Speed-up Windows processing time
If your Windows Vista operating system isn’t running as quickly as you’d like, there are some housecleaning tips you can use to clear away the debris.
Why Windows Slows Down
Over time and normal computer use bits of data accumulate on the computer’s registry – a buildup of this information will cause a reduction in Windows processing speed. Microsoft includes a utility to defragment and delete unneeded code with your operating system.
Follow these steps to run the Windows tool.
1. Open the tool by clicking Start, then All Programs
2. Choose Accessories, then System Tools, and then Disk Defragmenter
3. If you are asked for an administrative password, enter it now or press Enter
4. Click Defragment Now
5. Depending on the amount of data on your hard disk, the Defragmenter can take a few minutes or a few hours to run. You can keep using your computer for other things, then restart it when the process is finished
Cleaning Up the Hard Disk in Windows Vista
Windows Vista is also built with a Disk Cleanup tool that you can use to remove old and unnecessary files from your system. Cleaning up the amount of data you have saved reduces the stress on the computer processor and increases processing time. This tool will let you delete temporary files, empty your Recycle bin and get rid of other files you don’t need.
1. Click Start, then All Programs
2. Choose Accessories, and then System Tools
3. Select Disk Cleanup
4. In this Cleanup dialog box, click to choose if you want to clean the entire computer or only files related to your user account.
5. If prompted for an Administrative password, enter it or press Enter
6. If the Drive Selection box opens, choose the hard drive C:
7. Next, click to check the files that you want to delete, click OK
8. Click Delete Files
Cleaning your Drive, All or Some
If you choose to delete files from the entire computer in step 4, you can use the More Options tab to clear even more disk space using two other methods.
1. Choose Programs and Features – this will open a list of all your programs. Click to select programs you no longer want and then choose Uninstall
2. Choose System and Restore Copies – use this tool to remove all but the most recent restore point – this will remove earlier disk copies and save only the most recent
Run Only Necessary Programs
It is also a good idea to reduce the number of open programs you have running. The more there is to do, the more time it will take the computer to do it. Keeping open programs limited to the things that you are using will increase the processing speed.
Visual Effects Consume Precious Computer Resources Too
If you really want to boost processing time, you can disable your Windows visual effects. The results will make your computer a little less beautiful to use, but will save a lot of processing energy.
1. Click Start, then Control Panel
2. Choose System and Maintenance, then Performance Information and Tools
3. Select Adjust Visual Effects
4. If asked for a password, enter it now or press Enter
5. Choose the Visual Effects tan
a. To disable as many visual effects as possible choose Adjust for Best Performance
To limit visuals without disabling everything, choose Let Windows Choose What’s Best for My Computer
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