How to optimize your computer – another opinion

We are often asked how we optimize a netbook, laptop or desktop by many students.   If you have completed some of these steps, simply skip them and go to the next item.  Here’s our tip sheet –

____  Right click on desktop, enable all desktop icons

____  Right click Computer or in home navigate to users under the control panel, enable the administrator account

____  Set administrator password

____  Change Workgroup to whatever you want

____  Go to Device Manager, double click wireless card and LAN card, click advanced tab, disable all services except radio. Click on power management tab, uncheck “Allow computer to turn off this device to save power.  Go to the network and sharing center, click on change adapter settings, hit the ALT key, go to Advanced, go to Advanced Settings, highlight the wireless or LAN network connection and move the one you use the most up.

In the Network and Sharing Center, Go to Change Advanced Sharing Settings, Turn off Media Streaming if you won’t be streaming video or music.

In the Network and Sharing Center, change adapter settings, under the wireless card and LAN card settings, double click TCP/IP 4, click advanced, Click WINS and enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

____  Go to command prompt as an administrator and enter the following commands to optimize your network:

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
netsh int tcp set global chimney=enabled
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=ctcp
netsh int tcp set global ecncapability=disabled
netsh int tcp set global timestamps=disabled

Modify LLMNR by doing the following:

Modify Group Policy – Go to Search – Type GPEdit.msc – Enter – Navigate to the following and make sure Enabled is checked – Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\DNS Client
\Turn off Multicast Name Resolution = Enabled

Office 2010

____  Office 2010 – double click on setup – during the setup you should select custom – you should select Microsoft Office and install ALL from my Computer. When installation is complete, you must open one of the Office programs and go file – help and Change Product Key.  Paste your key here.  Close program and reopen to verify Office is registered and activated.

_____Install Sumatra PDF or Foxit reader instead of adobe reader (unless you use quickbooks) – these readers (uninstall adobe to increase your performance)

____  Navigate to the device manager, double click the hard drive, choose policies, check turn off windows write cache

____  In the device manager, go down to USB, on all USB Root Hubs, go to Power Management tab and uncheck “Allow computer to turn off this device to save power.
____  Go to Power Management under Control Panel, Click Change Advanced Power Management settings, on Hard Disk, set to 120 minutes, Under the Wireless adapter, set power saving mode to Maximum Performance, Sleep After 120 Minutes, Hybrid Sleep – Off,  USB Settings should be disabled, PCI Express – Change Link State Power Management to Off, Turn Display Off After – 120.

____ Install Auslogics defrag and go to settings – enable start with Windows and enable minimize on close – enable the auto defrag option

____Download and install CCleaner

____Download Diskmax

____Download and install Malwarebytes

____Download Microsoft Safety Scanner (update every ten days)

____Download Microsoft Security Essentials and install

____Install up to 4 GB of RAM for a 32 bit OS or increase your memory based on your budget for a 64bit computer.

____Download MV-Regclean

____Download Runscanner

Of course there are tons of freeware available and programs you can use.  Solid State Drives (SSDs) are an option and multi-processor computers are an option.

Do you have tips on increasing a computers speed and performance?   We’ll publish it here.


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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