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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.

See also the other 16 tips to How to Make Windows Run Faster.

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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.

See also the other 16 tips to How to Make 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.

See also the other 16 tips to How to Make Windows Run Faster.

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Speedup Windows by Disabling Auto Search for Network Folders and Printers


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

Windows has a built in algorithm, which constantly scans shared resources on a network to identify any newly-shared resources, such as a printer or a folder. Although it is a useful feature, but most users do not need it because it does not happen too often that Folders and Printer status are changing on a network.
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But this scanning consumes valuable system resources, and you can consider to switch this feature off to speed up Windows performance.

How to disable them to run Windows faster

Few simple steps

  • Click Start > My Computer.
  • Click on Tools > Folder Options.
  • Click on View tab
  • Uncheck the first checkbox Automatically search for network folders and printers.
  • Click OK and restart your PC.

This simple tweak may not be amazingly running your windows fast, but small tweaks does contribute towards actually making Windows run fast.

See also the other 16 tips to How to Make Windows Run Faster.

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Run Disk Cleanup and make Windows run faster


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

Disk Cleanup is utility of Windows XP to free up disk space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup first analyzes and searches your hard drive for files that are no longer of any use. It then gives your various options to clean up your disk by removing these identified files.
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There are a number of different file categories that Disk Cleanup targets when performing the initial disk analysis:

  • Compression of old files
  • Temporary Internet files
  • Temporary Windows files
  • Downloaded Program files
  • Recycle Bin
  • Removal of unused applications or optional Windows components
  • Setup Log files
  • Offline files

How does it helps in Making Windows XP Run Faster

To make the most efficient use of the available resources, Windows XP swaps files from your RAM to the hard disk. If the free available space on your hard disc remains low, then this process gets affected, and slows down your system. It is better to clean up your disk regularly to make XP run faster.

Step to Run Disk Cleanup

  • Click on Start > Run.
  • Type cleanmgr > OK.
  • Select your drive letter > OK.
  • Press OK to delete files that you no longer require.
  • You can also select various options to select which files you want to remove

This process will most likely speed up your Windows XP, specially if your running low on free Hard Disk space.

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Convert files to pdf without a pdf converter


 

Pdf format is today used by many users for distribution and sharing of files across various platforms. The advantage of using pdf is that these files are not easily editable and the user may not be able to modify the contents.

However, if you want to convert them to editable files, there comes a few converters also. In case you don’t want to install them, but still be able to convert your files, you can use following online helpful websites. You just have to send the pdf files as an email attachment and these websites will convert them to different formats and send the converted file back to you.

For converting pdf to plain txt: Mail pdf file to pdf2txt@adobe.com

For converting pdf to HTML: Mail pdf file to: pdf2html@adobe.com

For converting jpg to pdf: Mail jpg file to pdf@koolwire.com

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Offline browsing web with Internet Explorer


Many times, you are on the move, or plane with your laptop and Internet connectivity is not available. To solve the problem, there are many offline browsers available in market, but your own Internet Explorer 6 or 7 in Windows XP can be easily used for offline browsing the web.

How to browse Internet offline:

First you have to save the web page in favorites, while you are online for later viewing.

Go to Favorites Menu > Add to favorites.

Click on the Make Available online check box.

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Now the web page will be saved in your computer’s memory. If you want all the pages linked to this web page also available while you are offline, then click the Customize button and specify the various levels. You can also specify the schedule by which the saved page should get updated from the original website.

Now when you want to browse the page in offline mode, go to File> Work Offline. And select the required website from the favorite menu.

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