Last updated 11th of November 2016, including reducing the massively oversized quotation boxes on widescreens.
You may have noticed that your Windows PC is taking its sweet time to do things. Perhaps it takes a second to detect new screens, it may delay its booting, or it takes a split-second for windows and menus to fade in. Most of this is done for stylistic reasons, as almost everyone’s Windows PCs will stop up for a moment to show you its elegance. This is even the case for PCs with state-of-the-art components and hard disks.
But there are many ways to make it less sassy and flirting, and instead make it go straight to work at speeds that even Sonic the Hedgehog would be made speechless by.
The guide covers: #1 Buy an SSD disk, but in the right way #2 (If you have an SSD) Double-check if you could need a byte start adjustment #3 Turn off fading animations in Windows #4 See if your BIOS settings are correct #5 Changing speed settings in the Windows Registry #6 Ensure 1Gb/s speeds throughout your house’s networking chain #7 Use 64-bit programs
#8 Buy a faster monitor. Or, alternately… #9 (Windows 10 only) Use a PIN code for your Microsoft account #10 Turn off startup programs that you don’t immediately need after starting up #11 Don’t have a DVD in your disc reader while booting #12 Don’t let your mechanical harddisks constantly go to sleep #X1 A summary of things you shouldn’t do to increase speed
Windows is the system where everything happens. But there is one thing that Linux has, that Windows can almost only dream about: Repositories.
An integral software storage that automatically updates the programs whenever they get any. Of course, that too is a concept that has its flaws in its current implementation, such as the repository packages being outdated, or the inability to update them manually.
But still, I’ve been thinking, “Why not give Windows a repository too? A list of up-to-date packages as selected by a curator?” And now I’ve realized that it’s time to do just that.
Moreover, there is an increasingly bigger problem for our planet, that a lot of installers and installer websites try to push you into also installing garbage programs. Many of those filler programs are so bad that your PC could end up needing a Windows re-install. I have alleviated this issue in this guide, by only using one of two options when linking to programs. 1) Links to Ninite program installers. Ninite takes extreme pride in not offering its users any advertising, garbage offers, or even any of those blasted mailing list nags. 2) Direct hotlinks, to the program producers’ actual hosting sites, that will in 9 in 10 instances start the download automatically within 5 seconds of pressing on the link.
So you’ve finally had enough of getting viruses on your PC every six months and then having to format it. You’ve begun to think that your PCs could perhaps be able to have a bit more longevity to them. Well, here is a step-by-step guide of the things you can do to attempt to make things a bit better.
This guide covers: 1) Download a trustable anti-virus. Not the ones you’re used to 2) And an anti-malware program too, I presume? 3) Anti-exploit for the web browsers 4) AdBlock Plus on all of your browsers 5) Switch Adobe Flash Player to “Ask to activate” on your browsers 6) Switch your router over to protection-focused DNS addresses 7) Activate Protected Mode on Internet Explorer 8) Set Internet Explorer pop-up block settings to High, but only if you feel like it 9) Keep a strong uninstallment program ready 10) Prevent autorun exploits on your USB sticks and SD cards 11) Be careful on which websites you use 12) Keep your programs up to date 13) Prevent installation tools from secretly installing garbage tools as well 14) Please do not use the default password for your router!
15) Convert your browser bookmarks from HTTP to HTTPS X1) Known incompatibilites between different sections