First of all, the contents of this article will be of interest to owners of low-power, simple computers. Sometimes this type of PC configuration is referred to as an “office option”. It is also very useful to familiarize yourself with the basic rules listed below for owners of portable laptops, especially netbooks. But the problem of how to optimize the operation of a computer can be faced by owners of powerful modern machines.
The latest PC, acquired in a trustworthy and respectful salon, which is "stuffed" with the most powerful and effective hardware, begins to treacherously slow down over time. Even licensed Windows and the full driver package, without appropriate maintenance, are clumsy and exhibit loss of functionality.
There are several ways to resume the former agility of your personal assistant. One of them is to reinstall the operating system, and the second to carry out a list of activities that will help how to optimize the computer and improve the user's mood when using it.
If reinstalling Windows is able to resume the initial acceleration of powerful platforms, then for a PC with modest potential this method will not solve the problem. Here it is time to think about how to optimize the computer, so that even on a PC with modest capabilities to work in a state of maximum comfort.
For users who do not shine with deep knowledge of the operating principles of the operating system, many specialized programs have been developed. All of them allow you to optimize your computer using a clear intuitive interface, and give good results. These utilities are full of Internet services, providing the opportunity to acquire various software, both paid and distributed free of charge.
If such programs are classified, their distinct division into three groups can be traced. Utilities from the category of Registry maintenance clean the registry, remove the “malware-sticks” that your applications run to get rid of empty folders and empty shortcuts. Internet tracks erasing programs tend to hide traces of adventures on the Internet. There is also a large class of various applications for testing and "treating" technical equipment. Mostly they work with the processor and hard drive.
Skeptical users who are very cautious about all kinds of free applications downloaded from the Internet, because of their caution, are in no hurry to purchase paid utilities. Solving the problem of how to optimize the computer, it’s worth trying in practice a few simple tips for Windows XP.
First, we’ll clean the desktop of a low-power computer as much as possible. Let's give up the beautiful wallpaper and unnecessary shortcuts. Then we reduce the color rendering quality, it will not be noticeable to the user's eye, but as a result we get about one and a half meters of RAM saving. In the properties of the screen, click the “Parameters” tab, from the proposed list, click on the Middle (16-bit) level.
In the third step, we make user interface settings . In the "Screen Properties" section, we will give preference to the "Classic Style".
Several experiments with the settings in the "System Properties" (tab "Advanced") will allow, working with "Visual Effects" (section "Performance"), to obtain the desired efficiency.
Disable unnecessary programs from "Startup", following from the "Start" menu to the item "All programs" and deleting unnecessary shortcuts. But some applications are hidden even deeper. They should be searched for in “Startups”, which are called by the MSCONFIG command from the command line (“start” -> “execute”).
You can disable unnecessary services on the route "start" -> "control panel" -> "administration" -> "services".
Even these simple steps will solve the problem of speed, on how to optimize the computer on their own there is a lot of valuable information on the Web. But you need to use tips with caution. Therefore, learning the basics of Windows XP is no longer necessary.