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Increase Windows speed by Disabling Unused Windows services


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

Windows is a complex system. It has been designed to suite many individual needs. Some of its features and services are not used by the common users, but are a drain on important system resources. There are many other services, which have resulted over a period of your use but are not in use at present. It is better to disable them all. This is one of the most important tasks, when you seek to improve the performance of Windows and run it faster.

How to disable Windows services to run Windows faster

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A few simple steps…

  1. Right click on My Computer.
  2. Click on Manage
  3. Click on Services and Applications
  4. Select Services / Standard tab
  5. Here you will find a lot of services, which are currently enabled on your Windows. you can selectively choose and disable the services, which you are not using. The steps are as follows.
  • double-click on the service name to open the Properties window
  • select the General tab
  • change the Startup type in the dropdown list
  • select the Service status to Start or Stop the service

If you find it confusing to choose the services, which you want to disable, I would suggest you to consider disabling following services to make Windows faster.

  • Application Management
  • Clipbook
  • Computer Browser
  • Error Reporting Service
  • HID Input Service
  • Indexing Service
  • Net Logon
  • NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
  • Network Location Awareness (NLA)
  • Network Provisioning Service
  • Portable Media Serial Number Service
  • QoS RSVP
  • Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
  • Remote Registry
  • Secondary Logon (If you only have one user on your computer)
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service
  • Telnet
  • Uninterruptable Power Supply
  • WebClient
  • Windows Time
  • WMI Performance Adapter

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

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Increase Windows Speed by Optimizing Paging File


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

The page file is a tool used by the Windows when you are not having sufficient space in RAM. If you optimize the page file size, then it will help you to increase the speed of Windows. The paging file sometimes is also referred to as swap file. Windows generally sets your initial swap file size at 1.5 times the amount of RAM.This size gets reduced or increased based upon the system requirements automatically.

If you ever get a message from XP saying “out of memory,” it means your swap file is too small, so you should increase it.

How to optimize Paging file to increase Windows speed

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Few simple steps

  • Right-click My Computer > select Properties.
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Click Settings in the Performance section.
  • Choose the Advanced tab.
  • Click change in the Virtual memory section
  • Click Custom
  • Type the initial size and the maximum size you may wish to have for the page file > Click on Set.
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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

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

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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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    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.

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

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    Make Windows Fast by Adjusting Visual Effects


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

    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

    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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