Tweaks requiring no PC skill are marked with “●”
Tweaks requiring computing skills are marked with “■”
1. Get a head start ●
When you boot your PC, your default priority to detect OS is not set. Option available are your CD/DVD drive, pen drive, internal hard disk, Ethernet, etc. Optimize this to disable your computer performing loop checks While starting your PC, press F7 > goto Boot tab, following similar screen will appear
2. Disable Win 7 Preview option ●
When you are uploading your resume, media or any file in any website, make sure that you have turned off the preview button in the upload window.
You should turn off the preview inside the explorer if you think it is totally time-waster, unnecessary and/or not worth enough to open the document.
3. Get rid of USB checks ●
It is called USB Mass Storage Delay. USB Mass Storage Delay means that your PC allocates a specific amount of time to check the presence of any USB drive connected to your computer during boot. It is recommended to get rid of USB during the boot to speed up your computer.
4. Get rid of CD in your DVD drive ●
The concept is simple: give less load to your PC during boot. Before shutting down your computer, make sure you have removed the media or data DVD/CD from the DVD drive. This small effort will lead to less battery consumption and less boot time f there will be no spinning wheels in your DVD drive.
5. Save time from entering passwords temporarily ■
If you and only you are using your personalized PC, it is advisable to save time by automatically logging in w/o passwords and all.
1. In the command prompt, type control userpasswords2
2. uncheck Users must enter a user name and password
3. Press OK
4. if asked, enter the log-on user name and password.
5. click OK again
6. Empty Recycle Bin ●
It is a good habit to empty recycle bin regularly, thrice in a week will do. Recycle bin contains files that have been deleted by you. I means that the deleted items are still waiting for you to change your mind and restore them. Whatever they think, they are consuming your drive where you have installed your OS. To empty recycle bin
1. right click on Recycle Bin
2. click on Empty Recycle Bin
7. Upgrade the BIOS ■
Try to look at the current BIOS version of your computer. During boot, press F7
Visit manufacturer site for BIOS upgrade once in a month. You should be adhered to the fact that upgrading the BIOS of your PC or other firmware, like router, is the best way to speed up your computer.
8. Overclock your GPU ■
For Intel i7 or Core 2 duo user, look for options like “Turbo Mode” or “Intel Dynamic Acceleration” after you press F7 during boot and ensure it is turned ON. This will overclock one core turning off others.
9. Overclock your Graphics Card ■
Goto Nvidia Control Panel > Adjust GPU settings.
Look for option “Custom clock frequencies” and then “Core bus and memory bus”.
Changing the figures to just a little further in “Core bus and memory bus” will give a slight push.
10. Disable Networking throttle ■
It reduces your performance when Windows limits network transferring feature while playing media file. Good stuff, but worthless.
Goto Run > type regedit and press enter
On the left pane, search for
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft\Windows NT> CurrentVersion >Multimedia > SystemProfile
Create a new DWORD named as NetworkThrottlingIndexValue.
Set the value FFFFFFFF to completely disable throttling.
11. Expand Cache ■
Increased Cache means easy writing of data and increased performance.
Goto Run > type devmgmt.msc and press enter
1. Expand Disk Drives
2. right click your drive
3. select Properties
4. Goto Policies tab
5. check Enable advanced performance
12. Less waiting time ●
If you have 2 or more than 2 OS installed in your PC, the default timer set for choosing the OS is 30 seconds. Decrease it by 20 seconds or change it to 0 seconds if you don’t want that screen to appear.
1. Right click on My Computer
2. select Properties
3. click on Advanced System Settings
4. goto settings under startup and recovery
13. Choose a browser: Choose few tabs ●
Take a load off; switch to Google Chrome :)
1. 1st in the Acid Test.
2. Simple and attractive GUI (that’s all we want!).
3. Synchronization made easy.
It engulfs tremendous amount of virtual memory as compared with Safari or Black Widow or Firefox or any browser you name it!! For PCs with higher Ram, chrome is indeed their elixir.
Remember to close unwanted tabs to avoid filling in the virtual space. you can always press Shift+Ctrl+T to reopen recently closed tabs.
14. Clean junk files ●
Goto Run > type cleanmgr and press enter
Clean all your junk files in all the available partitions.
15. Control which services to start up ■
During boot, there are unwanted start ups. To disable them or enable them,
goto run > type msconfig and press enter
Look at the services tab. This will tell you what programs your Windows is runing right now. To disable it, simple unclick it and press Apply.
now look at the startup tab, you will find some programs that are started with your PC which has uses later on, but nor required at that moment like Google talk (hangout), Internet Download Manager, Bittorrent (utorrent) and others. Uncheck it and click on Apply. You may be asked to restart your computer.
All you can do is uncheck the box in the General tab named as Load Startup Items. By doing this, you are enabling your computer to run minimum amount of services which are run during boot.
16. Defragmentaion ●
When a computer program requests blocks of memory from the computer system, the blocks are allocated in chunks. When the computer program is finished with a chunk, it can free the chunk back to the computer. The size and the amount of time a chunk is held by a program varies. During its lifespan, a computer program can request and free many chunks of memory.
When a program is started, the free memory areas are long and contiguous. Over time and with use, the long contiguous regions become fragmented into smaller and smaller contiguous areas. Eventually, it may become impossible for the program to request large chunks of memory.
Goto Control Panel > System and Security
Look for Defragment your Hard Disk in Administrative tools
17. Refresh your Computer ●
Right clicking on desktop to refresh your computer is 100 light sometime years far from the actual meaning of “refreshing your computer”. Everytime you use your cache, everytime your PC needs to be properly restarted. It takes 2-3 minutes and no more than that.
This refreshing your computer is known as “Cold Reboot“. When you open a program, it asks for some memory, even after closing it the programs may sometime run in background. As you know, reality is not you see from your eyes. So a warm shut down is recommended :)
18. Turn Indexing off ●
While searching, the Windows searches the indexes too. If you avoid this, your search result will be much faster.
goto run > type services.msc and press enter
search for Windows Search. Right click on it and goto Properties.
Stay tuned for Linux and other tips ;)