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Speed Up Your Old PC: 4 Tips
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EmilyNguyen12321
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EmilyNguyen12321,
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5/21/2014 | 7:58:40 PM
Not very helpful tips
I don't really like the tips. Seems to general and not specific to the issue. I'de recommend using tools like Synei System Utilities or Tune-Up utilities. All you have to do is 1 click "Optimize" button and it'll basically do all the work for you. Helped my pc out a lot. 
majenkins
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majenkins,
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5/22/2014 | 9:05:27 AM
Weak List Sorry
No offence but Information Week is still a technical publication correct? Well that being the case there is nothing in this article that is new, anyone that has worked in this indiustry for more than 3 years should be able to produce this same list. If you published this article in USAToday or some other general news, general user, publication then it would be good.
INNO4_Chuck
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INNO4_Chuck,
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5/22/2014 | 9:20:41 AM
Missed an OBVIOUS one...
Upgrade to an SSD. Agree with other comments. This list is weak.
anon4400267247
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anon4400267247,
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5/22/2014 | 9:40:34 AM
Older PC's
If you have an older machine running XP or Vista then a simple tune-up is probably just putting lipstick on a pig. To be fair I did upgrade one of my older machines to Windows 8.1 but it was upper-end on the hardware specs when it was new. It is still quite viable for everyday use as long as you don't try stream or edit 1080P videos on the thing.

Honestly, I would rather take most vintage hardware and just overwrite Windows with a new copy of Lubuntu or Xubuntu and just roll with it. An old P4 or Core Duo with 2 gb of ram runs amazing well if you were used to an old bloated Windows install.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/22/2014 | 9:51:41 AM
Re: Weak List Sorry
I appreciate the feedback. Our readership includes users at many levels of technical expertise and we realize some articles may seem more basic to those of you at the higher end of the spectrum. We try to do different articles for different readers. If you guys have other tips to share, please feel free to share them in comments.
Somedude8
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5/22/2014 | 12:17:35 PM
SSD
Biggest performance boost in nearly all cases is an SSD and an OS refresh, that is if by 'system', you mean the hardware.

In the case where one wants to preserve their OS install, an SSD can still help with opening files faster and such, used as a data storage drive.

How fast is an SSD? I got a Samsung 840 EVO maybe 6 months ago. It was pretty much top of chart at Passmark, once you exclude the super expensive exotic drives. Many people know how long it takes to open Photoshop. With that 840 EVO, Photshop opens in about a second.
boo radley
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boo radley,
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5/22/2014 | 12:24:46 PM
speed up tips
Here are more easy tips.

1. Go to control panel>system>advanced>performance options. set visual effects to "adjust for best performance" or select custom and remove anything you do not need.

2.While you are there make sure your swap file(vitual memory) set set to 2 1/2 times your ram. also set the file to a fixed size will speed up access, especially if you have 2 gig or less ram

3. Defrag your hard drive. auslogic an after market defragger also allows you to optimize your drive by moving system files to the fastest parts of the hard drive. Note on defragging: it sometimes takes two or three defrag sessions to fully defragment your hard drive.

4. Go to start run and type in msconfig this will show processes and startup options on your computer. Many printers and other devices will install a utility program with their driver. If you rarely use it uncheck it. You would be surprised how many companies like Google, Mozilla and Adobe have update programs that are sitting there sucking up resources. Caution: if you don't know what your unclicking best not to mess with it. I google the entry in question to find out what it is doing if I am uncertain.

 
boo radley
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boo radley,
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5/22/2014 | 12:41:09 PM
Re: SSD
There are several problems with an ssd upgrade that may not make it suitable for ths purpose. Many older machines are using a parallel interface for hd especially laptops. Compatible ssds for these are smaller and may actually run slower than a fast HD. The cost of ssds ramps up quickly for larger sizes making it cheaper to just buy a new system. negating the point of this article.
boo radley
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boo radley,
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5/22/2014 | 12:41:12 PM
Re: SSD
There are several problems with an ssd upgrade that may not make it suitable for ths purpose. Many older machines are using a parallel interface for hd especially laptops. Compatible ssds for these are smaller and may actually run slower than a fast HD. The cost of ssds ramps up quickly for larger sizes making it cheaper to just buy a new system. negating the point of this article.
Somedude8
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5/22/2014 | 12:59:06 PM
Re: SSD
If its *that* old, its time to put it out to pasture.
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