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How to Get More Performance Out of Your Computer


Whether your computer is new or you have had it for quite some time, there are some basic tweaks that can make a considerable difference to the performance of your computer. These tweaks are easy to do and require little or no special knowledge. Tweaking your computer does not have to cost a cent either.

Manufacturers rarely put any time into optimizing the performance of their computers, leaving it up to the end user to sort it out themselves. In fact, new computers are often the worst of all since they come loaded up with unwanted software including trial versions bombarding you with nag screens every time you log in. Following are a few tips for PC optimization that you can carry out in a matter of minutes.

Stop Unwanted Programs from Starting Up
Over time, you will no doubt install new programs on your computer. A lot of programs set themselves to start up automatically when you log into Windows. In many cases, they don't even ask you whether you want them to intrude on you in this manner when you install them. Instant messengers and torrent clients are infamous for this. If you do not need a program to be running all the time that your computer is switched on, then there is no reason why it should be. A computer that has half a dozen programs starting up at logon is going to take longer to log in and it will bog down the system when you are using it.
Resolving this problem is a simple but essential step in PC optimization. A quick glance through the startup tab of msconfig.exe will reveal all of the programs set to start up on system login. To get to the msconfig utility, type 'msconfig' into the 'Search programs and files' box in the bottom of the Windows Vista / 7 start menu. Deselect any programs that you don't want starting up on system login and click 'ok'
Optimize Your Hard Disk

Optimizing your hard disk should be done fairly regularly as a matter of maintenance. This includes defragmenting the disk, using Disk Cleanup and scanning it for errors. To optimize your hard disk in Windows Vista / 7, go to 'My Computer' and right click on the system hard drive (normally lettered 'C') and then click 'Properties'. From the 'General' tab, run Disk Cleanup to get rid of any unused files. From the 'Tools' tab, run disk defragmenter and the error checking feature.
Overclocking

Overclocking components in your computer, specifically the CPU and the graphics card, can bring about a major performance increase. It is also easy to do providing that you follow a few simple instructions and be careful not to stress the components too much. Overclocking the CPU can often be done within the system BIOS whereas overclocking the graphics card can be done with special tools found on the Internet or even supplied by the manufacturer. It is important that you realize that overclocking will almost certainly void your warranty.
You should have adequate cooling and power for the components that you want to overclock. Generally, the worst thing that can happen if you overclock a component is that the computer will crash and reset the speed to default. Your computer should run perfectly with a stable and successful overclock, but the lifespan of the overclocked component will also be shortened considerably. Nonetheless, who keeps a graphics card for more than 5 years anyway?

 

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