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Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows
Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows - PCSTATS
Abstract: Newest Update! Take control of Windows with help from PCSTATS. We've got 99 ways to squeeze out better performance, enhance boot times, free up hard drive space and trim away Windows's fat.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Feb 25 2014   M. Dowler  
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System Preparation - Hardware: Tips 8-10

8. Optimize the memory timings and voltage

You may or may not wish to overclock your computer system, but to gain the best possible performance from your memory right now, let's look into optimizing your computer's memory latency timings.

To put it simply, memory timings are a set of arranged delays that each memory module steps through in between transferring data to and from your computer. These programmed delays ensure that data can be written to and read from your RAM in an orderly fashion. Shorter delays mean your memory pushes more data in a given time, meaning better overall computing performance.

There are too many variables for us to give you a comprehensive guide on setting your memory latencies. Take a look at PCSTATS' article here, then refer to your motherboard manual and the website of your memory manufacturer for instructions on your specific hardware.

9. Overclock the processor and memory

Your computer system is the engine that powers your Vista experience, so why not make that engine run faster if you can? Ok, there's a few reasons why you might not want to (hassle and stability concerns to name two), but with today's computer technology, a slight overclock is almost guaranteed. Also overclocking your computer will certainly gain you a healthy performance advantage in games and number crunching applications. With this in mind, we'd like to direct you to this PCSTATS Guide on the subject of overclocking for a comprehensive how-to.

10. Overclock the video card

If gaming is your Vista priority, then this tip might be of interest to you. As with overclocking your processor and memory, overclocking the videocard makes it run faster than spec and thus do more work in a given time period. Faster videocard=better games. As with all other forms of overclocking, nothing is guaranteed, not even the safety of your hardware, so take it slowly and be careful. A well overclocked videocard can improve your direct X10 gaming performance dramatically though. Note that this will not help much with the Aeroglass 3D interface. If your videocard already has problems with Aeroglass, a small speed tweak is unlikely to help. If your card can handle Aeroglass just fine, more speed will not net you any noticeable visual improvement. For a step-by-step guide to videocard overclocking, see this PCSTATS Guide.

Now that we've covered the basics, lets dive into the first ten tweaks you can't live without. These are the essential "First Boot" tweaks that will make Vista a much more pleasant operating system to work in, particularly if you consider yourself an intermediate-to-experienced computer user.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows
 Pg 2.  System Preparation - Tweak Insurance: Tips 1-3
 Pg 3.  System Preparation - Hardware: Tips 4-7
 Pg 4.  — System Preparation - Hardware: Tips 8-10
 Pg 5.  First Boot the Essential Tweaks: Tips 11-12
 Pg 6.  First Booth the Essential Tweaks: Tips 13-16
 Pg 7.  First Boot the Essential Tweaks: Tips 17-20
 Pg 8.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 21-23
 Pg 9.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 24-26
 Pg 10.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 27-29
 Pg 11.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 30-31
 Pg 12.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 32-34
 Pg 13.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 35-38
 Pg 14.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 39-41
 Pg 15.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 42-44
 Pg 16.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 45-47
 Pg 17.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 48-50
 Pg 18.  Vista Performance Boosting: Tips 51-53
 Pg 19.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 54-57
 Pg 20.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 58-61
 Pg 21.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 62-64
 Pg 22.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 65-68
 Pg 23.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 69-71
 Pg 24.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 72-74
 Pg 25.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 75-77
 Pg 26.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 78-81
 Pg 27.  Mastering and Streamlining Vista Interface: Tips 82-83
 Pg 28.  Customizing Vista Aeroglass Interface: Tips 84-87
 Pg 29.  Network and Internet Performance Tweaks: Tips 88-91
 Pg 30.  Vista Tuning for Notebooks: Tips 92-94
 Pg 31.  Windows Vista Gaming: Tips 95-99

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