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  1. 1. 1-Click-fixNo matter how you look at it, a PC never feels fast enough, and when it comes to Vista’everything seems to take too long.Copying files, searching for documents, connecting to a wireless network and waiting forit to start are all frustrating.The good news is that weve got a stonking selection of speed tips, tricks and tweaks foryou.Whether youre using a desktop or a laptop, here are some handy tweaks you can make,services you can turn off and much more to help you get things done faster.1. Clean out old filesIn Performance Information... click Open Disk Cleanup to delete redundant files. Thenclick Start, enter defrag in the search box and press Enter, click Defragment Now, andwait while your hard drive is optimised.3. Disable unused devicesClick Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Device Manager, right-clickhardware you dont need - an unused network adapter? - and select Disable. However,disable the wrong thing and your PC wont reboot, so if in doubt, leave it.4. Disable unwanted servicesType Services in the Search box and press Enter to see whats marked as Started andrunning on your PC. Services you may not need that start anyway include the DistributedLink Tracking Client (which maintains NTFS file links over a network) and the TabletPC Input Service (unless youre using a Tablet PC). Double-click a redundant service, setits Startup type to Disabled, and it wont be relaunched when you next boot. Again, someservices are vital to your system, and disabling them will stop it from booting altogether.Take advice from sites like Black Viper, and if youre in doubt about something, leave itrunning.5. Troubleshoot long boot timesIf your PC is up to date, but youre suffering really slow boot times (over three minutes)then there could be a hardware or driver issue. Try removing everything apart from yourmonitor, keyboard and mouse. Or if youre currently unplugged from your network,reconnect and see what happens.6. Check for errors in the Event ViewerFind clues in the Event Viewer (type eventvwr in the Search box and press Enter).Expand the Windows Logs part of the tree and browse the Applications and System logs.Scroll down to the last time you booted and look for error messages that might explainwhy your PC is performing poorly.Take a look at all those icons in your system tray. For every essential item like yourantivirus program, there will be something else, like QuickTime, which probably doesntneed to be there at all. Right-click or double-click that icon, look for ways you can tellthe program not to load, and benefit from a little extra speed.8. Check running tasksSome background programs will run anyway, and could be tying up more memory orprocessor time than you realise. To find out, right-click the taskbar, select Task Manager> Processes. Now just watch for a while. Assuming youve sorted by CPU use, youll nowsee background processes pop up as they run. If you spot something you dont recognise
  2. 2. thats taking up 10 per cent or more CPU time, right-click it and select Properties to findout more. Once youve discovered which program owns this process, check thedocumentation to find out if you really need to run it.10. Trim the fat with AutorunsEvery program that starts up with your PC extends the boot time. Some programs areessential, but others arent. Trim them back with free program Autoruns. Autoruns has awhole series of tabs - each of these display start-up programs according to their category.Switch to the Logon tab. Before you remove anything, right-click on it and choose SearchOnline to find out more. Once youve been able to verify that a disabled entry isntimportant, you can opt to remove it completely - to do so, right-click and choose Delete.Click Yes when prompted. This action should prevent future memory loss.11. Update your driversIf you are experiencing any kind of performance issues, checking youre running thelatest drivers should always be one of your first ports of call. The drivers provide the linkbetween the hardware inside your PC and what you experience, and companiesconstantly update them to iron out bugs and optimise performance. Search themanufacturers web site for the latest editions of your drivers.12. Tweak advanced settingsEven if theres no new driver for a device, you may still be able to squeeze more speedout of it. Click Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Device Manager, then expandthe Network Adapters section, right-click an adapter and select Properties > Advanced.Youll probably find all kinds of settings that arent available anywhere else, and its muchthe same for any device with an Advanced tab.14. Turn off legacy supportLaunch REGEDIT, and browse toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMcurrentcontrolsetControlfilesystem. Setntfsdisable8dot3namecreation to 1 and it wont create DOS-style shortened versions offile names; setting ntfsdisablelastaccessupdate means Windows wont update the LastAccessed date on a folder when you view it. Both tweaks will help improve driveperformance a little, but could break old software.15. Get more speed from your SATA drivesYou can squeeze a little extra performance from a SATA drive by going to Control Panel> Performance and Maintenance > System > Device Manager > Hard Drives, then right-clicking your drive, selecting Policies and checking Enable Advanced Performance.Beware: Microsoft says this increases the chance of data loss if the drive loses power.Only do this if you have backup like a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) or are willingto take the risk.17. Give ReadyBoost a goSlower PCs may benefit marginally from using a USB drive as a ReadyBoost drive - butits no substitute for adding more RAM. Before you start you need to make sure yourUSB memory card is up to the job. Youll need a minimum of 256MB storage and amaximum of 4GB, and it needs to be capable of specific speeds: 2.5MB per second forrandom reads and 1.75MB per second for random writes. ReadyBoost will test yourmemory when you first plug it in and, if its not up to scratch, ReadyBoost will refuse touse it.
  3. 3. 21. Save time with Scheduled TasksIf your PC is left on overnight or when youre not using it, you can schedule commontasks to occur while youre away from your desk. Go to Start Search, type in TaskScheduler and hit Enter. Once the Scheduler is open, select tasks and edit the time theyshould occur and how long theyll last, along with other options. The tasks youllprobably want to run most often are Disk Defragmenter and System Restore.23. Optimise the registry the easy wayCleaning the registry used to come with all sorts of problems, and doing so can be a goodway to send your PC to an early grave. Instead, try defragging the registry, which worksmuch the same way as it does with hard drives. You can download a registry defrag toolfrom Trace Windows servicesBrowse Task Manager on any PC and youll see the same name: svchost.exe. Each copyof this runs Windows services, some of which can be turned off to save RAM. Find thesvchost.exe copy using the most memory, right-click it and select Go to Service(s).Check Black Viper to see what can be safely disabled.25. Optimise SuperFetchThe SuperFetch settings in Windows Vista are designed to maximise performance, andTweak VI (available to download from Totalidea Software) has a section dedicated tooccasionally clearing the logs to tidy things up and optimise it. To access this, selectSystem Information and Tweaks > Hard drive information... Switch to the Prefetcher andSuperFetch optimisation tab and follow the instructions that are presented.26. Turn off automatic defragmentationYour PC slows down while the Defragmenter is running, so you might prefer to set it torun manually - turn off scheduling by unticking Run on a Schedule (recommended).Alternatively, pick a time when youre away from your PC - your lunch hour may begood, so it doesnt interfere with your work.28. Remove external drives quicklyThe Remove Drive Safely gadget sits quietly in your Windows Sidebar and lets youdisconnect your USB, SATA and eSATA drives with just a click of your mouse, and itrecognises any new drives you plug in as well. You can quickly disconnect single ormultiple drives, and because it sits on your Sidebar, its immediately accessible.Download the gadget from Windows Live Gallery, or click the plus sign on the Sidebarand choose Get more gadgets online.29. Disable network printer searchIf youre on a network, but not sharing any printers, then speed things up by disabling thenetwork printer search. Open the Network and Sharing Center, then under PrinterSharing, click the down arrow and select Turn off printer sharing before clicking Apply.30. Close any program faster than everPeople have been using this great trick for ages now: to close anything from an InternetExplorer browser window to Windows Media Player faster than youre able to with yourmouse, just hold down the Alt key on your keyboard, and then press F4. It might take a
  4. 4. while to get used to this shortcut, but once youre accustomed, youll be navigating roundyour PC faster than ever before.31. Quickly gain elevated rightsPress the Windows key to launch the Start menu and type in the program youre lookingfor - press Ctrl and Shift and Enter followed by Alt and C and youll launch it with fulladministrator rights without having to click once.32. Rename groups of files quickly and easilyWhen youve got a huge amount of files youd like to rename, instead of having to alterthem one by one, you can rename them all in just a few clicks. Hold Ctrl and left-clickeach file, or left-click and drag to select all the files you want. Then press F2, type in acommon name to use for all the files, press Enter and all the files will automatically begiven the same name, with the exception of a number at the end.33. File things quicklyWant to quickly fling files into their correct folders? Download the free Magic FolderGadget from - this creates a virtual folder into which you dragfiles. You can dump them all in a single folder, or set it up to move them to a specificlocation based on their file type. Alternatively, you can download The Magic Foldergadget for your Windows Sidebar, whereby you can drag files onto it and it willautomatically move them to the right folder.34. Use the Send To functionType %APPDATA%MicrosoftWindowssendto into the Start > Run box or Address barto open your personal sendto folder. Drag a program shortcut into here (hold down Ctrl asyou drag to ensure its copied rather than moved) and you can open a file in that programsimply by right-clicking on the file and choosing Send to > Program name. This is perfectif, for example, you have a number of different image-editing tools installed on your PCand you need to choose a different one to the default.35. Find more problemsThe Performance Monitor can tell you which applications are using your processor,memory, hard drive and network, but youll need to use other tools to do something aboutit. Type Performance Monitor into Start Search.Read more: more: Roll back to a faster, happier timeSystem Restore enables you to roll back Windows Vista to an earlier point in timewithout affecting your files. You can run it from within Windows Vista or in Safe modeby clicking Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > SystemProtection > System Restore20. Turn off System RestoreIn Windows Vista you can set restore points, so you can return to a state of PC peace ifthings get a little stormy. However, setting these points takes lots of disk space and
  5. 5. processing power, and so if you suffer poor performance turning off this safeguard mightgive you the extra boost you need. Be sure to back up regularly, though - and strike tip 19off your list if you do turn off System Restore.27. Drop an apps prioritySometimes a program goes into an endless loop, grabbing all your CPU time, andrefusing to be shut down. Launch Task Manager, right-click the program and select SetPriority > Below Normal. Your other programs should then get priority, and youll beable to use them again.18. Remove SP1 uninstall filesIf youre running short of space and Service Pack 1 is causing you no trouble at all, andyoure sure youll never want to remove it, then use the tool that Microsoft has providedto clear the 800MB of uninstall files. Simply type vsp1cln.exe into Start Search and pressEnter to launch it. Itll erase your old files, free up some disk space and you can get onwith enjoying your faster, more reliable PC.13. Stop the Search indexThe Indexing Service is a handy way to speed up searches, but if you rarely go huntingfor files this can be turned off. Open Computer, right-click on the hard drive and clear theIndex This Drive box.9. Get rid of unwanted startup programsLaunch Windows Defender and click Tools > Software Explorer to see the programs thatload when Windows starts. Dont automatically delete them all, but if youre positive aprogram is unnecessary, click it and select Disable to stop it loading.16. Plain but speedyClick Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Performance Information and Tools >Adjust visual effects > Adjust for best performance to speed up PCs with a sluggish videocard. Check Enable transparent glass if thats a little too plain.2. Tame the SidebarThe Sidebar is fun, but the more gadgets you add, the more system resources theyllconsume and the slower your PC will be. Remove gadgets you dont need, or right-clickon the Sidebar, select Properties and clear Start Sidebar to disable it altogether.22. Turn off AeroPeople with very low-spec PCs might want to turn off Windows Aero to improveperformance. Rendering those lovely transparent taskbars is hard work for older graphicscards, and switching them off would give your PC a much needed boost. To do this,right-click on the desktop, click Personalize > Windows Color and Appearance, and turnoff transparency to optimise your computers performance.For more information Click link below.1-Click-fix