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A good cleaning is the very first thing we need to do to the computer.
Without a proper cleaning, the computer will not function properly, period. Most of the time this step alone can restore your computer’s speed, so to do that we need a good cleaner. Ccleaner is a freeware application capable of removing the “Dirt and grime” left on your computer from frequent use.
First, download Ccleaner from here. It’s easy to use, and has a lot of features for cleaning your computer. To get started simply click the “Scan My Computer” button near the top of Ccleaner’s main window. This will perform a system scan and provide a list of details to the items that need to be cleaned. Simply click the “Clean My Computer” button to clean the files. It’s that simple!
You should also download PC Updater and make sure that your drivers are all up to date. Out of date drivers can cause your computer to act strange and be slow and sluggish.
After a good cleaning I tend to remove some of the added bells and whistles by disabling the visual effects provided by Microsoft. These
effects are cute, but they eat up valuable resources needed for a faster computer. There is also another default feature provided by Microsoft that we can disable called the indexing service.
Disabling Unneeded Visual Effects:
(Removes the visual effects, and increases computer performance)
1. Click your “Start” button to access the start menu
2. Then click right click on “My Computer”
3. Select “Properties”
4. Select the “Advanced” tab
5. Then under the “Performance” tab select “Settings”
6. Click “Adjust for best performance”
7. Save these settings by clicking “OK”
Disabling the Indexing Service:
(Unnecessary default service)
1. Click your “Start” button to access the start menu
2. Click “My Computer”
3. Under “Hard Disk Drives” right click on your Hard Disk
4. Click “Properties”
5. Uncheck “Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file
6. Click “Apply”
7. Select “Apply changes to C:\ Subfolder and files” and click “OK”
8. If anything pops up on the screen simply click “Ignore”
Sometimes viruses or malware can corrupt your operating system, so let’s verify that Windows has not been corrupted.
1. Click “Start”
2. Click “Run…”
3. Type in CMD then press “Enter” on your keyboard.
4. This should open a black screened window like this.
5. Type SFC /SCANNOW then press “Enter”.
6. It may say something like “Files that are required for Windows to run properly must be copied to the DLL Cache”, so insert your Windows CD to continue.
Now that we have those two features disabled, let’s move on to cleaning up some space used by useless software on our computer. Often, over time, we can install a bunch of junk we don’t really need installed. These programs will add up over time and completely use up space needed to keeping your computer running it’s best.
1. Click “Start”
2. Click “Control Panel”
3. Click “Add or Remove Programs”
4. Once the “Add or Remove Programs” window opens, remove anything
in the list you don’t use or need.
5. If you don’t know what a particular program is, Google it and make
sure before you remove it.
Finally, let’s make sure Windows is actually running its best using the most up-to-date version. Updating Windows regularly can keep it running its best, and most of the time its essential to your computers health, as these updates prevent harmful attacks against it. Windows Update is available online at www.windowsupdate.com, or directly on your computer following these steps.
1. Click “Start”
2. Click “All Programs”
3. Look all the way on top and you’ll find a “Windows Update”
button, then click it.
4. Your web browser should take you directly to Microsoft’s
5. Once you get there you are offered two selections, “Express”
and “Custom”… Select “CUSTOM”.
6. Then click on ALL the available updates for your computer and
select “Install Updates”
That’s it. Doing this often will keep your computer up-to-date, and safe from most threats.
By now you should see an improvement in your computer’s responsiveness and speed. Following these steps on a regular basis can keep your computer running fast and smooth for years to come! You should also consider cleaning and optimizing your pc with a qualified product.
There are many great software programs out there but I will just show my favorites.
Reimage PC Repair Tool – This tool will actually check your computer for missing or corrupt Windows files and replace/repair them as needed. This is the only software tool that can do this. I highly recommend you download Reimage and see what it finds.
Follow these simple steps to cleaning and optimizing your computer. Please leave us a comment below.
How can I speed up my pc?
There are many things that can be done to improve your computer’s speed and keep it running like new. All the things in this article can be done by YOU! Yes, you being the computer user. These tasks can be completed by any user from a beginner to an expert to get your computer in tip-top shape!
3 Things we highly recommend:
There are a lot of different things slowing down your computer. Think about it, every time you download a program, receive an e-mail or visit a website, a trace is left on your computer’s hard drive. The more the hard drive fills up, the slower it runs. This is similar to a person running, the more things you load them up with, the slower they move. Follow each of the tasks below to improve your computer now!
1.) Backup Your Computer
This step may be the most important of all. It is definitely the step you should perform FIRST. If, for any reason, your hard drive crashes, the backup will be your saving point that you can go back to. Backing up your hard drive is fairly easy. Just go to your Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Backup. This opens the Backup Wizard from Windows. Just follow the steps of the wizard including what to back up and where to back it up to. Personally, I think backing up to a CD in one of the disk drives or to a USB is the best way to go.
2.) Clear Out the Recycle Bin
Once you’ve backed up your hard drive, one of the easiest things that you can do to make a difference in your computer’s speed is to empty your Recycle Bin. When you right-click an icon on your Desktop and select Delete, delete a photo or file it really just moves into the Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin holds on to these things for you in case you delete something by mistake and want to retrieve it. If you want to fully delete everything in the Recycle Bin you can right-click it and select Empty Recycle Bin. If you think you may want to keep certain things in there, you can open the bin and completely delete individual items.
3.) Clear Internet Cache
The Internet Cache is where information from each website you visit it stored. This is true for IE and Firefox both. Clearing the cache improves the speed of web browsing and the loading of pages. To clear the cache, just open your web browser and select the Tools menu then click Internet Options. In the General Department click Delete under Browsing History. If you’re using Firefox select the Tools menu and then Clear Private Data -> click Cache -> Clear Private Data Now.
4.) Delete Junk E-mails
You may already know that any time you receive e-mails it creates a spot stored in your hard drive until that e-mail is deleted. The Spam, Junk or Deleted folders of your e-mail inbox are often overlooked. Because of this, there are many junk e-mails being stored and taking up unnecessary space on your hard drive. To fix this, just open your e-mail inbox, select the junk folder and delete all the e-mails. With AOL, MSN and some others, there is also a Deleted Folder. This is so you can go back through and re-open a deleted folder if you accidentally deleted it. Be sure to check through these folders as well to permanently delete any e-mails you do not wish to keep.
5.) Delete Temporary System Files
Windows created a folder in your hard drive that saves and stores any temporary system files loaded. These files may be loaded when using a Microsoft Office program that uses the AutoSave feature, when you open an attachment from an e-mail and from the history from Internet Explorer searches and websites. Storing these temporary files may come in use if you need to go back in and view something, but most often you never need these things. You can use Windows Explorer to search your computer for the Temporary Folder on your hard drive and delete the files you wish to.
6.) Use Disk Cleanup
There is a Disk Cleanup tool built-in to your computer by Microsoft that helps you manage things on the hard disk. This tool is good to use after completing the steps above to insure those things are fully removed from each area of your computer. You can access the Disk Cleanup by going to the Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup. Follow the prompts of the wizard to complete the process.
7.) Use a Malware/Spyware Scanning Program
There are a thousand different choices for a program to get malware and spyware off your computer. Many of these scanning programs will locate and remove anything harmful to your computer’s hard drive. And nothing is slower than an infected computer. Take precaution and repair possible issues before they attack.
8.) Clean the Registry
A thorough search of your registry can be done by PC Registry Cleaner V2, one of my personal favorites. There are many different error-scanning and repairing programs but this one sticks to your registry and cleans any errors that may have entered through a temporary file or download. Removing the bugs and errors makes more room on your computer for the good stuff.
There are several top notch registry cleaners on the market but our favorite 2 are PC Registry Cleaner and Registry Mechanic. Using either of those will help you clean out your registry safely and help you speed up your pc.
9.) Run chkdsk
Chkdsk is another great feature that Windows has built-in to help you manage your computer. It searches through and lets you know the reliability of the files stored on your computer. Any bad files or folders can go and that makes yet more space on your computer. To run this feature, go to your Start Menu -> Run -> type cmd and press Enter -> type chkdsk and press Enter.
10.) Check Drivers
Go through Windows and check your computer’s drivers. You should check for updates and new security features. You can do this online and it makes a world of difference if you get your computer up to date.
11.) Uninstall Unused Programs
As we’ve gone over again and again, anything you can get off your computer increases room and, thus, increases speed. So, it would only make sense to go through your computer and uninstall any programs that are no longer being used. This includes games you installed but no longer play, programs installed that are no longer used and probably some things that Microsoft included on your computer for you but that you don’t use.
Just go to your Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs. A list of all the programs installed on your computer will appear. Do a detailed check of the list and remove anything you no longer use. Newer Windows systems will tell you how often the program is used and the last date you used it when you select a program on the list. This may help you decide what can go.
12.) Remove Programs from Startup
This step is specific to your computer’s startup speed but is just as important as the previous steps. There are many programs, whether you set them to or not, that automatically start running when your computer boots up. You can easily go through and choose which programs you would like to run upon startup. Obviously, the more you choose, the longer startup takes. You can use MSCONFIG to sort through the mess. Do NOT uncheck your anti-virus programs from the list of startup programs.
13.) Delete Old & Unused Files
Remember that report in Word you did last year? You saved it, printed it, and turned it in… and it’s still saved on your computer. Go through your old documents and delete the stuff you know you’ll never need again. Quick, easy and effective. Don’t forget to go through your Recycle Bin after wards to fully delete them. *Refer to step 2.
Doing all these steps for the first time is likely to drastically speed up your computer and make it more reliable. This isn’t something you do today and then forget about forever, you should do these steps at least once a month. I do many of these steps weekly to prevent a slowdown in my computer, you should try to do the same.
As for the error scanning steps, I suggest Maximum Software’s line of programs. I use them because they not only locate and repair the errors on your computer but their company offers technical assistance if you own a license like PC Registry Cleaner or Bug Doctor. These scans are a couple of the things I perform weekly to keep my computer going.
I believe you will notice a difference in your computer almost immediately after performing all the steps above! The easiest way to tell? Restart your computer. You should see the difference in the boot up time and then the time it takes your computer to run the programs you open.