Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet

Boost your computer performance

Your computer's performance mainly depends on the "Processor" and "RAM" availability. I am sure that whatever computer you have is capable enough to run your normal daily tasks smoothly. It should not stuck or freeze while checking emails, writing documents, watching movies or songs, printing or doing business online. These are some very basic tasks and require minimum resources to execute. Any computer with a normal system configuration should work them out easily, but we still face sluggish performance or freezing up while doing these tasks.

The reason behind this is the processor and memory status of your computer at that time. You can check the real time status from "Task manager" which you can pull up by pressing "Ctrl + Shift + Esc" key on keyboard. Following steps would optimize the processor and memory uses of your computer and make it more efficient:


· Check running processes at background:

Every application we use has several processes running in background to make it work. Sometimes we are not even aware of the extra unwanted software or applications which start automatically and keep running in background and eat up our processor and memory usage. This you can check by Task manager's "processes" list. Also some of these applications show their notification icons in "system tray" area which is where you see the system time on your desktop. Try to keep minimum application running in background and this will make our system smooth as it will have more resources to utilize.

Follow the below steps to disable unwanted applications:

1. Click on "start", click on "run" or press "Flag key + R" from keyboard. Type" msconfig" on the "run" window and hit "enter".

2. This should bring "system configuration utility" windows on screen.

3. Click on the "startup" TAB on the top menu. This tab holds all applications which start automatically when you turn on your computer.

4. Check the list carefully and uncheck the ones you don't need.

5. If you are not sure about some application, type its name in google search, figure out its use and decide to whether you want to keep it running or disable it.

6. Once you are done with the List, click on "Services "tab on top.

7. This "services" tab holds all important programs which give a platform for other software to work.

8. Check the box in bottom which says "Hide all Microsoft services".

9. Now you have the list of non-Microsoft programs running in background. Some of these might be you antivirus software, backup software or messengers and others may be unwanted ones.

10. Identify the not required items and uncheck them.

11. Click on "Apply" and then "OK".'

12. It might give you a windows asking for "restart computer" or "Exit without restart ".

13. Choose "Exit without restart"

14. Close all other windows make sure none of you important files are open and then restart your computer.

15. If later you want to enable any services back, just follow the same process and "Check" them in the list.


· Keep track of free disk space on root drive:

Free space on root drive (mostly c :\) is very important as this space is used for virtual memory or paging, hibernation and other system requirements. Ensure that at least 3 - 5 GB space should be available on root drive. If you have less than this, delete some temporary or junk files from "temp" and "%temp%" folders.

Posted by on

Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

2 Answers

put in another HD made it a slave but i dont see it as a slave in system files


The master/slave drive model applies to IDE drives (older) these use a 40 or 80 pin ribbon cable. The newer SATA drives (L shaped connectors) don't rely on master/slave config. If you are using IDE you will need to specifically configure the jumper on the main drive as master and the other as slave, alternately you can set them both to cable select. The slave drive will show up under disk management as Disk 1. If you add a second disk this will give you more storage space, in this case 50GB (think of this a long term storage or data that is saved after the computer is shut down) Ram on the other hand is where the computer stores data and applications for faster access, not all of a program has to be loaded in to ram, parts of it can be swapped out from your hard drive as needed. Having more ram means the computer doesn't need to waste time swapping out parts of a program, it can load it all into ram at once.

Feb 03, 2012 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Have a Emachines T3408 (gateway) it runs really slow doing everything, online, off line, whatever. It has Vista Ultimate sp2 32bit. My memory is 494MB RAM Page file 820MB used, 672 available. The Processor is Intel Celleron D340-2.93 Ghz 25R. I have other computers in my home not in use. Is it possible to use the Hard Drives from them to give me more RAM?


yeah your system doesnt meet system requirement for running windows Vista Premium. Minimum memory required is 1GB.
Another system requirement is 128memory of graphic card with DirectX 9.0 capable and WDDM 1.0 driver support.
so if you dont have graphic card system will take amount of RAM..this why computer became slow.
If you have 'other components' you can take the RAM not HDD then install it..just make sure the RAM is supported by your current system..
I just recomend that would be better using Windows XP, with less RAM required..

P.S : see here for more detail about windows Vista.

Aug 03, 2011 | Computers & Internet

2 Answers

if i upgrade my 1 gb ram to 2 gb,there is a possible to increase the performance of my laptop(hp nc6230)for online games?


Hi,
RAM plays a vital in overall system performance. 1GB RAM is enough for general everyday work however, gaming demands more memory as well as processing speed, graphics card performance, internet speed etc.
From the above details, it is clear that RAM is one of the factors on which the overall performance of a PC depends. Increasing RAM may NOT give significant/ notable difference, but it would surely result in some improvement. HP NC6230 has Centrino processor ( with Windows XP Operating Probably) and if you add more RAM, it means more memory would be available for the Operating System as well as applications/ online games.

Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya!
CreativeTECH

Jul 20, 2011 | HP Compaq nc6230 Notebook

2 Answers

what video card would be compatable with a insignia computer model d300?


I would recommend any of the Nvidia or ATI video cards that come in the PCI format. Your computer only has PCI slots. These are the older slot types, so your options will be limited for brand new cards, but there's still plenty out there. As long as the slot type is PCI and the chipset is a major manufacturer, it should work with no problem. Do NOT get any video card that says "PCI Express" or "PCI-X" - they won't fit.

Jul 18, 2009 | Insignia Computers & Internet

2 Answers

how much ram is suitable for 2666mhz processor


1 gb is ok but if u put more ram is much better.

Jan 17, 2009 | Intel 845GE Motherboard

Not finding what you are looking for?

338 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14161 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...