This episode of Tekzilla is brought to you by ShareFile by Citrix. 5 free ways to speed up your Windows or Mac PC. I think Patrick’s forgetting how to count again. I maybe forgetting. It could be seven. It could be five. Let’s speed up your machine in any 10 case. Turn off stuff you aren’t using, seriously. Yeah. Especially if you just bought a new machine, start by uninstalling applications you don’t use. Just make them go away. Don’t use it, uninstall it. Then, turned off stuff you don’t need that starts by default.
In OS X, go to the System Preferences. Go to Users and Groups. Go to Login Items. And stuff you don’t need every time you start your machine, just make it go away. Like OK now, I’ll restart with Dropbox and BitTorrent sync. And if you thought to yourself, Dropbox just takes too much, delete that too. Of course, now I’m going to have to turn it back on. But that’s a whole other conversation. If you’re in Windows, you right click on the Start button or hit Control Alt Delete.
Open up the Task Manager. And then, go to the Start tab and that gives you information of everything that starts when Windows starts. Ahha! I found it. Do you need Dropbox to start OK. What about that weird combo of letters like EEvent Manager Application. OK. That’s part of your Epson printer monitor. HKCMD Mobile. Oh my goodness! That sounds actually, just Google it. It’s not that scary as you think. I’ll just check Download Assistant that seems like something I don’t think I need that. No. No. I think that’s for a webcam.
5 Free Ways To Speed Up Your PC
Boom! I’ll disable that right now. Bye. Cool. And that was on Window’s Realtech HD Audio Manager. Task Manager. You like sound. Easy. Yeah. But basically, right click, select Properties. And if you don’t know what something is, like let’s see the Realtech HD Audio Manager. Obviously, this is your sound thing, but if you right click on it, Windows will give you some basic info of what’s going on there. Yes. And like I said before Properties. if it sounds really weird well, there’s not a lot of information there.
It’s enough to understand though. Yeah. And if it isn’t, Google that information that weird name online. Then, start snooping a Resmon or Task Manager on Windows. Actually, if you click over to the Processes tab over there. It’s always amazing to see like what’s taking if your machine feels really slow, chances are, look, you’ll open it up. And you can sort by the columns, so let’s start for CPU and see what’s taking up all the CPU cycles on your machine. Look it’s Google Chrome. The Task Manager as switch through.
Ah, go figure. the Task Manager. Well, if you had 100 tabs open, it would be like 90 for Google Chrome. Resmon is another really cool tool on Windows. The Activity Monitor Utility in Windows in Windows Activity monitor Utility in OS X, which I just opened up here, does the same basic thing. If your machine is slowing down, specifically with a INAUDIBLE app, this is a good way to configure. Like, oh look, Shockwave Flash invariably sucking down a lot of CPU, although 10 percent may be the lowest.
Amount I’ve ever seen Flash running. But it gives you an idea of what’s running on your machine, and you can look to see what it’s doing. And you can click through to get the memory. Memory is harder to figure out what’s going on there. But CPU, if you’re like at 50 or 100 CPU, that gives you a good idea that you either need to close a whole bunch of tabs or maybe think about using a different application. Yes. By the way, Windows users, make sure you’re running antivirus or malware, at the very.
Least the free Microsoft security essentials from Windows 7 and earlier or Windows Defender in 8 and 8.1. And it has to be updated. No matter what service you use, you must keep your antivirus or antimalware updated. And by the way, while you’re thinking about it go ahead and do a full. Scan It’s not a bad idea to run antimalware in OS X, but OS X is a lot less likely to have some weird piece of cruft sucking down clock cycles from your CPU. Clearing weird malware out of a PC.
Can take it from unusable to spiffy. It’s kind of frightening actually how even if it’s just a bunch of It’s true! crud in the background. I remember being a little kid. And my dad got so mad at me because I was downloading stuff off of like Napster. Apparently, I downloaded some malware. Didn’t know it at the time. You rooted your old machines. But he was like, you need to make sure you keep what was easy using Norton antivirus Yeah. I you ABG myself, which is perfect. It’s free, and it’s easy to use so.
I’ve been using Microsoft Essentials for so long, I went straight to Defender. Oh! Updates, while we’re talking about updates, just automate them. OS X does a pretty good job of updating your hardware drivers. But Windows folks, make sure you have the latest drivers for your hardware and Windows, especially graphics drivers. Go to your desktop or laptop’s manufacturer website or straight to NVIDIA or AMD or Intel for your desktop to get the latest drivers. If you’re on a Windows PC, defrag your hard drive. I know I’m going to get emails because some of you.
Are going to be like no, actually defragging does not make a noticeable increase in performance. Great. Do it anyway just in case. And if you’re OS X, get the two or three gigabytes of photos and stuff off of your desktop. Put it on the hard drive. Put an alias to the file folder of that information on your hard drive. You will be shocked. A couple of like even a gigabyte on your desktop in OS X will make the machine start to tank in performance. And while we’re talking about performance, dump piggy apps.
Dump Internet Explorer or Safari for Firefox, Opera, or Chrome. OK. Internet Explorer has gotten better. Safari still sucks. My number one favorite, replacing Adobe Reader with Foxit. Yes. And, of course, you don’t need are one of those in OS X because it’s all handled inside of Premiere. You want to get really hard core, reinstall your operating system every six months or a year. Bit rot happens. Just APIs and stuff in the background, I don’t really get into, just start to degrade, gets patched, gets crufted, gets lost, gets overridden,.
And slowly over time your machine is just it’s like scraping articles Oh, it’s so sad. I’m at that point right now. off the side of a boat now. On my gaming PC at home, it’s so slow. And I’m just like I’ll do it after the wedding, after the wedding. God! That’s a good plan. But after the wedding, she’ll reinstall the operating system, and the machine will speed up. Seriously, reinstalling your OS, or better yet, reinstalling a clean image like once you have the perfect configuration, create an image of that.
We’ve talked about how to do that on Tekzilla a whole bunch. And then, you can reinstall the clean image in like 20 minutes instead of spending hours and days updating your system and reinstalling the operating system from scratch. Now, if you want to spend money, get a solid state drive if you don’t have one. It’s amazing. It is the number one. If you don’t have an SSD in your machine, that is the number one speed upgrade I can offer you for money. Plug your Windows or Mac machines up.
To 8 gigabytes if you’re four gigabytes are left. Windows 8 runs very well on older laptops or netbooks that cap out at 2 gigabytes of RAM. Because the way it handles system memory, it does a much nicer it’s just a very elegant way of handling system memory. So if you have a little tiny bit of RAM, Windows 8 might be worth upgrading to. And if gaming is your thing, consider a GPU upgrade. And if your machine is more than three to five years old, you might be amazed at how fast the new computer is.