I got a email not to long ago asking for inexpensive ways to speed up a PC (Personal Computer). So here are 5 things you can do to make your your computer move a little faster when making your music.
This info is for Windows XP
1. Defrag Your Computer
After using your computer for a while, installing, downloading, and deleting data. Many files become scattered onto different locations on your hard drive. Defragging your computer reorganizes your hard drive by putting pieces of related data back together, and will speed up your computer.
How to :
- Open My Computer
- Right-click the your hard drive (local disk volume) that you want to defrag, and then click Properties
- On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now
- Click Defragment
2. Uninstall Unused Software
The more storage you have on you computer the better. So remove any programs you don’t use that may be taking up computer resources.
- Go to Control Panel
- Click on the “Add or Remove Programs” Icon
- Select what you want to remove and select Uninstall
3. Disk Clean Up
Clear up space by deleting unwanted files such as internet temp files, the trash can, and compressed old files.
- Open the Start Menu >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Clean Up
- Check the box of everything that you want to delete
- Hit OK!
4. Stop Programs From Starting Up
Your computer may have a slow start up because alot of programs starting at once. You may not need alot of the programs start up if your not using them daily, such as the itunes updater, nero check, realone message center, and so on.
How to :
- Got to the start menu and select RUN
- Enter msconfig
- Go to the Start Up Tab in the new when that pops up
- Deselect all the applications you would like to not auto start when you start your computer.
- Hit Apply
5. Turn off Windows visual effects
Window uses alot of resources to make your desktop look nice. You can turn off some of the features to help your computer run better.
- Right click my computer, and select properties
- Select the advanced tab
- Where you see Performance, hit settings
- Now pick adjust for best performance, which will deselect everything. I usually deselect everything except the very last box. I keep use visual styles on windows and buttons.
- Hit Apply
Extra Tips: Add RAM (Random Access Memory)
The more ram you have, the more memory you will have to to run multiple programs at once.
Ram is pretty cheap nowadays. I like to buy mines from Frys Electronics . They have reasonable prices.
Also Viruses may slow down your computer. So if you don’t have a anti virus software, get one. I use Ad-aware SE , its free
Let me know if these help you.