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Speeding up your pc or laptop

Hi,

there has past a very long time since i posted a new blog entry on this site. The site was under some attacks during that time so now i decided to post a new entry about how to speed up your PC / laptop under Windows XP / Vista / 7 . Hope you like it.  

I will show you just some basic procedures that can help to dramatically speed up your pc's performance:

Step 1: Optimize and defrag your Registry:

To optimize  your registry you can do:

Use NTREGOPT to Optimize your Registry:

  • Please download NTREGOPT and save it to your desktop or any other place where you can easily access it.
  • If using Windows XP, double-click on ntregopt-setup.exe to begin installation and follow the instructions to install it. If using Windows Vista or Windows 7 you must right-click on the file and choose Run as administrator. Note: If you are not an administrator of that account please contact the admin before attempting to install anything on the system.
  • Once it is installed UNCHECK the box next to Show documentation but leave the Launch NTREGOPT box checked and click Finish.
  • Once the Welcome! box appears click OK. You will now see it starting to optimize your registry. Please be patient as it can take a while.
  • Once it completes you will be prompted to restart your computer. Save anything you were working on and click Yes.

Note: On most Windows 7 pcs and/or laptops it is very common that there is shown while optimizing the first registry hive on Windows 7, this is normal, just click Yes to allow the optimization to continue. There is support for several languages like Bulgarian, German, etc. 

That is a free tool. You can search the web for paid ones as well if you need any assistance or you could contact me too ;) .

To defrag  your registry you can do:

  • Download and install WinMend Registry Defrag in order to defrag your registry and save space after defragmenting. 

Note: Reboot might be needed.

Step 2: Delete Temp Files to Free Up Space:

Here one of the best options is either to use CCleaner or the build in tool in Windows OS.

Use CCleaner to Remove Temp Files:

  • Download CCleaner and save it to your desktop or any other place where you can easily access it.
  • Close all open internet browser windows
  • Double click on the ccsetup file ou downloaded recently and start the installation of the application.
  • Select your desired language (can be changed later too) and click OK, then click Next.
  • Read the End User License Agreement (EULA) and click I Agree.
  • Click Next to use the default install location. Click Install then click Finish to complete installation.
  • Double click the CCleaner shortcut on the desktop to start the program.
  • On the Windows tab, under Internet Explorer, uncheck Cookies if you do not want them deleted. (If deleted, you will likely need to reenter your login credentials for your sites at all sites where a cookie is used to recognize you when you visit it)
  • If you use Firefox or any other Mozilla browsers, the box to uncheck for Cookies is on the Applications tab, under Firefox/Mozilla.
  • Click on the Options icon at the left side of the window, then click on Advanced.
  • uncheck Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours.
  • Click on the Cleaner icon on the left side of the window, then click Run Cleaner to run the program.
  • Caution: It is not recommended that you use the Registry feature unless you are very familiar with the registry as it has been known to find legitimate items for removal, which can cause issues with other programs.
  • After CCleaner has completed its process, click Exit.

Clear Temp Files Using ATF Cleaner:

  • Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune from here and save the file to your desktop or any other place where you can easily access it.
  • Close all open internet browser windows
  • Run ATF Cleaner by double clicking it.
  • Once the program opens, click the box next to Select All 
  • Note: Please be warned that this will delete all cookies saved by all your websites that you have visited so if you need to keep any cookies for automatic logins etc then please uncheck the Cookies option
  • Once that's all set click on the Empty Selected button and it will remove the temporary files from your system.
  • If you use Firefox or Opera browsers then click the appropriate button at the top of the program and delete the temp files from them as well following the same procedure.

Step 3: Configure System Restore to use less space:

Configure System Restore in Windows XP:

  • Click on START and right-click on My Computer and choose Properties
  • Click on the System Restore tab
  • Under Disk space usage move the slider to 3%
  • Click on Apply and then click on OK
  • Restart your computer

Configure System Restore in Windows 7:

  • Click on the Start  button and right-click on Computer and choose Properties
  • Click on System Protection on the left and click Continue if prompted
  • Make certain that the hard drive that Windows is installed on is highlighted in the list (usually C:) and click on Configure...
  • Under Disk Space Usage move the slider to 3%
  • Click on Apply and click on OK
  • Restart your computer

Note: You cannot configure the amount of space used by System Restore in Windows Vista OS.

Step 4: Defrag your Hard Drive and run CHKDSK:

Defragment your Hard Drive:

  • Please copy and paste the following text in the Code box exactly as written into notepad (not wordpad or any other text editor):
defrag "%systemdrive%"
del /f /q %0
  • Once you've done that click on File and select Save As...
  • In the Save dialogue box click on the drop down menu next to Save as type and select All Files
  • Name the file defrag.bat (the .bat extension is very important)
  • Save the file to your desktop and double click it to run it if running Windows XP. If running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you must right-click on the file and choose Run as administrator.
Run a Disk Check on your C: drive (or the drive letter where your OS resides on) in Windows XP:
  • Click Start and open My Computer
  • Right-click on C: and select Properties
  • Click on the Tools tab
  • Under Error-checking click the Check Now... button
  • Mark the box next to Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
  • Click on the Start button
  • When the message box pops up, click the Schedule disk check button and restart your computer
  • Once your computer restarts it will check the drive, don't press any keys so that it is allowed to do so.

Run a Disk Check on your C: drive  (or the drive letter where your OS resides on) in Windows Vista or Windws 7:

  • Click the Start button and select Computer
  • Right-click on C: and select Properties
  • Click on the Tools tab
  • Under Error-checking click the Check Now... button and click Continue at the User Account Control prompt
  • Mark the box next to Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
  • Click on the Start button
  • When the message box pops up, click the Schedule disk check button and restart your computer
  • Once your computer restarts it will check the drive, don't press any keys so that it is allowed to do so

Another automated option would be to use Defraggler for deframenting your pc/laptop/notebook etc. Just follow the steps like if you would install CCleaner. Note: Defraggler is a better choice instead of using the integrated one in Windows.

What else you could do is to have a good Antivirus and anti malware tool installed on your pc/laptop. But i will share that knowledge with you in my next entry. If you like this article i would definitely appreciate it if you share it via any social network / email.

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