99 Ways to Make Your Computer Blazingly Fast

Over the last several years working in IT for various companies as a Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Help Desk professional, I’ve written and learned about many ways to increase the performance of not only my PC, but also of the many PCs on my networks ranging from Windows 98 to Windows Vista.

In this article, I hope to compile a complete list of all the different methods and tricks that I’ve used to get the last bit of juice out of a slow PC. Whether you are using an old PC or the latest and greatest in hardware, you can still use some of these to make your PC run faster.

Note that since I write two blogs, Help Desk Geek and Online Tech Tips, I have previously written about many performance tips already which I will link back to throughout. If I have not written about it, I’ve throw in a link to a relevant article from some of my other favorite sites. This list is in no particular order, just written in the order that I could think of them.

There are probably a lot of great tweaks and performance hacks that I’ve missed here, so feel free to chime in with comments! Enjoy!

1. Defragment your computer hard disk using free tools like SmartDefrag.

2. You should also defragment your Windows pagefile and registry.

3. Clean up hard drive disk space being taken up by temporary files, the recycle bin, hibernation and more. You can also use a tool like TreeSize to determine what is taking up space on your hard drive.

4. Load up Windows faster by using Startup Delayer, a free program that will speed up the boot time of Windows by delaying the startup of programs.

5. Speaking of startup programs, many of them are useless and can be turned off. Use the MSCONFIG utility to disable startup programs.

6. By default, the size of the paging file is controlled by Windows, which can cause defragmentation. Also, the paging file should be on a different hard drive or partition than the boot partition. Read here on the rules for best paging file performance.

7. In Windows XP and Vista, the Windows Search indexing service is turned on for all local hard drives. Turning off indexing is a simple way to increase performance.

8. If you don’t care about all the fancy visual effects in Windows, you can turn them off by going to Performance Options.

9. You can optimize the Windows boot time using a free program called Bootvis from Microsoft.

10. Clean your registry by removing broken shortcuts, missing shared DLLs, invalid paths, invalid installer references and more. Read about the 10 best and free registry cleaners.

11. One of the main reasons why PC’s are slow is because of spyware. There are many programs to remove spyware including Ad-Aware, Giant Antispyware, SUPERAntiSpyware, and more.

12. If you have a deeper spyware infection that is very hard to remove, you can use HijackThis to remove spyware.

13. Remove unwanted pre-installed software (aka junk software) from your new PC using PC Decrapifier.

14. Disable unnecessary Windows services, settings, and programs that slow down your computer.

15. Tweak Windows XP and tweak Windows Vista settings using free programs

16. Disable UAC (User Account Control) in Windows Vista

17. Tweak your mouse settings so that you can copy and paste faster, scroll faster, navigate quickly while browsing and more. Read here to learn how to tweak your mouse.

18. Delete temporary and unused files on your computer using a free program like CCleaner. It can also fix issues with your registry.

19. Delete your Internet browsing history, temporary Internet files, cookies to free up disk space.

20. Clean out the Windows prefetch folder to improve performance.

21. Disable the XP boot logo to speed up Windows boot time.

22. Reduce the number of fonts that your computer has to load up on startup.

23. Force Windows to unload DLLs from memory to free up RAM.

24. Run DOS programs in separate memory spaces for better performance.

25. Turn off system restore only if you regularly backup your Windows machine using third party software.

26. Move or change the location of your My Documents folder so that it is on a separate partition or hard drive.

27. Turn off default disk performance monitors on Windows XP to increase performance.

28. Speed up boot time by disabling unused ports on your Windows machine.

29. Use Process Lasso to speed up your computer by allowing it to make sure that no one process can completely overtake the CPU.

30. Make icons appear faster while browsing in My Computer by disabling search for network files and printers.

31. Speed up browsing of pictures and videos in Windows Vista by disabling the Vista thumbnails cache.

32. Edit the right-click context menu in Windows XP and Vista and remove unnecessary items to increase display speed.

33. Use the Windows Performance Toolkit and the trace logs to speed up Windows boot time.

34. Speed up your Internet browsing by using an external DNS server such as OpenDNS.

35. Improve Vista performance by using ReadyBoost, a new feature whereby Vista can use the free space on your USB drive as a caching mechanism.

36. If you have a slow Internet connection, you can browse web pages faster using a service called Finch, which converts it into simple text.

37. Use Vista Services Optimizer to disable unnecessary services in Vista safely.

38. Also, check out my list of web accelerators, which are programs that try to prefetch and cache the sites you are going to visit.

39. Speed up Mozilla Firefox by tweaking the configuration settings and by installing an add-on called FasterFox.

40. Learn how to build your own computer with the fastest parts and best hardware.

41. Use a program called TeraCopy to speed up file copying in Windows XP and Vista.

42. Disable automatic Last Access Timestamp to speed up Windows XP.

43. Speed up the Start Menu in Vista by hacking the MenuShowDelay key in the registry.

44. Increase the FileSystem memory cache in Vista to utilize a system with a large amount of RAM.

45. Install more RAM if you are running XP with less than 512 MB or Vista with less than 1 GB of RAM.

46. Shut down XP faster by reducing the wait time to kill hung applications.

47. Make sure that you have selected “Adjust for best performance” on the Performance tab in System Properties.

48. If you are reinstalling Windows, make sure that you partition your hard drives correctly to maximize performance.

49. Use Altiris software virtualization to install all of your programs into a virtual layer that does not affect the registry or system files.

50. Create and install virtual machines for free and install junk program, games, etc into the virtual machines instead of the host operating system. Check out Sun openxVM.

51. Do not clear your paging file during shutdown unless it is needed for security purposes. Clearing the paging file slows down shutdown.

52. If your XP or Vista computer is not using NFTS, make sure you convert your FAT disk to the NTFS file system.

53. Update all of your drivers in Windows, including chipset and motherboard drivers to their latest versions.

54. Every once in a while run the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup utility.

55. Enable DMA mode in Windows XP for IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers in Device Manager.

56. Remove unnecessary or old programs from the Add/Remove dialog of the Control Panel.

57. Use a program click memtest86 or Prime95 to check for bad memory on your PC.

58. Determine your BIOS version and check the manufactures website to see if you need to update your BIOS.

59. Every once in a while, clean your mouse, keyboard and computer fans of dust and other buildup.

60. Replace a slow hard drive with a faster 7200 RPM drive, SATA drive, or SAS drive.

61. Changing from Master/Slave to Cable Select on your hard drive configuration can significantly decrease your boot time.

62. Perform a virus scan on your computer regularly. If you don’t want to install virus protection, use some of the free online virus scanners.

63. Remove extra toolbars from your Windows taskbar and from your Internet browser.

64. Disable the Windows Vista Sidebar if you’re not really using it for anything important. All those gadgets take up memory and processing power.

65. If you have a SATA drive and you’re running Windows Vista, you can speed up your PC by enabling the advanced write caching features.

66. Learn how to use keyboard shortcuts for Windows, Microsoft Word, Outlook, or create your own keyboard shortcuts.

67. Turn off the Aero visual effects in Windows Vista to increase computer performance.

68. If you are technically savvy and don’t mind taking a few risks, you can try to overclock your processor.

69. Speed up the Send To menu in Explorer by typing “sendto” in the Run dialog box and deleting unnecessary items.

70. Make sure to download all the latest Windows Updates, Service Packs, and hot fixes as they “normally” help your computer work better.

71. Make sure that there are no bad sectors or other errors on your hard drive by using the ScanDisk orchkdsk utility.

72. If you are not using some of the hardware on your computer, i.e. floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, USB ports, IR ports, Firewire, etc, then go into your BIOS and disable them so that they do not use any power and do not have to be loaded during boot up.

73. If you have never used the Recent Documents feature in Windows, then disable it completely as a long list can affect PC performance.

74. One basic tweak that can help in performance is to disable error reporting in Windows XP

75.  If you don’t care about a pretty interface, you should use the Windows Classic theme under Display Properties.

76. Disable short filenames if you are using NTFS by running the following command: fsutil behavior set disable8dot3 1. It will speed up the file creation process.

77. If you have lots of files in a single folder, it can slow down Explorer. It’s best to create multiple folders and spread out the files between the folders.

78. If you have files that are generally large, you might want to consider increasing the cluster size on NTFS to 16K or even 32K instead of 4K. This will help speed up opening of files.

79. If you have more than one disk in your PC, you can increase performance by moving your paging file to the second drive and formatting the volume using FAT32 instead of NTFS.

80. Turn off unnecessary features in Vista by going to Control Panel, choosing Uninstall a program, and then clicking on Turn Windows features on and off. You can turn off Remote Differential Compression, Tablet PC components, DFS replication service, Windows Fax & Scan, Windows Meeting Space, and lots more.

81. Install a free or commercial anti-virus program to help protect against viruses, etc. Make sure to use an anti-virus program that does not hog up all of your computer resources.

82. Completely uninstall programs and applications using a program like Revo Uninstaller. It will get rid of remnants left behind by normal uninstalls.

83. If you know what you are doing, you can install several hard drives into your machine and set them up in RAID 0, RAID 5, or other RAID configurations.

84. If you are using USB 1.0 ports, upgrade to 2.0. If you have a Firewire port, try to use that instead of a USB port since Firewire is faster than USB right now.

85. Remove the drivers for all old devices that may be hidden in Device Manager that you no longer use.

86. A more extreme option is to choose a faster operating system. If you find Vista to be slow, go with Windows XP. Switching to Mac or Linux is also an option.

87. One of the easiest ways to speed up your PC is to simply reformat it. Of course, you want to backup your data, but it is the best way to get your computer back to peak performance.

88. Speed up Internet browsing in IE by increasing the number of max connections per server in the registry.

89. If you use uTorrent to download torrents, you can increase the download speeds by tweaking the settings.

90. If you have a desktop background, make sure it’s a small and simple bitmap image rather than a fancy picture off the Internet. The best is to find a really small texture and to tile it.

91. For the Virtual Memory setting in Windows (right-click on My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Performance Settings, Advanced, Virtual Memory), make sure the MIN and MAX are both the same number.

92. If you search on Google a lot or Wikipedia, you can do it much faster on Vista by adding them to the Vista Start Menu Instant Search box.

93. If you have a custom built computer or a PC that was previously used, make sure to check the BIOS for optimal settings such as enabled CPU caches, correctly set IDE/SATA data transfer modes, memory timings, etc. You can also enable Fast/Quick boot if you have that option.

94. If you have a SCSI drive, make sure the write cache is enabled. You can do so by opening the properties of the SCSI drive in Windows.

95. If you have a machine with an older network card, make sure to enable the onboard processor for the network card, which will offload tasks from the CPU.

96. If you are using Windows Vista, you can disable the Welcome Center splash screen that always pops up.

97. If you already have anti-spyware software installed, turn off Windows Defender protection.

98. If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows and have 4GB of RAM or more, you can force Windows to see and use all of the RAM by enabling PAE.

99. Buy a new computer!!! ;) Pretty easy eh?

I’m sure I have missed out on lots of performance tweaks, tips, hacks, etc, so feel free to post comments to add to the list! Enjoy!

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  1. Pliggs says:

    Wow, that's a long list, better get started.

    Thanks for compiling.

  2. Deyaa Addeen Fahmy S says:

    Thank you both, welldone.

  3. [...] questo, Helpdesk Geek ha stilato una completissima lista di 99 modi diversi di velocizzare Windows e ottimizzare le prestazioni del tuo PC. Si va da consigli più o meno “banali” (che però è giusto ricordare), come [...]

  4. Will says:

    Wouldn't it be much easier and faster to just back up all your data and then reinstall windows?

    Of course if you have a lot of software installed, try this:
    1) Resintall windows
    2) Install all the software just the way you like it
    3) Make a backup image of the hard drive

    Now whenever Windows starts to get slow, you can restore from the backup image and it's as good as new!

  5. Brian says:

    #98 is incorrect. Doesn't matter what you do, any 32-Bit OS will only see about 3.2-3.4GB, not the full 4GB.

  6. Syahid A says:

    New blog Aseem? Cool post!

  7. benevolent anarchist says:

    please explain how removing files from a hard disk improves speed? (you can't) and this is the sort of misinformation that causes people to delete files or even un-install software for no reason. please study CS101 before posting garbage like this. hint: everything occurs in WS.

  8. christina says:

    I think many of these are becoming less true the better of an OS you get. If you are still working with Windows XP- These things will make a WORLD of difference. It will feel like a new computer. If you are running OSX then many of these are either pointless or well automated. (or, Windows 7, I find that they took care of many of these issues BEAUTIFULLY in the update… This list is why Windows 7 will be the best Windows yet… but it's still in beta)

  9. You have the incorrect link in #65 – it's links to the same URL as #64.

  10. edwest says:

    I would like to see hard evidence on whether defragging for today's hard drives (large) for the average user (not a whole lot of data) is truly helpful. Techs in my computer shop argue it is not under those circumstances.

  11. Aseem says:

    @Will – I wrote reformatting the computer as one of the tips, however, I think it's also something not a lot of people know how to do. These small little tweaks can go a long way for a non tech-savvy computer user.

    @Brain – Are you sure? Then what is PAE exactly for?

    @Syahid – Thanks man! Two blogs going now!

    @benevolent – What exactly are you talking about! Are you saying that installing 100 apps on a computer will not slow it down? I don't know what kind of computer you have been using, but getting rid of junk temp files and useless programs has worked wonders…why do you think people uninstall all the preloaded software from a new PC (hint: to make it fast!)

    @christina – I agree with you…these tips are mostly for Windows XP and Vista…which still can have loads of problems in terms of performance. Windows 7 should be a lot better…

    @TechnicalBard – Thanks, I'll fix that.

    @edwest – Well if you are a user without a lot of data and have a huge hard drive, then you are correct. It's really only useful if you have a lot of files (small or large) and your hard drive is not that big.

  12. bob says:

    You could just condense this to one item. Get Linux.

  13. Mike says:

    I use Linux, so I don't have to do any of this crap.

  14. Alf says:

    Cleaning the prefetch folder doesn't do anything to improve performance. In fact, it has the effect of REDUCING it. http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000619.html

  15. Timothy says:

    Wow, what a list! I didn't realize you could even do some of these things. Very helpful. Thank you!

  16. Aseem says:

    @bob, @Mike – I should have named this 99 ways to make your Windows computer blazingly fast. Definitely Linux users would not have to worry about these issues.

    @Dan – I would also say that having more programs means that your registry is more cluttered, which means Windows loads slower since it is always accessing the registry. And yes, taking a book off the shelf would take the same time for any book, but finding the book is what takes more time when you have more books.

    @ Alf – Interesting point. I will read into that. I might add your point to my tip as a counter argument.

  17. Dan says:

    Re benevolent anarchist's post – I agree that removing programs from your hard drive will not in itself make the PC faster. I use the analogy that the hard drive is like a bookcase, putting more books on it doesn't affect the speed at which you can read a book once you've picked it off the shelf.

    The only way uninstalling programs will speed a PC up is if the program you removed was loaded up at boot time. The PC will boot faster and you'll have more memory available. Also, reducing the number of files on the hard drive will have a positive effect if you've got indexing on – less files means less to index.

    But if the program isn't loaded up at boot time, and indexing is off, I can't see how uninstalling it will make the PC any faster at all.

  18. rae says:

    1 ways to make your computer blazingly fast:

    Using Linux.

  19. Great list of tips. There was about 15 different tips that I was able to apply to my XP and Vista machines immediately.

  20. X says:

    #6 is misleading. Paging file size has nothing to do with actual file storage/allocation. I think you may be thinking of page file fragmentation(which is way different from file fragmentation). Also, if this was the case, I think it would cause 'fragmentation'(defragmentation is usually a good thing).

  21. Simple says:

    Hi, those were really nice and hidden tips. thanks for sharing with us. It did helped me indeed in making my computer a little faster.

  22. gedanken451 says:

    Generally I'm good with keeping my computer speedy (anti-spyware, degrag etc) but there were some new things on this list that never occurred to me – nice one!

    However I think clearing the prefetch (#20) is a myth:

    http://lifehacker.com/5033518/debunking-common-wi

  23. Yair Tendler says:

    Nice list, I would not dare waste my time on all the 99.

    But setting up a page file on a different hard drive.

    and boot startup programs can be delayed, because 99% when I boot I log in to my email.

    ANYWAYS keep it up.

  24. [...] I decided to write about this software because it helped me clean out several old installations of Norton that would simply not go away using Add/Remove programs. It’s a very good idea to remove these types of programs as it will speed up your computer. [...]

  25. Nipurn says:

    You missed 100 to switch over to mac OS. :)

  26. vaderbot says:

    Wow, just wow, did any of the mac/linux junkies even read the article? He very clearly suggests that moving to a faster operating system would improve performance. Vista<slower than XP<slower than mac OS<slower than linux (maybe mac and linux switched, not sure).

    And to all the people arguing about clearing the prefetch folder….. if errors in the prefetch folder are so rare (from on the the posted links de-bunking the prefetch speed up myth), why are there so many people who ONLY clean out their prefetch folder and their PC speeds up? I'm not saying it's the prefetch, it probably is errors in the information in the prefetch folder just like many people have suggested, but it seems to me that the errors are pretty common. For people who don't have the time or energy to tear their computer apart looking for the real problem, clearing the prefetch folder seems like a pretty good, once-a-week/once-a-month solution.

  27. elitesense says:

    26. Move or change the location of your My Documents folder so that it is on a separate partition or hard drive.

    The access time to a remote drive or even partition will be slower.

    This is a good tip if it is needed, however it would not speed up the computer, it would slow it down.

  28. Gagan says:

    huge list !! gr8 !! :)

  29. Tech says:

    About Physical Address Extension (PAE)

    If I remember correctly, it DOES allow use of over ~3.5GB of RAM in 32bit Windows XP and Vista Operating Systems in some circumstances, however, PAE works in the background, separate and somewhat unknown by the Windows OS, and has limitations. Since the methods that PAE uses are at least partially independent from the OS, Windows still only reports that it is using/able to use ~3.5GB. As I read (wish I could find the article with the explanation again to post it here) PAE doesn't enable Windows itself to make use of the additional (>3.5GB) RAM directly by means of caching small files there, but, if the user attempts to open a large file, such as a image or video file, PAE will essentially intercept the memory request and remap it so that the file is able to continue on into the previously unusable memory space.

  30. Vijay says:

    Superb compilation.

    Last point is good :) LOL

  31. AussieRodney says:

    26 also has the effect of removing all of your precious data away from C drive, so that if (& when) you need to re-install Windows, you only need to have a few key items like your Firefox profile (& perhaps your outlook folder) backed up & you can then confidently wipe the C drive & go ahead.

    I always install machines with 20 Gigs in C drive & the rest in D drive. One of my first activities after that is to MOVE the My Documents folder to the root of the D drive, where it will quite happily adopt whatever is there.

  32. 100-98 says:

    Faster computer in 2 steps only:

    1) Format disk

    2) Install Ubuntu Linux

    You are done…

  33. Falcon says:

    Revo Uninstaller also does a lot of things to speedup your computer! Check it out you!

  34. Nath says:

    Any tips to improve the speed with MAC OS???

  35. Conga Keystone says:

    Please help. Forget which tip I used, but it has disabled both Firefox 3 and IE7 Neither one will load a web page to tabs. Any ideas on how to fix? (In case you're wondering, I'm using Google Chrome). Thanx

  36. WOW what a list thanks for taking the time to create it. Greatly appreciated!

  37. SirPsycho says:

    Typical "I think i'm better than you because I run Linux" users, Who sadly have no clue about computing. Everyone knows that Linux can be faster than windows, there is no need to point it out here on a blog with tips aimed at windows users!

    1. Most Linux users use Windows aswell, primarily for playing games and other apps that Linux can't run.

    2. I work for a multinational company with offices all over the world. You can't just switch them to linux. It don't work like that i'm afraid.

    3. Average Joe at home WILL find the transition to Linux a struggle, and at the end of the day not worth the hassle.

    So think before your next "Just install ubuntu" comment, it doesn't make you sound clever. In fact the opposite.

  38. lefty.crupps says:

    > 99 ways to make your computer blazingly fast

    Ahh… I think you mean, 99 ways to make Windows a bit faster. Seriously these are all limited to the Windows OS.

    Step 1 should have been "Install Debian Linux" and step 2 "learn some quick package management skills to 'apt-get install kde xorg' ". Rather than spending the time on the other 97 tips here, just get a fast secure system that doesn't have these issues to begin with.

  39. shoaib2k2 says:

    I Agree with the above comment by lefty these 99 ways are limited to Windows OS only

  40. Tony says:

    Lots of useful tips. Some things are more beneficial than others, depends on your hardware, computer type and OS version as well. Or just switch to Ubuntu…

  41. thany says:

    Brian, #98 actually is correct. Enabling PAE will cause a 32-bit OS to reconize memory beyond ~3.2GB, but the motherboard needs to correctly support PAE to begin with. This is used in server that have way more than 4GB memory and still a 32-bit server OS ;)

  42. Walter says:

    In the tip "22" I copied the fonts back to the original font folder (I realized there were no changes), but still some fonts doesn't appear anymore on Internet Explorer. Could you please tell me how can I fix it??

  43. Great list. Thanks for all the info.

  44. ryan says:

    And by installing all those programs you slow down your computer even worse then it was before…tisk tisk

  45. Bill Vincent says:

    Great list. Most of these are quite useful.

    To all the idiots saying "get linux". Get over yourselves. We all know that *nix systems are NOT for everybody and will never be the mainstream home OS. My primary machine still runs a Windows OS, and probably always will. When you say things like that, all you do is make yourself sound like an elitist douchebag.

  46. Kane says:

    Yeah, the linux thing is a little silly. I love it for myself but it will never be mainstream. Try troubleshooting linux problems with a non-power user over the phone. You'll be saying 'install windows' after a couple weeks.

  47. Imagine having to do these things to get your OS to perform satisfactorily. Lots of work I must say. Why do people have to put in so much effort maintaining their PC's. When are we going to reach a stage where PC's should only be used and the maintenance of it be almost unheard of like the many appliances we use. Where the failure rate is low. The point being that if a PC slows down as to be almost unusable is as good as having failed.

    The closest to this low maintenance scenario are the open source OS's. They need a much lower level of maintenance. The PC with an open source OS is close to the ideal of 'It just works'.

  48. D. W. Whitlock says:

    Good list. Helpful. However……prefetch should be left alone. Windows clears and reloads the prefetch every 60 days or so (I forgot the exact interval) automatically based on user activity. Manually clearing the prefetch actually slows down browsing and app launching. You mentioned Smart Defrag. IOBIT has a nifty app containing it's Smart Defrag and other cool tools plus a bunch of very useful utilities…its called Advanced System Care…and its free. The Foxit PDF reader is smaller and faster than Adobe and is free. Also, Malwarebytes Anti Malware will snag nasties other virus scanners miss. Its free too. Everyone should try Open DNS. If you don't like it, its easy to reverse, but, you probably won't want to go back to your ISP's DNS. Always back up your registry before mucking about in there. One wrong keystroke or click could cripple your PC. Vista is indeed the Edsel of OS's. Lets hope for our sake that Microsoft can redeem itself with Windows 7 the way Ford did with the Mustang.

  49. This is great! This is the most comphensive listing of Windows speed enhancements that I have run across.

  50. Vijay says:

    Very useful tips. You could even publish everything together as a e-book.

    Great effort!

  51. Thanks for the list, I will have to try a few and see what the results are.

  52. Farfetchedchild says:

    Thanks for all the advice! It has worked wonders. This may be off subject, but I've noticed another thing that has helped my speed a lot as far as internet browsing. For one, the type of browser you use effects a lot. I use firefox. If you edit userChrome.css and the like (there are a couple more in there) you can improve performance amazingly well. User.js is the other main one. http://webdesigns.ms11.net/chromeditp.html makes things a lot easier than going the 'about:config' route. You can google through lists of good tweaks. If anyone is interested in any just email me at monopoles@hotmail.com

  53. MJ says:

    This is a very comprehensive list you have here. I have tried a number of these myself and they can do wonders.

    Thanks for the effort you put into coming up with this post.

    I'm sure it will help a lot of people.

    Good Job!

  54. Wislu Plethora says:

    If you think the number of installed programs affects system speed, and that registry cleaning is necessary or helpful, and defragging will make a significant difference in performance, it indicates that you have no idea what you're talking about.

  55. MAC says:

    #1 WAY TO MAKE YOUR COMPUTER BLAZING FAST…GET MAC OR LINUX SCREW WINDOWS

  56. Steven P says:

    GET A MAC!

  57. mambo says:

    Turning off the boot logo? O.o That thing's 500kb big at max, how is this shortening the boot process? 46 is downright dangerous and could lead to data loss.

    In general most of those tips wont make your computer noticeably faster, diabling ports may work on a 486 but won't make much difference on the average pc at all.

  58. Red M@ says:

    My own strategy to diagnosing a slow/unresponsive computer:

    1. Check signs of malware and use something like MBAM <a href="http:// (www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php)” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php)” target=”_blank”>(www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php) to clean it up

    2. Use tip #5 to oust legit programs from startup (Quicktime (qttask.exe), Adobe Reader, DVD/CD burner software, printer/scanner utils, sound control panels, keyboard/mouse utils, etc.) Evaluate whether useful functionality is lost (react to scanner buttons, keyboard media keys, etc.) and re-enable if necessary. For more extreme measures, disable programs such as IM clients or switch to leaner alternative programs (Foxit, Pidgin, VLC, etc.)

    3. Spend the cash on tip

    #4. – 5. DDR and DDR2 esp. are dirt cheap.

    All of this is really designed to prevent memory usage from hitting close to 100% with normal usage and causing large amounts of paging, which is what typically causes computers to become "slow".

  59. Red M@ says:

    #40 is a great way to get a higher quality/cheaper machine if you research parts/shop for deals. Plus you start with a clean Windows install and don't need #13!

    #7 may not be "faster" if you do a lot of searching, esp. in Vista with start menu search.

    #16 I wouldn't recommend. Instead if you get excessive UAC prompts, give yourself higher permissions in folders that make sense, such as the Start Menu. UAC is needed to use IE or Chrome sandbox mode.

    #67 May actually slow desktop response if you have a fast video card. Windows 7 also stores the image of each window solely in VRAM, which means turning off Aero would use MORE main memory.

    #81 seems contrary to this article. For the computer savvy, not running antivirus helps a lot, especially on older machines.

    #86 may make a machine run faster, and be better in the long run, but the learning curve will definately make the user less efficent in the short term. Learning curve length would vary quite a bit, depending on what kinds of software someone uses and would have to learn replacements for. If Computer = web browser = Firefox, then the switch could be pretty quick/painless. In my personal experience, Linux (Gnome) seems less responsive than Windows, but of course that's just one measure of speed.

  60. Grizzlyironbear says:

    OK…i have been in the computer repair/installation world since about 99. i have watched the evolution of the OS's…*nix open source OS, The Microsoft OS, and the Apple OS. So….that being said, YES there has been issues with Windows…and the other companies have practically shouted about it since the creation of Windows.

    What better way to hide one's own flaws than go NUTS about someone elses? The thing they all have seemed to overlook…is that even with all the flaws Windows has….it is still the "easiest, most User friendly OS" out there. Look me in the eye and tell me that the average joe will be able to sit down at a *nix computer and get it to do what he wants. And don't get me started on the Macintosh/Apple OS.

    SO…in argument, YES windows has issues…but rather than just saying "go with *nix" because it happened to work for you…why not use your obvious knowledge of computing skills….and HELP someone!

  61. Anonymous says:

    All but maybe 10 of these aren't even a problem in Linux because Linux, unlike Windows, isn't broken in its design.

  62. Blade says:

    What an awesome post!

    Loved it!Really helping!You rock computer geek!

    Keep sharing these kinda stuff!

  63. GDI says:

    Switching to Ubuntu Linux definitely resolves the issues. It is much faster and infinitely more stable than any Windows OS. I mention Ubuntu simply because it is the most popular and easy to use for the vast majority of users out there. I meant no disrespect to the other Linux distributions out there as there are many good Linux distros.

  64. meisert says:

    I've gone through a defrag after making an image backup of my system and my Windows XP system is running much quicker. Thanks for the tips. So far this seems to be the best laid out list of Windows performance tips I've found on the web. Just read one comment regarding Windows being the easiest to use and strongly disagree. I've been using the FREE Ubuntu OS for some time and find it easier to use and much faster then Windows. The only hangup is when you come accross a program that's not ported to a Linux distro. But that the fault of the app Vendor not the OS.

  65. Deepak2455 says:

    Thanks….. These are very useful tips

  66. AJ says:

    Thank you for this helpful post. I appreciate your willingness to share knowledge instead of keeping it to yourself.

    Now I'm enjoying the benefits of your article.

  67. filetonic says:

    Wow 99 ways, now if only we can find a software that will automate at least half of these important but admittedly mundane tasks. This is some really great research, and how to speed up ones pc is about one of the most asked computer tech questions – Well done!

  68. useful list. If you follow 5 important maintenance tasks, you can always increase the performance of your computer.

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  69. Alastair says:

    Thanks a lot for this!

    I really was getting tired of my pc being slow.

    And for all saying this doesn't work, I am witnessing my PC get faster with every point.

    Thanks!

  70. SharonB says:

    Great Tips – I will be trying these out tonight, thanks :)

    Shame about the negative comments above…

    Sharon

  71. alan says:

    I use Linux.

    Fast. Reliable.

    Almost impossible to break, in fact I have never broken it with all the fiddling I do – installing/uninstalling all the FREE software to try out new things.

    And over a year down the line, it is still as fast as ever and never once had a system freeze etc.

    As a windows user all my life prior to this, the last straw was buying a new laptop with Vista on it and realising how slow and inefficient it was out of the box and just didn't do what I wanted it to do (watch and recode video etc. etc.).

    Dual booting with Linux and I can't remember the last time I booted into Vista… don't need to as the software (which is OpenSource and free) on Linux is generally (99% of the time) MUCH better than the windows equivalents and just works without tweaking, fiddling around etc.

    Best of all… it is FREE.

    Microsoft has had it's day.

    If I owned MS shares, I would definately have sold or be looking for other places to invest my money.

    Google is bringing out it's own OS soon as well.

    Microsoft's answer? Windows 7 and another large bill for PC users to carry on using a second rate OS.

    Rant over!

  72. Bilbo says:

    I love how the Mac cultists suggest that OSX is actually faster without actually using a well-optimized XP on the same PC to compare. I have OSX and XP (with Litestep) on this Macbook. XP simply runs rings around OSX. And everything takes less clicks. Mac people make me laugh.

  73. Deadly Furby says:

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  74. geeknik says:

    #9 is wrong. Even Microsoft has debunked this.

    #10 is unnecessary and can even make your PC unbootable.

    #20 will actually slow down your PC and cause your PC to boot slower. Leave the prefetch files alone.

    #21 is pointless. What is it gonna do, shave 1/10th of a second off your boot time? Give me a break.

    #23 can cause programs to hang, crash, etc. Don't do this.

    #25 System Restore is priceless. Don't disable this. You might regret it one day no matter how many backups you have.

    Show me proof that #27 and #28 do anything.

    #39 is smoke and mirrors and can actually cause your browsing to slow down and/or not work at all.

    I'm not even going to continue through this list. Thumbs down from me.

    If you want to speed up your computer, buy more RAM. It's cheap.

  75. Anonymous says:

    It actually amazes me how I could reduce a list of 99 fixes to maybe 10 or 15 when I just use something other than Windows.

  76. Anonymous says:

    Oh, and to all the anti-Linux naysayers in the comments saying its too hard: I've successfully converted several people who are far from tech savvy. When they have problems (Only happened a few times.) I have no issues helping them fix it.

    And the ONLY reason Windows is "user friendly," so-called, is because you've USED it extensively. Many a /. poster has pointed out that if the situation were reversed and we all grew up on Linux we'd be bashing Windows as the steep learning curve and praising Linux as the "user friendly," so-called, operating system.

    "User friendly" is a myth.

  77. stonetree says:

    Great tips…. definitely noticed less sluggishness with my system.. thanks…

  78. dudebro says:

    this really helped my computer….my virus scan detected a trojan horse virus from one of your error fixing links…

  79. Peter says:

    Linux.

    Skinny Puppy, Browser Puppy,

    Freakishly fast on my 700 Mhz dumpster Pc.

    UBUNTU is idiot proof and user friendly…a little bloated but you can

    whittle it down and the new one (Fawn or Jackalope) loves faster new PCs. Even found my wireless with no problem.

    Great list, I still have windows cowering in the dark on a dual boot, I may let it out to see the light of day.

  80. Mac Truck says:

    The only real way to make a PC go faster is to make sure you are on a higher floor when you drop it out the window!!

    Dude, get a Mac.

  81. dotndot says:

    Good post…I will bookmark this post.Thank you.

  82. Joshua says:

    Some mediocre to flat out bad advice in this article. I'd say 1/5th or so of these methods are actually valid enough to work and not break a computer if a novice is performing these steps.

    I'm with the guy that says to take a few computer classes, and never post something like this unless you are an IT professional.

    Which yes, I am.

  83. macssuck says:

    give me a good reason why macs are soo good? just because everyone says so? Watch pirates of the valley, Steve Jobs is worse than Gates! face the truth!

  84. Jim says:

    This is excellent. Finally all the ways to speed up Windows in one place.

  85. theska says:

    Great Post. I'm going to subscribe on your feeds.

  86. Caitlin8765 says:

    Thank you very much – 99 ways i was looking for maybe a few ways to sort out my vista – taking ages to load up……i have bookmarked this for future ref.

  87. Oto24 says:

    That's a great list of performance tips! I'll come again and again :)

  88. mouratios says:

    Thnx for the tips! really helpful optimizing my xp:)

  89. theboss says:

    hmm, its funny how to make a pc run faster you need to install 99 programs which will make the pc run slower than before!

  90. hakim says:

    A complete list of Windows tweaks. What I do to my PC is defrag regularly, use ccleaner, and never use windows Aero ;)

  91. mwild says:

    Since reading all the above comments could someone pick out the (lets say ) the best five optimization tips to use…

  92. Codename says:

    Thanks for compiling this list. It depends on us whether to use it or not. As for ID "geeknik", perhaps u should try the modification before u disagree with it! I've done SOME of the ways above even before I read this list and they work fine!

  93. Jack says:

    I would have to agree that most of these are pretty good, but some you have to be careful about. My recommendation to most people is to simply reformat their computers every 6 months or use virtualization software.

  94. stevae says:

    To all of the linux and mac users, you are sooooo full of crap!!!!! I have several friends who use both mac’s osx and linux ubuntu (or however it’s spelled), and we frequently get together to test our computers against each other. I am running win 7 ultimate, and i kick their butt’s every single time.

    No matter what they come up with, i always beat them. Ubuntu may be a faster os, but it can’t do squat! It is boring, and doesn’t have half of the abilities or programs to do the things i want to do. The mac’s take several more click’s, and are consistently slower at everything we try. The only thing i give mac’s credit for, is the multi-finger mouse funcx’s. Those are cool. But the linux is so limited in what you can do with it, i wouldn’t even load it as a dual boot os.

    Almost all of the problems people have with windows is operator error. For instance, so many people complaining before about the user account security notices in vista… turn them off! It took two clicks! Others saying they can’t find things in vista. Type anything into the search box on the start menu, and it appears as you type. Done! Maybe if half of those people had a brain, and some common sense they wouldn’t have so many problems.

    I will put my win 7 ult os, up against anyone else os, any place, any time! All of you linux and mac users, can kiss my cache!!!!!!!!

  95. Prashant says:

    It would be real nice if you could come up with a list like the above for MAC's as well.

  96. acilden says:

    Thanks for all the performance tips! see you next time:):):):)

  97. tonyh730 says:

    If I install Linux in my PC, will I still be able to reinstall my old programs or will I have to find the Linux versions? Because if thats the case, why would I want to bother with Linux just because its faster, but I wont be able to work my programs.

  98. Adam says:

    I can almost summarize all of these tips into one! Install windows 7 :P

  99. Malika says:

    My computer was starting up very slow, but after disabling some built-in Windows services, the computer started up a lot faster. Of course, you have to make sure you disable only the appropriate services, but it's definitely worth reading into and implementing!

  100. Peg Salvage says:

    Great list! I'd never heard of Teracopy before – I'll have to check it out.

    You can also check out our site to improve startupspeed.com.

  101. _khAttAm_ says:

    Sorry, I did not bother to read the original post as it does not apply to me (I don't use Windows)

    @stevae
    I'm sure you are smarter than your friends who use Linux and Mac. A smart person may be able to do a lot of work faster and better with DOS (with some utilities installed) than a person, with Windows 7, who has never used a computer. So does that mean DOS is the better OS?

    I also have many friends who use Windows 7 and I have seen and used their PCs. Most of them re-install Windows on a regular basis. Almost all of them use Antivirus softwares and keep them updated. Some of the smart ones use various kinds of optimization tools and techniques to make it "run faster". I have seen the speeds in their PCs.

    I have also seen RAM and CPU utilization of Windows 7 and I know it is much worse than Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, leave alone Linux.
    Unlike you, I can't put myself against anyone Windows or OS X, coz many smart people are using those OS too. However, I would like to suggest those to try Linux and see how it works for them. Once they get a grip of it, any smart person will never look back, I'm sure.

    I have used Windows all my life, before I moved on to Ubuntu and I find nothing difficult here. Since I don't have much time for games and all, I don't actually miss Windows (when I do have time for games, I play Assaultcube on Ubuntu). I am also not into any profession that requires applications that run on Windows. And I am really lucky.

    I can't force anyone to use Linux, if you're not willing to, but if you are tired of Viruses/trojans/spywares/malwares and Antiviruses/Antispyware/AntiRootkits, reinstallations due to unsolvable(or very difficult to solve) errors or gradual slowing down of the OS, registry cleaners and system optimizers, then you should give Linux a try.

    @tonyh730
    Wait for Windows 8. You need to reinstall Windows at least then, so you will need newer versions of all those programs and maybe even a new PC (they won't tell you you will need a new PC, but you will realize when you use Windows 8 for a week). Then you can safely migrate to Linux. :D

    @those who think Linux is problematic
    I love solving problems. I used Windows and I got problems of Viruses and Trojans frequently, not to mention many other problems that came along. I solved my problems and felt happy about it.

    After getting bored with the same problems again and again, I moved on to Ubuntu Linux(as the only OS in my PC) and I got so few problems that I again got bored with it. I then starting using development versions of Ubuntu, as they are supposed to have problems. I'm currently running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Alpha 2 and use development version of Firefox, Pidgin and many other packages, but I haven't gotten to face much problems.

    However, I have found a way around this. Now, I have started getting into problems that I can deal with at regular basis. I have started working (software development) on my PC to solve my client's problems.

    :D

  102. someone says:

    defragmentation and registry cleaning: DEFINITELY NOT! It does more damage than it does good – also the time taken to run a defrag is much more then you will ever get from the speed boost. Cleaning the registry does actually nothing. There are millions of keys in there – deleting some 1000 wont even give you a boost of 1 ms!

    Actually, dont use any "speeding up tools"! They wont bring any relevant benefits and will destroy your system in the means of long term usage. Giving you 1 sec fater loading times spanned over one hour is pretty much useless – dont you think? ;)

    Just tune the windows's inbuilt settings – no more! There are pretty neat tricks, you can do with a regedit ;) and actually most ppl (including "tune-up-tool-authors") dont even know them. You will have to google, as these are hardware dependend!

    @ the windows guy, competing against linux: You actually cannot beat linux with anything above win 2000. Not in security and not in performance. Believe me, I tried to beat some linux guys at university. It was no problem with win 2000, but i couldnt get win XP to perform as good as win 2000. Vista and win7 are total fail, when it comes to performance.

    @_khAttAm_ : wise words!

  103. Hulla says:

    Thanks for this article, now I can hopefully make my computer run faster! It's definitely going to take some time to go through all these performance tips though!

  104. John Citizen says:

    Try defragmenting your computer to make it gain a bit of speed. Free, no download requierd, it comes with all Windows computers (maybe with Mac, I'm not quite sure!)

  105. sandeep says:

    my pc is slow although i have "core 2 duo" processer.

  106. bees says:

    Wow. I didn't realize there were SO MANY IT professionals out there. You have to wonder, if these guys know everything about computer performance, then why are they searching how to make their computers faster and ultimately wind up on THIS page?? People amaze me. You are either part of the problem, or part of the solution. Thanks for writing this blog. It helped alot.

  107. Vsaket says:

    Thanks for the post. I am not too much into tech but face the problem of a slow computer. This will be helpful.

    Regards
    Saket

  108. stinky says:

    lots of good tips lots of bad ones as well…

    registry cleaners often do more harm than good. theyre just programs and dont have the human judgement as to whether to remove a key or not. they often use the date of last access as to decide whether to remove a key or not. if you know what you are doing its much better to do it by hand… though considering the number of entries in the registry… good luck fully cleaning it out lol. still a good thing to do though.

    bootvis has had a lot more benefits attributed to it than it actually grants. it can optimize boot time quickly initially but doesnt help much after that.

    prefetch… ill leave that alone everybody has complained about that tip enough :P

    the max connections per server is a VERY VERY good tip. i have a netbook that used to have very slow internet and can now easily stream video with a low connection strength on wireless g.

    working on services is hit and miss. most run in the background and dont use up much memory anyway and are more good than bad. but there are several memory hogs that arent really justified *coughindexingcough*

    if you have enough ram using largesystemcache can be good. once again hit and miss, it can be WORSE for some programs.

    for secondary ide channels in the device manager in the same menus where you enable dma, you have an option above about looking for ide devices. if you dont use ide devices a lot switch it to "none". you will of course have to enable it if you DO want to run an ide device. this can speed boot time slightly.

    in bios you can do 2 things even in a very basic bios like phoenix trustedcore… sigh… unfortunately i have that one… you can enable it to boot quickly and skip some basic tests. and you can also change the order of devices to boot from. normally it searches for external drives to boot from first. unless youre upgrading your bios from said external drives during this boot youre wasting time checking. speed up the boot by booting from your hard drive first.

    also for the virtual memory… well its not really virtual memory to be splitting hairs here. virtual memory is the memory that is made up of your physical memory AND your paging memory. what youre altering here is paging memory. yes good advice set it to the same size or windows will constantly resize it. adding to that its good to put your paging memory on a separate hard drive if youve got 2 or a separate partition.

  109. Beth says:

    Definitely the most comprehensive "Make Your Computer Faster" list I've seen so far. I bookmarked this.

  110. drreamsburnred says:

    *100 format hard drive
    *101 install ubuntu

  111. kmdennis says:

    I am sorry for commenting on this article so late but I just read it. If you go through the list, you will find that probably a half are just the same advice repeated with a slight variation. This is ridiculous and a waste of time. Take for example 18,3,19,54.

    Scan your system using antivirus.
    Scan your system using free antivirus.,
    Scan your system using something like McAfee, Avast, Avira, etc.
    Clean the system using a free antispyware.
    Scan using a freeware suvch as Malwarebytes, Antispyware etc,

    Shutdown unnecessary windows service,
    Shut down indexing.
    Shutdown some unneeded service.

    I mean just go over this list and I am sure it can be reduced to less than 30 and you would still not have missed any.

    For example, you have maybe 4 items referencing defrag. Defrag your your system. That would take care of 1: defrag prefetch, 2:defrag filesyste, 3:defrag registry, 4:defrag pagefile. I hope you see how frustrated this can get even when well intended.

  112. maja says:

    ok all of your work is blazingly helpful! thanks for the tips on speeding up my computer!

  113. Asif says:

    Amazing list, you covered everything. Surely need to give it a try. thanks.

  114. Shora says:

    thanks for sharing this article, it seems very interesting. Hopefully it speeds up my PC.

  115. Tobias says:

    Wipe out Windows in favor of Ubuntu to get a faster computer? Certainly never worked for me on any computer. XP and 7 both fly like birds (the latter pretty low though), and Ubuntu keeps slugging like a snail. Xubuntu is marginally better.

    However, I have no argument against… that Linux and Mac's might absolutely get an advantage over Windows a couple of months after install for the "average" non computer savvy user, who has generally little clue on how to avoid getting those five browser toolbars, two rootkits and ten trojans which all somehow managed to get by the resident antivirus in Windows.

  116. n.zada says:

    this is very useful for people who have slow PCs. Thanks a lot to whoever wrote this!

  117. Pandr says:

    Giving a non-IT professional simple tools like those above will teach them to keep their computer clean and give them some basic understanding of how adding garbage to thier machine affects system speed. I meet people everyday that are frustrated becuase they can literally take a shower while thier machine loads because they have never performed basic maintenance on machines they bought years ago. Teach a man to fish and he can feed his family for life, isn't that in like 99 different religious texts?

  118. pcExpert says:

    * Make sure you install and run only trusted 3d party software/application.

    * DO NOT download then install software if 1 or 2 people say 'it's good' etc. Compare the software with other software and read reviews/comment about the software you look at.

    * The important thing is, make sure you add "Assistant" to your pc. The "Assistant" will help your 30% of your job to take care of the pc. You may choose "Assistant" like Tuneup Utilities or etc to help you. Other "Assistant" on your computer are Antivirus, Antispyware, Firewall.

    * Do "spotcheck" to your pc once a week.

  119. Zin says:

    thnkzz…..the tips were useful for my pc!!

  120. Palla says:

    Nice tips for increasing speed.

  121. Chris Sanders says:

    Ive tried to install linux but i couldnt get it to install right so if anyone has any tips or hell even a guide on doing it please email me at joexminion@yahoo.com I.E i was trying to install ubuntu linux kernel. Thanks!

  122. ASHWIN says:

    Thanks, nice set of tricks for speeding up a PC

  123. Liam says:

    Thanks a lot for the great list of performance tips!

  124. T1na says:

    Binny V A …. Thank you for your tip – it worked immediately!!!! Now, I still have to try the 99 tips that were graciously compiled… to make my computer go faster. Now, if only I could I could figure out a way to: 1) not get (Program not responding) often and 2) sometimes when internet is loading a webpage that takes too long to open, I try to press "Stop", but it does not stop or let me go back or refresh or…

  125. Liam says:

    wow, yes, I applied just some of these methods and the difference is really big, even if I don't like to turn it on and off very often, now it does it really really fast.

  126. chefcolby says:

    one of the easiest programs i use to speed up my computer is tune up utilities. it does half of these things maybe more all by its self just install the trial and go through it and do everything.

  127. arturo74r says:

    This list does a good job of outlining several tips to increase performance. However, I agree some of this tips are useless and could cause problems. For all you linux/mac lovers groupies I can say that they are faster OS but they are not as great as people portrait them.

    The solution? there is not a clear one but I would advise updating to windows 7. Windows vista was a fail. However, the 64-bit version worked fine for me for a while but Windows 7 is an improved version of vista. Try to think of it like an improved XP with vista features and some more.

    Linux is great. I have used it and I love it. It is really fast but the software available for it is limited. What I find funny is all the linux and mac users commenting in a "99 ways to make your computer blazingly fast" site. If your linux or mac computer is so blazingly fast like you say, what the hell are you doing here??

    Mac is just plain nonsense. I mean the OS is nice and all but why would anybody spend twice as much in getting a underrated computer? And the software availabe for it is even more limited.

    Bottom line: If your computer is slow and should not be the best thing you can do is back up your data, reformat your hard drive and do a fresh install whether it's xp or win 7. I would recommend while you are at it make it a dual boot with ubuntu or gentoo linux and try it out. I'm sure you will love it, they are easy to use. You will find yourself using linux more often and using windows only when needed.

  128. crazybishal1 says:

    Hey, these tricks made my pc blazingly fast!!!!!!

  129. Mariana says:

    "If you don’t care about all the fancy visual effects in Windows, you can turn them off by going to Performance Options."

    I had a brand new Vista PC last year, and I think I did not spend a minute working on it without looking for the way to disable all those sweet graphics that were eating my resources!

    I did a quick format and went back to XP SP2 after a couple of weeks. :)

    PS:
    I see you recommend the Windows Disk Cleanup utility. Does it work with Vista?
    I'm pretty sure that it does not work with XP SP3, so I assumed I would not work with newer Windows versions.

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  131. Marin says:

    Get linux. I use the Ubuntu distro.. never had to do any of the things in this list. And, for those keeping windows because mico$hit says you can't play games on linux, well.. i play all my games on linux + wine and is working better than windows.

  132. pcExpert says:

    why were my comment cutted? Is it too long?

  133. mascarnhas says:

    I've used Report and although it's great. I've had better luck with WheresTheFreeSpace. It is modeled after a PC application that is very popular called Treesize (but it's for Mac).

  134. anonymous says:

    DO NOT use msconfig for anything other than troubleshooting. Why? There are a million websites that explain this. Use autoruns instead to manage startup. It's much more thorough as well.

    Also, cleaning the registry is a terrible idea as it does NOT speed up your computer at all, and it imposes huge risks.

    Please stop spreading bad information. Spend less time collecting data and more time verifying it!

  135. unquietwiki says:

    I've gone over some of this stuff in the past. Here's some updated tips I put together regarding file copying: I use TeraCopy as he suggests, but there's a few other things out there as well.

    unquietwiki.blogspot.com/2010/06/dealing-with-slow-or-problem-file.html

  136. Pablo says:

    So funny, why would all these Linux and Mac users be commenting on a Windows XP topic? Did we struggle to use the search engine correctly?

    As a list, it's good food for thought. Windows is the OS used by most companies despite your fanboyism, so why not share tips for making it faster. If I give an average user Linux, they'll be unproductive. The interface and lack of applications is the problem. Why would an average user that struggles to do anything, want something that makes that even more difficult? Companies don't deploy Linux to users because it's unproductive. It's getting better but we still have some way to go.

    Macs are easier to use but there is also a lack of business applications for them. I don't see people throwing out their Oracle applications and binning SAP or their CRM applications. Apple Macs have their use but have you ever tried to manage them? How do you deploy applications to 1,000 Apple Macs? How do you patch them and keep the anti-virus up-to-date? Have you ever had a Mac expert that can fix them when they go wrong? No, most Mac users have no technical knowledge which makes technical issues like pulling teeth.

    I hate Windows and would dearly love to put Mac OS or Linux into a corporate environment, but it just doesn't work, so, Windows is the best compromise. You keep worrying about your one PC here and there. I'll keep looking out for the companies with thousands of PCs.

  137. ashwin says:

    Thanx bro. Most of them really work. Cheers!!!

  138. Rick says:

    Hello, sir. Wow, what a list. It's very useful.

  139. rif says:

    Some of these are definitely good tips but really fall under the category of general computer maintenance.

    Some of these tips have no affect on performance, negatively affect performance, or increase the risk of causing damage to your computer.

    I highly doubt cleaning your registry is going to make any measurable difference in performance, and it may leave you with a dead computer. Moving certain folders around such as the My Documents folder is unlikely to make a difference either, unless the computer is nearly full.

    Updating the BIOS? Unless you need to fix a known problem or add some new functionality or hardware support, this is considered somewhat risky with no benefit to performance.

  140. kamal says:

    thank you for the awesome list! my computer is running a lot faster.

  141. cherryice10 says:

    thanks a bunch this helped me alot! I had 517 viruses I didnt know about! lol

  142. Keith says:

    Thanks, a couple of these maybe helped a tiny bit in speeding up my Celeron Eee PC, however far too many were filler or downright silly (even discounting the ones irrelevant just in my case because of an SSD and no pagefile), maybe try not setting a target of how many tips you want before writing next time.

    As for the people arguing over OS, they all have flaws you just have to find which has the flaws you can live with.

  143. Andrewfras says:

    I see that i need to start working on my pc. This was a great list of ways to speed up anyones pc.

    Plus to showed everyone for free that makes it even more great.

    THANKS MAN!!!!

  144. internet-man says:

    87 – Reformat your computer… this should be #1

    99 – Buy a new computer. So after you do all this you realize your computer is slow and you have to go and buy a new one. Please list the crucial steps first

  145. Stealth says:

    There is another thing you can try….

    Use portable applications (standalone applications) as much as possiblem.Make your most used applications portable and keep them in a folder.It would be nice to have that folder on another hard drive….

    .Every time you install a fresh Windows, you don't need to install all the applications again ….just simply run them from there.

    You will be surprised how many programs run perfectly if you copy them from one computer or another….

    A very small list

    Winamp Lite

    7Zip

    XNview

    Irfan View

    Opera

    Defraggler

    PaintStar

    ImageBurn and so on

    Using portable applications you won't overload the windows registry …and the opperating system will have more ressources available

  146. Christopher Grimes says:

    There is a program called Process Lasso which I have just recently installed. It limits the amount of resources the CPU dedicates to each program.

  147. pcgenius says:

    Let me tell u there are ways to speed up your pc performance:

    1) Defragement your drives(espicially C)

    2) Clean up yr disks to remove junk files

    3) Uninstall applications/softwares which u do not use

    4) If u have ram less than 512 MB buy ram

    5)Use better OS xp sp3 or better

    6)Remove services using "msconfig"

    **IF THAT STILL SLOWS YOUR PC BACKUP YOUR DATA AND FORMAT IT**

  148. none of your bees wa says:

    This page should have been named "99 ways to get "nerds" to argue and bring jerks out of the wood work"

    Hey, the list is made, its an excellent list for ways to speed up windows. As a person who came across this page looking for help, I found it. If you already know what you think to be everything about OS and PCs, then perhaps you should make your own page with your own lists instead of critiquing this guy's.

    For those of us that are trying to improve our computer like the title indicated, instead of trashing and replacing our OS or PC, this is very informative.

    So way to beat down the Samaritan, "experts". Too bad you can't find someone to belittle in the flesh! Maybe you should stop finger f*ing your USB ports and start living.

  149. Sreek says:

    Many thanks for compiling this list. I am not so computer literate, still it worked wonders for me.

  150. FiosFiend says:

    I have to agree with the folks that say "Get a Mac." I switched over to Mac 1 1/2 years ago and, with little to no maintenance, my Mac runs just as fast today as it did the day I got it. Those that say Linux is faster than Mac OS X are just wrong. I've got a Linux machine on a comparable platform to my Mac and it's not any faster. However, both are much faster than any windows machine I've ever used.

  151. MandylovesFasterPC says:

    I never imagined it could reach 99 ways to speed up your PC. I would like share 15 more which I've got from this site: speedypc.org

  152. Brett Widmann says:

    Noted! Great list of tips. Thanks for sharing.

  153. rcmichelle says:

    There are three main reasons that computer slows down: registry errors, spyware and adware, viruses. Actually, however, according to the statistics, 90% of computer problems are caused by computer registry, so it is important to constantly clean up your computer registry to ensure that your computer runs in a good condition.

    Now there are two good software programs on the Internet for this: Tuneup360 and Norton systemwork, but the latter one is a little bit difficult. For the beginners, Tuneup360 is a good choice.

  154. Hehe says:

    I just used step #99 it's way easier and obviously the best. =P Thanks for the post.

  155. buggsy2 says:

    The two best things you can do are hardware: add memory if you have 1GB or less, then install a 2nd drive and RAID0 the two of them.

    Don't clean or muck about with the registry.

    All the other suggestions probably won't hurt or help.

  156. garethgee says:

    I got 99 problems and the computer ain't one!

    I'm looking through this list and it's very useful – I'm using it to fix up a friend's slow, glitchy PC. Me, I got sick of all this stuff 3 years ago and got a Mac. Works a treat, no junk software, no need for tweaks, and now I'm a DJ, too!

    Seriously, I've spent the whole day dealing with this PC; why should I spend MY time fixing Microsoft's design flaws? Why should you?

  157. jolin says:

    Actually, recently I've found another way to speed up my poor PC, the software "Tuneup360". It’s very easy to handle and, of course, very powerful. My friends and I all use it now. Maybe you can have a try.

  158. Hey, these tricks made my pc amazingly fast. Thanks a much for this.

  159. byrd legs says:

    Thanks for this. Its very helpful. The best website I have seen on this topic. And probably the best I will see.

    Thanks!

  160. SR&ED says:

    Great write up!

  161. SRED says:

    Good job on this write up!

  162. Charlie says:

    Hey. I've been trying to speed up my girlfriends' vista laptop and a lot of these I think I shouldn't have a problem with doing. Also might be great to try these with my own not-much-better computer.

    Thanks for the tips and the advice. It is appreciated.

  163. Loz says:

    In mind a PC is just like a motorbike, in constant need of tuning and care to keep it from conking out on you. You never buy a car and expect it to run forever exactly the same, why should it be any different for today's computers?

  164. Micky says:

    That was great. Thanks for putting your time into all this info.

  165. ellie says:

    You forgot one more: Get a Mac.

  166. The Light says:

    I can save everyone a boatload of heartache. Just buy a Mac.

  167. Defragement your drives(espicially C).

    Clean up yr disks to remove junk files.

    Uninstall applications/softwares which u do not use.

    Those would make it faster.

  168. John says:

    Another way is to use Internet Cyclone that will optimize automatically and increases the internet speed.

    It can be downloaded from jordysoft.com/icyclone/internet-cyclone.aspx.

  169. danjjjjj says:

    This was great. Thanks for all of your hard work.

  170. Shah says:

    Hi.

    I have followed the above mentioned steps, but my problem hasn’t been solved. I'm using HP mini with Windows 7 Starter and 1 GB RAM.

    My problem is just the slow switching over multiple tabs in Firefox. Each time I go to another tab it takes a while (sluggish), or you can say the ‘click’ on the tab takes time to happen. The rest of Firefox is working perfectly in speed.

    Don’t know how to solve it. I followed all these steps and I'm still having the same problem.

    Second problem is how to stop the automatic ‘Get add-ons’ which can be seen in Tools>Add-ons>Get add-ons.

    Can anyone help, please?

  171. kalpesh jain says:

    All these tips are of no use because it's easy to reinstall windows whenever it gets slowed down.

  172. Derek says:

    I dumped Microsoft over 4 years ago and haven't looked back since installing Linux. Linux just works, and keeps working day in day out, week in week out. It never slows down. It's constant. My day job is providing tech support for Windows and experience that stretches right back to the very earliest 3.0 version to the very latest version 7 and everything in between. I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole for home use, but it's inherent weaknesses and security holes do pay my bills. ;¬) Talks spades, really, doesn't it.

  173. Kewl says:

    Or, just get a Mac or switch over to Linux.

  174. gpospiel says:

    I bought the book at mypcspeedpass.com and followed the steps. My computer's like brand new again.

  175. Stilly says:

    For all the j/offs saying to get a mac. Hey guess what, maybe we don't WANNA to get an overrated overpriced POS that only runs about 30% of the software out there. On top of that, maybe we don't WANNA pledge allegiance to Intel and Apple. Besides, SOME OF US have games that we play that are available on the PC that are NOT on other OSes. Now I am all for Linux from what I heard, but I dunno if my games can be played over on Linux. But at LEAST with Linux I can still run an AMD CPU. One day I will play with Linux, but until then, XP is a tried and true OS that I use and when it gets messed up, I fix it one way or another… I am waiting and I think it will be VERY soon that the Mac owners all get caught with their pants down and get infected. Why? Because of thier attitude that a mac does not get infections… Just wait. It will happen and no one deserves it more than Appleheads.

  176. tdiam says:

    Well, reading ALL these comments here, makes me forget everything I wanted to tell you. First of all, I use computers only for 1 year and 7 months, but since I "fell in love" with my Acer Aspire One netbook, I know some more things about computers from the average user. I have used Windows XP, Windows 7 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.04, Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Remix and Ubuntu 11.04. Now, I use only Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 11.04. I have to admit that Ubuntu is a bit faster than Windows XP and Windows 7, but it's less user-friendly than Windows.

    I mean, c'mon, when Ubuntu boots, it shows the code that is running in the background, while in Windows it just shows the boot screen. In Ubuntu sometimes to install a program, you may have to use sudo apt-get install blah-blah-blah…, while in Windows there are not "hidden" repositories, or .deb packages that install through the terminal. That's what I mean for not user-friendly Linux/Ubuntu and more. About performance, at my 1.33 GHz netbook, when playing a game in Wine (which, my opinion, should be pre-installed in Ubuntu), it's really s..l…o……w, as it is when playing even Flash games. That has made Windows speeds, look like "normal" speeds, so when I play games in Windows, it's "normal", I mean it's not sticky.

    As for those who say: re-format / buy new computer / Get Linux / Get Mac / Get iPhone etc. these are not tips to speed up your computer. If you don't know any tips, just don't post comments.

    There are definitely some tips/solutions that are missing, like:

    Disable the delete confirmation dialog from Recycling Bin and (why not) if you know what you are going to delete, enable immediate remove.

    These tips won't increase your computer speed, but will increase your productivity.

    As for the post, for me the tips are not something new, most of the programs referred are already on my computer, but this post is somehow reminding me of the things I need to do to have my computer in shape.

    @Aseem I think that as this post keeps taking visits everyday, you should continue answering/replying to the comments… Otherwise you are not a good website owner :)

  177. baidu says:

    Hi, I cant figure out how you can add your web page in my RSS feed reader. Can you tell me what Im doing wrong, please.

  178. wellivea1 says:

    Actually aero makes your pc faster by using your GPU instead of your CPU and thus having more CPU memory available !

  179. IT Rush says:

    Lots of important stuffs here, have to try the tips on how to make my FF load faster.. checking the steps now.

  180. mark clayson says:

    Pretty amazing list! Thanks – I am working my way through them!

  181. Jonas says:

    Or just buy a mac

  182. Eric Martin says:

    This is an awesome list. Included in "build a new computer" I'm guessing is add an SSD hard drive instead of a magnetic spinning one.

    The other item which I think could truly make any computer like sheer lightening compared to what it used to be is RAMDisk – this turns your ram into your hard drive and should maybe be #100. Let me know what you think, and thanks so much for the list.

  183. Computer Repairs says:

    Nice tips. Adding RAM WILL speed up your computer. However, you may want to increase your virtual memory. Go to control panel, system properties. Click advanced then performance settings and then click advanced again. You can adjust your virtual memory here.

  184. lorena says:

    I'll try to see if i can try some of these tips that dont involve downloading or purchasing more programs!! otherwise i would end up cleaning my compurter and clogging it with more programs at the same time :S :S

  185. dicktater says:

    I saw 99 reasons to dump Windoze.

    #100. Run Linux!

  186. God says:

    Retarded comment. Just… retarded. Will someone please send Gump here a clue?

  187. MeNoLikeMicrosoft says:

    Sure.And,an extensive one if i may help it :

    NOWAY HOSEY! C, …we just aint got no centuries available to install,reinstall and REcustomize tons of s/w just b/cause a freakin’GLITCH happens someplace,somewhere within the registry or GOD nkows, where else!! We just happen to have A LIFE too U know!! So just use a CrapClean prog all along with a SmartDefragger and u’re almost just as good as U were the First time U switched on that DAMN machine the first place!!!And lets not hear about switchin 2 Linux!I’ve been usin’ it since DAY 2 my friends being a Unix specialist and one thing im certain of,is i’d NEVER use it 4 any business tasks, as it’s continually messing things up with all the…freakin changes that take place every 6 months to a year , either be it user interface behavior, or just about every USABLE application u can imagine!! Leave alone the broken mess often ocurring,either on Debian aptitude based systems or rpm counterparts..A total nightmare and a worst loss of time relatively to ANY windows flavors i’ve encountered,and believe me,i’ve seen them ALL !!

  188. MeNoLikeMicrosoftBUT.. says:

    NO it doesnt.Compositin’ managers ALWAYS bare a heavier load on BOTH worlds,be it either using those extra scripts needed for the fancy GL blazin’ eyeCandy to increase runtime as high as 400% up(!) or by just the usin a lets say 5 yr old…”legacy” hardware VideoConroller(!!!) that just..costed A FORTUNE back then , as simple as that

  189. Volker says:

    a combination of several of the tips makes very well a difference! And especially #88 does a lot !!!

  190. colton kelsey says:

    you could also buy a dual-core or maybe a quad-core processor so the computer’s speed doesn’t bog down when it’s heavily processing things

  191. Nathan says:

    Actually he is correct. That’s exactly what PAE does. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Address_Ext

  192. DCE says:

    Thanks! bravo!

  193. Yash says:

    increase the ram cause 1 gb is too low…. a minimum of 2 or 3 GB is necessary!

  194. vishnu says:

    Thank you helpdeskgeek for great tips for optimizing windows xp. After implementing some of your tips performance of my pc has been significantly improved.

    Thank you once again.

  195. Kayman63 says:

    WOW! That’s a great list. I use Krojam Cleaner to keep my computer running fast. Thanks for compiling this.

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