Ways To Boost PC Performance

This guest article written by James Ricketts

Nobody wants to work on a PC that takes hours to complete your requests. However, there is no running away from deteriorating PC performance. It just happens.

You can prevent this situation and boost the performance of your PC by following a few simple maintenance activities. In this article, we are going to discuss the top 5 PC maintenance methods that you can use to not only speed up your PC, but also keep it free from troublesome system errors.

Perform Regular Registry Clean Up

Registry cleaning is the most important activity that you can perform to boost the performance of your PC. All Windows operating systems, including Windows XP and Windows Vista, use the registry as a centralized hierarchal database to store all hardware and software configuration, system settings, and user preferences data. The Windows Vista or the Windows XP registry keeps growing as data is accessed, added and removed from it. Eventually, the registry grows very large and gets fragmented. This increases the data access time of your PC and thereby slows it down. A large registry may also generate various XP and Vista errors and may even leave your PC unbootable.

To prevent these problems and maintain a healthy registry, you must regularly scan it for unwanted, obsolete, and erroneous information and remove them. You can perform these tasks easily with the help of a user-friendly and reliable registry cleaner tool. There are many registry cleaner tools available in the market today. You must go through their features and user reviews and download the tool that suits your requirements.

Clean Up And Defrag Your Hard Drive

Over time, your hard disk gets filled up with loads of unwanted files and programs. You must regularly use the Disk Cleanup utility shipped with your Windows XP and Vista computer to get rid of this junk and free up some space on your disk.

Additionally, you must regularly defrag your hard disk using the Disk Defragmenter tool to make your data files contiguous, and make it easy for Windows programs to access them. Performing these activities will considerably improve the performance of your PC.

Perform Regular Malware Scans

Malware programs, such as virus, Trojans, worm, spyware and adware can really degrade the speed of your XP or Vista computer. They add malicious files and registry entries that not only generate several system errors, but may also cause severe damage to your system and data files. Detecting and getting rid of these files can really help you speed up your PC. You can perform these tasks easily with the help of reliable antivirus and antispyware tools.

You may also use a registry cleaner tool to ensure that no malicious registry keys are left behind in the registry after an antivirus and antispyware scan and repair.

Modify the Visual Affects of your PC

If you are fond of using various visual effects, such as animated Windows and fading menus, you must know that these effects eat up a lot of system resources and slow down your PC. Therefore, to speed up your system, you must alter your display preferences and avoid using these resource-consuming visual effects.

Manage the Programs that Load at System Startup

As you install new programs on your PC, many processes are configured to load during the system startup. These programs and processes continue running in the background, even if you are not using them, and eat up your computer’s resources. Therefore, to speed up your PC, you must disable unnecessary programs from loading at system startup. You can do this by using the System Configuration utility that opens by running the "msconfig" command.

Many advanced registry cleaners also comprise features that make it easy for you to manage startup programs and many other system activities to help you to boost the performance of your PC.


This guest article written by James Ricketts


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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