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Speed Up Your Computer - Step Five

defrag-computer 

Before you defrag your computer there are a number of steps you must take first. Read this entire procedure before you use the defrag utility.

The Windows operating system places files and programs on a hard drive where there is space; one file will not necessarily be located in one physical place. Over time, a hard drive can become fragmented with hundreds of files broken up in many locations across the drive. Ultimately, this can slow down a computer’s response time because it takes longer for it to access information. That's why using a defrag program can play an important role in speeding up your computer

The process of defragmentation places all parts of a file together in the same place on the drive. It organizes all directories and files according to how you use your computer. After this process is complete, your computer will most likely run faster.

To begin this process, perform the following steps:

  1. Make sure your work is backed up to another media – copy or backup all work files, photos, email, etc., to another hard drive, CDROM, DVD or other type of media.
  2. Make sure the hard drive is healthy – use CHKDSK to scan and fix the drive.
  3. Close programs currently open – including virus scanners and other programs that have icons in the system tray (right hand side of the task bar)
  4. Assure your computer has a constant source of power – The important thing is to be able to stop the defragmentation process, if there is a power outage. If you have frequent power brown outs or other outages, you should not use a defragmentation program without a battery backup. Note: If your computer does shut off while defragmenting, it may crash the hard drive or corrupt the operating system, or both.

 

Defragment Your Hard Drive

To defragment your computer, follow the step-by-step instructions in this tutorial.

 Step One  |  Step Two  |  Step Three

 

 


 




 

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Speed Up Your Computer - Step Four

 

 

Disable Search Indexing

 

In order to speed up the search process, the search indexing service scans through the files and folders on the Windows system and records information about them in an index file. But it also consumes some resources of the system, so for the users with a slow computer it is beneficial to turn off search indexing. Go through the following simple steps to disable search indexing.

For Windows 7

For Vista

For XP

 


 

Window 7

 

First of all click Start, type services.msc and press Enter.


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This will open Services dialogue box.

 

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Now locate the Windows Search service in the list of services, right click it and choose  Properties.

 

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In the startup type drop down box, choose the Disabled option.


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Click the Apply button, reboot your computer and thats it, Search Indexing has been disabled. Enjoy!

 

 


 


Vista

 

This method effectively stops and disables all search indexing processes

 

  1. Click on Start button, then select Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Administrative Tools, and double click on Services applet. Alternatively, simply type “Services” (without quotes) in Start Search box.
  2. If User Account Control asks for permission, click Continue.
  3. Locate an service named Windows Search. Right click on Windows Search, and then select Properties on contextual menu.

 

 

Vista Search Indexing disable

 

  1. Click on Stop button to stop the indexing service immediately.
  2. On the Startup Type dropdown box, select Disabled.
  3. Click on OK button.

To re-enable the Windows Seearch, simply change back the Startup Type.

 

Disable Indexing on Drives

This method allows users to selectively disable indexing on certain drives which rarely used or searched. However, it may take a long time to apply new attributes to all files, folders and sub-folders to exclude them from indexing.

  1. Open Windows Explorer from Accessories.
  2. Right click on the drive (or drive letter) that you want to turn off the indexing.
  3. Select Properties on the contextual menu.
  4. Unselect (untick) the Index this drive for faster searchingoption.

 

 

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  1. Click Apply or OK button.

To re-include the drive, simply select the option again.

Indexing Options Remove or Exclude Indexed Locations in Control Panel

 


 


XP

 

Turn off indexing on particular hard disk drive

  1. Open up “My Computer”. Or open “Windows Explorer” and then expand Computer tree.
  2. Right click on the hard drive to disable indexing (i.e (C:) drive letter).
  3. Select Properties on the contextual menu.
  4. Click on General tab if it’s not already selected.
  5. Untick (unselect) the check box for Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching option.
  6. Click OK, and wait for the index removal process to complete, which may take a few minutes.
  7. Repeat the steps for other hard drives if applicable.

 

Disable the Indexing Service in Windows XP

 

  1. Open “Control Panel”, select “Administrator Tools”, and open Services applet. Alternatively, type services.msc in the Rn text box from Start menu, and then hit Enter.
  2. Scroll down and locate Indexing Service service, and then double click on it.
  3. Click on Stop button to immediately stop the indexing service if the service status shows “Running.
  4. Under the “Startup Type”, select Disabled to permanently disable the indexing service so that it won’t run again.
  5. Click OK.

 

 


 

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Speed Up Your Computer - Step Three

3. Remove unwanted programs

Are you one of those people that constantly download programs and install them onto your computer? Every software program you have on your computer is taking up space. It is not only taking up space, but it might also be checking for updates and connecting to the Internet. It also might be starting up when your computer starts up. There are so many good reasons why you should remove unwanted programs.

 

New computer users commonly seem to think that to uninstall a program, you simply dump it in the recycle bin. Well this only gets rid of the desktop shortcut, not the actual program. Even if you go into Program files to the  folder where the program is and delete that, there will always be more files scattered in other places.

To delete a program entirely from your computer follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel from the start menu
  2. Double click on Add or Remove Programs
  3. Choose which program you want to uninstall
  4. Press Remove

 

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Remove a program in Windows Vista
  1. Go to the start menu and choose the control panel
  2. Double Click on Programs and Features
  3. From the list, choose the program that you want to remove
  4. Then press the uninstall button
  5. You will be asked to confirm your choice

 

When removing a program from Windows XP you need to go to the control panel and choose Add or Remove programs instead of the Programs and Features listed above for Windows Vista.

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Speed Up Your Computer - Step Two

Junk cleaner 

2. Clear out the junk

Sometimes just doing some basic housekeeping can have a positive, if small, effect on PC performance. It is easy to manually clear out your browser's cache and delete temporary files, but using a free application like CCleaner (Windows) or OnyX (Mac OS X) automates the entire process and finds files (and registry entries in Windows) that you might otherwise miss.

Similarly, you should uninstall any applications you haven't used in over six months as well as back up and delete any files or documents that you won't need in the foreseeable future. Uninstalling an application on a Mac is as simple as dragging it from the Applications folder to the Trash Bin, but this method often leaves other files behind. AppZapper will remove all traces of a piece of software from your Mac. It costs $12.95, but is worth the investment.

Cleaning icons off your desktop can also improve performance, especially on OS X, since each icon eats up precious system resources. Any files sitting on your desktop should be moved to folders, such as My Documents. And deleting shortcuts and links is as simple as selecting the icon and hitting the delete key. This goes for all operating systems. Once you're done cleaning up your system follow our next tip.

 

 


 

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Speed Up Your Computer - Step One

1. Shut off unneeded services and start-up programs


You might not even realize it, but when you first log onto your PC, dozens of programs and services -- most of which you don't need -- start up automatically. Some rear their ugly heads in the system tray (that little collection of icons next to the clock in Windows), but others run quietly in the background, with you none the wiser.

Now, don't get scared. These instructions will probably take you to corners of your operating system (OS) you haven't seen before. But follow our instructions for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and you should notice slightly quicker performance and, potentially, much faster boot times.

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Windows:

  • In XP select Run from the Start menu, under Vista you can hit the Windows key and "r" at the same time to bring up the Run dialog.
  • Run  msconfig.
  • Select the Services tab.
  • You can safely uncheck the following services: Fast User Switching (if you only have one account on the PC), Indexing Service, Remote Registry, Smart Card, Telephony, Computer Browser (unless you have a home network), Messenger, Net Logon, Telnet, Terminal Services, NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing, Remote Desktop Help Session Manager, Uninterpretable Power Supply.
  • Now navigate to the Startup tab.
  • Uncheck any applications that don't need to be running the minute you startup your computer -- like AIM, iTunes Helper, and QT Task. But leave the antivirus.

 


Mac:

  • You can control what applications start with OS X by going to System Preferences, Accounts, and opening LoginItems.
  • Here, turn off any application that you absolutely don't need the moment you turn on your computer, like iChat and Skype.
  • Remove any widgets from Dashboard that you don't use, or remove them all and disable Dashboard entirely.
  • To disable Dashboard open the Terminal by going to Applications, then Utilities.
  • Enter the following, 'defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES' hit enter.
  • Then type, 'killall Dock' and hit enter to restart Dock without Dashboard enabled.
  • Dashboard can also be disabled with a free application called TinkerTool.
  • You can turn off unused networking services by opening Sharing, under System Preferences.
  • Make sure any services you don't need are unchecked: Windows Sharing, FTP Access, Apple Remote Desktop. As a bonus, this will also make your Mac safer.

 


Linux:

 

  • Under a standard Ubuntu desktop go to the System menu on the top bar.
  • Go to Administration, then Services.
  • You can safely uncheck Braille display management.
  • If you use a webmail service like Gmail instead of a desktop app you can uncheck Mail Agent, and, unless you have and need your Bluetooth device, you can uncheck Bluetooth Device Management.
  • To disable start up programs drop down the System menu again.
  • Go to Preferences and open Sessions.
  • Here uncheck things you don't need or use, like Bluetooth, Evolution Alarm Notifier, and Remote Desktop. Make sure not to uncheck things like Window Manager.

 


 

 

 

 

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