Does anybody know how to make computer runs faster??

@canxnac (421)
Indonesia
October 15, 2007 10:55am CST
Well I have a computer--old one, though--operating system Windows XP and RAM is 256 if I'm not mistaken, yet it runs as slow as an old snail and it ALWAYS pisses me off. Heck, even opening heavy ones such as Adobe Photoshop 7 or Macromedia Flash take about 5 minutes or even more and I always end up stuck in the 'Not Responding' situation. I've deleted some old files in hope that the more free space I give to my computer, the faster it runs, but it doesnt make much difference actually. Somebody gives me advices pls 'coz I'm totally stressed T_T
11 responses
@borg_queen (2535)
• Philippines
17 Oct 07
Avoid programs that are bloatware. There are tons of resources online that can help you make your computer run faster. And there are always lightweight alternatives to popular softwares.
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
17 Oct 07
thankies, borg_queen :D
@ryanphil01 (4187)
• Philippines
23 Oct 07
The author of this article, Lockergnome, has shared his tips on how to make old computers run faster. http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/windows/2006/07/06/3-simple-tips-to-make-your-computer-run-faster/ First of all, there are two ways to make your computer run faster: hardware and software. Hardware boosting involves upgrading and adding new components to the computer to increase its speed and performance. Typical upgrades include installing more memory, purchasing a better motherboard, or getting a better processor. Software optimization, on the other hand, does not require purchasing anything; it only requires that you optimize and fine tune your software set up and installation to make your computer run faster. Here are a few ways to accomplish this type of optimization. 1. Uninstall unneeded applications: Over the course of your computer’s lifetime you may have installed a bevy of applications, many of which you do not need anymore. If this is the case, then now is the time to get rid of them. This will make your computer run faster, and more efficiently. Start off by going through your uninstall menu and look for applications that you do not need anymore. These programs will usually have their own uninstall routines that will remove all files and services they may have installed. Most applications install applications that eat up not only disk space, but valuable RAM. As you computer starts up, these programs start up too, eating precious processor time as well. Some programs do not have their own uninstall routines. You may have to use custom uninstall applications to remove these files from your computer. Make sure these applications remove both the program and the supporting files it is packaged with. Also make sure that registry entries regarding this application are also removed. 2. Defrag at all costs: Run a defragmenter application regularly. Data in a hard disk is not necessarily stored in a contiguous manner. This means that when your hard disks read data, it has to jump from platter to platter, sector to sector just to get a file in its entirety. If your data is located contiguously, then this problem could be avoided, saving your hard disk valuable read time. And as a result of this effort, your computer could experience faster disk reads and an improvement in computer speeds from 30% up to 100%. 3. Check for viruses: Install a handy anti-virus to help weed out those pesky codes that could seriously compromise your data’s security, integrity while slowing your computer at the same time. A well-infested computer will typically grind to halt as malicious code use and abuse precious computer resources. There are many antiviral agents around, aside from installing such, avoid the spread of viruses by making sure you only use removable media that is from verified sources. Also, be careful of the sites you visit as they could contain online malicious code.
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
29 Oct 07
oh wow.... great! thankies! ^_^
@tedyfly (79)
• United States
19 Oct 07
For the most part see what your cpu is and what its runing to see how you can speed it up use some of the info you got from the othere posts and get PC Booster Trust me it will Bost your PC by turning off things that slow it down as well get a registry fixer I like the one with this program Fix-It Utilities I ran A PC with that config befor and if your internet speen is slow and buggy get Modem Booster as well *not to tell you to go to utorrent.com and download them programs* But
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
22 Oct 07
okie... thanks =D
• India
17 Oct 07
I have downloaded "Advanced Net Speed Up" software in my system and its working great. U too can try that. Download it and enjoy, as it increases not only the system performance and also the Internet surfing speed !!. It's a Freeware.. For more details visit http://softwaredepo.com/netspeedup.html
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
17 Oct 07
sure! ^^ Thanks for sharing it here... have a nice day! ^^
@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
hi there canxnac, I guess what should you do is first backup all your IMPORTANT files then after doing that try to format your computer in this way you would be able to clear out your computer again and all of your unwanted stuffs that makes your computer slower would be gone. Another thing that might help you is to do is to run a regular disk defragment so that it would defragments your volumes to make your computer run faster and more efficiently. I hope that these would help you cause it actually works for me. Goodluck! ^_^
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
17 Oct 07
thanks! Hope my compie will be at least less annoying ^^
@shadowing (309)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 07
Hi Canxnac. Well, reformat will be one of the way but you will lose all your data and have to reinstall everything (if you don't have a recovery disc) and it's tiring. So, I guess maybe you can consider of upgrading your RAM? Previously, I was running 512 and my pc is already a snail. Haha, and same like yours, HANG when I open Photoshop. Well, I am running 1G of RAM right now, well, it does work faster. Hope it helps.
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
17 Oct 07
thanks bunches!! *giggle* =D
@wisedragon (2331)
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
computer - delete unncecessary files
I'm no expert but here's what I do regularly: 1. From Tools, Internet Options - Delete Cookies. 2. From System Tools, Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter 3. From desktop, Empty Recycle Bin 'Hope this helps.
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
16 Oct 07
thankies =)
@saintdeb (42)
15 Oct 07
your pc has a ok config man!!! i mean 256 mb was good enough a few years back....anyways i have a friend who uses XP with 128+64 mb ram and it runs smoothly!!! so i guess its ur OS that needs sorting out....... 1) use msconfig() and remove unwanted program startup entries that u don't require!!! 2) access services from ur administrator (control panel) settings and remove unwanted services..... 3) clean up the registry entries using registry mechanic 4) check ur partition size (the one with the operating system) and also the pagefile size. Take it manually to amin. of 1gb if it is any less. 5) use tweak XP or tuneup 2007 softwares!!! these should work for u man!!!!
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
16 Oct 07
I'll try... thanks! *grins* ^^
@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
hmmm.. i really can't tell how old your computer is. but with what you've said, i'd really suggest reformatting. since its an old computer, i'm pretty sure there are lots of unnecessary files you haven't removed yet, specially installation files. another way is boosting up your ram. matching the speed of your processor utilizes the full potential of your processor. but if you're going for that option, i'd suggest an upgrade of the processor too. c",)
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
15 Oct 07
umh... will it cost me a lot of money? 'coz I'm not sure though... I'm getting sick of my compie... maybe I'll just buy a laptop next year -___-"
@skyblue (1300)
• India
15 Oct 07
hi at first delet unwanted programme on your p.c,delet unwanted front from control panel,defrag your system every week,dont run unwanted programme at the time of starting of your p.c,and at last if fund is permit then upgrade your ram by 512
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
15 Oct 07
thankies, skyblue ^^ I'll give it a try! *pokes my pc* ^_^
@saintdeb (42)
15 Oct 07
your pc has a ok config man!!! i mean 256 mb was good enough a few years back....anyways i have a friend who uses XP with 128+64 mb ram and it runs smoothly!!! so i guess its ur OS that needs sorting out....... 1) use msconfig() and remove unwanted program startup entries that u don't require!!! 2) access services from ur administrator (control panel) settings and remove unwanted services..... 3) clean up the registry entries using registry mechanic 4) check ur partition size (the one with the operating system) and also the pagefile size. Take it manually to amin. of 1gb if it is any less. 5) use tweak XP or tuneup 2007 softwares!!! these should work for u man!!!!