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A slow computer Slow Computer? 4 Ways To Speed Things Up Slow Computer? 4 Ways To Speed Things Up Buying a new computer can really set you back a pretty penny. So have you considered upgrading what you have now? Read More can throw even the most patient folks into a fit of rage. Whether your computer takes forever when booting up or freezes regularly How to Speed Up Windows 10 From Boot to Shut Down How to Speed Up Windows 10 From Boot to Shut Down Registry tweaks and ominous cleaners rarely fix a slow computer. We have compiled a list of tried-and-true methods that will give your Windows 10 computer an instant performance boost. Read More , any time you wait for the system to get its act together amounts to wasted time.

Since your computer’s performance is greatly affected by what’s under the hood How Windows Performance Is Affected by Hardware & Software How Windows Performance Is Affected by Hardware & Software In theory, 32-bit software could outperform its 64-bit counterpart, depending on the hardware setup. Sounds complicated? We're here to make sense and help you get the best performance out of your system. Read More , hardware upgrades will provide a big boost in speed Which Upgrades Will Improve Your PC Performance the Most? Which Upgrades Will Improve Your PC Performance the Most? If you need a faster computer but aren't sure which component would be most beneficial to upgrade, then here are the guidelines you should follow. Read More . However, there are also some quick fixes that will up your speed in minutes. Here are ten little boosts you can try right now.

1. Speed Up Startup

If you can run down the street to grab a coffee in the time it takes your computer to boot, that’s unacceptable. There are two big areas you should check if your computer takes too long to start.

First, you should disable any software from running at startup that you rarely use. Many programs automatically enable this when you install them, such as Skype. If you only use Skype once a month, it’s just wasting system resources in the background.

You can review and disable startup items on Windows 10 by pressing CTRL + Shift + ESC to open the Task Manager, then clicking the Startup tab. Right-click any entry and choose Disable to remove it from startup. If you’re not sure which items to remove, check out our top ten programs that you don’t need at startup Make Windows Start Faster: 10 Non-Essential Startup Items You Can Safely Remove Make Windows Start Faster: 10 Non-Essential Startup Items You Can Safely Remove So your computer has been booting slowly lately? You probably have too many programs and services trying to start up all at once. Are you wondering how they got there and how to remove them? Read More .

Second, you should disable Fast Boot. This poorly-named feature supposedly reduces startup time, but has caused more harm than good for many users. To disable this, type Power Options into the Start Menu, then Choose what the power buttons do on the left sidebar.

Click Change settings that are currently unavailable at the top of the screen to grant administrator privileges, then uncheck the box for Turn on fast startup (recommended). Hit Save Changes and you’re all done.

Check out more tips to fix slow boot times 5 Tips to Fix Slow Boot Times in Windows 10 5 Tips to Fix Slow Boot Times in Windows 10 If your Windows 10 boot time is slow since the Anniversary Update, your're not alone. We have compiled the most common solutions to help you fix this issue fast. Read More if you’re still having problems.

2. Make the Start Menu Load Faster

When your Start Menu takes a while to open, you can edit a Registry value to make it appear faster. Remember that editing the Registry can be dangerous, so don’t touch anything other than the specified values while you’re in the editor.

Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit into the Start Menu. Browse down to this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

In the right panel, find the MenuShowDelay key and double-click it to edit. This number is the amount of milliseconds a menu will delay before it opens; 400 is the default. We don’t recommend setting this to 0 as every menu would become instantaneous, so try changing this to 200 first and see if that feels better for you. Once done, log off and back on to apply the change.

If you’re still having problems, try following our tips to fix your Start Menu 7 Tips to Fix Your Windows 10 Start Menu 7 Tips to Fix Your Windows 10 Start Menu Got problems with your Start Menu in Windows 10? We'll help you troubleshoot and fix it. Read More and Taskbar issues in Windows 10 5 Steps to Fix Your Windows 10 Taskbar Issues 5 Steps to Fix Your Windows 10 Taskbar Issues You almost don't notice how useful it is, until it stops working. Troubleshoot your Windows 10 Taskbar with these five simple fixes to common errors. Read More .

3. Get that Right Click Menu Nice and Snappy

Like running at startup, a lot of software automatically adds its own entry to your right-click context menu. If you notice it takes a long time to right-click, that menu is probably longer than your screen.

The key is removing entries you don’t need from the context menu How to Add & Remove Entries from the Windows Right-Click Menu How to Add & Remove Entries from the Windows Right-Click Menu Everyone loves shortcuts. Meanwhile, your context menu is cluttered with entries you never touch. We'll show you how to customize the right-click menu with shortcuts you'll actually want to use. Read More , and we’ve recently discussed everything you need to know about this. With fewer items clogging up the menu, Windows loads it faster, and you won’t notice such a delay.

4. Defragment Your Drives Quickly

Manually defragmenting your hard drive is much less important than it was years ago because Windows automatically defragments drives on a schedule. Note that solid-state drives (SSDs) don’t need defragmenting! Either way, you probably haven’t opened up the Windows disk defragment utility in years.

However, if you’re on an older version of Windows with a mechanical hard drive 5 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Hard Drive 5 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Hard Drive Buying a hard drive? It's not that difficult if you know a few basic tips. We've assembled the most important features of a modern storage drive and what you should buy. Read More , you might not be satisfied with how long the process takes. For a better experience, we recommend Defraggler, an alternative to the built-in tool. This utility from the makers of CCleaner provides more information and a faster process than the Windows default. Remember that if you have an SSD, you should not defragment your drive!

5. Get to this PC Instantly

This PC, formerly My Computer, is a hub for accessing all the drives and devices attached to your computer. Prior to Windows 10, the Windows Key + E shortcut opened a File Explorer window right to This PC, but now it opens to Quick Access.

To restore the old shortcut, open File Explorer and click the View tab at the top. Click Options on the right side to open the Folder Options window, and change Open File Explorer To: to This PC.

Aside from this, you can also prevent Windows from automatically finding devices on your network, which can slow down the loading process. Type Network into the Start Menu to launch the Network & Sharing Center, then click Change advanced sharing settings on the left sidebar.

You’re probably on a Private connection at home, so look for the Turn off network discovery option and enable it. Click Save Changes and This PC should take less time to load.

6. Populate Programs and Features Faster

With dozens or even hundreds of programs installed, the Programs and Features section of the Control Panel might take forever to load. There’s not much that will fix this aside from uninstalling some software, but you can use an alternative uninstall utility if you like.

These tools provide several advantages over the stock Windows method. Most of them automatically create a restore point in case something goes wrong, can uninstall programs in bulk, and remove leftover junk that the Windows utility might miss. With all these benefits, extra speed is just a bonus.

While you’re looking, make sure you don’t have any of the programs you should uninstall on your computer!

7. Prevent Unresponsive Programs from Hanging

Programs (and Windows) crash Why Did Windows Crash? A Troubleshooting Guide Why Did Windows Crash? A Troubleshooting Guide When Windows crashes, keep calm and reboot. In most cases, it's a singular event. If your computer crashes again, however, consult this step-by-step troubleshooting guide. Bookmark for future use. Read More more often than we like. Everyone has seen the dreaded white sheen over an unresponsive program, and clicked “End Task” to kill it. Sometimes, though, even this takes a minute or more.

We’ve shown how to kill frozen programs without using the Task Manager How to Kill Unresponsive Programs Without the Task Manager How to Kill Unresponsive Programs Without the Task Manager When a Windows program stops working, your first instinct is probably to visit the Task Manager. Here's a super-fast shortcut you can use to kill idle tasks instead. Read More , which is a great way around these hangups. Using a kill script or the SuperF4 utility to terminate programs forces their closing, instead of asking nicely like pressing the X button does. If you have this problem often with a particular program, it’s probably worth reinstalling it to fix any corruption or damage.

8. Disable Fancy Features for Better Performance

Windows includes all sorts of little visual enhancements that make it more pleasant. However, this eye candy takes up system resources. You can turn these features off if you prefer performance over visuals.

To do so, type performance into the Start Menu and click Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows. You’ll see a list of animation elements that you can toggle on or off. By default, most of them are on; you can click Adjust for best performance to disable them all at once.

This disables small bits like windows moving in real time when you drag them and pop-up animations of windows. After a day or two, you probably won’t even notice these are missing.

9. Speed Up the Shutdown Process

A slow shutdown is almost as annoying as a slow startup. If you’re turning off a laptop and taking it somewhere right away, waiting for the “Shutting Down…” screen for ten minutes is infuriating.

While it might be a bit tougher to diagnose than a slow boot time, we’ve covered everything you should check when Windows takes forever to shut down Is Windows Taking Forever to Shut Down? Try This! Is Windows Taking Forever to Shut Down? Try This! You’re just turning your PC off; how hard can it be? Shutting down is a complex process and much can go wrong. If your Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 gets stuck, check out our troubleshooting... Read More .

10. Improve Performance with Lighter Software

Though popular, some software weighs heavily on system resources. With only a gigabyte or two of RAM in an older machine, you’ll feel a slowdown with just a few Chrome tabs open Why Is Chrome Using up So Much RAM? (And How to Fix It Right Now) Why Is Chrome Using up So Much RAM? (And How to Fix It Right Now) But why does Chrome use up so much RAM, especially compared to other browsers? And what can you do to keep it in check? Read More . Until you can upgrade your hardware 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Upgrading Your PC 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Upgrading Your PC Thinking about upgrading your PC components? Great! However, before you do, there are a few important questions that you should ask yourself. Read More or get a new PC, 7 Warning Signs It's Time to Replace your Old PC 7 Warning Signs It's Time to Replace your Old PC When should you buy a new computer? Read More you should switch up the software you’re using.

Try a cloud-based antivirus program to keep the strain off your system, and look into a different web browser since Chrome is such a resource hog. Midori is a lightweight browser that’s a great choice for less powerful machines; Maxthon Nitro is incredibly fast, as well.

What Are Your Quick Tips for a Faster PC?

We should reiterate that these quick fixes won’t fix major underlying speed issues. If you’re still using Windows XP or have a decade-old machine, you won’t see much of a benefit from these tips. However, if you’re having a problem with a specific area above or want to eek out every bit of speed from your system, these tweaks should come in handy.

If these tips don’t cut it for you, check out more scenarios that could be slowing your computer down How to Fix Your Slow Computer How to Fix Your Slow Computer Few things are more frustrating than working with a slow computer. The issue can have multiple causes. We'll guide you through the steps to troubleshoot and fix your computer's performance problems. Read More and habits you should build to keep slowdown from happening 5 Simple Habits to Stop Your Computer From Running Slow 5 Simple Habits to Stop Your Computer From Running Slow Only three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and slow computers after hours of Internet browsing. Let us show you habits to keep your Windows computer as fast as new. Read More .

Now it’s your turn! What are your bite-sized tips for making your computer run faster? Let us know if any of these boosted your PC’s performance and add your best tips down in the comments!

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  1. Squalle
    January 29, 2017 at 7:22 am

    The best way to keep your computer running well... keep it away from the kids. My wife has always let the kids play on her computer. I don't.

    The results: I'm on my second computer in 9 years. She's gone through many. Coincidence?

  2. SymnClailyday
    January 25, 2017 at 10:09 am

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  3. windows 7 slow
    January 14, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Slow problem is a common event for Windows user.

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  4. flash usb 2gb
    January 13, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I’ve got AVG,Spybot n Adaware for malware protection, Very few programs on startup and 2 GB RAM. For the drive utilities, i use CCleaner regularly for cleanups and have automated the defrag process by installing a program that defrags in the background as and when needed.

  5. randhir
    December 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    i am not able to make my computer type what i say please help me

  6. ztr3ngth
    December 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Theres also a really good website on Making Your PC Faster here

  7. jason
    October 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Great! i also found website that helps make your pc fast. theska.org/ways-computer-fast/

  8. Mohsin Reza
    September 6, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Try to make pc faster

  9. yogeshtak
    September 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    hey it is great budy.
    really these tips are great and easy to remember and very easy to do.
    I done all with my pc and i find that my computer speed is become very fast.

    I appecite it

    thanks yaaaaaaar

    yogesh

  10. anandan
    June 26, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    hey
    for downloading programs operating systems etc.....
    go to dl4all.com

  11. Gregg
    June 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    For Windows XP (and a Beta version for Vista)

    Microsoft has a complete online scan and repair feature that you can use for FREE. It is a full online scan and repair setup.

    After you run the complete tuneup...it will ask you if you'd like to purchase this service, but you can say "No Thanks" and continue to use it over and over without paying for the service.

    It will do indepth virus and etc scan, but also do Registry repairs, defrag and so on.

    If you use it...be prepared to let it run overnight. It takes hours to do a complete tuneup.

    Go to the Microsoft OneCareLive site below....and look about 1/4 way down on the right for the "FULL SCAN" button.

    By the way....it will allow you to customize the particular types of scan and repairs that you want done as well.

    onecare.live.com/site/en-us/article/SlowPC.htm

    It's really helped my computer. I run XP Pro.

  12. Charlotte
    June 7, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hi there,
    I tried the sendto thing, but it gave me an "Access Denied" alert. Is there something I need to do before this or something?

  13. Brenda
    May 19, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Very great tips! It worked for me! Thanks!!!!

  14. subt
    May 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    In addition to ccleaner i recommend CleanUp! from cleanup.stevengould.org

  15. Red Gear
    May 13, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Cool thread...

  16. Jackie Chan
    May 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Yo home dogie this stuff is sweet foe chisel peace out home fro

  17. Jason
    May 5, 2009 at 10:50 am

    THANKS this really helped

  18. VirginTech
    April 29, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Nice tips ... i think i should implement them on my desktop because its getting extra slow these days with a very annoying lengthy boot up time!

  19. mhmd
    April 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    is there any relation between connexion and files restor'd on computers, whether into C or D?

  20. Chorizo
    April 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    also, make sure you wipe your computer with rubbing alcohol from time to time. I will make it run smoother.

  21. Frumusete
    April 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for tips

  22. venkat
    March 25, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Advanced System care Free does increase computer's perofrmance and it's also free.

  23. Best Bootup Fixer
    March 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I found Microsoft Bootvis to be the best boot up optimizer. Try it if you are having slow boot ups.

  24. Faster Computer
    February 24, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    A slow bootup is so frustrating! You can also check out this software put out by regcure...

    Great article!

  25. moises
    February 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    on the waittokillservicetimeout, my my compter was 20,000 and i currently changed it to 1000, is that bad?

  26. bdbf
    February 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

    if your comp is going really slow reformat it

  27. Laura
    February 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    hey, thanks for the tips and that, i really needed that, my computer was slower than a legless tortoise lol.

    Once again thanks for the tips, needed them badly!

  28. Jason
    February 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    this helped me alot my computer speed and performance is much better........the last thing about performance really did it for me thanks!!!!!!

  29. April Rendonvera
    February 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Shankar,

    Great tips on speeding up Windows & improving performance! I think I came across this article back when you first posted it, but just found it again & wanted to say "thanks!". Some of these tips work great even on my new laptop (with Vista Ultimate installed).

  30. Chantal Niven
    February 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    A question, maybe a stupid one but I'm no computer geek. I have a new laptop with Windows Vista and can't find the 'Run' function. How do I get into it?
    Chanti

    • April Rendonvera
      February 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Chantal,

      In Vista, you have 2 ways of accessing the 'Run' command.
      The first way, to use it on an "as needed" or just one time basis is by clicking the “Windows” + “R” keys simultaneously. The command box will pop up & you can do what you need to from there.
      The second way, if you want to make the 'Run' command available on your START menu, is: Right-click on the taskbar, then select “Properties“. Click on “Start Menu” tab, then click on “Customize“. Check “Run command“ (this is right below Printers & above Search). Click "OK".

      By the way, it is normal that it doesn't appear on your laptop. Windows Vista does not have RUN in the Start Menu by default.

      Hope this helps!

      April

      • Chantal Niven
        February 6, 2009 at 3:08 pm

        Thank you so much April! I got it done thanks to you.
        :)

  31. Michael H
    January 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Help! please!

    i did this step on this page:
    Disable Animations and Appearance Overhauls to maximize performance

    and i really don't like it. i wan't my old appearance settings back. i really have no idea how to do it or where to go...i know its something with the control pannel, but now that the settings are changed...i cant find that matentience thing to adjust it to get my better quality graphics back. Please send a response to the email i have provided!

  32. Stacy
    January 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    its actually pcsurgeon.synthasite.com it worked great for me. My computer is running like new again after following the tutorial.

  33. Joseph
    January 9, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Try out pcsurgeon.synthesite.com its was only 9.99 and came with Anti Virus, Spyware and a hard disk defragger. Also came with a tutorial that included tips and tricks to keep your computer fast, healthy and up to date. I was pretty impressed. This is all you really need to clean your computer of any viruses and spyware and keep it protected and running like its brand new.

  34. austin kershner
    January 1, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    well isacc you go to regedit.exe and go to hykey local machine and go to system then go to control look for waittokillservice and put in 1000

  35. Esay
    December 15, 2008 at 5:16 am

    another way to make your computer faster is if you blow compressed air into your computer. cleaning it really helps. keep the computer cold, dont let it get hot. and last is get some ram, you can get ram almost free depending where you look, i got mine from a gaming computer in goodwill.

  36. Sonny
    November 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the tips bud...keep em coming :D

  37. tom
    November 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    PCDriversUpdates.com/geforce8500gt try this it might work good for you download it then run it

  38. Austin.kershner
    November 10, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    hey have you ever got a new computer and after a couple years
    you think its just a piece of junk and you think its too slow for you.
    well heres a tip to help your problems."Go to run" then put in"regedit.exe" then go to "hkey local machine". then double click system. then look for control and click that.then go to wait to kill sevice and type in 1000.

    P.S. if it didn't work or if it did email me at austin.kershner@yahoo.com

  39. anisa
    October 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    the tips were very useful thank you!
    but my system goes extreme slow after i download and install programs
    ie takes a lot of time of just appear, sometimes close to a minute for the home page to appear!
    :( any tips??

    • mark
      October 27, 2008 at 11:18 pm

      Try going to a site called http://registryeasy.info I tried it and it cleaned, optimized and made my system 10x faster with one click, and the whole thing took five minutes. They even scanned my PC for free and showed me exactly what the problems were. I was about to pay my computer guy $100 to reinstall windows! Anyway, you might want to save yourself allot of time, money and frustration and at least try the free scan. Hope this helps!

  40. Darren
    August 15, 2008 at 10:21 am

    This was a pretty helpful article, but I had a problem with MMM. After I installed it, I decided I didn't like it and uninstalled. After that, my audio failed, as a result I think, from a problem with my Plug and Play service.

    After looking around, I came to the conclusion that the HACE software did something to my machine similar to the malware apropos. Going to this site solved my problem.

    tech-archive.net/Archive/WinXP/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/2005-12/msg04001.html

    In retrospect it could just be that because MMM is so old it messed up my machine on uninstall. So, use the 'freeware' at your own risk.

  41. chelsey
    August 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    totally thank you this is amazing much love

  42. Arvind
    July 10, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Thanks for the tips.

  43. lawrenze
    June 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    how can we make the graphics card perform at its best.. cause i feel my computer is not doing it... and when i open programs which is games... when i will first enter it always says disconnected its an online games.. how can i make my computer do its work as a gaming PC. when i firs bought i, it performed very awesome, but now it ain't doing its best. i got a 8500 GT geforce graphics and feels like its not doing its job. please can anyone gave me any response?

    • tom
      November 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

      PCDriversUpdates.com/geforce8500gt

  44. JD
    May 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    i tryed the ''Disable Animations and Appearance Overhauls to maximize performance'' and it changed my menus and others to Windows 95 graphics now i dont know what it was before and theres no default setting to change it back.

    • DO
      January 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

      too bad just click it again

  45. kieran
    April 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    hi thanks when i start windows it is really faster :D thanks.

  46. nivthum
    April 20, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    thanks, great tips. it works perfect

  47. connor
    April 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    please it there a sipler way i do not get it at all plase tell me if there is

  48. gggg
    March 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Nice tips. They work well!
    Thank you

  49. Hashim
    February 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Old tricks but can always work for those who want to stick with old machines and never upgrade! A slow system can also be an indication that its time to upgrade your hardware. If you have a not so old system config. then unnecessary programs running in background like adobe reader and many other services can use CPU power and make system slow. In new systems, switching off all the windows eye candy don't give any significant performance increase.

  50. sbw07
    February 12, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Slow Startup

    WinPatrol can also delay your startup apps in addition to being a startup manager & monitor

    Slow Loading Start Menu

    Great tweak!
    I have the Computer, Documents, Recent Items & Control Panel buttons in the start menu as drop-down menus. Is there any registry tweak to make them load quicker? I'm on Vista Home Premium.

  51. K-IntheHouse
    February 1, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Excellent tips, buddy! Stumbled & bookmarked for the day when my computer starts to slow down.

  52. Shankar Ganesh
    January 31, 2008 at 10:00 am

    @Tina, Matt: Glad to hear your thoughts. Thanks for commenting! :)

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      July 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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  53. Matt Ellsworth
    January 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for the tips - i just applied some of them - they worked great.

  54. Tina
    January 29, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Great one Shankar! I'm glad you shared these, please keep them coming! :)

  55. Norm
    January 28, 2008 at 2:21 am

    @John Romero

    Run >> regedit.exe >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\
    WaitToKillServiceTimeout key

  56. mymytri
    January 28, 2008 at 1:08 am

    One more tip to terminate unresponsive programs is ending process from process tab of windows task manager.
    For ex:If you want terminate not responding firefox just click firefox.exe from the process tab and hit end process or you can do it right clicking firefox.exe also...This tip closes the program you choose immediately but you should know or find .exe file carefully

    • Aibek
      January 29, 2008 at 7:35 am

      That's how I terminate Firefox. No it's super fast but also allows you to restore session (tabs) afterwards.

  57. Yasser
    January 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Some of these I didn't even know they were configurable.

  58. Tyler
    January 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Good list you got here. I've never heard of StartUp Delayer before, I may have to check that out. Another helpful tip: if possible, do not keep more than one or two users logged into WinXP or Vista at once. This can create a lot of slowdown, esp. if you're lacking in the RAM department.

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 31, 2008 at 10:01 am

      That's a good tip to remember, thanks for sharing.

  59. Syahid A.
    January 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Nice tips Shankar! Is there a part 2? :D

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 31, 2008 at 10:03 am

      Hehe, may be. ;) Thanks for the idea, though. :P

  60. Arvin Bautista
    January 26, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for a great article, I just edited my sendto locations! I also found a way to edit the "Open With" dialogue, and I wrote an article about it and the sendto tweak (attributed to you)

    http://greasypc.blogspot.com/2008/01/edit-send-to-and-open-with-right-click.html

    • Aibek
      January 29, 2008 at 7:33 am

      Thanks

  61. John Romero
    January 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    On this suggestion:

    Slow Ending of Unresponsive Programs
    If you’ve clicked on ‘End Task’ if any program is running unresponsive, you might have noticed that the program is not terminated immediately. You can alter this by going to Run >> regedit.exe >> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\ and change this value to 1000.

    It is not clear exactly what registry entry should be altered. Could you please clarify? Thanks.

    • Aibek
      January 29, 2008 at 7:32 am

      I think you can alter it o anything above 10-15 seconds (1000-1500). If you hav a really slow machine you can set the value to something even higher.

    • Mel
      June 21, 2008 at 7:10 pm

      in this tip, (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\) there is a bunch more keys, it is not clear what to change. you can't do anything to control???????

      • Annebell
        September 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm

        The first item in the box to the right click on it and put in 1000

      • Stere0123
        February 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm

        change value on "(default)", i got stuck there too

    • J. C. P.
      September 13, 2008 at 9:40 pm

      its tha only thing on there with numbers next to it. I believe it says WaitToKillServiceTimeout or somethin like that. double click and change the number to 1000.

    • Johan
      October 30, 2008 at 11:27 am

      If you noticed when you follow all the steps, the only syep that wasn't specified was in wich line you hace to change the value. go under wait to kill... and there you change it to 1000.

      • Austin.kershner
        November 11, 2008 at 8:51 pm

        hey Johan thinks for the tip, look at my at mine its all the way to the bottom before tom.