From the “knows enough to be genuinely dangerous” category of DIY PC tuneups came a post on a Bar listserve I frequent. The poster observed that he/she had just disabled all the “Services” from their Windows system (via editing MSCONFIG or going into Computer Administration via the Control Panel) to improve it’s overall startup time and speed.
My reaction? W – H – O – A N – E – L – L – Y ! ! !
Disabling all services is NOT a good idea unless you know with absolute certainty what you are disabling. Often programs like anti-malware products and firewalls use several services from different sources, making it much less than obvious what is safe or desirable to disable v. those that will have a crippling effect.
- Uninstall all those applications you don’t use from your Programs icon in your Control Panel
- Empty the Recycle Bin
- Run CCleaner (monthly)
- Right click on the boot drive letter (C:) in My Computer or Windows Explorer, then Properties, then Disk Cleanup (monthly is a good idea also)
- Defrag the hard drive if it’s a traditional hard drive (not an SSD – defragging an SSD can have adetrimental effect on its performance)
- Create another Restore Point after you’re done and generally speaking, before you install or update. It’s worth the few moments it take
- How to create a Restore Point in Windows 7
- How to create a Restore Point in Windows 8
- How to create a Restore Point in Windows XP
Then if your DIY efforts have resulted in some version of a mess and you find you need to restore from a Restore Point, here are the corresponding instructions:
And remember, you can not create Restore Points too often, but you can definitely not create them often enough!