11 August 2009

3 Ways to Speed Up Your PC

Slow computers are incredibly annoying and frustrating, preventing you from being able to do a number of things properly. Luckily, there are several ways you can speed them up. Here are 3...

1. Uninstall unwanted programs

Many programs that you install have parts which are constantly running without you knowing. They are known as running "in the background" and take up a lot of system resources, making your computer run slower for no reason. Such programs which are famous for doing this are AIM and Outlook.

To stop this problem, you should uninstall any program that you don't need / want any more. To do this, you just need to go into the Windows CONTROL PANEL - ADD / REMOVE PROGRAMS and then scroll down the list, removing the programs you don't want. You need to be careful here, because if you don't know what a program does, you should check it out online, because if you remove the wrong one, you could do a lot more harm than good to your Pc.

2. Clear out any junk files

Especially thanks to high speed Internet, many people are now collecting huge amount of files on their computers which the simply don't need. Pictures, movies, document & web pages are just some of the junk that are cluttering up computers now. Although this seems okay, the truth is that the more files you have on your PC, the slower your PC will run.

Every time you boot up Windows, it actually takes all the files on your hard drives and creates a "map" of where they all are. This is known as file "indexing" and is what every Windows PC does to help it search your hard drives quicker. This is okay, but if you've got lots of junk files in there, this process will take a lot longer, making your computer slow down dramatically.

To fix this, you just need to remove any junk files on your PC. Just go to the folders where you like to save your files, select the ones you want to delete and then hold down SHIFT & click DELETE. This will permanently delete the files, instead of sending them to the recycle bin, allowing you to quickly make the most of your hard drive space

3. Clean out the registry

The registry is the central database for Windows, which stores all the settings and options for your computer. Everything from your latest emails to your desktop wallpaper are kept in here, allowing your computer to "remember" a lot of things even when it's turned off and on again.

The problem is that this database often gets full of corrupted and damaged registry files, which forces your computer to take longer to read them. With many computers having 1,000's of damaged registry files, it's one of the biggest causes of a slow system, and one which is easily fixed with a registry cleaner.

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