I just finished reading an article from Microsoft on five ways to speed up your PC. The tools involved in doing the maintenance process are those that are either built into Windows or that must be added to perform the five recommended functions. I am currently writing this on my wife’s PC, since I am running one of the recommend procedures — an error checking utility — on my computer. I have not run this process before and it is taking well over an hour and counting to check the integrity of my files. Needless to say this is soooooooooo… slowwwwwwwww…

The Microsoft article article recommends running the following processes:

Disk Cleanup

Disk Defragmenter

Error Checking Utility

A Spyware Program

Ready Boost

I have always run third party utilities to do many of the functions described above. I like CCleaner or Glary Utilities to get the gunk out of my registry and temp files, Auslogic or Smart Defrag for disk defragmentation, and other free programs. I also use or recommend AVG or avast! and do use Ready Boost, but I am not sure exactly how well it works or doesn’t work.

I am interested in your opinions of what you use to keep Windows running on your system and why. Do you feel that the tools that come with Windows are enough, or do you use third party software and why?

Comments as always are welcome.

Source – Microsoft