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5. Defragging your Hard Drive.
While temp folders are one way to clog the speed of your system, fragmented files are another. The more fragmented your files are the slower the hard drive will be to run programs smoothly. A defrag is recommended to keep your hard drive clean and fast. It is recommended that you do not run any programs whatsoever when you are defragging your hard drive as running applications will make them unable to be moved.

Please download JkDefrag by Jeroen Kessels

  • Unzip the program to a folder.
  • Reboot to release most of the files in use.
  • Double Click JkDefrag.exe to run the program.

Note: Everything is done automatically the moment you run JkDefrag.exe

6. Keeping it clean!
Something that is highly underestimated is the simpleness of 'Keeping it clean!'. Installing a lot of programs will eventually use up your resources that you could use to keep your PC fast.Removing old programs that you never used, or those 'one-day-fly' programs that you try out but don't meet your criteria, will free up space and memory to be used elsewhere. Whenever you are done with a program, remove it from your system so the resources free up. Below are some steps to get rid of some unused programs.

  • Open Start and select Control Panel
  • Open Add/Remove Programs(XP) or Programs and Features(Vista)
  • Go through the list carefully and see if there are any useless programs that you can remove.
  • Remove all the programs that you don't need any more.

7. Little tweaks for speed.
There are a few tricks that you can use to speed up your computer if need be. Below I will make a list of tweaks for either XP or Vista (watch the title) that will help you speed up your PC. Some tweaks are for both XP and Vista, others are for a specific OS.

Disabling Indexing Service (XP)
Quoting from the Windows Help and Support website:

By default, all of the most common files on your computer are indexed. Indexed locations include all of the files in your personal folder (such as Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos), as well as e‑mail and offline files. Files that are not indexed include program files and system files. The locations that contain those files are not indexed because you rarely need to search those files, and so not including them in the index makes your searches perform faster.

Like many other people, I know where my files are located, so I never use the indexing service. Therefore, I turn it off.
The indexing service is a service that scans your personal files and folders and stores which files are there in an index (hence the name).
Then if you perform a search, the search will then first go through the index to see if it is there. This will speed up searches drastically.
Though if you never use the search function, you're better off turning it off. Below is how.

  • Open Start and select "Run..."
  • In the run box type services.msc and press enter
  • Scroll-down to Indexing Service and double-click it.
  • If the service status is "Running", then stop it by pressing theStop button.
  • To make sure this service doesn't run again, under Startup Type:, choose Disabled

Disabling Indexing Service (Vista)
Not much different from the XP Indexing service. Here is how to disable it.

  • Open Start Menu and type: services
  • Click the Services program that popped up in the list and confirm the UAC.
  • Scroll down to Windows Search and double click it.
  • If the service status is "Running", then stop it by pressing theStop button.
  • To make sure this service doesn't run again, under Startup Type:, choose Disabled


If still slow the problem might be, you need typing class!

I hope this post is a good resource on how to keep your School, Office and home PC fast and smooth.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 October 2009 16:58)