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PostSubject: Tips for speeding up your computer   Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:49 am

Hello everyone. I'm going to let you in on a few tips that should hopefully help speed up the responsiveness and speed of your system. What's required for these to work? Just follow the guide!

Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista/7
-JK Defrag (or another lightweight defragmenter) http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/JkDefrag-3.36.zip
-Ccleaner http://www.piriform.com/

Disclaimer: If you are using an SSD (Solid State Drive) for your main hard drive, DO NOT use the defragmenter. This will only hinder your computer's performance, and cause damage to the drive. (Seeing as how it's taking away from your limited read/write cycles. If you own an SSD, there is an alternate guide for defragmenting your computer available at the bottom.

First, we'll start by downloading CCleaner and JK Defrag. Extract JK Defrag to a folder on your Desktop, and install CCleaner. We'll set those aside, and we'll do the following first:

For the first part, we'll do the following: press the windows key + r, and when the box comes up, type in "msconfig". What we want to do here is simple. We'll turn off many of your startup processes, and allow your computer to boot up faster. Go to the Startup tab, and read the information in the Startup Item column. If it's something you don't use, disable it. This should not include your antivirus. It's ok to leave one or two enabled though. When you're done, click on apply.






VISTA/7 USERS: You can also turn off your UAC (as this also takes up performance). Go to the Tools tab ---> Change UAC settings, and turn it to off. Click OK, and apply. You may reboot now, or after the end of the tutorial.



Second, we will now open up CCleaner. Newer versions of CCleaner allow it to detect pages you visit frequently, and you can run the cleaner without wiping cookies and stuff from sites you visit. Let the cleaner analyze, and check the options on the left, just to make sure you don't want to lose something, then run the cleaner.







Next we'll head into Tools, and get rid of various things like Toolbars and programs you don't use.



When you're finished uninstalling programs, you can go into the Registry tab, and run the registry cleaner. It's always advised to save registry files into an empty directory in the default location. This will fix errors present in your registry, but only in versions newer than Win2k. Once done, you should reboot your computer.









Lastly, you will use JKDefrag to defragment your hard drive. Also available on his website is MyDefrag, which is great for users that run SSD based systems, and allows you to customize when what drives get defragmented. At this point, it's best to let the scan run its course before you do anything with your computer, however, if you want to use your computer at the same time, you may do so. When you click on the executable, it should run automatically.

I hope this has been an in-depth tutorial, and it has sped up your computer somewhat. Remember, older computers won't amount to what they used to, so if it's still slow, you might want to think about upgrading your computer. Laptops are just slow by default, and usually don't contain a video card for playing games. (Such as Minecraft).
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for speeding up your computer   Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:10 am

yea i've used that technique and it works quite well, btw your last sentence "Laptops are just slow by default, and usually don't contain a video card for playing games. (Such as Minecraft)." most laptops i looked at before i got mine had good video cards and tbh for minecraft you don't need a good graphics card lol. I use a laptop and I can play pretty much any game
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for speeding up your computer   Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:11 pm

Here's something I use to increase RAM:
Game Booster by Iobit
I guess it's kind of the same thing as going to Windows Configuration, but it automatically turns off unnecessary processes to defragment RAM and increase gameplay speed. But you might want to customize what it shuts down a little, for example, it shuts off Automatic Updates defaultly and want that, so I uncheck it. But honestly, you can still pretty much use your computer normally with those things shut down, as it's mainly background stuff that doesn't have to do with what your doing. You can also analyze a game's (or any program's) files and it will defragment the files if you so choose. It also shows on the side your CPU usage, RAM, and page file usage. There's some other things but i won't describe everything.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for speeding up your computer   Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:31 pm

I also use a labtop for everything. Seeing mine is new as of last June and its Window 7, I think mine runs at ok speed. I will admit that I had a windows xp computer before this and it was terribly slow and I had gotten that 2 years ago(new). I would say it depends what kind the labtop is, like windows xp labtops are known to be slow. My sister has one thats like 5 years old and I literally want to commit suicide when I use it with her xD

Anyways WOW link thats a lot of cool info. I had no idea that programs can actually speed things up. At first i always thought it wasnt true because when I bought my phone about 4 months ago, they told me I shouldnt download any battery life saver app that stops whatever backround tasks your phone is doing and whatnot to save your battery power, when it actually kills it. I had thought it would have been the same for computers but apparently not Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Tips for speeding up your computer   Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:19 pm

Nice tutorial, very handy for the none tech-savvy people here Razz (I already use CCleaner Razz )

@Mac - Looks useful, since I use mah laptop for most things then this could help some of the games run faster, especially Euopa, which seems to takes an age to finish a year on mah later saves *crosses fingers*

@Road - Same here, i can even run TESIV: Oblivion on here Awesome but that's not gonna stop me getting a brand new desktop later in the year for Skyrim Razz

@Ari - XP's not slow, it beats the crap outta Vista Smile , that's just cos computers get that much better so quickly so older laptops will seem slower compared to new ones - especially if there running newer programs and/or are full.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for speeding up your computer   Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:23 pm

Heh, yeah, I know some laptops are great for many things, but I see a lot of them that fail to play anything efficiently, that's why I said that at the bottom of my post. As far as gamebooster goes, it can be handy to use, but I tend to fully spec my system by default, and I cover more ground than it does by disabling a few services that run in the background. Razz Thanks for the heads up though. I think I'll include a new section to this soon.
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