Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

Your PC’s New Year resolution

Monday, January 19th, 2009

You all might be having a New Year resolution for the year 2009. However, computer users might be dreaming of their PCs to perform better. Well, such a thing isn’t impossible.

It is a known fact that every user goes on to hit speed bump sometime or the other. The bump can be a slow booting computer, dead power-supply, e-mail attachment gone in cyberspace, or an extremely wet mobile, etc. At times, technology appears to be more troublesome in comparison with its worth.

However, just as ‘flat tires’ can get patched, majority of computer-related problems can get fixed, that too, at a faster rate. There are companies making ways for simple, speedy solutions to internet, network, hardware, software, and crises concerned with mobiles. Hold on, people! Windows has not been left out. It is agreeable that speed bumps regarding higher technology can be annoying. They must, however, not prevent you from having the ride enjoyed.
One thing can be certainly said about Vista- Search capabilities on its part have put XP to shame. You would literally pity the XP user trying to locate file with such a badly-designed search tool. Luckily, alternatives exist for this: Both, Google Desktop and Copernic Desktop Search perform the task of indexing your images, e-mail messages, documents, MP3 files, and the other content to obtain lightning-fast searches. The best part is that they allow you to peek in to the files found inside without having them opened. This is, in actual sense, the proper way of making a search tool work.

No one would like to get struck up in traffic. However, that is precisely what takes place when Windows personal Computer boots: Every start-up program tries running simultaneously, resulting in some sort of traffic jam. At this time, you need a ‘traffic cop’, i.e. an application allowing programs start-up, that too, ‘one at a time’. This application should be designed in such a way that it comes in to picture at regular intervals.The above-mentioned application is nothing but ‘Startup Delayer’. This application costs absolutely nothing. It aids you in setting up delays for the other programs, thereby simplifying congestion. This is done to boot up your PC faster. Just start by having reviewed list of various startup programs for seeing which one can wait. iTunesHelper, LightScribe Control Panel, and Google Update are instances of fine candidates. They do not need to operate immediately after the system starts.

In order to set delay for the program, have it dragged to a ‘white bar’ at Startup Delayer windows’ bottom. You would observe a line which would represent the program. Drag it towards the right or left for increasing or decreasing the delay. Carry out the same procedure for the other applications as well. However, do not forget to have them staggered by a minute.

Leave the startup programs which you can’t recognize alone. A delay consisting of 10-15 minutes for certain startups might improve start-up speed noticeably.

Holiday PC Maintenance Guide

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Holiday PC Maintenance Guide 

Well, if you are having weekend off then one of the best methods to utilize your time is by taking care of your personal computer. Most of the people do not have any idea on how to maintain their PC. Actually, there are five main aspects which everyone must consider when they want to maintain their PC at home. Most of these methods does not cost much and are even very easy to perform these include cleaning your screen, cleaning the junk from your PC, backing-up your data, cleaning-out your programs and adding extra memory.

 

  • Cleaning Your Screen – This can be done quiet easily. However, when as you last time of cleaning your PC screen? There are times when your computer’s monitor appears to look dim; this was because your screen hasn’t been cleaned for years. You must understand that when things are cleaned they appear bright to our eyes. So, if you are having a CRT monitor then you can wipe that screen by using a paper towel. Initially, spray the Windex on the cloth and then wipe the screen completely. However, if you are having LCD monitor then use pre-tested sprays specifically designed for flat screens to wipe the screen.
  • Cleaning the junk from your PC – Well, if you see any junks in your computer screen then make sure to clean it frequently. You must know that computers especially desktop usually have fans which pull lost of air and along with the air dust particles are also pulled into the fans which literally pollute your computer. However, to clean your PC you have to initially unplug the cables completely and clear the surface on which you will place your PC. Open the cover of your PC, connect the vacuum cleaner and clean the dust which is stored inside or near the fan. Make sure you perform this act carefully. Just make sure that you use the vacuum nozzle to clear the dust particles from the surface of your PC because it may fly everywhere you blow the vacuum.
  • Backing-up Your Data – There are times when your hard drive crashes and this can result in loss of several important files. This is why it is necessary to have a back-up which will perhaps save you money and even your data. Many people may be anxious to know what is backing-up however with the reduction of prices in external hard drives it has become very easy for many to save their important fields. Once you have purchased one for yourself, plug it to your PC and in the windows folder go to the users folder and drag all your important files from it and place it into the icon that represents external drive which is in the My computer. So, this will prevent your important files from being lost with the hard drive getting crashed occasionally.
  • Cleaning-out your unused programs – If you have some unused programs in your PC then it is always better to delete them in order to have sufficient space in your hard drive. You can do this by looking for these unused files in the control panel. You will get a program named Add/Remove program where-in you can select the files which you do not need and remove them.
  • Adding extra memory – This is one of the best things you can actually do to the performance of your PC. RAM modules are cheap and so adding an additional one will provide you additional space to save more data. Once you purchase the RAM, follow the instructions available on the case and install the RAM in the perfect position. Make sure that your PC is switched-off when you are adding the RAM to your PC.

These are some simple methods through which you can easily maintain your PC at home.

5 Simple Tips to Speed Up Your PC

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Almost everyone must have experienced the excitement of bringing over a new computer. However most of the people have also experienced very soon that it takes twice as long for the computer to start and additionally it also starts showing error messages and slowly you notice that your computer is has become considerably slow. The reason for slowdown of your computer performance can be due to several reasons. Therefore the first step to resolve these issues is to find out the cause for these issues. Some most frequent and common causes for low performance are

 

  • Corrupt registry or poor maintenance
  • Fragmentation, capacity issues or hard drive errors
  • Malicious processor functioning (malware, spyware, viruses)
  • Too many processes or programs running

 

It can be frustrating to deal with slow performing computers and many also end up in spending a lot of money to repair it. However there are a few steps that you can take to not just stop these issues but also enhance the overall performance of your computer.

 

Run System Maintenance Programs Regularly

This program will check the hard drive for any fragmentation or errors and will remove all the unused files. This can actually go very deep in preventing decreased computer performance when done regularly. These fragmentations means the way files are located on the hard drive and what you see as a single file is actually scattered in different drives. They are totally invisible to you and can reduce your computer performance. Defragement will basically relocate the files in a more effective and precise way. The tool to do this actually comes pre-installed on the computer but there are also more systematic maintenance programs available.  

 

Check for Malware, Spyware and Viruses Regularly

These viruses can actually cause havoc in any computer and they drastically decrease computer performance. Finding and deleting these malicious software pieces is very important in order to increase the performance of your computer. You can do this through several antisyware or antivirus programs available.

 

Check for Registry Errors

The registry basically stores all the important settings and information of the computer. As you use the computer and add or remove programs these problems start increasing in the registry. As this registry is essential for programs to run you should regularly maintain or clean your registry through the registry cleaning software available.

 

Simplify Computer Start-Up

Although you actively use a single program there are several programs running in the background without you knowing. These programs actually install themselves and even start-up automatically with you turn-on the computer. These programs can actually increase the start-up time and so decrease your computer speed. Some ways to resolve these issues is to remove all the unused programs and secondly implement start-up shields. This start-up shield lets you find and control programs running on start-up.

 

Check RAM

Hardware problems can also cause computer slowdown. The contemporary operating system available is very sophisticated and will require more RAM to run smoothly. Therefore if you have less RAM then it is very easy to upgrade your computer’s RAM using RAM chips and is also very inexpensive.

The Absolute Truth about RegCure PC Optimizer

Friday, March 28th, 2008

RegCure is a very simple and powerful software that is used to clean and optimize the windows registry, which is developed by Pareto Logic corp, a Canadian company.

Before most people realize it, one of the leading causes of all PC errors is a
corruptted Windows registry. Without cleaning and impacting your registry on a regular basis, it becomes increasingly larger and messy. This will cause all kinds of problems and annoying computer errors including windows freezes , blue screen crashes, runtime errors, script errors, and program lockups. Not to mention, it will severely slow down your computer.

In order to avoid this mess and keep your computer running at an optimal speed,
a registry optimization program like RegCure should be used on a regular basis.

Regcure automatically scans and removes invalid and corruptted files. These are the hard-to-find problems that aren’t detected by anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.

You could easily spend $80 to get these kind of computer problems fixed by a
computer technician, but why not use some simple and inexpensive software to keep your computer running at peak performance right at home.

Best practices to use Regcure PC Optimizer

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

From Wikipedia, Best Practice asserts that there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc.

Just as using other system-maintenance softwares, there are some best practices to use Regcure PC Optimizer. In this article I will try to list all important things when you choose to use Regcure. If you are new to computer or not very familiar with PC, we recommend you to read these best practices before using Regcure.

  1. Backup your windows registry before using Regcure “fix errors” functionality. Because what Regcure touches is window registry, the core database of window operating system, it is always a good idea to back up the whole windows registry beforehand. If you need more information about how to backup registry, please see our article Registry Editor.
  2. Never delete the registry backups Regcure made for you if you have enough disk space. According to RegCure help file, every time you use RegCure to remove registry items a backup file is created. RegCure saves these backups so that you can restore the items that were removed from the registry. You can restore one or more backup files at a time. Keeping these backups will help you a lot in case you do encounter some difficulty using your computer after using Regcure.

Right now, this is still a short list. I will keep update this list and any feed backs are welcome.

Windows freezes or stops responding

Monday, March 10th, 2008

If you have used your computer for a long time, you may notice that your Windows often freezes or stops responding, especially when you are opening a lot of windows or running a lot of applications on your computer. The speed is too slow, you may say.

This “windows freezes” issue could be caused by any of the below possibilities.

  1. Software related issue.
  2. Driver related issue.
  3. Operating system related issue.
  4. Heat related issue.
  5. Hardware issue.
  6. Serious issue with Windows
  7. Hardware failure.

This article contains recommendations on what to do if the computer frequently freezes or completely halts. An easy way to determine if your computer is in this situation is by pressing the Num Lock button on the keyboard and watching the Num Lock led to see if it turns off and/or on.

If you’re able to get the light to turn off an on, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and attempt to end task the program. Otherwise continue reading this article.

Software related issue

A computer locking up or freezing is often is caused by a software related issue. If you’re encountering lockups when the computer is opening a particular program, make sure you have all the latest updates for that program. You can find the latest updates for your software through the publisher.

Driver related issue

A computer lock up can also be caused by drivers. For example, if there is an issue that exists with your video drivers a computer could lock up while playing a game or displaying any other type of video. Make sure you have the latest drivers for all major devices in your computer (video, sound, modem, and network).

Operating system related issue

Make sure your operating system has all of the latest updates installed on it.

Heat related issue

If the computer processor is getting too hot it can cause the computer to freeze. If you have heard any abnormal noises coming from your computer recently such as a high squealing, this could indicate a fan may be failing in your computer.

You can first start by verifying the fan on the power supply is working by examining the back of the computer and seeing if the fan is moving and moving smoothly. For all other fans in the computer you will need to either open the computer and make sure the fan are working (processor fan and case fan) and/or if your BIOS monitors the RPM of the fans, enter BIOS and make sure the BIOS does not report any errors.

Users may also be able to determine how hot their computer is by onboard thermal sensors. If your computer comes equipped with these sensors, make sure your CPU is not running too hot.

Hardware issue

In addition to software, hardware can also cause a computer to lock. If you have recently added any new hardware into the computer, try temporarily removing it to make sure it is not the cause of your issue.

Before attempting to remove any hardware, make sure you are not encountering this issue because of hardware conflicts by viewing Device Manager for errors.

If you have not recently installed any new hardware into the computer, the next best solution to determining if this is a hardware issue would be remove any hardware on the computer that is not needed. For example, remove your modem, network card, sound card, and any other expansion cards that are not needed for the computer to operate. Run the computer without these cards to see if they are the cause of your issue.

Serious issue with Windows

If you have tried all the above recommendations and the computer continues to frequently lock up, its possible that Windows may be seriously corrupt. Try running through the basic troubleshooting steps for your version of Windows. If these additional steps do not resolve your issue, we suggest you backup all information and erase and reinstall Windows on your computer.

Hardware failure

If after reinstalling your operating system, or during the installation of your operating system, your computer turns off abnormally, it is very likely that other hardware is failing in the computer. Often this is RAM, CPU, Motherboard, and/or Power Supply(in that order).

If you have extra available parts or have a friend or co-worker with a similar configuration that is willing to allow you to test their hardware in your computer, try swapping these parts to determine if they are at fault. Otherwise, you will need to have the computer serviced.

Speed up Windows Shutdown

Friday, March 7th, 2008

This article applies to both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

You may find that it is very annoying that your Windows takes “for ever” to shut down. Here we explain what can affect your Windows Shut down time, and how to speed up the shut down.

Windows XP and Windows Vista stores a couple of values in its registry which are responsible for determining how long to wait before shutting down open applications and services once the shutdown command has been given.

By editing these two settings and changing them to lower values, you can considerably decrease the amount of time that Windows needs to successfully shut itself down, and so speed up the shut down process. The first part of this tweak deals with setting the amount of time Windows will take to kill open applications on shutdown.

Open Regedit and navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\’
Highlight the ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′.
Now highlight the ‘HungAppTimeout’ value
Set it to ‘1000′ also.

The second part of this tip changes the same settings, this time for all users on the system.

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop’
Highlight the ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′.
Now highlight the ‘HungAppTimeout’ value.
Set it to ‘1000′ also.

In the third part of this tip, we will alter a second registry setting to decrease the amount of time Windows will wait before shutting down active services after receiving a shut down command.

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\’

Highlight the value ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’

Change this value to ‘1000.’

This should help to considerably speed up the time Windows XP and Window Vista takes to shut itself down.

Auto kill tasks on shutdown

By default, Windows will prompt the user for input if there are one or more applications which have crashed or are not responding and it receives a shut down command. This halts the shutdown process entirely until the user approves the stopping of the non-responsive app. In order to speed up shut down time, we need to avoid this happening.
By altering the registry slightly, Windows can be set to close crashed applications automatically. While this does not technically speed up the shut down process, it does streamline it, and ensure that the user will not give the shutdown command then get up and leave, only to find the PC still powered on because Windows never received input on what to do with a hung application.

To allow Windows to close non-responsive applications automatically upon shutdown:

Open REGEDIT and navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’

Highlight the value ‘AutoEndTasks.’

Change the value to ‘1′

Windows will now be able to close hung applications without user input during the shutdown process.

Our experience

This tweak has really increased our systems shut down speed. I can now shutdown my PC within a few seconds.