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50 Light Weight Software to Make Windows Run faster


Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

Windows users generally use a lot of heavy-weight programs, which are a drain on your PC resources. You will be surprised to know, that there are lot of other light-weight software available on the Internet, which can do most of the task performed by these heavy-weight software. For an average user, these light weight programs are highly beneficial because of two reasons.

  • They are open source, so FREE.
  • They are light-wight and hence make your Windows run fast.

Here we are giving you a list of 50 light weight open source software, which can easily replace some of the most popular software on your PC. They not only can save you thousands of $$$ but also speed up your Windows to make Windows run faster.

Basics Software

Windows Vista can be replaced by Ubuntu OS
Internet Explorer can be replaced by Firefox

Office Suites

Microsoft Office can be replaced by OpenOffice
Mactopia can be replaced by NeoOffice

Office Tools

MathWorks MATLAB can be replaced by Scilab
Microsoft Access can be replaced by Kexi
Microsoft Word can be replaced by OpenOffice Writer
Microsoft Excel can be replaced by OpenOffice Calc
Microsoft Visio can be replaced by Dia

Productivity Tools

Blackboard can be replaced by Moodle
Box can be replaced by Cabos
Microsoft Project can be replaced by Open Workbench
Mindjet can be replaced by FreeMind

Graphic Programs

Adobe Illustrator can be replaced by Inkscape
Adobe PhotoShop can be replaced by GIMP
Adobe Premiere can be replaced by Avidemux
AutoCAD can be replaced by Archimedes
Microsoft PowerPoint can be replaced by OpenOffice Impress
Microsoft Paint can be replaced by Tux Paint

Web Editors

TruSpace can be replaced by Blender
Adobe GoLive CS2 can be replaced by Mozilla SeaMonkey
Adobe Dreamweaver can be replaced by NVU
Macromedia Flash Professional can be replaced by OpenLaszlo
Microsoft FrontPage can be replaced by Bluefish

Publishing Tools

Windows Notepad can be replaced by ConTEXT
Altova XMLSpy can be replaced by XML Copy Editor
Adobe Acrobat can be replaced by PDFCreator
Adobe Framemaker can be replaced by DocBook
Microsoft Publisher can be replaced by Scribus

Communication Tools

AIM can be replaced by Pidgin
FeedDemon can be replaced by RSS Bandit:
Microsoft MSN Messenger can be replaced by aMSN
Microsoft Outlook can be replaced by Thunderbird
Skype can be replaced by Wengophone

Media

iTunes can be replaced by Songbird
Nero Burning Rom can be replaced by K3b
Quicktime can be replaced by Darwin Streaming Server
TiVo Desktop can be replaced by Galleon.tv:
Windows Media Player can be replaced by Miro

Utilities

CuteFTP can be replaced by Filezilla
iBackup can be replaced by ZManda
Norton Ghost can be replaced by Partition Image
Rational Purify can be replaced by Valgrind
WinZip can be replaced by 7-Zip

Security Tools

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal can be replaced by Winpooch
McAfee VirusScan can be replaced by ClamWin
Norton Personal Firewall can be replaced by WIPFW
Authorize.net can be replaced by OpenSSL

Financial Tools

Microsoft Money (Plus) can be replaced by TurboCash
Quickbooks can be replaced by Compiere

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Make Windows Run fast by Disabling Performance Counters


Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

Performance counters are the tools used by Windows to monitor and track the errors and bottlenecks in the speed and performance of Windows. But they are too technical in nature and are difficult to be used by a common Windows user. They can, generally be used by an IT administrator or a developer to tweak the performance related to CPU, Memory, Disk, Network, Processes Exchange and many other things. They keep on gathering their data from Windows in the background but in the process gobble up precious system resources.
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You can safely consider to disable Performance Counters without loosing anything. This will surely help to speedup your Windows and make it run faster.

How to Disable Performance Counters to run Windows faster

A few simple steps…

  • Download Extensible Performance Counter (615kb) [Microsoft Site].
  • Install the program.
  • Run it from C:\Program Files\Resource Kit\exctrlst.exe.
  • Uncheck the check box Performance Counters Enabled for each item in the list.
  • Save your settings.

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Use Manual Windows Updates to Run Windows Faster


Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

Windows Update is a free service for the genuine users of the Windows users provided by Microsoft. Windows update is a very useful feature as it provides latest security and performance updates for Windows and other Microsoft products like Microsoft Office, Windows Live applications, and Microsoft Expression. It is very important to regularly update your Windows product.
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However, keeping Windows Update settings to Automatically updation blocks your efforts to speedup Windows. Because this is a drain on your resources it reduces speed. So, the best option is to run Windows Update whenever there is a slack hour, and you are not too busy with your work.

How to disable Windows Automatic Update

Simple steps…

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Go to System > Automatic Updates
  • Select Turn Off Automatic Updates

But don’t forget to regularly update windows. If you are not very confident, then you can also schedule the task of automatic update and choose a time which is slack time and when you do not generally work on your Windows but keep the Internet connectivity ON.

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Make Windows Fast by Adjusting Visual Effects


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Windows is a great OS. One of the reasons of instant success of Windows XP was the superior visual effects that give the user an aesthetically pleasing appearance. There are a lot of visual effects like fading or sliding menus, drop shadows for desktop icons, XP style title bars and buttons etc. which make it a charm to work on Windows.
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But these visual effects are detrimental to your efforts to speedup your Windows. In fact they are a drag on the precious system resources and your PC can perform a lot better if you disable them, specially on a low RAM, low processor speed computer.

Although it is well established that this makes your Windows run faster, but it makes the user interface quite dull and it looks like earlier versions of Windows like Windows 95 and Windows 2000. So this is a trade off between looks and performance.

How to make Windows run faster by adjusting visual effects

Simple and easy steps

  • Right Click on My Computer > Properties.
  • Select Advanced tab > Settings Tab.
  • Click on Adjust for best performance > OK.

If you don’t like the appearance of the results, then you can also selectively disable the different visual effects.

I will suggest that you can keep the following visual effect and remove rest.

  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons

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Make Windows Run Faster by Disabling Error Reporting


Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

Error reporting is a feature used by Microsoft to collect data regarding actual errors faced by users on Windows. They claim that they use it to make Windows a better OS. The users can also access the error logs to find exactly what went wrong. This may be right, but I have found many users who find error reporting feature to be annoying. Besides this the error log is too GEEK to be easily understood by a common Windows users.
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And most importantly, error reporting is a something which works against your efforts to make Windows run faster.

How to disable Error Reporting to Speedup Windows

A few simple steps…

  • Click on Start > Control Panel.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Click on the Error Reporting button.
  • Select Disable error Reporting and press OK.

These small tweaks really work a lot towards improving the speed of Windows and make your windows run faster.

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Disable Sounds to Make Windows Run Faster


Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

If you want to make Windows Run faster, it is important extremely important that you stick to a regular maintenance schedule and also shut down the overhead services, which make a drain on the system resources. One such measure is to disable the different sounds Windows creates for different actions.
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Windows has the ability to assign sounds to virtually any action and we’re all familiar with the default sounds for startup, shutdown, and errors. Any of these sounds can be turned off or modified as per your personal preferences. However, if you want to optimize Windows speed, then it is better to disable all the sounds. If you don’t want to disable all the sounds, then you can do that selectively for some tasks of your choice also.

How to Disable Sounds to Make Windows Run Faster

Few simple steps…

  • Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  • Open Sound and Audio Devices folder.
  • Click on Properties.
  • Select the sound, which you want to disable and select None.
  • For disabling all the sounds, click the down arrow under Sound Scheme and select No Sounds and then click Ok.

Such small tweaks swill do a great deal in making Windows Run Faster.

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Defragment Hard Disks to Make Windows Run Faster


Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

Defragmentation is a process which reduces of physically reorganizing the contents of the hard disk to store the pieces of each file close together and contiguously. It also attempts to create larger regions of free space using compaction to impede the return of fragmentation.
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When the system finds the contiguous pieces of a file close together on the hard disk, then the time taken to fetch that reduces considerably. This is one of the most important utility to regularly use, if you want to make your Windows run faster.

There are lot of de-fragmenter utilities available on the Internet. Most of these utilities are FREE of cost, but some even charge you for using them. But, you don’t really use them. There already is a nice Disk Defragmenter utility built in within your Windows itself. Make it a habit to regularly use it to speed up your Windows.

How to Defragment Hard Disks to Make Windows Run Faster

A few simple steps…

  • Click on Start > Run.
  • Type dfrg.msc > OK.
  • Select your drive and press Defragment.
  • Simple.

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