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5 Ways to Speed Up Your PC
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    5 Ways to Speed Up Your PC
    by Jim Edwards

    No matter how fast your processor and regardless of how
    much ram you carry, there comes a time when you realize
    your computer just doesn't run as fast as it did when you
    bought it.

    Windows loads slower, programs take longer to launch,
    and, in general, your computer drags like it just came
    off a 2-night drinking binge.

    If this sounds like your situation, these 5 tips should
    help you get some extra speed from your PC.

    ~ Disk Cleanup Utility ~

    You may not realize it, but just because you finish with
    a file doesn't mean your computer does.

    In many cases, if your computer's hard drive were a
    garage, you would have unused junk files piled 20 feet
    high and spilling out into the street.

    Everyone should use the Windows "Disk Cleanup Utility" to
    delete old, unused, and temporary files that clog your
    hard drive.

    Click Start, point at All Programs (or Programs),
    Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Cleanup.
    Analyze your hard drive for files you can eliminate and
    it may shock you to see how much hard drive space (and
    speed) you can free up with a few clicks.

    ~ "Defrag" ~

    Imagine a properly maintained hard drive as room the size
    of Wal-Mart filled with filing cabinets.

    Now imagine ripping open every drawer of every filing
    cabinet, slinging the contents onto the floor and trying
    to find one document -that's a fragmented hard drive.

    Sometimes lack of speed simply results from your computer
    working too hard to find the files it needs.

    You can solve this problem by "defragging" your hard

    Click Start, point to All Programs (or Programs),
    Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Defragmentor.
    Choose the disk you want to defragment and expect to let
    the program run for several hours.

    ~ Uninstall Unused Software ~

    We all maintain software on our systems we rarely, if
    ever, use.

    That software can steal system resources. Click Start,
    Control Panel, and "Add Remove Programs" to pull up a
    screen that allows you to remove old programs you don't
    use anymore.

    Simply select and uninstall all programs you know for
    sure you don't need or want.

    ~ Buy More RAM ~

    Increasing your RAM, a computer's memory, can
    dramatically increase speed when running certain
    operations or programs.

    RAM costs so little now that you should install the
    maximum amount of memory your system can handle.

    ~ "Stop Them At Startup" ~

    This operation requires a bit more technical savvy than
    the other four, so proceed with caution.

    Many programs load into the system tray in the lower
    right of your computer's desktop and consume system
    resources even if you never use them.

    Click Start, Run, type in msconfig, and press Enter.
    Click the "Startup" tab to see a list of programs that
    automatically start with Windows.

    Clear the check box next to programs you know you don't
    want to load at startup.

    But don't clear any checkbox unless you are 100% certain
    of a program's purpose.

    Once you finish, click OK and it will prompt you to
    restart Windows.


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    DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this article is not warranted or guaranteed by Developer Shed, Inc. The content provided is intended for entertainment and/or educational purposes in order to introduce to the reader key ideas, concepts, and/or product reviews. As such it is incumbent upon the reader to employ real-world tactics for security and implementation of best practices. We are not liable for any negative consequences that may result from implementing any information covered in our articles or tutorials. If this is a hardware review, it is not recommended to open and/or modify your hardware.

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