Fine Tuning PCs

Fine tuning your PC seems like a great topic (although covering a vast area) which fully occupy such sites as Windows Secrets and Windows Tips & Tricks.

With everyone moving to touch-enabled devices, how much fine tuning do they allow, I wonder? Maybe we can at least limit the number of Apps running at once πŸ™‚

For PCs, some things to consider might be:

  • To defrag or not to defrag
  • Cleaning up the Registry
  • How to quicken bootup times
  • Adding more memory
  • SSDs — Solid State Drives
  • CPU overclocking & water cooling

and many more.

Please add your thoughts and “Leave a Comment”.

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3 thoughts on “Fine Tuning PCs

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  2. Increase your PC’s output

    Fine tuning a PC to the user’s work style and the application requirements will increase productivity. This will require additional work from the operator and support staff. Some improvement will only require looking at the big picture and acting accordingly. Others will require some increased system knowledge. This does not mean you will need to become a computer geek. Fine tuning will involve a large number of elements and should be reviewed regularly as requirements change.

    The following elements need to be looked at;

    Desktop set-up – The number of Icons on the desktop should be kept to a minimum, otherwise time is lost searching through them. Utility programs icon should be added to the desktop for ‘note taking’, ‘memory clip management’, and ‘recall’, functions. Some version of Windows allow Icons to be added to the ‘Start Button’ or ‘Task bar’.

    Documentation, User training – Are critical elements in PC operation. They should cover what to do when things go wrong as well as normal operation. Refresher sessions should be scheduled to make sure everyone is familiar with all aspects of PC operation. The material should be reviewed regularly to make sure it covers current procedures.

    System enhancements – can be achieved by tailoring software configuration to meet the needs of a particular task or person. Hardware can also be configured to improve system through-put. Additional hardware or software can be added to improve work output.

    Fire walls, Virus checking – Any system that connects to the Internet should have a Fire-wall installed. All PCs should have a virus checking program on them. Virus can be picked up from file transfer, E-mails or other methods. Fire-walls and Virus checking programs should be updated regularly.

    Hardware configuration – should be based on the type of work that the PC will perform. If the work will involve displaying high resolution graphics then a high quality video system is important. If the work will involve number crunching, a high speed processor is important. For systems that will do a lot of database work, a high speed disk is needed. If the PC will do a variety of work then a comprise is needed.

    Software configuration – choosing between Windows and Unix is a endless debate where both parties claim they are right. Windows is the most popular system with the largest user base. Unix type systems have a very dedicated group of followers. Look at the people you will do business with. Do they favour one system over the other. Does your staff prefer one system over the other. The Open-source systems are less costly and you can make extra copies without violating any copy-write laws.

    File management – is largely ignored by most people, but it can have an impact on PC operations. File names should be kept as short as possible without compromising the identification qualities. File structure should not include more than four levels of sub-folders. Use a prefix at the beginning of file folder to help organise them. Use a underscore in place of blanks in a file name. Some PC routines will not allow blanks in a file name. If the file name does have blanks in it use a β€œ%20′ in command line so the system will process it.

    Back up, Disaster Recovery – are elements that need to fully evaluated for all systems. Consider what needs to be backed up, when it should be backed up, how it should be backed up. Plans should include actions to be taken if the primary site is damaged. Backup files and instructions should be stored off site in case primary site is damaged or inaccessible.

    LAN systems – enable information on one PC to be shared with other machines connected to it via LAN connection. They also increase the complexity of the system in several ways. Additional software is required along with an extra PC and cabling.

    Consultant – can be a valuable cost and time saving resource when dealing with complex PC issues. Make sure the consultants knowledge base matches the problem you are trying to solve. Clearly define the problem your are trying to solve as well as the solution you want.

    Outsourcing – a cost effective way to deal with some repetitive tasks with minimal effort. Make sure all details are clearly defined before you sign on the dotted line.

    Fully Integrated – no information has to be entered into the system more than once. Any information needed by any person working with the system is easy to access. Information can be added, updated or removed by any qualified person.

    Upgrade, Replace – Choosing between upgrading and replacing a system can be a difficult task. Upgrades will cost less time and money in most cases, but they maybe needed more frequently. In some cases a software upgrade may require a hardware upgrade or replacement. Look at the big picture; work load increases, new applications, what will happen with the old equipment.

    Internet – Gateway to the information age. It offers many potential benefits but also has some potential negative elements. It offers quick and easy access to potential markets but the same is true for a businesses competitors.

    PIMs – Are valuable tools in getting the most benefits from a PC system or managing any other tasks that you are involved in. Because of a PC power and flexibility staying on top of the different tasks can be a problem. PIM’s make it much easier to keep track of what is happening. Because many of today’s tasks involve a PC, a information and task manager installed on a PC is a powerful tool.

    Help Files – Creating a user written help file can be a useful tool for improving PC output. A help file program can quickly focus on specific sections of a large file making finding the needed information to solve a particular problem much easier.

    Non- data processing functions – Printing labels for filing cabinets, file folders, suspension folders and many other things that need clear easy to read labels, is easy with a PC linked to a printer. They can create inventory list, brochures, hand-outs, business cards and many other things that may need printing.

    Site Configuration – Make sure any site that has mission critical PC equipment has backup power and air conditioning. Do not install PC equipment in sites that have sprinkler systems. Security systems should allow around the clock access to PC equipment that supports 24/7 operations. Do not install PC cases in locations that have limited air flow; they will overheat.

  3. – – Increase your PC’s output —

    Fine tuning a PC to the user’s work style and the application requirements will increase productivity. This will require additional work from the operator and support staff. Some improvement will only require looking at the big picture and acting accordingly. Others will require some increased system knowledge. This does not mean you will need to become a computer geek. Fine tuning will involve a large number of elements and should be reviewed regularly as requirements change.

    *** The following elements need to be looked at ***

    ** Desktop set-up – The number of Icons on the desktop should be kept to a minimum (no more than 3 colums), otherwise time is lost searching through them. Icon’s for utility programs should be added to the desktop for ‘note taking’, ‘memory clip management’, and ‘recall’, functions; if programs are installed. Some version of Windows allow Icons to be added to the ‘Start Button’ or ‘Task bar’. The PC desktop is the gateway to effective PC operation, it should not be ignored, if you want maximum return from your PC.

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