This guide is an easy to follow step by step guide to get the best possible speed out of your computer. We will not explain what each program is for. To keep it simple all you need to do is follow each step in order to speed up your computer. We recommend you have at least 512MB RAM installed on your PC
Step 1. (Only do this step if you are comfortable with opening your Computer case). Disconnect all cables from your Computers and remove the side panels, some PC’s have buttons instead of screws. Now get a 1 inch soft bristle brush and a vacuum cleaner. Turn on vacuum cleaner & gently using the brush, clean away any dust into the vacuum cleaner hose, do not breath in any dust. Do not put vacuum cleaner hose directly on any computer parts. When satisfied its clean put the covers back on and reconnect the cables. Your computer CPU will run a little cooler. Turn on the computer
Step 2. Download and install Ccleaner. http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
Run the program, click “Analyze” wait for the progress bar to stop and the information to appear in the window. Then click “Remove”, and then click OK. When it is complete close the program by clicking the “X” button in the top right corner. Then click Start then All Programs then accessories then system tools then click disk cleanup. Then select the C drive, wait for scan to finish, then click OK, then click YES.
Step 3. Defrag the Hard Drive buy going to “Start-> All Programs-> Accessories-> System Tools. Click “Disk Defragmenter”. Then make sure the “C” Drive is selected single click on “C” will do. Then click “Defragment”. This may take a few hours especially if it has never been done before. When it has finished click “Close” and close the program.
Step 4. Click ‘Start’ then click ‘RUN’. Type msconfig in the box then click ‘OK’ Click the startup Tab and you will see boxes with ticks in them. By removing the tick the computer will not load that program automatically during start. By removing some of the programs you do not want to start you can increase the boot up time of your PC. You can safely uncheck items such as msmsgs to stop messenger from starting. Due to the large amount of startup programs and many different computer setups it is best to visit these web site and browse each item and see if they can be safely removed. Some web site to visit as follows
Step 5. Perform a full virus scan make sure virus program is up to date. Get a free virus scanner from here
Step 6. Perform a full Antispyware scan, make sure you antispyware program is up to date. Get a free one from here http://www.filehippo.com/download_ad-aware/
Step 7. Download and run this program http://www.filehippo.com/download_cwshredder/
Then click ‘FIX’ then click ‘OK’. When finished click “NEXT” then click “EXIT”.
Step 8. Click Start then Control Panel make sure you switch to classic view on the left hand side then double click Add / Remove Programs. Go through the list of installed programs and remove the programs that you don’t use anymore, this helps free up some space and makes the registry a little smaller. Do not remove any Windows or Hot Fix items. When finished close the Add /Remove Programs box down by clicking the “X” in the top right corner of the box. Leave the control Panel window open and proceed with step 9
Step 9. Double click System then click the Advanced tab near the top of the box you will see 3 buttons which say “Settings”. Click the first Setting button. Then make sure the first 10 boxes are unchecked. Then click the Advanced tab then click the Change button, in the virtual memory box make sure the green dot is in the little circle next to “System managed size” then click ‘SET’ then click OK. Click OK again. Restart the computer.
I will add more or amend this guide as needed soon but it is a good start.