I always find myself asked questions by family and friends about their computers which normally arise from a common issue, which is: how can the performance of a computer be improved without the need to spend any money? Although the question itself is simple, the answer is complex. There are many ways to improve system performance but because of differences in computer hardware and operating systems some advice is more useful or applicable than others.
With all that in mind, I want to explore some key ways in which you can get extra performance out of your PC without spending any money. For the advanced users out there, much of this advice may already known but for the average user hopefully a lot of this advice will help give improvements in performance. I have broken down my advice into a range of key areas that can be tackled individually:
- Driver updates
- System “Tuning” utilities
- Hard drive management
Each of the above categories will be used as an classification to a wider range of issues, for example System tuning utilities will show how you can optimise your registry and reduce the number of start up programs to boot faster. Before we start it is worth mentioning that all of these things should be conducted with an appropriate amount of caution, always know what you are doing before you do it and everything you do is done at your own risk.