Today computer systems are found everywhere. Computers have become almost as common as televisions. But what is computer? A computer is a system made of two major components: hardware and software. The computer hardware is a physical equipment. The software is the collection of programs(instructions)that allow the hardware to do its job. Knowing the basic concept of a computer we can proceed understanding the rest.
Tweak means to make minor adjustments in an electronic system or in a software program in order to improve performance. Here, we apply this minor adjustment to a computer with windows operating system to make it work faster. In this busy world no one has patience to wait sitting hours in front of the computer for one small work just because your computer is slow. It’s time to get rid of your worries now!
Here are few simple ways that makes your windows computer work faster and thus saves your precious time.
1. Use anti malware and antivirus.
The first thing to do as soon as you get your computer home is to install the antivirus. Initially your computer might be working really fast and good but as days go by and as usage increases, it starts getting slower and less efficient. This is due to the virus attack on your computer. This slows down your computer speed and damages many of your files. Keep your antivirus up to date. Regularly switch the scan on that scans your complete files and folders. This is the best way to keep your computer in best working condition.
These are the few tweaks that help to increase the speed of your windows computer. Enjoy working and don’t give a chance to complain that your computer is slow next time!
2. Setting in the task manager.
Setting priority to real time is not recommended. Yes, it is better than the high priority. these settings adjust the processing power that your processor will spend on a particular application. Just leave the settings to default.
The only application that is set above normal is the windows task manager(taskmgr.exe). This is set above normal so that when your pc is lagging while you are using another application, you just press ctrl-alt-delete and your processor will try to concentrate on task manager and try to open it quickly so that you can quit the program causing the lag.
3. Run disk clean up frequently.
The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk by searching your disk for files that you can safely delete.
You can choose to delete some or all of the files. Use Disk Cleanup to perform any of the following tasks to free up space on your hard disk like removing temporary Internet files, removing downloaded program files( For example, ActiveX controls and Java applets that are downloaded from the Internet), empty the Recycle Bin, remove Windows temporary files, remove optional Windows components that you are not using, remove installed programs that you no longer use. All these work well in increasing your windows PC speed.
4. Manage applications.
It is one common complaint that many of our computers take a lot of time to start up. To overcome this it is necessary to manage all the applications which has to be run at the start up. Do not shut the computer off abruptly because it can cause damage to many of its programs. Close all the tabs and applications neatly. These are to precautions to be taken to prevent problems when you switch the computer on the next time. It makes your PC more efficient and fit. Never let your application stop midway. Virtually all applications you install using the default installation these days decide that they should start-up when Windows starts. If you allow these to take control, you can end up with a situation where (unless you have sufficient memory installed) every other program slows down to be unusable. Give your computer the proper start and end.
5. Delete temporary files.
You may not realize it, but every time you visit web sites your computer keeps track of cookies, temporary and history files which can cause some slow down in performance. These files stay in your cache and can hog up a lot of resources if there are a lot of these files in there. All of these files have a purpose, but deleting them will not harm your computer at all. As a result all of these files add up and require large amounts of disk space which can affect computer performance greatly. By eliminating these annoying programs from your hard drive you will notice that your system will run a lot smoother and faster.
6. Upgrade Windows.
It is very much important to update or upgrade windows and other drivers especially GPU(video card) drivers regularly. It is always nice to use and enjoy the technology present today than struggling with the same old version. So, an upgrade in your Windows software will make the system automatically work faster. A graphics processing unit is a single-chip processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. These are mathematically-intensive tasks, which otherwise, would put quite a strain on the CPU. Lifting this burden from the CPU frees up cycles that can be used for other jobs.
7. Extend RAM for smoothness.
Has your old computer lost its get up and go? Or perhaps you’ve just invested in a brand spanking new PC and you’re thinking life is good… until your son tries his role-playing game over the Net, or you want to open four applications at once. You find that the animation just isn’t quick enough, and neither is your multitasking. “But I have a new computer,” you say. “It should be lightning fast!” Just because you have the latest, doesn’t mean it’s the greatest — in terms of performance. As and when technology changes your need for more Ram becomes a need to speed up your PC.
8. Remove unwanted software.
It is very important to remove all the unwanted software as well as unwanted gadgets from the system to keep the system safe and quick. It’s nothing new having software or program in your computer that you did not use for a while. Sometimes, you cannot keep it there because otherwise the computer would be slow with software that you don’t use. Here’s what you need to do. First of all click on the ‘Start’ button and go to ‘Control Panel’. It’s where you control your stuffs on Windows. Click on ‘Add or Remove programs’ to open up the properties of the programs and software that you have. Click on the software or the program that you want to remove from. At last click on the ‘Remove’ button to uninstall the software or program.
9. Disk Defragmentation.
Disk defragmentation describes the process of consolidating fragmented files on your computer’s hard disk. Disk Defragmenter is a tool that rearranges the data on your hard disk and reunites fragmented files so your computer can run more efficiently. In this version of Windows, Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule so you don’t have to remember to run it, although you can still run it manually or change the schedule it uses. Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start button. Clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking System Tools, and then clicking Disk Defragmenter. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. Then click Defragment Now.
10. Adjustment in cache memory.
A cache is a temporary area of storage for quick access to frequently accessed data. The cache speeds up file loading times because it keeps a copy on the local machine, meaning it does not have to be downloaded again if it is accessed multiple times. Windows will consult the cache before downloading information, and if it already exists there it can save time by using the local copy stored in the machine’s RAM. First click on Start and then Run. Then detect the command that comes up. Change the Large System Cache DWORD from 0 to 1. Once this is done, your system is ready to perform faster!