I want to either programmatically or manually measure how much PC performance increase I get after using a Windows optimization program. There are several programs on the market that do this and I want to be able to tell which ones do it the best, etc ...
What values within Windows OS are good to use for measuring performance of the computer as a whole?
Should I be measuring application load times? Should I be measuring CPU processing times? I'm not really sure what would be the best way to really figure out how fast and smoothly a Windows machine is running other than simply noticing it visually.
Edit: things usually being optimized are:
- temp files,
- unnecessary files,
- empty folders,
- browser history,
- defragmenting registry,
- updating drivers,
- defragmenting hard drive, etc ...
Let's say there is a program called AmazingComputerOptimizor and then let's say that I wanted to see what kind of performance increase this program gave my computer or any other computer. What kind of things can I test and measure within a PC running Windows to show how much performance was gained by the use of this AmazingComputerOptimizor?