How to Easily Optimize a Notebook Computer and Make it Faster Discussion

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by bootleg2go, Sep 7, 2004.

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  1. mattgray

    mattgray Notebook Enthusiast

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    thanks for the great article, I followed it all but still have a start up time of about 5 minutes!! I have done a windows reinstall, any advice greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Luxury17

    Luxury17 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey all,

    If you really want to check out whats running on your startup list, check out CastleCops instead of the listed place in the "Clear Out Memory Resident Programs That are not Needed" section.

    http://www.castlecops.com/StartupList.html

    Castlecops.com has almost every startup item listed you can imagine, and it gives you tips as to what it is, whether its necessary, or whether its up to the users personal preference as to keep the startup item or not.

    I've been using it for 3 years now and never have had an issue with their suggestions.

    Enjoy!
     
  3. THAANSA3

    THAANSA3 Exit Stage Left

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    I just found this thread for the first time and noticed that it is a few years old. How much of the information contained in the original post still applies? I just want to be sure that the information is still relevant, as I find it very helpful and would like to apply some of the suggestions.
     
  4. davemolina

    davemolina Notebook Consultant

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    Its still pretty current. I used it when I got my laptop a couple months ago. I would stay away from Bootvis though...
     
  5. gatoman2005

    gatoman2005 Newbie

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    did you get my question? please help.
     
  6. gatoman2005

    gatoman2005 Newbie

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    How can I optomize my lop top, with windows vista? and do i run that before the recovery disk or after ? thanks.
     
  7. Chetanji

    Chetanji Notebook Consultant

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    Very Nice,

    I do disagree with paying for the defrag tool.

    JkDefrag is a quality defrag tool that is based the the Windows API and works much better than the Windows defrag tool and the professional versions.

    It places your boot up files on the outside of the disk for a quicker boot.
    It re-magnitizes the hard disk in one mode. Thus keeping your Hard Drive healthy.
    It puts the big file hogs that are not used much in a place where they do not slow down the regular everyday used file.

    It also leaves gaps between files you update regularly so they do not fragment when you add a new document/file etc.

    This is well worth the free download. Why pay out of your pocket when the Open Source is free and better many times than the pay products!

    Blessings,
    Chetanji
     
  8. Chetanji

    Chetanji Notebook Consultant

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    Let me add one serious item to the excellent document above.

    If you are not confident in editing your Registry then DO NOT let some program mess things up for you.

    Even if the registry clean program doesn't cause a serious problem immediately, they will usually cause a problem only recognized later, because you don't use all your programs, the same way every day.

    By the time you run the program tampered with, you will probably have forgotten about the registry 'clean' you did.

    I learned the hard way with friends and clients that have done this very thing.

    Question we can all relate with...
    How many times have you run a program you found on the Web, for the first time, only to think strongly afterwards,"Good God, I wish I would have never done that. I sure won't do something stupid like that again!"

    Registry clean programs; and processor updates without extensive checking to make sure you need it; bios and firmware flashing without checking versions, etc. You need to be very careful about who comes into the front door. Only God knows what comes in the back door, and that's why a good quality Pay antivirus program should be used.

    Blessings,
    Chetanji
     
  9. maskedformed

    maskedformed Notebook Evangelist

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    This guide needs to be updated for Vista...
     
  10. unskilz

    unskilz Notebook Enthusiast

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    Another thing is that turning off Windows services does very little actually. You will find it does not increase performance noticeably and might make your Windows experience worse. Of course there are some services like Remote Registry that can be turned off for security reasons.
     
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