How to Tune Up PC Systems

May 13, 2007 by
Filed under: PC Speed 

What to Do to Tune Up PC Systems

People tune up PC systems they’re using to take care of any kinks or problems they encounter while using them. Doing some fine-tuning helps PCs run better, eliminates error messages, and gets rid of random lockups or freezes and system crashes. Those who tune up PC systems find that doing so can significantly improve PC performance.

Tips to Tune Up Your PC

Before reinstalling Windows, start an operating system (OS) upgrade or consider installing new program software. The tips mentioned here were primarily developed for the Windows 9X OS family. Take a look at some of them.

  • Backup the registry, autoexec.bat, config.sys, win.ini and system.ini prior to tuning up or tweaking the PC. It would also help if you learned how to restore such files from DOS beforehand. There are lots of third-party programs that do this task well.
  • Whenever you tune up PC systems, disable the screensavers or at least set them to an hour. If you utilize power management, set the time-offs to two hours for the monitor and hard drive. Standby does not always work properly on a lot of desktops. Note that a power management or screensaver that kicks in during a file download, software installation or CD burn can corrupt or kill that particular process while you’re launching a program and while that operation is underway.
  • Booting to safe mode and removing all duplicate hardware items and devices in the Device Manager also helps improve PC performance. Here’s what you do: double-click on every device>click on each duplicate and hit Remove.” It would be best to have your CDs, floppies and drivers handy, in case you might need them later.
Run Defrag and Scandisk in Safe Mode ONLY if you’re experiencing problems launching them normally. These utilities are extremely important and ought to be run on a regular basis. Run scandisk at least once weekly and Defrag once monthly to improve PC performance.
  • See to it that there’s always a minimum of around 300MB free on your PC’s C:\ drive. Go to the Add/Remove Programs screen and uninstall the software programs you’re not using. If space is still too tight, place the swap file on another PC partition or hard drive. Make sure that there’s less than 225 files (this includes folders) in the PC’s root directory C:
Inadequate RAM makes it near-impossible to have a faster PC owing to heavy usage of the swap file. This usually results in system errors and computer crashes. Sufficient memory contributes to faster PC functioning.

It’s important to tune up PC systems as such an activity lengthens the lifespan of  computers. Regular PC tune-ups improve PC performance and result in faster PC systems!

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