Computer Speedup Made Easy

How many times have you looked at your computer and thought, "Why it is so slow?"  What can you do to make it go faster?  Well, here are a few tips on how to speedup you XP or Windows 7 computer.

A lot of the perceived slowness comes preconfigured in the basic computer setup. Microsoft assumed that all of us like to see the fancy desktop graphics, pretty shaded windows, and cute fonts, all of which that were pre-loaded in the latest operating systems.

All of these fancy display tweaks take up computer resources.  So, if you can live with a faster, but somewhat plain looking system, here are the steps to get you there:

In Windows XPhow-to-speed-up-a-computer

  1. Control Panel : System : Advanced tab : Settings button in Performance section :

In Windows 7

  1. Start menu : in the search bar type:  adjust appearance - select the first item found "Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows" :

For both

  1. Visual Effects tab : Select "Adjust for best performance" : Click Apply. The screen may go blank for a few moments and then it will come back with much simplified display.
  2. However, there is one graphics enhancement that I prefer; if you scroll down the list of the Visual Effects, you will see an item: "Smooth edges of screen fonts". Put a check there, click Apply, and see if you can spot the difference in appearance of any text on the desktop. If it looks the same to you, then you should probably uncheck it.
  3. Click OK in all dialog boxes. The restart is not required. Test the improved speed of your computer by starting a program that normally takes a long time to load. See if there is a difference in startup time.

More speedup tips coming soon. Please post your comments to let us know how the process went.

About the Author: This article was written by Alex Rogachevsky, MCT, MCSE, MCTS, MCTIP, CNE, CCNA, VCP, Technology degree Program Coordinator and full-time instructor at Rasmussen College in Tampa/Brandon, FL.

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