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post #1 of 16
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Tomorrow, I'll be working on a couple of computers for a client to help "make them faster". While I have some ideas of things to do, I wanted to hear any other suggestions for what to do.

My plan:
- Run Malwarebytes, to check for any viruses/spyware that might be slowing things down.
- Figure out what programs are running on startup, and disable most of them.
- Clear out internet temp files.
- If IE is being used, upgrade to IE9 and/or recommend a switch to Chrome.
- Take a look at MSConfig, see what other programs/services are running.
- Look at RAM - if less than 2GB, will recommend an upgrade.
- Look at free HDD space, and possibly use TreeSize Free to find large files if we need to free up some HDD space. Will recommend keeping 50% free space on the drive.
- Last step would be to defragment the HDD, as that can sometimes take several hours. I'll start it and leave it running.

Any other thoughts?
post #2 of 16
Which OS are they running? If its running XP I would probably run CCleaners registry repair tool and clean that up to usually thats good to improve performance
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Check if the HDD is going bad. It'll start throwing out errors in the windows logs. After a while it'll start to slow down the computer. At least in my experiences. Maybe it's just a bunch of coincidences, but either way nice to know if the drives are doing good or not.
post #4 of 16
Uninstall unused software.
Run disc Clean.
Run defrag.
Scan for malware content.
Check driver versions for stuff.
Check actual specs of PC (If low, recommend cheap upgrades, like you said, RAM).
Check BIOS settings for anything.
Run reg clean such as tune up utilities.

The ultimate speed up would be a reformat lol.
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What OS and hardware? What budget for upgrades?

"Clear out internet temp files." does not make system faster.
WinDirStat is better than TreeSize Free. Only 5-10%+ of free space is recommended.


A new HDD or SSD would be a big gain if it some ancient HDD.
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post #6 of 16
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Thanks for the suggestions all!

Duckie, 5-10% free space sounds really low. Even a defrag with the default Windows utility requires at least 15%. I start seeing noticable slowdowns on my own systems when I reach the 50% free space mark myself... Thanks for the note about WinDirStat, I'll check that out.

I have no idea what OS or hardware until I get there. AFAIK, $0 budget for upgrades, but that doesn't mean I won't encourage upgrades (especially RAM) if I think it would really help. A new HDD would be excellent as well, but not sure I want to go that far (even imaged drives can sometimes have weird problems).
post #7 of 16
Overclock it!


Disable any page files on the boot drive and set 4096MBs on another HDD if there is any.Alternatively you can also [insert appropriate word here for cutting disk space for faster HDD(its like 5 in the morning i can't think)] on the boot drive.


That's mostly it , alot of the others have already been mentioned above.
    
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Disable any page files on the boot drive and set 4096MBs on another HDD if there is any.Alternatively you can also [insert appropriate word here for cutting disk space for faster HDD(its like 5 in the morning i can't think)] on the boot drive.
That's mostly it , alot of the others have already been mentioned above.

Back in the day I always had a separate harddrive in the case just for a page file. I found it to be almost a necessity on a server and often found a slight boost on a desktop. Ever since I crossed the 2GB memory threshold I haven't seen any benefit from it though I still make a 10GB partition on a non system drive for the page file, but it wouldn't be a dedicated hard drive...though that has more to do with my SSD than anything. Plus, I can use it for Bitlocker if I ever get the urge.
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post #9 of 16
I'd look at the pagefile usage too.
post #10 of 16
Chrome/firefox + adblocker.
Disable all start on bootup programs.
Things as simple as these have made my acer aspire one quite fast on startup and web browsing.

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