Being myself Elliott Veares, I have had the chance to use a lot of computers over the years running anything between windows XP and Windows 7 what have been quite sluggish and unresponsive, especially when first starting up. Therefor I am going to give some simple tips and solutions that can bring a computers speed up to a tolerable level. I shall share my advice and tips bellow.
Tip 1) Defragment your computer at least every six months, if not even more frequently. This will give you more usable space on your hard drive by defragmenting the fragmented files across your storage device. Files naturally become fragmented over time as you Modify, Move or delete files. You may also notice you can find files & folders faster.
Tip 2) Often computers have or come with many pieces of software installed on them which load up automatically with Windows; you can make your computer load up faster by only selecting the programs and applications that you want to automatically load with Windows. You can do this by typing “msconfig” in “Run” on Windows XP or in the search bar on Widows Vista and Windows 7.
Then by going to the “Startup” tab in the system configuration (Which you have just opened), you can then uncheck the programs and apps that you don’t want to automatically start up with Windows. WARNING, don’t disable your Antivirus!
Tip 3) As you use your hard drive over time, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors can slow down your hard disk performance and even sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans hard drives for bad sectors, and for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.
To run the error checking utility; first close all programs that are open, then go to My Computer and right click the Hard Disc Drive you want to search for bad sectors followed by clicking the Tools Tab once the properties dialogue box has opened, followed by clicking the Check Now button. In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start. If bad sectors are found, chose to fix them.
Tip 4) Uninstall Programs/Applications which you no longer need or frequently use. Do this because unused and unwanted programs can clutter your system and take up valuable space. Also make sure your drivers are all up to date and perform a full virus scan regularly.
More help can be found here: http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-xp-tips/99-ways-to-make-your-computer-blazingly-fast/
Yours sincerely – Elliott Veares
Originally posted: 14/08/2010