Step 2: Turn Off Background

Disabling the background to a 'simple' colour usually makes start-up speeds a little bit faster. (Windows vista)

Open Desktop Background by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, clicking Personalization, and then clicking Desktop Background.

Click the SOLID COLOUR tab and choose the colour you want for your desktop background.

(Windows 7)

Open Desktop Background by clicking the Start button and clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type desktop background, and then click Change desktop background.

Click the SOLID COLOUR tab and choose the colour you want for your desktop background.

lol to the photo
How am i gonna do this if im using windows XP?
It's easy. First run Disk Defragmentor then Disk Cleanup. Both can be found by clicking your way to System Tools. 1) Click &quot;Start&quot; 2) click &quot;All Programs&quot; 3) Click &quot;Accessories&quot; 4) click &quot;System Tools&quot; 5) select &quot;Disk Defragmentor&quot; 6) Select the options like which drive you want to defragment, etc. <br> <br>When that is done then repeat the process &amp; select &quot;Disk Cleanup&quot;. <br> <br>Later, <br> <br>Arthur Elizondo
Some good tips, but FYI, &quot;fasten&quot; doesn't mean &quot;make faster&quot;. :)
lol, Sorry about that. ill edit
Use &quot;accelerate&quot; it sounds cool.
it is time for the secret to be out. You do not have to have Microsoft or Apple software to run your computer. I played with w7 and all i saw it could do was empty out my bank account having to purchase new hardware and software. I do love Microsoft for the fact I get free computers, because Microsoft and Apple users are misled to think their machines are obsolete. As I get one of these computers, I just install either linux or bsd and then put it back to work. <br><br>All defrag does is wear out hard drives. When I was a mswindows admin, only maybe one percent of the time did that help. With linux we do not have to put up with or waste time with all the viruses and adware (so far). With linux I can still use older machines. I have not had to purchase a new machine in over 5 years and we have been Microsoft free for over 4 years. Still use pentium II class systems via linux without a problem. I usually relegate them as servers. My desktop in an original P4 though. We have been collecting ide to sata cards, since pata drives are virtually extinct. <br>
Hey, thanks for the quick reply. I'm sorry if this article disappoints you. This topic is for windows users. Thats great to hear about you using linux and 'never' heaving a problem. Thanks for the feedback
Can not say I never had a problem, but certainly fractionally less than in the corporate environment using Microsoft and Apple osx.
I was a mswindows admin for over ten years and had my share of mswindows problems, Was not trying to be whatever. If the title mentioned it was only for mswindows users, I probably would have ignored it. I do not use a mac, but pc stands for personal computer. Mac, Linux, and MSWindows based systems are all pc's contrary to certain commercials. Microsoft needs to learn computer terminology and get it correct.
Anyways, where in this article does it say Windows is the best, or linux sucks??
Have no idea what you are talking about.
As a hardware engineer for 48 years from main frames to PCs I would disagree with you. Fragmentation of the hard drive is one of the most common issues for slow mounting programmes. that and running on minimal memory.<br><p><br>Defragging the hard drive isn't going to wear it out. The drive is running most of the time your PC is on anyway if your using it. The heads do not touch the platters so there is very little to wear out.<br></p><p><br>Contrary to what most people may think leaving the HD running is the best way to prolong the life of the hard drive as starting and stopping may well create wear as the heads park in many drives on the platter.<br></p><p><br>Perhaps the best advice to improve PC windows use is to make regular backups of essential data and reload your version of windows to a newly formatted HD at least every year if not every 6 months.<br></p><p><br>Clearing out programmes that are preloaded at start up also speeds loading as will clearing out of memory by restarting after closing any large programmes you have been using.<br></p><p><br>Allowing the system to use a large part of your HD as a virtual memory is also a good way to slow down the PC as the extra disk accesses build up when the system is continuously swapping from memory to virtual memory. </p>
The first non-main frame drive I used (as a programmer of databus and rpg II) was on an old Datapoint machine. First hd's were disk packs on the old IBM mainfraimes I first cut my teeth programming on. I am not exactly a newcomer either. So MTBF is just a fallacy from what you are telling me. I have seen enough drives where the heads have scraped the platters to know that hard drives are anything but perfect. Also too WD, Maxtor, and a few others had their share of anything but perfect drives. As a tech, I swapped out enough of them. <br><br>There is no doubt that defragging will enhance performance when it is needed. But most times it is just plain unnecessary. As for arrangement of data and software on a drive is sort of a different issue. That is more of a user issue. Funny I never had to do all that backup and reloading the os when I ran mswindows or as a technician in support of thousands of machines (except in the case of an hd failure). When I was running Microsoft, I think I may have defragged my personal hard drive no more than say 5 times over many years between dos and mswindows. While using WinXP at home, I only had to redo the os once when I was upgrading the drive and that was over a 4 year period.<br><br>As a technician in the real world, I found that registry and dll clean up on mswindows systems was far more beneficial to speed up a machine than defragging ever was. Certainly takes a fraction of the time to complete versus defragging. But you also have to consider spyware, adware, and virus prevention is a double edged sword. You have to have it, but the software does slow down the system. If MS only knew how to write a robust os. <br><br>www.download.com has several registry cleaners that you can download for free. <br>
<br> This would look 10x better if the first &amp; last images were replaced with pictures of computers.<br> <br> Fragmentation is caused by deleting data (freeing up blocks) - it is only useful if the disc is heavily fragmented. I might have done C: once in 3/4 years, and it's fine today because I've not emptied the recycle bin since Feb 2009.<br> <br> Newer operating systems (Windows) generally tend to be more resource-hungry so they make performance <em>worse</em><br> <br> Anti-virus software pretty much always makes performance <em>worse (</em>on a malware-free system)<br> <br> Additional memory usually helps.<br> More power in your GPU usually delivers results.<br> <br> L<br>
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