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What you can do to speed up your Pc
18 November 2008

What You Can Do to Speed Up Your PC

What You Can Do to Speed Up Your PC

One of the popular topics for discussion on the forums of technology websites is how to fix a slow computer. There are various recommendations given by computer experts to help common users. Some of the suggestions may be easy to implement, while others may require extensive knowledge of computer hardware and software.

Listed below are the easiest ways to maintain the optimal performance and increase the speed of your PC.

Free your Disk Space

It is hard to believe that the huge hard disks that come with computers these days become cramped for space over a period of time. You can free up this space and enhance the overall performance of your PC by using a tool known as Disk Cleanup. This tool helps you locate the files that can be deleted without any effect on computer performance and then allows you to select the files identified from the list.

The following are the files that the Disk Cleanup tool helps you remove:

  • Deleted files stored in Recycle Bin.

  • Temporary Internet Files.

  • Windows components that are optional and not in use.

  • Other program files like Java applets and Microsoft ActiveX controls.

  • Old system restore points.

  • Unwanted programs.

To start freeing your disk space simply click Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Cleanup.

Remove Unwanted Programs

A common user may not be aware of the adverse impact of unwanted programs installed on their computers on system speed and performance. These unwanted programs may come along with a new PC or may have been used by you in past and are not in use anymore. Uninstalling these unwanted programs will help you regain access to a lot of disk space and improve its speed.

Given below are two common methods that you can use to uninstall programs, such as remove Yahoo Messenger from your computer.

  1. Start >> Programs. Search for the unwanted Program. Often, you will see a Uninstall Program option under the selected program.

  2. Start >> Settings >> Control panel >> Add/Remove Programs. Just select the programs you would like to uninstall.

Detect Errors in Your Registry and Repair Them

One of the most important components of your computer is the Windows Registry. Since a Windows registry includes critical information about the file associations and device components, any error or presence of invalid entries in it, hampers the performance of your PC and may slow it down. Therefore, it is recommended that you regularly clean your registry.

You can detect and repair errors in your registry by following two methods:

  1. You can clean your registry manually by using a utility known as Regedit, provided in your Windows operating System. However, you must have sound computer knowledge to execute this program and should also take a backup of your registry before taking up the task of cleaning up your registry manually.

  2. Invest in a reliable and compatible registry cleaner vista tool. These tools not only identify all the registry errors, but they also automate the process of scanning and backing up of your Windows registry.

If you follow the above mentioned steps on a regular basis, you should be able to increase the speed of your PC substantially and reduce slow down problems.


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