Windows PC Tuning: Improve Response Time
Performance Tuning involves cleaning out old temporary files and cookies, de-fragmenting the hard drive, removing unwanted programs that make start-up time slow, and stopping unnecessary services that don't need to run.
Your Computer will boot up faster, open programs and files faster, have more hard drive space – if it's properly tuned.
This is not a comprehensive guide, but these tips can make a noticeable difference to the performance of your PC. See also the tips on Improving Disk Performance.
Improving Response Time: Registry Optimisation
There are many products that offer to optimise your registry – improve stability, repair errors, reduce boot time and improve PC performance.
Some of these products can be dangerous. The probability of an unusable PC is high. And there is seldom an improvement in computer performance.
CCleaner is an ideal tool for cleaning a Windows PC. CCleaner removes unused files from your system, cleans Internet history and the Registry. And best of all, it contains no Spyware or Adware. The Registry should be backed up before anything is changed – just in case.
Improving Response Time: Upgrading Memory
A memory upgrade is inexpensive and can make an appreciable difference if your computer is low on memory. To get advice on memory requirements, download the Memory scanner from www.crucial.com . The scanner will analyse the PCs memory and provide upgrade options.
Make sure that the Operating System can support the memory upgrade. For example, some of the older Windows Operating Systems will only use 2GB of memory, although 4GB can be installed.
For instructions on how to install the memory into a PC, follow these installation steps
Improving Response Time: Windows Services
Services are programs that run in the background. They slow down start-up and have a continual overhead. Some of these Services can be disabled without a problem. For a full list and explanation of the Services that can be disabled in Windows 7, see: www.optimizingpc.com
The disabled services can be enabled later if needed.
Windows Content Indexing
If you don't search your disk often or have multiple disks, then turn off the content indexing feature. To disable windows indexing:
- Click "My Computer"
- Click on C: and Click properties
- Remove check from "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties"
Improving Response Time: Windows 7 Aero Theme
The Aero user interface makes Windows 7 look fancy – but it can really slow down the system. To improve performance, Aero should be disabled.
- Right Click on the Desktop
- Select "Personalize"
- Select either Windows 7 Basic or Windows Classic.
Improving Response Time: Windows 7 Visual Effects
The Windows 7 Visual Effects need to be disabled to boost performance.
- Right click on "Computer" and select "Properties"
- Click on "Advanced System Settings"
- Select the "Advanced" tab on it
- Under "Performance", click on "Settings"
- Choose "Adjust for best performance"
You may have to restart the computer.
Improving Response Time: Windows 10 Tuning
After the shock of the new interface has receded, Windows 10 turns out to be a much improved version of Windows 7. There is no longer the need to eliminate the Aero Themes and the Visual Effects.
Make sure that the upgrade has not left any residual files. Then defragment all disk drives and to make sure, defragment the disk drives again.
If you are only using the desktop, remove all the icons except the desktop from the Metro interface.