Easy Way To Speed Up Your Computer

With a simple setting change, my computer is easily twice as fast. AutoCAD starts up about 3 times faster and when working on projects in AutoCAD, Revit & SketchUP I have noticed an amazing difference.

To do this, you need to change your computer’s theme. The default Windows theme is called an “Aero” theme which looks really cool. At the top & bottom of an open document or program or even a window, there is a cool transparency effect… Well, this cool effect is sucking up you needed graphics memory. So all you need to do is change to a “Basic” theme and you will be loving your computer once again. you may feel a little retro with the style, but there aint nothing retro about the speed at which you’ll be working.

In the above picture, notice the transparency of the “Aero” category of themes.

To change this: Click the “Start” button > Control Panel > Appearance & Personalization (Change the Theme). You will see a window like the picture below. Select a “Basic” theme. You can still have a custom custom background picture… It’s just that the “theme” or appearance of an open folder or a program will appear differently.

Now go and enjoy your faster computer!!!

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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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19 Responses to Easy Way To Speed Up Your Computer

  1. freddy says:

    You are a lifesaver, I am a civil engineering student and I just spent 14 hours working on project, where every time I drew a line I had to wait 30 seconds or more just to draw the next line, it was terrible!! I’m still not done but tomorrow will be so much easier and enjoyable, I should have done something about it sooner but it is better late then never. Again, thank you very much, my computer is so much faster now!!!

  2. AutoCAD Tips says:

    Also check your drafting settings buttons
    https://autocadtips.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/drafting-settings-buttons-in-the-status-bar/
    If they are in the “Icon” mode, more than likely, there are too many turned on that don’t need to be on – like Transparency, Dynamics UCS, or even Dynamic Input is a huge drag on the machine even though it is a great tool, it really bogs down my computer at times too.
    So check to see what you have turned on and turn off what you don’t really need.
    ~Greg

  3. freddy says:

    I will check that out, thanks again. Any little bit of extra speed helps.
    Freddy

  4. Ali mansour says:

    i have a problem with drawing line:
    i use auto cad 2012 32bit.when i draw line it seem very slow.Although i have Toshiba satellite version with core i3 and GB DDR3 ram. Vega card is 1 GB Intel
    could you help me to solve this problem.

    Regards;
    Eng.Ali
    Electrical Engineer

  5. Diyar says:

    thanks its so useful, good job

  6. Almir Mane says:

    Thanks its great! :)

  7. Some nice advise … Interiior Designer – Architect Thanks…..very much.

  8. Narek says:

    Thank you very much. in these days i have noticed that my pc and especially autocad is work very slowly. This helped indeed. thanx!

  9. You are amazing. Thanks for Showing step by step guide it helped me a lot from many day my computer was slow but u saved it and helped me to speed up my computer.

  10. D.Saritha says:

    i have a problem drawing is very small. how to draw large in autocad.please tell me.

  11. Arvie Guardian says:

    Well Hello there Sir. My issue here is that everytime Im using autocad 2013 while surfing the net my laptop slows down. Like hell. It takes more than a century to draw a line Sir. I would like to ask if you got some remedy for this? Anyways, my laptop is HP, windows 8 single language, Celeron N2810, RAM 2.00Gb. Thanks Sir

  12. Patrick says:

    Set your WHIPTHREAD = 3; AutoCAD cannot multi-thread. So if you are using a multi-core processor, you are only utilizing 1/nth of your “n” core (e.g. 1/4 of quad core processor).

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