First of all, the content of this article will interest owners of low-power, simple computers. Sometimes this type of PC configuration is referred to as an "office option". It is also very useful to get acquainted with the basic rules listed below, the owners of portable laptops, especially netbooks. But with the problem of how to optimize the work of a computer, owners of powerful modern machines can come up against it.
The newest PC, acquired in a trustworthy and respectful salon, which is stuffed with the most powerful and effective hardware, begins to "hamper" with time. Even licensed Windows and a full package of drivers without appropriate maintenance are slow and show a loss of efficiency.
There are several ways to resume the former speed of your personal assistant. One of them is to reinstall the operating system, and the second to perform a list of activities that will help how to optimize the computer's performance, and improve the user's mood when using it.
If the reinstallation of Windows is able to resume the initial bite of powerful platforms, then for a PC with a modest potential, this method will not solve the problem. It's time to think about how to optimize your computer, even on a PC with modest capabilities to work in a state of maximum comfort.
For users who do not shine with deep knowledge of the principles of the operating system, many specialized programs are developed. All of them allow you to optimize the computer using a clear intuitive interface, and give good results. These utilities are full of Internet services, providing the opportunity to acquire a variety of software, both paid and distributed free of charge.
If you classify such programs, you can clearly distinguish them into three groups. Utilities from the category of Registry maintenance clean the registry, remove the "malware-stuck", which use to launch your applications, get rid of unfilled folders and empty shortcuts. For programs Internet tracks erasing it is peculiar to hide traces of adventures on the Internet. There is also a large class of various applications for testing and "treating" technical equipment. Mostly they work with a processor and a hard disk.
Skeptical users who are very cautious about all kinds of free applications downloaded from the Internet, because of their caution, are not in a hurry to purchase paid utilities. Solving the problem of how to optimize the computer, it is worth trying in practice a few simple tips for Windows XP.
To begin with, we will clean the desktop of a low-power computer as much as possible. Refuse the beautiful wallpaper and unnecessary labels. Then we reduce the quality of color rendering, it will not be noticeable to the user's eye, but as a result we get about 1.5 meters of RAM saving. In the properties of the screen, click on the "Parameters" tab, from the offered list click on the Medium (16-bit) level.
Several experiments with the settings in the "System Properties" (the "Advanced" tab) will allow you to get the desired efficiency by working with "Visual Effects" (the "Performance" section).
Disable unnecessary programs from the "Startup", following from the "Start" menu to "All Programs" and deleting unnecessary shortcuts. But some applications are hidden even deeper. They should be searched in "Startups", which we call by command MSCONFIG from the command line ("start" -> "execute").
You can disable unnecessary services on the route "start" -> "control panel" -> "administration" -> "services".
Even these simple steps will solve the problem of speed, how to optimize the work of the computer on its own, there is a wealth of valuable information on the Web. But you need to use advice with caution. Therefore, the study of the basics of Windows XP can not do without.