How to make Intel Core 2 Duo faster?


You can make Intel Core 2 Duo run faster by tweaking a few settings like your virtual memory and activating ReadyBoost.

If you own an Intel Core 2 Duo computer, it can be very frustrating when your computer starts to lag and run slowly. It might get so bad that you have a hard time using your computer to do anything but simply browsing the internet or typing a paper for school. Fortunately, there are some easy ways for you to make your computer faster again.

Clean CPU fan

First of all, shut down your computer and leave it alone for about ten minutes to let everything clear up in memory. Open up the PC case and clean the fans and radiator.

Adjust virtual memory

Next, open your start menu and look for “control panel” and double click on it. Once the control panel is open, click on “system”. You should see a button labeled “Advanced system settings.” Click on that and the system properties window will open up. Click on the tab titled “performance” and then select “Settings…” under the advanced tab near the bottom of this new window.

The performance options will be different depending on whether you’re running windows 7 or 8 but generally there should be an option under the advanced tab for virtual memory as well as one for visual effects (you can change these back later if they make things run worse).

This virtual memory page is where we will make changes. Uncheck all of the boxes, including “Let me selected” and then check the box labeled “custom size.” The initial size of zero bytes will be fine to start with, but you may need to change this later if your computer starts running low on RAM.

The maximum size is how much memory windows can use for programs that are running in the background or inactive at any given moment. If you have 8GB of RAM I would suggest setting it about half way which is 3GB. What this does is limit how much virtual memory Windows uses so that more real memory can be used by applications.


Enable ReadyBoost to make computer faster

ReadyBoost is a feature that was added to Windows in Vista and has since been included in Windows 7. It enables the operating system to use Flash memory (who uses SSDs with windows anyway?) as extra memory if RAM becomes full. This does not make it faster: in fact, since ReadyBoost accesses the drive sequentially, it’s slower than using RAM directly; but allows you to run more applications at once before running out of memory.

  1. Enable ReadyBoost by right clicking “Computer” from explorer or the Start Menu and selecting “Properties.” In this window, click on “Advanced System Settings”.
  2. This will open a new window called “System Properties.” Select the Advanced tab and then click on the top item called Performance.
  3. In this menu, click on the “Settings” button in the “Performance Options” section.
  4. In this new window select the second tab from the left called “Data Execution Prevention.” In this menu find a check box labeled “Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only.”
  5. This should be checked already. Below that check box is a drop-down menu labeled “Select your preferred enhancement.” Selecting that option will reveal a list of options, one being ReadyBoost.
  6. Ensure that every drive you have available to use as ReadyBoost are checked off. If there is no flash drive plugged in it will say none available.
  7. Finally click apply and OK to save these changes and close all windows back to where you.

Now when you run ReadyBoost, you will have an option to use your flash drive as ReadyBoost.

Importance of increasing RAM on your computer

If your Windows computer is slow or bogged down, you should consider increasing the amount of RAM on your computer. If you are not familiar with what RAM is or how it works, just know that it has to do with the speed of processes being completed on your computer. All computers come with default amounts of RAM installed when they are bought (unless otherwise noted), and some people can be skeptical about whether accessing more memory will make their computer run any faster at all. As long as this device is compatible with ReadyBoost, anything you download onto it can be used for increased system performance.

Upgrade to an SSD

SSDs, or Solid State Drives, are another great option for increasing your computing power, but they come at a much higher price. ReadyBoost is limited to USB devices such as flash drives and there is not an upgrade that will allow you to use your computer’s RAM as ReadyBoost storage space. SSDs do not require defragging like hard disk drives do and they only need enough power to keep them running smoothly – so turning off your computer when it is not in use will prolong the lifespan of this product. Having one installed on your laptop also makes powering up and down much faster because it does not revolve around moving parts like traditional platter-based hard disks. This means you won’t have to sit through long startup or shutdown times. The end of your battery life will increase because solid state storage consumes less power than traditional hard disk drives.

If you really want to make an Intel Core 2 Duo run faster upgrade to an SSD.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...