If you are like me then your computer might be running slower than when you bought it and first turned it on. What can you do? How can I speed up my computer and return it back to its original pristine self? Well, it is very simple.
Computers slow down for a number of reasons. As you use your computer you add and sometimes remove trial software or install programs that will start part of the program as soon as the computer turns itself on. These appear in the startup folder of your Windows computer.
Cleaning up your startup items can also speed up your computer. Some software like a modem or Bluetooth for example will install itself in the startup folder so that every time you turn on your computer the program automatically starts up in the background so it is ready right away should you choose to use it. Because the programs are operating they take up space in the computer’s memory. If too many programs start up then the computer doesn’t have enough memory space to use for programs you are using like a browser or maybe a photo editing software. This makes the computer have to wait for memory space it needs to operate the software you want. So the computer slows down.
But many of these programs don’t really need to start up initially. To fix this annoying problem just go to the Windows startup folder and un-check the programs that you really don’t need to start up right away. In Windows Vista the program will create a shortcut that it puts in the Windows startup folder. All you need to do is delete the shortcut from the startup folder and the program will not start up automatically but wait until you manually start it. You can do this by clicking on the lower left Window icon, clicking on All Programs, and then navigating to the startup folder. Just delete the item you don’t want by right-clicking and then clicking on delete.
Another thing you should do occasionally is defragment your hard drive. Windows has a program to do this in its System Tools folder located in the Accessories folder in the All Programs menu. What this does is clean up your hard drive and put all the files in order so that the Windows operating system can access it easily. As Windows writes data and files to your hard drive and after you save and close a program the data is written one after another and is not kept neatly together. So if you use a program one day then use a different program right after and then use the first program a few days later, pieces of the program are written all over the hard drive and not in order. Defragmenting will arrange the pieces so they appear together making the hard drive work less to access the pieces because they are easier to find.
Finally, you need to keep you Windows registry in order. The registry is a database for your computers Windows operating system. In it are kept all the settings for both hardware and software as well as the user settings that you need to start up and use your computer. Software sometimes doesn’t remove all the pieces of its program when you remove it from your computer by using uninstall feature. Most of the time it will leave some part of a file it created in the Windows registry. A good registry cleaner can remove the unnecessary parts of the program’s file and also defragment the Windows registry. By defragmenting the registry you put all the files in order so that the operating system has an easier time searching and finding the data file it is looking for. This will make it run much faster.
There are a number of very good Windows programs that can do this very easily. These programs are called Windows Registry Cleaner programs and are fairly inexpensive to buy but can really improve your computers performance. This is really the only additional program you need to maintain your computer. It is surprising the Windows doesn’t include an easy to use automatic registry cleaner with its operating system. It includes a manual way to look into your Windows registry but if you don’t know what you are doing it is not wise to edit a Windows registry manually. And many of the top registry cleaner software also include a hard drive defragment utility so you can do everything right from the registry cleaner program itself.
I have learned over the years that it is easy to speed up my computer by just doing these three simple things. Again, they are defragment my hard drive, uninstall rarely used programs in the Windows startup folder and finally clean up my Windows registry. I tend to do this regularly, usually once a month. All the programs can be run automatically and I set up my Windows registry cleaner program to run in the evenings once a month after I finish using my computer.
Try this yourself and you will be very surprised how much speed your computer will gain.
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