How to Optimize a Computer for Audio

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Whether mastering on a PC or simply looking for the best playback for your media files, optimizing a PC for audio is a simple process that takes only about 10 minutes. Windows machines typically have many visual enhancements and background services running, unnecessary for the task of getting better audio from the computer. A few steps in the Windows setup menus can eliminate audible interference and annoying sound effects that damage the audio experience.


Click "Start" and go to the "Performance and Maintenance" section of the category list.

Click on the "Performance and Maintenance" icon. Navigate to the "System" icon, and click on it.

Click the "Advanced" tab in the small window. Click the "Settings" button under the "Performance" options. Click "Adjust for Best Performance." The computer will change its appearance on screen, adjusting to remove extra effects that would otherwise interfere with audio performance.

Navigate back to the "Start" menu. Go to "Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices." Click "Sounds and Audio Devices."

Click the "Sounds" tab in the small window. Click the arrow on the drop-down bar. Select "No Sounds" as the default audio profile.

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