Saturday, May 2, 2009

Haja Peer Mohamed H

Start Windows In Less Time | Load Windows Faster

One of the sure signs of a PC that’s been used for more than a few weeks is that it takes a lot longer to start up than when it was new. The longer load time isn’t fatigue, nor is it a sign that the PC needs a faster processor; it’s a casualty of all the junk that Windows accumulates on a day-to-day basis.

One of the best ways to shorten startup times is to not shut down. Rather, if you put your PC to sleep, as described next in “Start Windows Instantly (Almost),” you can power it back up in just a few seconds.

Several factors can impact the amount of time it takes for your computer to load Windows and display the desktop so you can start working, not the least of which is anything left over from the previous version of Windows. 

If you installed Vista over, say, Windows XP, then you potentially have years of drivers, add-on services, startup programs, and other stuff clogging up your PC. An upgraded PC can take two to four times as long to start as one on which Vista has been installed clean. Unfortunately, wiping your hard disk and reinstalling is a whole lot easier said than done, so here are some other things you can do to reduce Windows’ boot time.

Eliminate Unnecessary Autostart Programs:
Probably the most common thing that slows down Windows’ loading time is all of the programs that are configured to load at boot time. Not only do they take a while to load, but they commonly eat up processor cycles while they’re running, which in turn causes other programs to load more slowly. There’s more running on your PC than the handful of icons in the notification area (tray) suggests, and there are several places where startup programs are specified in addition to the Startup folder in your Start menu.

Make More Free Disk Space:
You may not have enough free disk space for your virtual memory (swap file) to operate comfortably. Windows uses part of your hard disk to store portions of memory; the more disk space you devote to your swap file, the easier it will be for Windows to store data there.

The easiest way to create more free disk space is to delete the files on your hard disk that you no longer need; “If in Doubt, Throw It Out,”

Lastly, a new hard disk will give you dramatically more disk space, and a faster hard disk can improve boot time considerably. If you’re on the fence about replacing that older drive, consider the performance boost as well as the sorely needed space. 
Clean out your Temp folder:
Sometimes having too many files in Windows’ Temp folder can not only slow Windows startup, but in extreme cases, can prevent Windows from loading at all. Windows and your applications use this folder to temporarily store data while you’re working with documents. When those applications and documents are closed (or when the applications just crash), they often leave the temporary files behind, and they accumulate fast. 

By default, Vista has two Temp folders: C:\Users\{your_user_name}\AppData\Local\Temp
C:\Windows\Temp although the first is used almost exclusively by Windows and your applications.

To clear out your old temporary files, open Windows Explorer, navigate to the Temp folder, and delete anything more than a day old. (Windows won’t let you delete any files that are still in use.) 

Another way to clear out the Temp folder is to use the Disk Cleanup tool (cleanmgr.exe); after selecting your Windows drive from the Drives list (usually C:), select Temporary files in the Files to delete list, and click OK. Or, if you want your Temp folder cleaned automatically, use the Clear out the Temp folder tool in Creative Element Power Tools.

Thin out your fonts:
If you have more than 600 fonts installed on your system, it may be negatively impacting on the time it takes to load Windows. If you can survive without 400 different decorative fonts (especially if all you ever use is Times Roman), try temporarily removing them.

If you periodically need a lot of fonts, you might want to try font management software that lets you organize your collection and add or remove fonts easily, such as:
• PigFontViewer (free, http://www.pigfontviewer.com/)
• Font Agent Pro (commercial, http://www.insidersoftware.com/)
• Suitcase Fusion (commercial, http://www.extensis.com/)

Tame antivirus software:
Antivirus programs are typically set up to not only load automatically whenever you start Windows, but to check for updates, too. For instance, the otherwise excellent (and free) Avast! Home Edition can completely halt a Vista system for 15–20 seconds while it downloads and installs necessary updates. While you may not want to stop loading your antivirus software automatically, you can delay it by writing a simple startup script (will discuss later) that loads the software after waiting, say, 45 seconds. This way, you can start working while your antivirus program loads in the background. 

Add more memory:
Vista really isn’t happy with less than a gigabyte of memory; 2 GB is better. Memory prices are always dropping, typically making it remarkably inexpensive to add more RAM to your system, and doing so will significantly improve performance across the board.

Networking:
Windows polls each active wired network connection on your system while it boots your system, and then polls your wireless adapter (if you have one) for any networks in range. Each of these steps takes time, so if there are any network adapters on your PC you don’t use, you can disable them to speed things up. In the Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel, click Manage network connections, and then right-click on each network connection you’re not using and select Disable. Next, if you have any permanent mapped network drives you’re not using, open Windows Explorer, right-click any unneeded mapped drives, and select Disconnect.

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