My Windows OS Performance is Slow
Obviously , it’s the most common problem for every Windows OS users have faced with.However users confronted with those scenario , might have already gathered better suggestions from web to speed/tweak their Windows OS. so this might be really a late post/article.However we discuss here to tackle the slow performance of Windows OS [Mainly based on Vista/7] and the online web resources available.
Before stepping up into any of the below suggestions , use the utilities from Microsoft Itself. Download Microsoft Fix it center .Rather speeding up your slow performing Windows OS, Fix it center roll back your system into usual/basic settings so by solving known system issues. Fix it Center finds and fixes many common PC and device problems automatically. It also helps prevent new problems by proactively checking for known issues and installing updates..
Another step to do primarily is do a Defragmantation Process for your OS [note: this is not to speed up performance but to adjust disk space efficiently]. You could either go for the built-in System Defragment Tool or third party tools like auslogics, Defraggler that does the job in better. Finally do a system check [chkdsk] and run built in registry repair tool SFCScan.exe].
Also one vital point here to consider is that always download the needed suggestions, fixes, drivers and updates from official websites of specific vendor/manufactures [like Lenova, Acer, Dell etc..] of your PC/Netbook.Hence by applying Fix it center options , Defragment, Systemcheck and SFCscan , now your system is ready for further look up issues like slow performance.
To begin with we could classify a slow running/performance of Windows OS in three categories. However start by visiting the official Microsoft Suggestion on Windows Speed up and for Windows 7 here . And before stepping into suggestions/changing any settings, visit the common myths discussed on next section.
- Slow Booting Process Here are the online articles that describe issues and suggestions for this scenario [Microsoft Fix it center suggestions also given ].
- Slow Login Process/Slow Start Up and Slow/Sluggish in Program Launch at work
- Slow Restart/shutdown
Also remember the basics like Use the latest device drivers, Keep your Windows up-to-date , cleanup Temporary folders , Install only necessary software’s, Try disabling unnecessary task scheduling processes , disable automatic defragmentation process [do it manually], apply Readyboost options. And finally You need to have trusted and reliable Anti-Virus software that is capable of defending your computer from all sorts of infections. The presence of Virus or any other infectious files will certainly slows your computer.
Common Myths on to speed up Windows Performance:
- The Prefetch Folder [Deleting entries in Prefetch improves Performance] : Here is the perfect explanation by Microsoft itself. . Also note that There’s also a limit of 128 files that can be stored in the prefetch folder at any point, and Windows cleans out the folder automatically, removing information for applications that haven’t been run as frequently. Not only that, but a well-written defrag utility will use the prefetch information to optimize the position of the files on the disk, speeding up access even further
- Disabling Windows services speed up the process : It does speed up /Free RAM/Resources by disabling unnecessary services , However You should be even more careful to not disable built-in Core Microsoft services in Windows .Only disable services that doesn’t affect Windows common tasks/functionality.Visit Windows Services that can be disabled
- Disabling Shadow Copy/System Restore Improves Performance: The reality is that System Restore only actually kicks in when you are installing updates or applications, or at pre-scheduled times in the day, and the automatic checkpoints will only happen when your computer is not being used.
- Clean, Defrag and Boost Your RAM With Memory Optimizer tools : Almost all of these products do the same things: they call a Windows API function that forces applications to write out their memory to the pagefile, or they allocate and then deallocate a ton of memory quickly so that Windows will be forced to page everything else. Both of the techniques make it appear that you’ve suddenly freed up memory, when in reality all you’ve done is trade in your blazing fast RAM for a much slower hard drive. Once you have to switch back to an application that has been moved to the pagefile, it’ll be so slow you’ll be likely to go all Office Space on your machine. Check out this article.
- Make Vista Use Multiple Cores to Speed Up Boot Time [launch MSCONFIG.EXE, clicked Boot > Advanced Options, checked “Number of processors” and set them to the highest available number, your system would begin to run more quickly.]: According to this tip, you were supposed to use MS Config to modify the “Number of processors” drop-down on the Boot tab. The problem is that this setting is only used for troubleshooting and debugging, to be able to determine if there is a problem with a single processor, or for a programmer to test their code against a single core while running on a multi-core system. Windows will use all your processors by default without this setting.
- Always unload DLLs: One common tips to speed up is to browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer, add a DWORD value called AlwaysUnloadDLL and set it to 1 then you can force Windows to remove the DLLs immediately, freeing up valuable resources.One immediate problem with this tip is that it’s really just turning off a caching system. If Windows keeps DLLs in RAM, then they’ll be immediately available for the next application that needs them. Disable this and they’ll have to be reloaded from your hard drive, so in some situations the tweak might slow you down. Visit MSDN.
- GoogleUpdate.exe is not an issue: A constant debate that GoogleUpdate.exe coming with Google products is a safe process that it doesn’t result in slow performance.However many experienced users across web suggests that when GoogleUpdate.exe is triggered , it resulted in 100% processor/CPU resource usage resulting hanging .Better is to delete this process or prevent it’s running and allowing it to run manually rather that automatic launch.Also check out for other Processes under Task Manager
- Third Party Windows TuneUp/Registry Tweak Utilities Does the Speedup: Never try to use a third-party Registry Tweak Utilities to speed up/optimize your Windows OS.One main reason is these softwares trigger down some valid registry entries affecting Windows Common features/services [Always as a registry cleaning/fixing utility CCleaner is the best]
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