Nov 5, 2011

Speed Up Your PC

Your personal computer is a technological masterpiece of the twentieth century. It is a very accurate piece of machinery designed by engineers and technicians to practically run on its own and even repair itself. But, no matter how much technological advancements are built into your PC, it still needs to be maintained like other machines. Without maintenance, your PC will run slower and slower as time goes by. Here are some basic maintenance procedures that you need to perform to keep your PC running in top speed.
Step 1
Remove programs that you don’t need. Programs use up vital resources that cause delay once your computer starts which is why the more programs you have in your computer, the more time it takes to start your computer. Click on “Start,” click on “Control Panel,” then click on “Add or Remove Programs.” From the resulting list of programs, choose the program you do not use and click on “Uninstall” to remove the program. 
Step 2
Erase your browsing history by clicking on “Control Panel,” “Internet Options,” then “Delete” under the “Browsing History” section if your browser is Firefox. If you are using Internet Explorer, open your browser and click on the “Tools” menu at the far right hand side of your browser's Tab Bar. Select the “Delete Browsing History” in the resulting drop-down menu. Click on “Delete Files” in the “Delete Browsing History” window.
Step 3
Defragment the hard drive of your laptop to compresses the data and files in your personal computer for a larger space in your hard drive. Click "Start,"  "All Programs,"  "Accessories,"  "System Tools," then click on "Disk Defragmenter."
Step 4
Perform a disk clean up. This utility searches and analyzes your computer hard drive for files that are no longer used, and then deletes the unnecessary files. Click on "Start," "All Programs,"  "Accessories,"  "System Tools," then "Disk Cleanup".
Step 5
Repair invalid shortcuts, or links to files stored in different folders and drives in your PC. Windows Start Menu is made of shortcuts linking to various files in your hard drive. Once the target files of these shortcuts are moved or deleted, the shortcut will not function. If you are not familiar with this procedure, I would suggest that you download a registry cleaner to perform this procedure. A registry cleaner program would save you a lot of time and headaches since these programs have been designed to do the job efficiently. Download freeware registry cleaners from the Internet by searching for "free registry cleaner downloads" using your favorite search engine.
Step 6
Programs installed in your computer are typically designed to run as soon as you start your computer. These programs normally try to communicate with the companies that distribute them, or try to execute a program without your knowledge. The resources used by these programs will considerably increase the boot time of your computer. Stopping unwanted and unnecessary programs from running during start-up will decrease the boot time of your computer. Again, I would recommend getting a free or paid version of a registry cleaner to do this job and avoid all the technical hassles. 
Step 7
Windows registry is a system database used by the Windows operating system to store configuration information. Most Windows programs write data to the registry upon installation. Over time, program installation and uninstallation can corrupt your computer registry and cause your computer to become slow during start ups. Repairing a registry is a complicated process especially to a person who is not well-versed with a computer. Once again, I would suggest that you use the registry cleaner software to perform this procedure.
Step 8
Install an effective anti-malware and anti-virus program. Scan your computer often, especially if you notice something strange or out of the ordinary. It is also advisable to scan your computer under the following circumstances:
  • When your computer performance is slowing down.
  • When you encounter any unknown error from your Operating System.
  • If you observe 100% of CPU usage during idle mode.
  • When you experience a blue screen several times in a single day.
  • When your applications suddenly malfunction.

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