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Get rid of FAT
If you have upgraded your computer from windows 95 or 2000(windows 98 cant be upgraded to xp you have to upgrade to windows 2000 first) then your hard disk may still be using the old FAT32 file system. The FAT32 file system is slow and needs to be De-fragmented much more frequently than the newer NTFS file system.

Checking you file system

  • Go to my computer
  • find your hard disk and right click
  • select properties
  • on the general tab your file system will be listed near the top of the window

HDDProperties

Changing your file system to NTFS
If your file system is NTFS then you can easily change this by going into the command prompt. here’s how.

  • Click Start and open “Run”
  • in “Run” type cmd and click OK
  • In the Command Prompt type convert [your drive letter]: /fs:ntfs
  • Press enter, your computer will say “windows needs to restart to make the changes”
  • restart your system
  • once restarted the computer will convert the file format and then reboot twice
    TheCommandPrompt

Using MSCONFIG to change the start-up programs
MSCONFIG also known as the System Configuration Utility can be used to change the start-up programs and services that windows will load. This will speed up your computer by freeing up more system resources. To open MSCONFIG

  • Click Start and open “Run”
  • type msconfig and click OK

You should now be in a window that looks like this(below):
MSCONFIG

 Now to change the start-up programs and services:

  • Go to the start-up tab
  • In the list box you can see all the programs and services
  • Uncheck the boxes to stop a program or service
  • The name of the service or program is on the left
  • Don’t stop a program or service unless you are sure you know what it is and does. if you dont know then keep it on.
  • Click OK once finished

Now you will be asked to restart your computer to put the changes into effect.

  • Restart your computer
  • Once the desktop has loaded a message box should appear saying “you have edited the start-up programs with MSCONFIG”
  • If you don’t want this message to appear every time you start-up then click the check-box “don’t show this again”
  • Click OK

OK this concludes Speed up your computer part 3 and in the next part i will probably be talking about Ready-Boost for those vista users and adding more memory to you computer.

thank you reading this post!

Use little or no money
Giving your computer a little turbo boost if its lost its spark over the years is easy with some basic maintenance and a little money. Those that spend are going to get the best performance but for those that don’t want to spend anything extra will still see a good performance gain provided you don’t already do what I’ve shown(and about to show).

Increasing the page file
Changing the way the page file operates and increasing its size will help your performance. It will save CPU(central processing unit, the brain of the computer) recources and your computer will have more room for windows to store system files which are important to running programs.

The page file explained
The page file is a section on your hard disk that has been reserved to act as though it where RAM(Random Access Memory), RAM is your computers memory that handles data that is sent to and from the CPU.

 Take this example, you type a letter on Microsoft word and this data gets sent through the keyboard to your computer. The CPU will need to process this data and send instructions to the monitor to display this new letter, the only problem is the keyboards language is different from the CPU’s and the monitors language is different as-well, how to they understand each other? well that’s where the RAM comes in, it takes the data between and sorts it into a set of instructions that the CPU and other input(keyboard) and output(monitor) devices can understand. So essentially the more memory you have the more operations your computer can do at once.

The problem with the page file
So the page file acts as RAM, Great i don’t have to upgrade my computer! unfortunatly this isnt the case the page file is on the hard drive and compared to the speed of the memory the page file is like a 91 year old with stilts, it just isn’t near as fast as the ram and depending on the page file to give you permanent performance increase wont happen. Increasing the page file if you are experiencing slowness on your computer is really only a temporary action before buying extra memory.

So how do i do it?
Right so now we know more about the page file we can begin to increase the page file. I have made a short video on how to do this below. I am showing you how to do this on windows vista but their is basically no difference between doing this on vista and on xp.  

Ok so i have included a youtube version of my video. This may be too small so i have included a download from my website www.wizardcreations.co.uk below. just right-click the link below and select “save as” to download.

www.wizardcreations.co.uk/PageFileFinal.wmv

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Speed up your computer in this simple to-do tutorial with hardly any cash.
Your computer not a spry as it was? There are a couple of steps to do to make your computer faster if your having performance problems and in part 1 of this 4 part guide I’m going to show you how to do 1 of performance increasing tasks.

De-fragment your hard drive
De-fragmenting your hard drive is simple and easy to do with absolutely no risk of loosing any files. Even if it does sound a little daunting, its very easy to do with this simple video guide i made below.

Video Guide on De-fragmenting your hard drive.
instead of just showing you how to do it i thought i might put the extra effort in and tell you more about why you should De-fragment your hard drive and what it really does.  Now i’ve included a youtube version of this video but it may be two small for those without hawk eyes so ive also included a download from my website www.wizardcreations.co.uk. right click the link below and then select “save as”.

www.wizardcreations.co.uk/Defrag.wmv

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Is your hard drive running out of space, well theres an easy way to free up that disk space from unwanted files. By using the disk cleanup tool in windows it can be done in minutes. ive posted my first video tutorial in this post so i hope it go’s well!

The youtube video may not be big enough so thats why i also included a download from my website (click here to go to my website) right click the link below to download the video.  

www.wizardcreations.co.uk/DiskCleanup.wmv

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As most pc gaming enthusiasts would know the crysis single player demo has been released, for those that dont and havnt played the demo….. well thats why you here right? firstly lets get some basic facts on the page!
Developers: Crytek
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: 16+
System Requirements:

 Minimum Requirements:
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista), Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista), AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or better

RAM: 1GB (1.5GB on Windows Vista)

Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or better

Video Memory: 256MB of Graphics Memory

Storage:12GB (for complete game only)

Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

Recommended Requirements:
CPU: Core 2 Duo/Athlon X2 or better

RAM: 1.5GB

Video Card:NVIDIA 7800 Series, ATI Radeon 1800 Series or better

Video Memory: 512MB of Graphics Memory

Storage:12GB (for complete game only)

Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

As you can see the system requirements are very high, crysis pushes the limits of today’s PC technology. Here what i ran the game demo on
OS: Windows Vista
RAM: 2GB DDR 2 Memory
CPU: AMD athlon 4200+ x2
Video Card: Nvidia 7600GT 256MB

I could play it at medium settings with a almost playable frame-rate but i machine struggled!

The Story:
Set in 2020 you are Jake Dunn codenamed: Nomad, you are a united states delta force operative sent in with the rest of your team to a island in the south china sea to apparently “locate and evacuate” excavators working there. This is because the north Korean army has taken over the area and the excavation site, and from the excavation teams last transmission to the united states there is a feeling that something went terribly wrong. 

I made a video of the gameplay to show you (this was my first gameplay video so its a bit edgy)

Gameplay:
The gameplay feels alot like FarCry in the demo as you play through an open-ended jungle world. The AI is very realistic, forming into squads, taking cover, knocking objects over to use for cover, using grenades to flush you out and more.
CrysisGameplay1
I just like to take the time to mention that the blur affects are really cool!
CrysisGameplay2
In the game you have a certain edge over your Korean Friends, this is your nano muscle suit, with these suit you access four modes Maximum Armour, Maximum Strength Maximum Speed and Cloak. You can also customize all of your weapons with silencers, Flashlights, Fire modes, tactical enhancements (tranquilisers) and sight modes.
CrysisGameplay3
as you come to the end of the demo (SPOILER) you may find something unexpected!
CrysisGameplay4
(“it looks like someone had a little trouble parking their boat”)
CrysisGameplay5
(Suprise!)
CrysisGameplay6
(well we wont be seeing him again)

Overall i cant wait for the full game of crysis even if my computer struggles to run it at the higher settings becuase its gameplay and compelling storyline will keep me playing, we just have to hope that the rest of the game is just as good as the demo.

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Isnt it annoying when you print long documents that need to be ordered from first page at the top and last page at the bottom but the printer works the other way arround? well you can easily change that, see here how to do it.

First when you are in microsoft word, go to the menu bar and select tools > options.

 PrintOrder1

Now a dialog box will appear on the screen go to the print tab and in the printing options section find the checkbox “Reverse Print Order“, check this and click ok. Now your pages will be printed last page first so everything is in the correct order when the printing is finished.

PrintOrder2

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Do you have so many programs in you start menu they you have to scroll down (if in classic mode) or they cover most of the desktop? Well you can show these alphabetically on a scroll bar with a quick change to the start menu settings, Heres how to do it.  Go to the start menu and right-click, select properties (below).

Start Menu Properties Location

You should now see a dialog box appear, click on the Start menu tab and click the customize button.

The Start Menu Properties Dialog Box

 Now a new dialog box will appear called “Customize Start Menu“, click the advanced tab and find and check the scroll programscheckbox in the list box below. Once finished click OK.

The Advanced settings in the Customize Start Menu Dialog Box

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