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Performance Tips for Your PC and Server

April 3, 2010

1. Run a defragementation every week at night or manually

2. Delete temp files

3. Turn off Anti-Virus scanner when you are not online (at your own risk….)

4. Check if your paging file is defragmented. To defrag your paging file, turn it off completely and run a defrag. Then:

5. Set the paging file to a min and max value that is at least 2x your RAM size. So if you have 1GB (old PC huh) then set it to 2.5GB minimum and maximum. By setting the same value for min and max we avoid that the system keeps growing and shrinking the virtual memory paging file.

6. Add more RAM

7. Buy a faster spinning disk with SATA2 interface. 7,200 rpm should be minimum these days

8. Go for a RAID-0 interface (striped) and combine several drives

9. put your data on a different drive than the system

10. Put the paging file on a different drive than the system

11. Once a year, wipe your system by reformatting it and reinstall windows. Hold on to the Windows activation files before doing so or else you will need to re-activate Windows.

12. Turn off the indexing service

13. uninstall Windows Search if you have it and get a 3rd party program to search files on your desktop

14. set windows automatic updates to only notify you but not to download and install.

Here is a nice Defrag Tool that does the job. For searching files we use WinGrep which is not the best but good enough, certainly better than the search built into Windows. Don’t you wish we had the Windows 2000 search feature back the way it was???

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