Speed up your computer – getting to the source of the problem

6 10 2009

This is a windows based tip.
One of the frustrating things about computer speed issues is trying to figure why the computer is so slow. A lot of time can be spent playing with all sorts of things and not really getting to the heart of the speed issue. Is it hardware, software or all the stuff that I’ve installed?
So what is my tip? Time your computer startup (to get objective data) and then set your computer to boot into safe mode (using f8 at startup, or by selecting the option in msconfig) and time it again. If it is not significantly faster then it is likely a hardware problem. If it is significantly faster then it a software problem. How you deal with these sorts of problems differ so for now I will leave it at that.

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