Hey, so was online and a window came up which I accidentally clicked on. Long story short, I downloaded this thing called "SpeedUpMyPC," which sounds kind of fishy, but my netbook has definitely been running faster since I got it. Should I trust this software, or delete it and find something that I trust?
Answer by catchatyou · Feb 11, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Nothing is free that is widely advertised on the Internet and has a name like that. Just get rid of it (unless another community member recommends it).
If you're concerned about computer speed, you should give Linux a shot. There are many flavors of Linux. I highly recommend Elementary OS, but you could also check out Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, Mageia, and thousands of other great choices.
Answer by Razor512 · Feb 12, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Windows comes pretty optimized and the way you keep it fast is to control what runs in the background. When you get a fresh install, make a mental note of the startup items and services, and preboot items (you can do so using the advanced configs in codestuff starter http://www.snapfiles.com/get/starter.html
after that, when ever you install anything, check if it added any startup item and disable it and the restart and see if it still works.
(most applications will continue to work normally (the only applications that I have found to not function properly after doing this are virus scanners and other programs where you want certain modules from them running all the time)
But probably 99% of applications that add startup items, generally do so to time shift their startup. for example, java may add a quick start service so when you go to launch a java application, you do not get that 3 second delay where it begins to initialize the JVM. Many programs do that, the only goal is to make the program seem to open very quickly when you go to click on them because in reality, the 5 seconds the program would have spent opening when you double click on it's icon, was spend delaying your system startup by 5 seconds and then eating up your resources in the background during the time you spend not actively using that application.
Remember, files do not slow a system down, running files do.The more free resources you have available to the applications you are actively using, the faster they will run.
I have had windows XP installed for years and have not reinstalled in about 7 years now, and on a 7200RPM HDD, it still boots in about 12-14 seconds (to reach a state where the hard drive light stops and no additional loading is being done) (with the bulk of those 12-14 seconds spent on the Nvidia and creative drivers) (In XP my only additional startup items are avast and msi afterburner. (my nvidia related post boot items are disabled)
In windows 7, the bootup is about 25 seconds to reach a state where no additional loading is done and to reach those times on a 7200RPM drive, I disabled many of the windows services and areo, and have the same additional startup items as windows XP with the addition of the realtek audio driver software since windows 7 does not have a HAL with as many features as the HAL in windows XP where even special audio driver level processing and HAL level routing functions can be set once then remain set even after the control services are disabled.
If you can keep your pre and post boot items clean, your computer will boot as fast as a fresh install with the needed drivers installed, and stay that fast 5, 10, or even more years from now (with the only slowdowns coming from any driver bloat that may be added over time) (eg nvidia and ATI drivers have gotten larger over time)
do not run additional programs that claim to make your system faster, the most a program like that can do is close background processes (things you can easily do your self) also most applications that claim to make your system faster, will often also function as spyware
if you are on windows 7 and need to improve your speeds, try this, head to http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/
look at the description of each service and using codestuff starter, disable the ones that represent a function that you do not need.
If it is not in the list and is not a virus scan or firewall or DRM related, then disable them and test for functionality then re-enable any that stop functioning properly (if any).
and if you have a specific need for really fast response times then consider dual booting windows XP (if you run it on a modern PC, it will run extremely fast)
eg here is windows XP on a virtual machine on my PC running the stripped down boot settings (which are pretty much my everyday settings) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLsNxKjp9L8
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