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8 Tips For Speeding Up Your Netbook
« on: December 02, 2010, 05:15:34 PM »
1) Add RAM.  Adding RAM will help alleviate hard drive thrashing (where drive runs wild for long periods of time or non-stop).  Most netbooks support up to 2GB of RAM.  However, it's not always easy to add RAM to them, which is something to consider when deciding which netbook to purchase.

2) Use ReadyBoost.  Add an SD card or USB stick (thumbdrive) and configure Windows to use it for ReadyBoost. This will improve performance and extend battery life since the hard drive is being used less.

3) Use lightweight applications.  There are some that are designed specifically for netbooks and there are also older versions which are less resource intensive.   For example, Norton has a version of Internet Security that is designed for netbooks.  Or, there are other standard versions that are less resource intensive such as the free version of Comodo Internet Security.   And both Opera and Google Chrome are less resource intensive than IE. has many older versions of software available:

4) If Aero Themes are enabled, turn them off.

5) Use Cathy ( ) to find files and disable Windows indexing and Google Desktop indexing.  It's a good indexing program that doesn't index in real-time, which means less hard drive thrashing, and means that it's more netbook-friendly than Windows search or Google Desktop.

6) Use a lightweight OS.  There are a variety of Operating Systems that are available for free and that have a smaller footprint (and thus less resource intensive) than Windows.  For example, there's Linux.  Or, use an OS designed specifically for netbooks, such as Jolicloud

7) Trim the services list to reduce the memory footprint used by the OS and disable any software that you dont need at bootup by removing it from the startup tab in msconfig.   Trimming the services guides can be found here: for Windows 7,  for Vista, and for Windows XP

8) Use TinyResMeter to monitor your system for resource hogging programs.  This will help you determine which ones to remove, replace, or simply prevent from running automatically when the computer is turned on.


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