Is your Windows computer running like it’s 600 pounds and just woke up from a nap and is trying to run barefooted, even though you only have a few programs running?
See, the problem is that even though you may only use an application for even a second, even if you close or exit the program, in the background that application is still running. Even though you shut it down.
And if you open too many, all of these applications are sucking the speed right out of your CPU, thus slowing down your computer even though it doesn’t “seem” you are doing much at all.
For example, I’m one of those people that pretty much never turns off his computer. And through the course of a week, or even a day, I may have used twenty different applications. So the longer the computer is on for me, the slower it gets until finally I just need to shut down just to get everything that’s running in the background to stop.
So how do you speed up things?
Well, there’s a little hack you can perform that could really help speed everything up. It’s a bit technical, but it’s worth going for if you keep running into slow application speeds on your computer.
STOP! Just be sure you’re not running either Internet Information Server (IIS) or Microsoft SQL Server. If you are, then do NOT change these settings as the changes will slow all of these applications down considerably, including the desktop applications too.
Here’s what you’re going to do…
Click on the “Start” button on the bottom left corner and type “Run” into the menu you see. Once you type in run, you will see the option to open an application named “Run”. Go ahead and click onto that.
You may get a warning from Windows asking you if you want this program to run, just click Yes.
Now once you have the run app open, type in “Regedit” (without the quotes) and click the OK button.
In the window that opens next, expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key by clicking on the “>” sign next to it.
You will then see this. Click on the “System” folder.
On the next window that you see, look for and expand the following folders, under “System” > “CurrentControlSet” > “Control” > “PriorityControl”.
In the right panel, you will find a setting named “Win32PrioritySeparation”.
Right click on the setting and choose “Modify”.
Select “Hexadecimal” from the option buttons on the right panel and change the value to 26. If the option “Decimal” is selected on the right hand panel then you should change the value to 38 instead.
Click on OK and close the Regedit window.
Restart your computer and you are good to go. The apps you open now should be running faster!