C: drive in My Computer. Select properties then Disk cleanup.

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Use it to remove unwanted junk files. Tick all the options in the list. Do the same with every drive.

Next, Press Windows logo Key (between Ctrl and Alt) + R. Input %TEMP% and press enter. Delete all files.

Restart your PC and defragment drives especially C. Press start --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Disk Defragmentor.

Change Visual settings:
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  • In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab. In the Performance area, click Settings.
  • In the Performance Options dialog box, on the Visual Effects tab, you can either click the Custom radio button, and then select which user interface (UI) features to disable to improve performance. Or, if you click the Adjust for best performance radio button, all of the UI features will be disabled. Choose the option that works best for you.
  • Click Apply.
After performing this, you should notice a small increase in performance.

If you want big changes, do as follows:

Increase system memory (RAM) if your motherboard allows. Make sure that you buy a compatible module.

Install an add-on PCI-E or AGP graphics card. This will give it a real boost.

As a side noet, there are many software claiming to improve performance but I always end up with an unstable Windows after using them, so I advise you not use them unless you know what you are doing.

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There are a couple of things you can do to optimize your system so that it will perform better. You can:

1) Defragment your hard drive.
2) Add more RAM
3) Clear out cookies, temporary internet files
4) Increase your Systems Swap file.

What Operating System are you using and I can give you the info on how to defragment y our hard drive.

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