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Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance A Presentation by Joel May
Why Bother? <ul><li>Faster Operation </li></ul><ul><li>More Dependable Operation </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer Crashes </li></ul...
First Do Essential Housekeeping <ul><li>The following must be done regularly  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Run up-to-date antivir...
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 <ul><li>Your system will “think” for a while </li></ul><ul><li>Then it will reboot itself </li>...
Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties...
Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties...
Upgrade the Computer’s Memory <ul><li>This is the easiest and most effective way of making your computer run better </li><...
Upgrade the Computer’s Memory <ul><li>Additional memory is very inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>You can install it yourself ...
Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties...
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Automatic Updates Settings </li></ul><ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul><ul><l...
Optimizing System Properties Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties Automatic Update Settings
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Automatic Update Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > ...
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Sy...
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Sy...
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Recycle Bin Settings </li></ul>Right-click on Recycle Bin icon > Properties
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Disable Error Reporting </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Ad...
Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Disable Error Reporting </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Ad...
Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties...
Optimizing Display Settings <ul><li>Clean Up Your Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Resolution and Color Quality </li></ul>...
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 <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files  </li></ul><ul><li>Remove Unused Programs  </li></ul><ul><li>Chec...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files  </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary Internet Files  </li></ul><ul><li>Ba...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files  </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Di...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files  </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Di...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files  </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Di...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files  </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Di...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Remove Unused Programs  </li></ul>Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Remove Unused Programs  </li></ul>Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity  </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity  </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity  </li></ul><ul><li>If you checked “Automatic...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Keep Your Files in One Piece </li></ul>
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Keep Your Files in One Piece </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Driv...
Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Keep Your Files in One Piece </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Driv...
Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties...
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Startup Programs  </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Startup Programs  </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Services </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Services </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
Possibly Unnecessary Services Configures wireless 802.11 devices  Wireless Zero Configuration  Allows users to connect to ...
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed? </li></ul><ul><li>The ...
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed? </li></ul><ul><li>The ...
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>WinPatrol </li></ul>
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>WinPatrol </li></ul>
Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>WinPatrol </li></ul>
Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties...
Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Speed Up Boot and Startup </li></ul>http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,17861...
Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Tweak the Windows System </li></ul>http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,570867,00.as...
Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Speed Up Internet Connection </li></ul>http://www.dslreports.com/tweaks  http://www....
Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Speed Up Shutdown </li></ul>http://www.theeldergeek.com/shutdown_issues_in_xp.htm  h...
“ Want to make your computer go really fast? Throw it out a window.&quot;  - anon.  &quot;A computer lets you make more mi...
Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance Joel May May, 2006 This topic is covered in detail at http://snipurl.com/optimize T...
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  1. 1. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance A Presentation by Joel May
  2. 2. Why Bother? <ul><li>Faster Operation </li></ul><ul><li>More Dependable Operation </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer Crashes </li></ul><ul><li>Understand Your Computer Better </li></ul>
  3. 3. First Do Essential Housekeeping <ul><li>The following must be done regularly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Run up-to-date antivirus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run up-to-date antispyware (two or more) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
  5. 5. Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point
  6. 6. Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point
  7. 7. Before You Start … Create a System Restore Point The Restore Point has been created
  8. 8. Use a System Restore Point Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
  9. 9. Use a System Restore Point
  10. 10. Use a System Restore Point <ul><li>Your system will “think” for a while </li></ul><ul><li>Then it will reboot itself </li></ul><ul><li>Your system has been restored to its </li></ul><ul><li>previous state </li></ul>
  11. 11. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust Display Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Delete Unneeded Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional “Geeky” Things to Do </li></ul>
  12. 12. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust Display Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Delete Unneeded Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional “Geeky” Things to Do </li></ul>
  13. 13. Upgrade the Computer’s Memory <ul><li>This is the easiest and most effective way of making your computer run better </li></ul>* 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
  14. 14. Upgrade the Computer’s Memory <ul><li>Additional memory is very inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>You can install it yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Or you can take your computer to a local tech store and have them do it for you </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust Display Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Delete Unneeded Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional “Geeky” Things to Do </li></ul>
  16. 16. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Automatic Updates Settings </li></ul><ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Bin Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Disable Error Reporting </li></ul>
  17. 17. Optimizing System Properties Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties Automatic Update Settings
  18. 18. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Automatic Update Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Automatic Updates
  19. 19. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties
  20. 20. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > System Restore
  21. 21. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>System Restore Settings </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > System Restore
  22. 22. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Recycle Bin Settings </li></ul>Right-click on Recycle Bin icon > Properties
  23. 23. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Disable Error Reporting </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Advanced
  24. 24. Optimizing System Properties <ul><li>Disable Error Reporting </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click > Properties > Advanced
  25. 25. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust Display Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Delete Unneeded Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional “Geeky” Things to Do </li></ul>
  26. 26. Optimizing Display Settings <ul><li>Clean Up Your Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Resolution and Color Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Turn Off Fancy Visual Effects </li></ul>
  27. 27. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  28. 28. Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Arrange Icons By > Name Clean up Your Desktop
  29. 29. Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Arrange Icons By > Name Clean up Your Desktop
  30. 30. Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Properties > Desktop Tab Clean up Your Desktop
  31. 31. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  32. 32. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  33. 33. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  34. 34. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  35. 35. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  36. 36. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  37. 37. Optimizing Display Settings Clean up Your Desktop
  38. 38. Optimizing Display Settings Right-click on the Desktop > Properties > Settings Screen Resolution and Color Quality
  39. 39. Optimizing Display Settings Screen Resolution and Color Quality
  40. 40. Adjusting Display Settings Turn off Fancy Visual Effects Start > Right-click My Computer > Properties
  41. 41. Adjusting Display Settings Turn off Fancy Visual Effects Start > Right-click My Computer > Properties > Advanced
  42. 42. Adjusting Display Settings Turn off Fancy Visual Effects
  43. 43. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust Display Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Delete Unneeded Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional “Geeky” Things to Do </li></ul>
  44. 44. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files </li></ul><ul><li>Remove Unused Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Your Files in One Piece </li></ul>
  45. 45. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary Internet Files </li></ul><ul><li>Backup Files </li></ul><ul><li>Log Files </li></ul><ul><li>Downloaded Program Files </li></ul><ul><li>Files in the Recycle Bin </li></ul>
  46. 46. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
  47. 47. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
  48. 48. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
  49. 49. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Delete Unneeded Files </li></ul>Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
  50. 50. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Remove Unused Programs </li></ul>Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
  51. 51. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Remove Unused Programs </li></ul>Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
  52. 52. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties
  53. 53. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties > Tools
  54. 54. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Check Disks for File and Surface Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>If you checked “Automatically fix file </li></ul><ul><li>errors,” you’ll see the following message: </li></ul>and the error check will be performed the next time you reboot <ul><li>If you did not, the check will be performed </li></ul><ul><li>immediately and you will have to manually fix </li></ul><ul><li>any errors found. </li></ul>
  55. 55. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Keep Your Files in One Piece </li></ul>
  56. 56. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Keep Your Files in One Piece </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties
  57. 57. Optimizing Your Hard Drive <ul><li>Keep Your Files in One Piece </li></ul>Start > My Computer > Right-Click on Chosen Drive > Properties
  58. 58. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust Display Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Delete Unneeded Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional “Geeky” Things to Do </li></ul>
  59. 59. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Startup Programs </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
  60. 60. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Startup Programs </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
  61. 61. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Services </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
  62. 62. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>Disable Unneeded Services </li></ul>Start > Run > type MSCONFIG > Click OK
  63. 63. 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
  64. 64. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Geeky way: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Uncheck a program in the start-up list, restart your computer and see what happens. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- If nothing seems different, uncheck another one and restart again. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- 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. </li></ul></ul>
  65. 65. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed? </li></ul><ul><li>The Cerebral Way: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Google” each program and service name to see if others think that it can be safely removed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the how-to article at http://www.vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/startup.htm </li></ul></ul>
  66. 66. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>How do you know which programs and services can be safely removed? </li></ul><ul><li>The Easy Way: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download WinPatrol at www.winpatrol.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Install the free version and try it out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you like it, pay $24.95 for the full version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>including the ability to look up the purpose of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>various start-up programs and services on the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web </li></ul></ul>
  67. 67. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>WinPatrol </li></ul>
  68. 68. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>WinPatrol </li></ul>
  69. 69. Delete Unneeded Elements <ul><li>WinPatrol </li></ul>
  70. 70. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance <ul><li>Upgrade Your Computer’s Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust Display Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the Hard Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Delete Unneeded Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional “Geeky” Things to Do </li></ul>
  71. 71. Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Speed Up Boot and Startup </li></ul>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
  72. 72. Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Tweak the Windows System </li></ul>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
  73. 73. Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Speed Up Internet Connection </li></ul>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
  74. 74. Additional Geeky Things To Do <ul><li>Speed Up Shutdown </li></ul>http://www.theeldergeek.com/shutdown_issues_in_xp.htm http://www.aumha.org/win4/a/shutdown.php
  75. 75. “ Want to make your computer go really fast? Throw it out a window.&quot; - anon. &quot;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
  76. 76. Optimizing Your Computer’s Performance Joel May May, 2006 This topic is covered in detail at http://snipurl.com/optimize The End

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