How can I increase my computer speed?

Question

I have a AMD 2200+ Emachine with XPHome that shutsdown very slow. What can I do to speed up shutdown. I have 3 computers on a dsl connection through a router.

Answer

This question was answered on March 24, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Monitor whatâ??s loading when Windows starts Press [Pause/Break] to keep the information on screen and give yourself long enough to read it.

Although Windows optimises some files, run Disk Defragmenter once a month to keep start-up files in one piece rather than in several fragments, so they load more quickly.

Remove system sound effects by opening Sounds and Audio Devices in the Control Panel, switching to the Sounds tab, and selecting No Sounds from the Sound scheme menu This will speed up both your startup and shutdown, as well as the general operating speed of your system.

Remove everything that isnâ??t necessary from the Startup folder In the Programs menu.

If you donâ??t surf the Web, disable your anti-virus program to shave five seconds or more from the start-up process Donâ??t forget to manually start it if you later go online or use a removable disk Similarly, if you rarely burn using Direct CD, switch this program off, too.

The best way for sorting out Windows start-up problems is the System Configuration Utility (type msconfig into the Start, Run box).

Speed up the Windows 98 startup by deleting Logo.sys in the root directory.

Make Windows 98 start faster by converting your hard disk to FAT32 (if this isnâ??t already set up) and running Disk Defragmentater.

If you need to reboot Windows you can speed things up by holding down [Shift] as you click OK to restart Windows will reboot without performing the hardware checks.

You can speed up a shutdown by closing all open programs first.

If other users on your PC leave applications running when theyâ??re away, it slows you down If you canâ??t log in under their names to close programs, use Logoff in Task Managerâ??s Users tab to shut them down Theyâ??ll lose any unsaved files, so be careful.

Shut down your PC by closing all open windows and pressing [Alt] [F4].

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 24, 2004