10 Ways To Speed Up Your Computer
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Remove any programs you haven’t used in the last six months.
Click on The Start Button at bottom left of your Screen
Programs and Features
Now check the list particularly for any games or items that you know you do not use, e.g. iTunes, Google-Earth, Sims.
Click on the program – Click uninstall
Remove expired Anti-Virus Programs like Norton, McAfee,
Here’s How: Use the instructions above – uninstall the expired program
Expired Anti-Virus are like E.T. They are always calling home.
Replace them with Microsoft Security Essentials (free from Microsoft.com). If you cannot reach Microsoft.com you may already have a virus. Use another computer and download Security Essentials onto a Memory Stick – then scan your own computer with it. Then install Security Essentials. Its quick and easy.
Check your disk space Here’s How: Click on My Computer,
Right click on C Drive and you will see a pie chart showing free space.
If you have less than 25% free space your computer will slow down as it looks for free space to write files to.
Either delete any unneeded files – such as install files for games you downloaded, or pictures and video – you can burn then to DVD then delete them. Keep your most prized ones on your computer.
If you still don’t have enough space enquire about installing a bigger disk.
Stop unwanted programs from loading at startup – Here’s How:
Click on the Start Button at bottom left of your Screen
Click on `Run`- then type `MSCONFIG` - press Enter
Click on The Startup tab – now uncheck the box for any programs
You know you do not use – again iTunes, Google-Earth, etc.
This stops the program from loading into memory freeing up memory for whatever else you are working on. You can still use these programs – simply go to your programs list and launch them
Defragment your disk. Here’s How and Why: Think of your disk drive as - a refrigerator. Your fridge is not full but everything is spread around
- on different shelves. Defragmenting the drive is like moving all the
- existing items in your fridge right beside each other, freeing up a
whole shelf. . Your computer is now quicker because it doesn’t have to look for empty space. Defrag your drive: Go to My Computer – Right Click on C: Drive – Properties – Tools – Defragment Drive
Buy a new computer. Yes a new computer! If your computer is more
than 5 years old, is giving you problems or seems very slow, consider retiring it. No amount of memory increases or disk size increases will change old technology. New computers are faster and cheaper and use the latest software. Keep your old computer for the kids or as a backup computer.
Increase The Memory. If your computer is younger than 5 years it can
likely benefit from increasing the memory. Nowadays (Oct 2010) 2GB is the minimum on a new computer, 4Gb is the norm, 1GB works O.K. on existing computers but even they would benefit from upgrading to 2GB. You can do it yourself, or take your computer to London Drugs and ask them to upgrade it for you. Its an easy task.
Buy an external disk drive. I Terabyte (1,000 Gb) drives are the standard, more is better.
Avoid the small pocket drives, go for a desk drive which has higher RPM and faster read/write speeds. Move your videos and pics and any other large files to the external drive. This frees up your computers hard drive and speeds up your computer.
Update Your Computer. Here’s How: Go to Start Menu, Programs, Windows Updates.
If you computer has not been updated in some time, all sorts of glitches, slowdowns and malfunctioning programs can occur. Update your computer regularly and turn on ‘Automatic Updates’. Your computer will run faster and with fewer errors.
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