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    Optimizing Your Computer Optimizing Your Computer Presentation Transcript

    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance A Presentation by Joel May
    • Why Bother?
      • Faster Operation
      • More Dependable Operation
      • Fewer Crashes
      • Understand Your Computer Better
    • First Do Essential Housekeeping
      • The following must be done regularly
        • Run up-to-date antivirus
        • Run up-to-date antispyware (two or more)
    • Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
    • Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point
    • Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point
    • Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point The Restore Point has been created
    • Use a System Restore Point Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
    • Use a System Restore Point
    • Use a System Restore Point
      • Your system will “think” for a while
      • Then it will reboot itself
      • Your system has been restored to its
      • previous state
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance
      • Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory
      • Optimize System Properties
      • Adjust Display Settings
      • Optimize the Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Additional “Geeky” Things to Do
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance
      • Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory
      • Optimize System Properties
      • Adjust Display Settings
      • Optimize the Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Additional “Geeky” Things to Do
    • Upgrade the Computer’s Memory
      • This is the easiest and most effective way of making your computer run better
      * Doubling these numbers is even better 1GB 512MB Windows Vista 256MB 64MB Windows ME/98 512MB 128MB Windows 2000 256MB 128MB Mac® OS X 512MB 128MB Windows XP ( Pro or Home ) Recommended* Minimum Operating System RAM Needed for the Operating System
    • Upgrade the Computer’s Memory
      • Additional memory is very inexpensive
      • You can install it yourself
      • Or you can take your computer to a local tech store and have them do it for you
      • I recently had my system upgraded from 1GB to 2GB at a local tech store for a total cost of $123 (parts $66; labor $50: tax $7)
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance
      • Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory
      • Optimize System Properties
      • Adjust Display Settings
      • Optimize the Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Additional “Geeky” Things to Do
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • Automatic Updates Settings
      • System Restore Settings
      • Recycle Bin Settings
      • Disable Error Reporting
    • Optimizing System Properties Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties Automatic Update Settings
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • Automatic Update Settings
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Automatic Updates
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • System Restore Settings
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • System Restore Settings
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > System Restore
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • System Restore Settings
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > System Restore
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • Recycle Bin Settings
      Right-click on Recycle Bin icon > Properties
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • Disable Error Reporting
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Advanced
    • Optimizing System Properties
      • Disable Error Reporting
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Advanced
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance
      • Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory
      • Optimize System Properties
      • Adjust Display Settings
      • Optimize the Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Additional “Geeky” Things to Do
    • Optimizing Display Settings
      • Clean Up Your Desktop
      • Screen Resolution and Color Quality
      • Turn Off Fancy Visual Effects
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Arrange Icons By > Name Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Arrange Icons By > Name Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Properties > Desktop Tab Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
    • Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Properties > Settings Screen Resolution and Color Quality
    • Optimizing Display Settings Screen Resolution and Color Quality
    • Adjusting Display Settings Turn off Fancy Visual Effects Start > Right-click My Computer > Properties
    • Adjusting Display Settings Turn off Fancy Visual Effects Start > Right-click My Computer > Properties > Advanced
    • Adjusting Display Settings Turn off Fancy Visual Effects
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance
      • Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory
      • Optimize System Properties
      • Adjust Display Settings
      • Optimize the Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Additional “Geeky” Things to Do
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Files
      • Remove Unused Programs
      • Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity
      • Keep Your Files in One Piece
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Files
      • Temporary Internet Files
      • Backup Files
      • Log Files
      • Downloaded Program Files
      • Files in the Recycle Bin
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Files
      Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Files
      Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Files
      Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Files
      Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Remove Unused Programs
      Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Remove Unused Programs
      Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties > Tools
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity
      • If you checked “Automatically fix file
      • errors,” you’ll see the following message:
      and the error check will be performed the next time you reboot
      • If you did not, the check will be performed
      • immediately and you will have to manually fix
      • any errors found.
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Keep Your Files in One Piece
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Keep Your Files in One Piece
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties
    • Optimizing Your Hard Drive
      • Keep Your Files in One Piece
      Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance
      • Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory
      • Optimize System Properties
      • Adjust Display Settings
      • Optimize the Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Additional “Geeky” Things to Do
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Disable Unneeded Startup Programs
      Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Disable Unneeded Startup Programs
      Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Disable Unneeded Services
      Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Disable Unneeded Services
      Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
    • Possibly Unnecessary Services Configures wireless 802.11 devices Wireless Zero Configuration Allows users to connect to the computer with remote desktop Terminal Services For remote connection to Registry Remote Registry To send text popup messages to computers on the network Messenger Creates a searchable database of hard drive Indexing Service To switch to other users on the same system without logging off Fast User Switching Reports failures of applications directly to Microsoft Error Reporting Service Keeps track of the other computers on your network Computer Browser
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed?
        • The Geeky way:
        • - Uncheck a program in the start-up list, restart your computer and see what happens.
        • - If nothing seems different, uncheck another one and restart again.
        • - If something goes wrong, restart your computer in safe mode (press F8 during startup), recheck the program in the start-up list, and uncheck a different one.
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed?
      • The Cerebral Way:
        • “ Google” each program and service name to see if others think that it can be safely removed
        • Read the how-to article at http://www.vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/startup.htm
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed?
      • The Easy Way:
        • Download WinPatrol at www.winpatrol.com
        • Install the free version and try it out
        • If you like it, pay $24.95 for the full version
        • including the ability to look up the purpose of
        • various start-up programs and services on the
        • Web
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • WinPatrol
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • WinPatrol
    • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • WinPatrol
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance
      • Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory
      • Optimize System Properties
      • Adjust Display Settings
      • Optimize the Hard Drive
      • Delete Unneeded Elements
      • Additional “Geeky” Things to Do
    • Additional Geeky Things To Do
      • Speed Up Boot and Startup
      http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1786122,00.asp http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1769080,00.asp http://www.vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/startup.htm
    • Additional Geeky Things To Do
      • Tweak the Windows System
      http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,570867,00.asp http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1566698,00.asp http://www.tweakxp.com/default.aspx http://www.winguides.com/registry/category.php/1/ http://theeldergeek.com/ http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm http://www.vlaurie.com/ewing/files/xpconfigure.htm
    • Additional Geeky Things To Do
      • Speed Up Internet Connection
      http://www.dslreports.com/tweaks http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/iedownloads10.vbs http://www.vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/dnscache.htm
    • Additional Geeky Things To Do
      • Speed Up Shutdown
      http://www.theeldergeek.com/shutdown_issues_in_xp.htm http://www.aumha.org/win4/a/shutdown.php
    • “ Want to make your computer go really fast? Throw it out a window." - anon. "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.“ - Mitch Ratliffe, Computer Consultant
    • Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance Joel May May, 2006 This topic is covered in detail at http://snipurl.com/optimize The End