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Symantec Employee
Rowan_Trollope
Posts: 9
Registered: ‎04-07-2008

Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

Hello.  My name is Rowan Trollope, and I'm the Snr Vice President for Norton products.  I'm in charge of defining and building all of the Norton products.  I've been with Symantec since 1991.  Back when I was still programming for a living, I was an engineer working on Norton Utilities.  I worked on Diskedit, System doctor, and wrote Windows Doctor.

 

I'm very excited to see that this forum has been setup, and I plan to frequent the forum to interact with all of you.

 

One of the things I'm interested in right now is PC performance. I'd like to start a dialog with the technical experts in this forum to discuss how you help friends troubleshoot performance problems.  I often get asked by friends to help make their computers faster.  I have a standard "troubleshooting/diagnostic" routine that I go through, but I'm curious to see what procedure you use when you help friends try to speed up their PCs.

 

Post a reply to this thread and let me know what you do.

Super Phishing Phryer
Vejdin
Posts: 785
Registered: ‎04-08-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

Here are the steps I follow to speed up a PC:

 

1. First of all, I must be sure if the system is virus free

2. Then I uninstall unneeded programs

3. Disable unneeded Windows services, if possible.

4. Cleanup any temporary files

5. Cleanup Windows registry

6. Defragmentation

Contributor
btester92
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎04-08-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

First thing, always, is to uninstall unnecessary software, or at least to remove it from startup. Then I defrag the hard drive... sometimes it boosts speed a bit. Cleaning up the system cache and setting a fixed virtual memory size (1.5 times the amount of RAM) to keep the file from growing too large. On older computers, turning off the visual effects can make a huge difference, as I witnessed with my dad's old dell with a pentium III processor... While products like PC Booster, TuneUp Utilities, or Advanced WindowsCare work really well, I don't really install them on other people's computers because I can imagine someone accidentally changing a setting that renders their computer inoperable. I use them on mine though :smileywink:.
Symantec Employee
Bryan
Posts: 35
Registered: ‎04-08-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

I usually remove any programs in the registry that is attached to the run key that I feel do not need to be running at all times

Symantec Employee
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎04-09-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

In order for a computer to be slowed down, there must be programs running to take up CPU cycles. My basic strategy is to stop unnecessary programs from running automatically. The first places I look at are the various Run keys in the registry. They're located at

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER changes as you log into different Windows accounts. The HKLM Run key is a favorite for many applications to place themselves in so they start up automatically. Prebuilt computers, such as those from Dell and HP, usually come with preinstalled software. I find that most people do not care for their features and so I start removing them from the Run key. This speeds up their startup times because there is no longer a big brawl between applications for CPU time during startup. Msconfig is also a nice tool to see which programs are starting up in this way.

 

The second thing I do is download Process Explorer and take a look at what processes are currently running. If there are any suspicious processes running (e.g. djvxdegabv.exe), then I google the exe's file name and look for signs of malware. Any bad guys will be deleted.

 

This is just to stop programs from running when they're really not needed. Getting rid of the mechanism for automatic execution doesn't prevent such programs from being run at a later date at the user's discretion. It's probably a good idea to have the computer's user/owner nearby to tell you if he/she wants a program to be running or not. For friends and family who are not tech-savvy, I usually make the decision for them.

Super Keylogger Crusher
MelodicWynd
Posts: 291
Registered: ‎04-09-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

There's no question that it all starts with uninstalling unneeded programs. Everybody and their mother wants to install and establish a open up business next to the system clock. Seems like nearly every free program that is legit these days comes with an "offer" for a toolbar or widget of some kind that you miss in your excitement in hitting "next" to get the primary app installed. Running a virus scan is another part of SOP (when working on friends computers), as is clearing out internet cache and tmp files. Seems like this is the same protocol and very little has changed since I started doing this 15 years ago. 

 

After that, I'm a big fan of autoruns (once available from the magnificant guys at Sysinternals, now offered from another group I'm less familiar with :smileywink:) and ccleaner. I used to use SpyBot quite a bit, along with teatimer for my reg shield, but the notifications get annoying and I couldn't safely put it on anyone elses system without getting a call later that xyz program won't install. autoruns does a nice job of consolidating everything into a convenient location (run keys, browser helper objects, scheduled tasks, services, etc.) - it can be dangerous if your not careful, but that's what Google is for.

 

Those are my "essentials"

 

Mel 

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Donna
Posts: 23
Registered: ‎04-09-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

Hi,

Thanks for the great topic.  I usually find the unneeded startup items and services.  Software as a Service (SaaS) is now what most developers of software is taking advantage and I understand the need and advantage of it but there are some unneeded SaaS that I hope some developers will check out before plunging.

 

I'm using WinPatrol to handle this by reviewing the startup items, browser helpers, tasks, services, processes and many more.  It allow users to view more info on the entry offline and online (for WinPatrol + customers).

Next is defragging the system using 3rd party tool.  Windows Defrag is handy but not as powerful as 3rd party.

 

Donna Buenaventura
Microsoft MVP
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Masis
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎04-09-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

Simple....visit microsofts...onecare centre..

 

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-Us/center/cleanup.htm (cleanup)

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-Us/center/howsafe.htm (scan)

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-Us/center/tuneup.htm (tuneup) 

Stu Rootkit Eradicator
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Stu
Posts: 5,210
Registered: ‎04-08-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?

At first I uninstall all unnecassery prgrams. Than I delete all left folders and reg keys.

Also I have a regular look at my start up program to be sure nothing is in the way

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought"
Contributor
Urrell
Posts: 28
Registered: ‎04-08-2008

Re: Poll: How do you speed up a computer?


Vejdin wrote:

Here are the steps I follow to speed up a PC:

 

1. First of all, I must be sure if the system is virus free

2. Then I uninstall unneeded programs

3. Disable unneeded Windows services, if possible.

4. Cleanup any temporary files

5. Cleanup Windows registry

6. Defragmentation


+ 1 (With the help of Systemworks of course) :smileywink:
 
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Masis wrote:

Simple....visit microsofts...onecare centre..

 

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-Us/center/cleanup.htm (cleanup)

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-Us/center/howsafe.htm (scan)

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-Us/center/tuneup.htm (tuneup)

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   Oops :mansad:

 
Urrell