May 14, 2009
The First Step – Fix Obvious Problems On Your Computer
Posted in authored by John Gohde tagged authored by John Gohde, Computer Performance, Does Your Computer Run Fast?, Fast Computers, Free Programs, IBM Personal Computers, Personal Computers, Recovering Performance, Used Computers, Windows XP at 9:07 am by John Gohde
There are few easy things that everyone can check and adjust that will dramatically affect the speed performance of your computer. They wont positively give you more speed, but experiencing them in the negative will cause your personal computer to really drag along at a horribly slow pace.
People who have Procured the Ideal Used Computer as well as those running an older personal computer will be able to benefit from this post.
Out of Space on Your Hard Drive
Totally running out of space on your hard drive will drastically reduce the performance of your computer. Likewise, not having enough free space available on your hard drive for your Windows XP operating system to work with can seriously lower the performance of your PC.
From your [Start] button, click on My Computer. Select your hard drive with your mouse. The amount of free space available on your hard drive should be at the bottom of the left window pane. Alternatively right clicking your drive with your mouse will produce a short-cut menu. Click on Properties for a nice graph of your hard disk.
Big hard drives rarely cause a space problem. But if your computer happens to have a small hard drive with 18 gigabytes of space, then at least 3 gigabytes of it should always be left free. If you are below that level, then you definitely must manually free up space on it. This usually means removing rarely used programs from your control panel: Add or Remove Programs option.
Management of Virtual Memory
How are you managing virtual memory on your personal computer? Quite often somebody down the line has selected the wrong virtual memory management options.
From your [Start] button, click on your Control Panel. Next click on Performance and Maintenance if you are using the category view, or System from the classic view. Having selected System, click on the Advanced tab. You should now be in the Systems Properties dialog box. Under Performance / Virtual Memory, click on the [Settings] button. You should now be in the Performance Options dialog box. You should have Adjust for Best Performance selected in the Visual Effects tab. In the Advanced tab for both Processor scheduling and Memory usage you should have Adjust for the Best Performance of Programs selected. Under Virtual memory located at the very bottom of the Advance tab click on the [Change] button. Select System Managed Size, and then most importantly click on the [Set] button, followed immediately by the [OK] button. Then click on the [OK] button in the Performance Options dialog box. Then click on the [OK] button in the System Properties dialog box. At this point, you will have to restart your computer for the virtual memory improvements to take effect.
There are a lot of myths floating about on the Web about virtual memory. Believe me, your computer is always smarter than you are when it comes to the management of virtual memory. You never want to block your personal computer from accessing more virtual memory when it needs to. With virtual memory on my computer set to automatic, I have one gigabyte of RAM installed. My pagefile was automatically set at 1.5 gigabytes while I am currently using only about 200 megabytes of the pagefile. In other words, my pagefile has automatically been set at 1.5 times my installed RAM. Thus, the minimum size of my pagefile has automatically been set at 1.5 times my installed RAM. And, if I ever run some very high intensity memory usage programs my pagefile will automatically be increased in size beyond the current 1.5 gigabyte level. Again, my advice is to let your computer automatically manage your virtual memory. Virtual memory is one of the most important reasons why you always need plenty of free space on your hard drive.
Surfing the Web
Running out of temporary storage space while surfing the Web can also slow your computer down to a crawl.
From your [Start] button, click on your Control Panel. Next click on Network and Internet Connects if you are using the category view, or Internet Options from the classic view. Having selected Internet Options, you should be in the Internet Properties dialog box. Click on the General tab. Under Browsing history click on the [Settings] button. You should now be in the Temporary Files and History Settings dialog box. Under Disk space to use scroll the up arrow until the maximum amount allowed, appears. Then click on the [OK] button. Then click on the [OK] button in the Internet Properties dialog box. Then close the Network and Internet Connections window.
From your [Start] button, select All Programs >> Accessories >> Sytem Tools, and then finally click on Disk Cleanup. Let the program run on all your hard drives. When the program is finished select the Disk Cleanup tab. Check the boxes for each junk file category that you want deleted. Since we are trying to clean up your Internet storage, you positively must have Temporary Internet Files checked.
Periodically, you will always want to delete all of your Temporary Internet Files. If you personally never try to view your historical travels on the Web, then you can safely delete these temporary files more often.
You have just fixed some Obvious Personal Computer Problems
Congratulations, if your computer has been crawling around unusally slow lately, you might have fixed a few problem areas. When these areas are set up correctly, you probably wont notice any difference. But when these settings are wrong, your personal computer will just drag along with horrible performance.
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