As a computer technician, I often get asked to help people speed up their computers. Many people think it’s some kind of secret process or takes all kinds of special skills, but it really doesn’t, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Rather than try to write pages about how to do it, check out these few webpages from lifehacker.com that really explains how to speed up Windows.
One thing that I will add that wasn’t included in the Top 10 list or the Mythbusting is concerning Service Packs. Service Packs are released on a regular basis from Microsoft, as well as numerous other updates. They are worth installing for two main reasons. First, the Service Packs can improve performance issues (example: Vista). Second, getting a virus or some other form of malware is an easy way to slow down your computer, and Service Packs and updates from Microsoft along with virus protection and safe internet usage and downloading can help prevent security problems from malware.
And finally, if you are dealing with a stability issue, you can always check if there are updates avaliable for your computer’s hardware. Occasionally the hardware manufacturer will realize that the original software they released needs improvement for many possible reasons, and they will release an update. Frequently they can help, but like Windows updates and Service Packs they can also cause problems. For the scientist’s who might read this blog, it’s like how certain chemicals are fine by themselves but when combined with others, they can create a lethal or toxic combination.
BONUS TIP: BACKUP ALL IMPORTANT FILES! before making any changes to your computer and just on a regular basis. It will save you heartache, the only question is when it will.