- Your computer might load the device or driver that you don't use anymore. To save on system resource, uninstall those drivers. I suggest you create a restore point on system restore before proceeding since some careless choice can make ur computer to not functioning normally.
Normally, Windows Device Manager doesn't show devices that aren't currently connected to your computer. To make them visible, press + R to open up the Run Box and type
cmd and press Enter and a Command Prompt window will appear. At the Command Prompt type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 then press Enter and leave the Command Prompt window open.
Now press + R again and type devmgmt.msc and press Enter. After the Device Manager windows appear, click View --> Show Hidden Devices, now the devices that are not currently connected on your computer will appear with semi transparent icon on the Devices Manager.
If you happen to find any device that you no longer use, right click on it and choose uninstall then follow the prompt to complete the uninstall process. When you done close the command prompt window to rehide the nonpresent device back.
- To make your computer start faster, you can also clear some unwanted or unnecessary program from your autorun list. I personally recommend you to use Hijackthis for this task. If you don't know which program is good and which program is useless, you can go to Paul Collins's Startup Applications List. A very useful website that contain list of common statup items with description and rating for each one.
- Vista's Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate Editions include Shadow Copies (I dunno if this is the correct name since I don't use Vista), which lets you recover a file's older version. Vista Home Basic and Home Premium lack this feature but save the data anyway, wasting CPU cycles and disk space. To stop the waste, put all of your documents and other files on a drive or partition other than your Windows disk. Then click Start, type SystemPropertiesProtection, and press Enter. In the list of disks, uncheck the one that contains personal data. Click Turn System Protection Off when prompted, and click OK to close System Properties. Note that having your data on a separate partition also speeds up backups by allowing you to copy only your own files rather than your programs, which change much less frequently and thus need fewer backup.
- For those who still use Internet Explorer and notice some drastic performance drop after a few months (or weeks? XD) using the new IE you can make it as good as new again by doing this...
Go to Internet Options and click advanced tab, click Reset at the bottom of the program and then Click Reset again to confirm. Restart your Internet Explorer and enjoy your "brand new" IE .
Please note that by doing this, it will disable ur add ons, delete ur temp internet files, cookies, saved passwords, sites added to your trusted zones and some settings will be reverted to default back.
- To test the security of your applications, use the free online Secunia Software Inspector. You don't need to install anything; simply click Start and follow the instructions. The scan requires the Sun Java JRE version 1.5.0_12 or later. It works with Windows 2000 SP4 and later.
The analysis identifies applications that are outdated. Click the plus sign next to an entry for more details, and for links to the latest version.
To ensure backward-compatibility, many applications leave old versions on your disk when installing updates, so back up your PC before you begin deleting or uninstalling older versions of any applications.
- Most of today virus reside on thumbdrive and use autorun feature to help them spreading from one computer to another. You can disable the autorun feature to prevent the virus from infecting your computer, here's how:
Windows XP Pro
Press +R to open run box, type gpedit.msc and press Enter. On the left panel, go to Local Computer Policy --> Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> System then scroll on the right panel and double click Turn Off Autoplay, click enable and choose all drives from the drop down list and click OK.
Windows Xp Home
Press +R to open run box, type regedit and press Enter. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER --> Software --> Microsoft --> Windows --> CurrentVersion --> Policies --> Explorer. With Explorer highlited, double click NoDriveTypeAutorun, click Hexadecimal and type 95 then click OK.
Note that this will disable autorun for the thumbdrives but still allow it for CD-ROM drives, to disable autorun on both, replace 95 with B5.
Press +R, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter. Click Continue when prompted by User Account Control.
In the tree pane on the left, navigate to and select Local Computer Policy --> Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Windows Components --> AutoPlay Policies. Double click Turn off Autoplay. Click Enabled and OK. Next, double click Default behavior for AutoRun. Click Enabled, and choose Do not execute any autorun commands in the resulting drop-down list. Finish by clicking OK.
Most of the article from today's post are a portion of an article from PC WORLD website. Please do visit it if you want to read more since I skip a lots of it