Monday, July 10, 2006

Improve Windows performance

  1. Ensure that there is enough free space (around 10%) on the boot drive (usually C:)
  2. Defragment the hard disk at frequent intervals (weekly basis)
  3. Set Processor and virtual memory settings
  • For Windows 2003 and XP
  • Right click "My Computer"
  • Select the "Advanced" Tab
  • Click on "Settings"button in the "Performance" section
  • On the "Visual Effects" tab, ensure that the "Adjust for Best performance" is selected
  • On the "Advanced" tab, ensure that both the options are set to "Programs"
  • Click on the "Change" button in the "Virtual memory" section
  • For machines that have multiple drives, Set the %SystemDrive% drive (usually C:) to "No paging file" and Set the Paging file to a different disk from the %SystemDrive% drive. Keep the initial and maximum size to the recommended size
  1. Remove all "Server Roles" unless specifically required (Windows 2003) using "Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Configure Your Server"
  2. Stop unnecessary services and either set to Manual or Disable using "Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services"