How to Fasten Computer Speed!




As a Computer enthusiast for 7+ years now, I've experenced the great, annoying and wonderful opportunities. Technology isn't perfect, So why not try to make it?
In this instructable thread, I will tell you how to fasten up your slow computer.

Step 1: Clean Clean Clean!!

A Great thing to fasten up computer speeds is to Defrag your ENTIRE system. Never use internet downloaded programs, in most cases it makes the computer more slower!

Using Disk Defragment Diagram #1 was built to clean windows systems and make cleaning more effective and productive.

Also you can use Disk clean-up Diagram #2, another great program which can free up disk space. Using Disk clean-up, used frequently, is great to prevent slow start ups.

Also cleaning your internet browsers cookies, passwords and history can help speed up your system.

Simply following these steps on a weekly/monthly basis WILL fasten up your cluttered and slow system

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.

Step 3: Delete Any Unused Programs

Using the Add/Remove Programs control panel
The Add/Remove Programs control panel in Windows makes it easier to uninstall programs. Follow the instructions below to use this control panel.

Windows 7
From the Start menu, select Control Panel.

In Large or Small icon view, click Programs and Features. If you're using Category view, under "Programs", click Uninstall a program.

Select the program you want to remove, and click Uninstall. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall.

Windows Vista
From the Start menu, select Control Panel.

In Classic View, double-click Programs and Features. In Control Panel Home view, under "Programs", click Uninstall a program.

Select the program you want to remove, and click Uninstall. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall. 

Step 4: Detect and Repair Disk Errors

In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.

As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.

If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss.

Step 5: Check for Any Hidden Virus or Adware

While I was writing this instructable, A windows defender pop up warned me of a potentially harmful program/application. Using the Windows Defender program you can totally remove all harmful viruses or trojans.

Click "Start" and "Control Panel"; then double-click "Windows Defender."

Click the "Scan" button to run a total system scan with Defender.

Wait for the scan to complete; then click "Tools" and deselect "Options."

Check the box labeled "Automatically scan my computer" under automatic scanning if it is not already checked, and then select times for scans using the drop-down menus. Scroll down the options menu and make sure the "Use Windows Defender" box is checked.

Click "Save", then close the window.

Step 6: Install Newest Windows Updates

There are Windows updates which are avaliable to download. Downloads SHOULD be downloaded for patching of system errors and bugs.

Click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update. 
If there are any updates needed to be downloaded, then download them.
If there are optional updates, You can choose to download them, or you can choose to leave them.

Most updates require the computer to re-boot in order for them to work. So make shure all important docouments are saved before updating windows.

Step 7: Using Older Versions of Windows?

You may think that $100 - $200 for a new version of windows is a 'waste of money', but its a good cause. So no more putting up with those 'ancient' system speeds, and welcome a faster system in your household.

Step 8: Completely Format Drives (Last Resort)

Can't fasten computer by anyway? Heres your last resort, Formatting your drives. Formatting your drives deletes all personal files, documents, and pictures.

Back it Up!
Before the format process, you want to make sure that if your goal is hard drive recovery, you back up as much personal data and information from your hard drive as you need. In some instances where a virus has caused serious system damage, this may not be possible, but if your format is planned ahead of time you certainly can copy and archive data off your hard drive before you start the format process.

Does Formatting Really Erase All Data?
It's important to remember that "format" and "delete" do not mean erase!
Reformatting a disk does not erase the data on the disk, only the address tables. The good news is that if you accidentally reformat a hard disk, a computer specialist should be able to recover most or all the data that was on the disk.

Step 9: Thanks! =]

Thank you for reading this thread. It might of been a long read, but its shurely worth the speed of having a 'new' system



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    16 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It's easy. First run Disk Defragmentor then Disk Cleanup. Both can be found by clicking your way to System Tools. 1) Click "Start" 2) click "All Programs" 3) Click "Accessories" 4) click "System Tools" 5) select "Disk Defragmentor" 6) Select the options like which drive you want to defragment, etc.

    When that is done then repeat the process & select "Disk Cleanup".


    Arthur Elizondo

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. has several registry cleaners that you can download for free.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This would look 10x better if the first & last images were replaced with pictures of computers.

    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.

    Newer operating systems (Windows) generally tend to be more resource-hungry so they make performance worse

    Anti-virus software pretty much always makes performance worse (on a malware-free system)

    Additional memory usually helps.
    More power in your GPU usually delivers results.



    8 years ago on Introduction

    Guys, Its my first instructable. It's not going to be perfect!