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1. Use CCleaner: CCleaner is a little program that will help you clean out extraneous entries that might have cropped up in your registry. Many times when you delete a program, registry keys could be left behind. Tracking them down manually can be tedious; this program scans your system and does it for you. It also does the same for your hard drive, potentially freeing up GBs worth of space. It also helps your computer to speedup upto 25%.

2. Upgrade Windows to Service Pack 3 (For XP Users): One of the simplest ways to speed up your system is to install Service Pack 3. Some people report that their computer has gained up by 15% in performance improvements as a result.
3. Remove Spyware / Malware: This is a very old case. As your computer gets older; Your computer get affected with Adware, Malware, Trojans, Viruses and Spyware, which will slow down your computer and can cause all sorts of weird problems . Take some time to download an Adware scanner like Spybot or AdAware and clean your system. I recommend you use Avast Antivirus, Microsoft Security Essentials or AVG to sweep all of your infected files. Your computer will be virus free and will increase its overall performance.

4.Upgrade Your Windows To Service Pack 1 (For Windows 7 Users): One of the simplest ways to speed up your system is to install Service Pack 1. Some people report that their computer has gained up by 15% in performance improvements as a result.

5. Upgrade To Windows 7:  This method is for Windows XP and Vista users only. Windows 7 has been proven as the successor of both Windows XP and Vista, so upgrading to Se7en would be a good option, provided your PC has atleast the minimun requirements for running Windows 7.

6. Get Familiar With Using ReadyBoost (For Windows 7 And Vista Users): ReadyBoost is an application that has been developed by Microsoft. This tool allows you to increase or add more Virtual RAM to your PC using any ordinary USB/Flash drives. More information about this can be found by clicking here.

7. Use “TweakXp” (For advanced users): TweakXP can be an incredible boon. TweakXp makes it easy to turn on and off dozens of registry tweaks that can help speed up your system. Fair warning, if you aren’t sure what you’re doing this is also a really great way to degrade your performance or damage your system

8. Disable Indexing: Windows automatically indexes files to make searching faster. This can cause major slowdowns and is often unnecessary. If you don’t use search often, feel free to disable it by following these steps:

                 Go to Add/Remove

                      Click on Add/Remove Component

                               Uncheck Indexing

9. Cacheman: Cacheman is a program that can help you manage your memory, it allows you to automatically recover RAM from programs that are sitting idle, and provides superior paging file management.

10. Driver Updates: Make certain that your BIOS, Video (Graphics) Card, and motherboard chipset are up to date.

11. Disable Unnecessary Ports: There is a good chance that you have a few ports that you won’t be using anytime soon. In most cases, you can safely disable these without causing any troubles. As always, be extremely careful when you go around playing with your BIOS.

12. AnalogX FastCache: Use AnalogX FastCache for speeding up your internet and web experience.

13. Empty Your Prefetch Folder: Windows uses the Prefetch folder to store data that it uses often. Unfortunately, over time this folder will become filled with programs and data that you no longer use. Emptying your Pre-Fetch folder every few months will save you a few cycles as Windows won’t be loading data that it no longer actively uses. You can find your prefetch at: C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch

14. Run Disk Cleanup: Once a week or so it’s a good idea to run disk cleanup. Just run "cleanmgr".

15. Remove Unnecessary Programs & Software(s): Remove the programs that you aren’t using from Add/Remove. You’d be surprised how much disk space there is to recover in the software that you never use. 

16. Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner: Use Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner by downloading it.

17. Delete Some Fonts: Make certain that you have fewer than 500 fonts on your system. Especially if you don’t use them all, fonts can be taxing to your system. Delete the ones that you don’t need for a slight bump in performance. To Find Fonts Folder, run C:\WINDOWS\Fonts

18. Disable unnecessary services: Unnecessary services waste cycles, disable the ones that you don’t need. Once again, this can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Take a look at Black Viper’s site for some helpful hints.

19. Reduce Your Recycling Bin Reserve: Right click on your recycling bin and select properties, what you’ll notice is that about 10% of your hard drive is reserved to be used to store deleted files. Unless you typical delete massive files, this is overkill. Reduce the size of this reserve to 2-3%, a much more reasonable value.

20. Hyper-V: Use Hyper-V instead of using WinRar for recovering and archiving.I recommend this to you because it takes up less memory if compared to WinRar.

21. Update Your Busmaster Drivers: Find and update the Bus Master drivers for your IDE controller. To find out what type of IDE controller you have, go to:

                          Control Panel



                                                 Device Manager

                                                      IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.

22. Use NTFS instead of FAT32, For Advanced Users: Make certain that your hard drive is using the NTFS file system. To convert to NTFS, use the following steps:

        Command Prompt

                   Type “convert [drive letter]: /fs:ntfs” (i.e. “convert C: fs/ntfs”)

                                   Agree to dismount the drive
 [may ask you to input Y/N...Put Y]

23. Disable Performance Counters: Windows has several tools to track the performance of your system and display the results in graph form. If you don’t use this information, disabling the services can help to speed up your system. The easiest way to do this is by downloading Microsoft’s Extensible Performance Counters List and using it to disable the performance counters. 

24. Speedup your desktop by 15%: Right-Click on desktop, go to properties; click Appearance Tab and then go to effects. Uncheck Show Shadows Under Menus and Uncheck Show Window Content While Dragging. This will make your desktop run much more smoothly.

25. Use EBoostr: EBoostr is a small utility that helps your Ram To relax. That means it helps to optimize your computer's virtual memory. This helps your computer to run your applications more faster

26. Get Rid Of Bad Sectors: As your computer gets older, it develops "Bad Sectors" on your Hard Disk. This is a common problem which almost everyone faces. In order to fix Bad Sectors from your HDD, you'll need to download some professional HDD repairing software(s).

27. Use Startup Delayer: With this third-party application, you can set programs to startup in 1 minute intervals, which will smooth up the startup process considerably. In this way your Windows will boot up faster. Or you can just run Msconfig, go to startup and uncheck some of the unnecessary programs which you do not need. But be careful, Disabling important applications will completely destroy your Windows.

28. Disable Superfetch (For Vista Users) to save memory: Superfetch can be a useful tool sometimes but it takes up a whole lot of memory. You May wish to disable it. To disable Superfetch:
               - Press Start, type services in the search bar and press enter
               - Locate Superfetch in the list of services, right click it and select properties.
               - Change the Startup Type dropdown box to disable and click the the stop button; Now click Ok.

29. Enhance SATA Disk Performance: This tip will help you improve the performance of your SATA Hard Drive by enhancing write caching. Follow these steps below:
               - Click on the Start Button and type in Device Manager in the Search Box. Hit Enter
               - Click on the (+) next to Disk Drives
               - Right Click on your Hard Drive and select Properties
               - Select the Policies Tab and check Enable Advanced Performance.
               - Now Click OK and exit Device Manager

30. Download Auslogics BoostSpeed: This Software Pack is a really useful tool to increase the performance of your computer. Download it and watch it clean your computer

31. Tune It Up: Tune Up your computer. There are various Tune Up Software(s) that helps your computer to work faster and even helps it to improve its performance, speed and agility too. One of the best tuning up software is Nova TuneUp.

32. Use One Antivirus Instead Of Two Or More: Always use only one Antivirus Software. Many people think that having more than one antivirus software is good for their computer. Actually this is completely wrong, this doesn't make your computer safe from viruses; instead it makes your computer more weak against viruses.

33. Turn Off Indexing To Speed Up XP (Can Also Work With Vista/7/8 But The Steps May Differ): Windows  keeps a record of all files on the hard disk so when you do a search on the hard drive it is faster. There is a downside to this and because the computer has to index all files, it will slow down normal file commands like open, close, etc. If you do not use search service on your hard drive then you may want to turn this feature off, to do this you need to: 

                Open My Computer. 

                Right-click on your hard drive icon and select Properties. 

At the bottom of the window you'll see "Allow indexing service to index this disk for faster  searches"  Uncheck this and then click Ok. 

                A new window will popup and select Apply to all folders and sub folders. 

                It will take a minute or two for the changes to take affect...

34. Increase Your Computer's Performance Via My Computer: Yes, this is possible...here are the steps below:
Start > Right-click on My Computer and select Properties. 

Click on the "Advanced" tab. 

See the "Performance" section, and click "Settings". 

Disable the following: 

      1.   Fade or slide menus into view 

      2.   Fade or slide ToolTips into view 

      3.   Fade out menu items after clicking 

      4.   Show Shadows under menus 

      5.   Slide open combo boxes 

      6.   Slide taskbar buttons 

      7.   Use a background image for each folder type 

      8.   Use common tasks in folders 

There, now Windows will still look nice but it'll perform faster!

35. Disable MSN Messenger To Speedup Your Desktop: If you don't use MSN or Hotmail; then do the following:

Go into: C:/Program Files/Messenger. Rename the Messenger folder to "MessengerOFF". 

This does not slow down Outlook Express or hinder system performance.

36. Turnoff Autoplay Of CDs And USBs: Just do the following (For XP users)

Click Start, click Run, type GPEDIT.MSC to open Group Policy in the Microsoft Management Console. Then Double-click Computer Configuration, double-click Administrative templates, double-click System, and then click Turn off autoplay. 

The instructions on your screen describe how to configure this setting. Click Properties to display the setting dialog. 

Click Enabled, and choose CD-ROM drives, then click OK, to stop CD autoplay. 
However, this setting does not prevent Autoplay for music CDs. 

37. Use MZ Vista Force:  MZ Vista Force is a FREE system tweaker. Use it to accelerate performance, juice your browsing speed, clean up your hard disk, clearout bandwidth-wasting startup programs, and even fine-tune Windows Media Player and Explorer.
Many of the settings here are exceedingly fine-grained. Want to change the speed at which the Start menu search displays? With Mz Vista Force, you can. You can download it by Clicking Here.

38. Use Acebyte Utilities Free: Acebyte Utilities Free is a Free, Powerful and a practical software from Acebyte. It is designed to optimize your computer and fix errors which cause slowdowns, unknown error messages, deadlock errors, computer freezes, etc.

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