80+ Ways to Make PC Super Fast Right Now

by on March 13th, 2010

Following are more than 80 ways which can boost your PC performance right now and make PC work faster as new.

  1. Use the Windows Performance Toolkit and the trace logs to speed up Windows boot time.
  2. Perform a virus scan on your computer regularly. If you don’t want to install virus protection, use some of the free online virus scanners.
  3. Use web accelerators, which are programs that try to prefetch and cache the sites you are going to visit.
  4. Make sure that there are no bad sectors or other errors on your hard drive.
  5. If you have a SATA drive and you’re running Windows Vista, you can speed up your PC by enabling the advanced write caching features.
  6. Reduce the number of fonts that your computer has to load up on startup to increase performance.
  7. Remove unnecessary old programs from the Add/Remove dialog of the Control Panel often.
  8. Update all of your drivers in Windows, including chipset and motherboard drivers to their latest versions.
  9. Partition your hard drives correctly to maximize performance.
  10. Speed up Mozilla Firefox by tweaking the configuration settings and by installing an add-on called FasterFox.
  11. Speed up the Start Menu in Windows by customizing or adding the ‘MenuShowDelay’ key in the registry.
  12. Make sure that you have selected “Adjust for best performance” on the Performance tab in Computer System Properties.
  13. Make sure to download all the latest Windows Updates, Service Packs, and hot fixes as they normally help your computer work better.
  14. Clean registry by removing broken shortcuts, missing shared DLLs, invalid paths, invalid installer references and more.
  15. If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows and have 4GB of RAM or more, you can force Windows to see and use all of the RAM by enabling PAE.
  16. If you are not using some of the hardware on your computer, i.e. floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, USB ports, IR ports, etc, then go into your BIOS and disable them so that they do not use any power and do not have to be loaded during boot up.
  17. Enable DMA mode in Windows XP for IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers in Device Manager.
  18. Replace a slow hard drive with a faster 7200 RPM drive, SATA drive, or SAS drive.
  19. Turn visual effects off by going to Performance Options.
  20. Speed up the Send To menu in Explorer by typing “sendto” in the Run dialog box and deleting unnecessary items.
  21. Disable unnecessary Windows services, settings, and programs that slow down your computer.
  22. Make icons appear faster while browsing in My Computer by disabling search for network files and printers.
  23. Tweak Windows using free programs
  24. If you already have anti-spyware software installed, turn off Windows Defender protection.
  25. If you do not use the Recent Documents feature in Windows, then disable it completely.
  26. Disable UAC (User Account Control) in Windows Vista or Windows 7.
  27. Clean out the Windows prefetch folder to improve performance.
  28. If you are technically savvy and don’t mind taking a few risks, you can try to overclock your processor.
  29. Speed up browsing of pictures and videos in Windows Vista by disabling the Vista thumbnails cache.
  30. Do not clear your paging file during shutdown unless it is needed for security purposes because clearing the paging file slows down shutdown.
  31. Remove any other gadgets that you are not using because these take up a lot of memory and processing power.
  32. Run the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup utility often.
  33. Install more RAM.
  34. Learn how to use keyboard shortcuts for Windows, Microsoft Word, Outlook, or create your own keyboard shortcuts to work faster.
  35. Remove extra toolbars from your Windows taskbar and from your Internet browser.
  36. Disable error reporting in Windows, because seriously it is worthless.
  37. Determine your BIOS version and check the manufactures website to see if you need to update your BIOS.
  38. Use the MSCONFIG utility to disable useless startup programs.
  39. Delete your Internet browsing history, temporary Internet files, cookies to free up disk space often.
  40. Remove unwanted pre-installed software.
  41. If you have more than one disk in your PC, you can increase performance by moving your paging file to the second drive and formatting the volume using FAT32 instead of NTFS.
  42. Remove spyware from PC.
  43. If you have a SCSI drive, make sure the write cache is enabled. You can do so by opening the properties of the SCSI drive in Windows.
  44. Use Windows Classic theme. Set it under Display Properties.
  45. Turn off system restore.
  46. If you use uTorrent to download torrents, you can increase the download speeds by tweaking the settings.
  47. Tweak mouse and keyboard settings from control panel.
  48. Clean up hard drive disk space being taken up by temporary files, the recycle bin, hibernation and more.
  49. If you are using Windows Vista, you can disable the Welcome Center splash screen that always pops up.
  50. If you have a machine with an older network card, make sure to enable the onboard processor for the network card, which will offload tasks from the CPU.
  51. If you search on Google a lot or Wikipedia, you can do it much faster on Vista by adding them to the Vista Start Menu Instant Search box.
  52. Turn off default disk performance monitors on Windows to increase performance.
  53. If you have a custom built computer or a PC that was previously used, make sure to check the BIOS for optimal settings such as enabled CPU caches, correctly set IDE/SATA data transfer modes, memory timings, etc. You can also enable Fast/Quick boot if you have that option.
  54. Speed up Internet browsing in IE by increasing the number of max connections per server in the registry.
  55. Use Process Lasso to speed up your computer by allowing it to make sure that no one process can completely overtake the CPU.
  56. Remove the drivers for all old devices that may be hidden in Device Manager that you no longer use.
  57. Speed up boot time by disabling unused ports on your Windows machine.
  58. Increase the FileSystem memory cache in Vista to utilize a system with a large amount of RAM.
  59. If you have lots of files in a single folder, it can slow down Explorer. It’s best to create multiple folders and spread out the files between the folders.
  60. Delete temporary and unused files on your computer using a free program like CCleaner.
  61. Use Vista Services Optimizer to disable unnecessary services in Vista safely.
  62. Install a free or commercial anti-virus program to help protect against viruses, etc. Make sure to use an anti-virus program that does not hog up all of your computer resources.
  63. Force Windows to unload DLLs from memory to free up RAM.
  64. Fix issues with your registry.
  65. Use a program called TeraCopy to speed up file copying in Windows.
  66. Turn off the Aero visual effects in Windows Vista to increase computer performance.
  67. Turn off unnecessary features in Vista by going to Control Panel, choosing Uninstall a program, and then clicking on Turn Windows features on and off. You can turn off Remote Differential Compression, Tablet PC components, DFS replication service, Windows Fax & Scan, Windows Meeting Space, and lots more.
  68. Disable the boot logo to speed up Windows boot time.
  69. Disable the Windows Vista Sidebar if you’re not using it for anything important.
  70. Defragment Windows pagefile and registry.
  71. Disable automatic Last Access Timestamp to speed up Windows.
  72. Run DOS programs in separate memory spaces for better performance.
  73. If you are using USB 1.0 ports, upgrade to 2.0. If you have a Firewire port, try to use that instead of a USB port since Firewire is faster than USB.
  74. If you have a desktop background, make sure it is of small size.
  75. For the Virtual Memory setting in Windows (right-click on My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Performance Settings, Advanced, Virtual Memory), make sure the MIN and MAX are both the same number.
  76. Choose a faster operating system. If you find Vista to be slow, go with Windows XP. Switch to Mac or Linux.
  77. In Windows, the Windows Search indexing service is turned on for all local hard drives. Turn off indexing to increase performance.
  78. One of the easiest ways to speed up your PC is to simply reformat it. Backup your data first.
  79. Clean your mouse, keyboard and computer CPU fan.
  80. Edit the right-click context menu in Windows XP and Vista and remove unnecessary items to increase display speed.
  81. Speed up your Internet browsing by using an external DNS server such as OpenDNS.
  82. Defragment your computer hard disk.
  83. Move or change the location of your My Documents folder so that it is on a separate partition or hard drive.
  84. Completely uninstall programs and applications using a program like Revo Uninstaller. It will get rid of remnants left behind by normal uninstalls.
  85. If you know what you are doing, you can install several hard drives into your machine and set them up in RAID 0, RAID 5, or other RAID configurations.
  86. If you have files that are generally large, you might want to consider increasing the cluster size on NTFS to 16K or even 32K instead of 4K. This will help speed up opening of files.
  87. Move the paging file on a different hard drive or partition than the boot partition.