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How To Speed Up Windows: Part 2

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement, Uncategorized, Windows 8, Windows Explorer

This is part two of the series:  make sure you start with part one: How To Speed Up Windows

 In order to speed up your Windows installation you must first understand what is happening to your computer from a high level.

Look at your computer like a house.

If you were trying to figure out why your light bill was sky-high what would you do?

Wouldn’t you first look at all the possible USERS of electricity in your house?

You would investigate:

  • Lighting.  Inside and outside your home.
  • Major Appliances.  Refrigerator, water heater, stove, and air conditioner.
  • Televisions and electronics.  Computers, monitors, video games, etc.

 The idea would be to find out where you can cut back on usage and conserve energy, right?

That’s why mom used to always say, “Cut off the lights, unless you’re going to pay the fregg’n light bill!”

 Your computer is in the same situation.

The lights or resources that you want to use are not responding because they are already in use. 

When you click a program and it delays and drags, it’s like cutting on a light switch to a light fixture that’s already ON. 

Your computer seems like it’s ignoring your commands but it’s not it’s just busy, it’ll be with you in a minute or two or three, arrrrggggg!

 Here are are some additional advanced steps that you can take to identify what is making your computer slow and how to stop it:

  Check your Services. 

In part one of this guide I focused on the PROCESSES but there is a difference between processes and services.  

In short all services eventually create some process on your computer this is why they need to be investigated when slow performance is the symptom.  

READ:  Processes and Services by David. 

These “service processes” use precious system resources and if they are not needed they must be disabled.

The problem with service processes is they are started by a service installed on your system so even though you stop the processes manually with TASK MANAGER they just keep coming back like a bad rash. 

Here’s how to stop them for good:


START > RUN > type “compmgmt.msc” and click ok

You can also right click on “computer” and select Manage.

Now click on “Services and Applications” and select “Services”

Now click the “Standard” tab at the bottom of the services window.

This is the list of all the services that are running on your system. 

There’s a bunch of them aren’t there?

 The fact is you don’t NEED all of these services but ALL of these services have access to use the finite resources on your computer. 

Sort the list by name and check every single process one by one. 

If you cannot find a legitimate reason for the process to exist disable it. 

Open the service properties by double clicking on the name:

Search Google for the name of the service and find out more information, is it required or not that is the question.

Once you are confident that the service is not required disable it by changing the Startup type to ‘Disabled':

Click OK and repeat this process for every service on your system.

Once you are complete REBOOT.

We aren’t finished yet. Tomorrow in part 3, I’ll show you even more ways to speed up your system.

~ Darnell Jackson

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4 Responses to “How To Speed Up Windows: Part 2”

  1. Ernest Hilsenrath says:

    This Tip deals with an important issue about computer performance, but is not very helpful. The big job is what Services and Processes are needed and when. Unless someone is VERY computer literate or spends A LOT of time figuring out what these Services and Processes do, there will be no way the ordinary computer user can decide what to turn off.

    A useful Tip might be a list of common Services or Processes that are highly process intensive but not very useful for every day computation. Or some other guideline – perhaps describing which ones are essential and not to turn off.

    I enjoy your Tips, but I think you have taken this important one too lightly.

  2. Sylvia Steinbrock says:

    I arrived at the list of services currenty on my Windows 7 computer, but I am not a technical person, plus I’m 83 yrs old, so how in the world can I decide what to disable? Maybe 40 yrs. ago I could do it, but not now. How can I get instructions as to what to disable?

  3. Gloria Maturi says:

    Great articles…. I do have a question… Since I have a stand-alone desktop connected by cable with no other computers or electronic gizmos in a “network”, nor Wi-Fi, what “services” can I disable to make my Windows 7 perform faster?

    Appreciate your help with this. Thank you for your time and attention.

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