Credit goes to Sarayu over at the Elsword forums. Great guide. Was going to do something similar since I get asked for tips all the time but this is a great and handy guide to improving your computer's performance or even taking it a step further.Disclaimer and Waiver of Liability: Any and all tips below are only provided based on testing I have thoroughly done myself across multiple games and platforms and deem safe. Any modifications and/or procedures you follow as a result of this guide is of your own discretion and liability. I therefore do not take responsibility for what happens to your computer as a result of this guide.
Across multiple MMOs I have played and over the years I have played them, I've managed to gather some tips and tricks that I've always used to speed up my computer. All information provided below has been tested by me and I guarantee safety to your computer in regards to these tips and modifications. Now, some of these tip might be common knowledge and I am well aware of that, but doesn't mean the next player is. That said, this guide is for all players out there, which could even apply to those who play outside Elsword as these are just general tips not regarding Elsword specifically. So, I hope you enjoy this guide and I hope it brings as much success to your FPS increase and computer performance increase as it has for me!
Table of Contents:
- Command Prompt Modifications
- Adjusting Appearance Settings
- Changing Current Power Plan
- Turning off Search Indexing
- Uninstalling Unnecessary Applications
- Updating your Computer's Drivers
- Cleaning up your Hard Drive
- Fragmentation and Organization of your Hard Drive
- Other Miscellaneous Tips
This section provides steps to modify settings in your command prompt to raise the ceiling of how much your network device will process, allowing for more data into your computer at once, stacking that data at one time into your game and thus dropping the amount of time it takes to load data per second.
- Press and open your Start Menu
- In the Search function, type "cmd" but do not press Enter. A field should populate with an option for the application.
- Right-click it and select "Run as Administrator". A screen will pop up.
- Type "cd/" then hit Enter.
- Type "netsh int tcp show global" then hit Enter.
- Type "netsh int tcp set global chimney=enabled" then hit Enter.
- Type "netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal" then hit Enter.
- Type "netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=ctcp" then hit Enter.
- Type "netsh int tcp show global" then hit Enter. It's the same step as step #5 but will let you see what you changed.
NOTE: Some users have found out that this step may decrease your FPS rate while others have found it beneficial. If you, by any reason, find this step not working for you, simply copy and paste the following line in the command prompt then press Enter:
netsh interface tcp set global autotuningl=normal
This step involves changing your account's appearance settings to increase performance for other computer processes. As it takes computer resources to provide certain appearance features such as themes and appearance animations, doing this step will remove all of your desktop's appearance settings but will dramatically open up those resources to be put into other applications.
- Press the Start button.
- Right-click "Computer" and select "Properties".
- On the left side of the window that pops up, select "System Properties".
- Make sure you're under the "Advanced" tab for the window that pops up now. Select "Settings" underneath the "Performance" section of this tab. Another window will pop up.
- On this window, you have an option to "Adjust for Best Performance", "Adjust for Best Appearance", or "Let Windows Choose What is Best for my Computer". Select "Adjust for Best Performance" which will disable all appearance features for your account. Alternatively, you may individually select features you don't want in the field listing below these options. However, I recommend disabling them all for maximum performance.
- Select the "Advanced" tab and under "Processor Scheduling", make sure that "Programs" is selected.
- Under the "Virtual Memory" section press "Change". A window will pop up.
- On the bottom of this window it should say "Recommended" and a certain amount. Under that it will say "Currently Allocated" and a number next to that.
- Select "Custom Size" and type in the initial size as your recommended amount.
- On "Maximum size" type a number about 1.5 - 2 times more then your recommended amount. (1 Gb = 1024 Mb)
- Press "OK" then press "OK" again. Then press "OK" again.
Below is a short video tutorial on how to change the virtual memory on your computer since some users were having issues with doing so.
This step goes into detail about adjusting your current power plan for maximum performance. Note for laptops: this will shorten battery life if left enabled over long duration of time so make sure to switch your power plan back to "Balanced" or "Power Saver" before finishing using your computer.
- In the lower right-hand corner of your task bar, in the system tray, you should see your battery icon. Right-click it and select "Power Options".
- From this screen that pops up, select "High Performance" of which will allocate all system resources to full processing power, making the computer run significantly faster.
- Use previous method to also change back power plan as needed
Turning off Search Indexing:
Search Indexing is a feature within Windows that speeds up searching for results used via the Search function, which has been known to cause slowdowns to the computer if left on. These steps tell you how tot turn it off. Note: Window's Search function will still work if you perform these steps, but it will work more slowly than if indexing was enabled.
- Click the Start button.
- Click on "Computer".
- Right click on "C:" and select "Properties".
- Uncheck the box at the bottom that reads "Allow Indexing Service to..." in the new window that appears.
- Click "OK", and files will be removed from memory. This removal may take a few minutes to complete.
- Click the Start button again and click "Run".
- Type "Services" and press Enter.
- Scroll-down to "Indexing Service" and double-click it in the new window that appeared.
- If the service status is "Running", then stop it by pressing the "Stop" button.
- To make sure this service doesn't run again, under "Startup Type:", choose "Disabled."