Guide to Trouble Shooting a Slow Computer

Trouble shooting a slow computer is a lot easier than you think. Most of the tips below will give you an immediate increase in PC performance. This tips are design for Windows OS.

PROJECT #1: Increase Your Hard Drive Speed


Switch FAT to NTFS

You can increase your hard drive speed by switching FAT to NTFS. The NTFS configurations provides increased security, file–by–file compression, quotas, and even encryption. The default setting for XP may be set to FAT which is slower system. However if you have already converted to the NTFS16 to NTFS32


How To:

  • Click Start
  • Click Run
  • Type cmd press Enter.
  • At the command prompt Type convert X:/FS:NTFS(X is your hard drive letter)
  • Hit Enter

Disable the Indexing Service

The indexing service scans your hard drive and indexes files to help speed up searching. It runs silently in the background using up RAM, free space and CPU access time. It is generally thought to be unnecessary by most.


How to disable this indexing service

  • Click on Start
  • Click Run
  • Type services.msc
  • Select Indexing Service and Double click on it.Select Manual under Startup Type.
  • Click Stop
  • Click OK

PROJECT #2: Speed Up Windows.

Clean Your Registry–Organizing and cleaning Windows registry is one of the best ways to trouble shoot a slow computer. Usually this action alone will reward you with significant increase in PC performance.


Speed Up Windows menu loading time

Cutting down on the load time it takes for menus is one the best ways to trouble shooting a slow computer in Windows.


How To make menus load faster

  • Start
  • Click Run
  • Type Regedit then click Ok
  • Find HKEY_CURRENT_USERcontrol PanelDesktop
  • Select MenuShowDelay
  • Right click and select Modify
  • Reduce the number to around 100

Speed up Application load times

Trouble shooting a slow computer can be done by cutting down on Application load time by using a faster access variable.

  • Click Start
  • Click Run
  • Type regedit
  • Find this registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SYSTEM >CurrentControlSet>Control>Session Manager>Memory Management> PrefetchParameters
  • Change the value of EnablePrefetcher, from its default setting of which is 3 to 5,and then restart your computer.

Trouble shooting a slow computer by using the Top 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer

Helpful Tutorials

Best Registry Cleaner
Speed Up Windows 7
5 Minute Tips for a Faster Computer