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July 12, 2011   Posted by: admin

How to Speed Up Your PC in 5 Easy Steps

Are you getting tired of waiting for your computer to start up? Does it take an eon to load your internet browser? Follow this simple guide and you should see at least a moderate, if not substantial, speed boost!

Step 1. Download and install CCleaner from here. Upon finishing the installation it will ask you if you wish to run CCleaner. Do so and then click the button that says “Run cleaner”. It will remove your unnecessary temporary files and clean up your registry.

Step 2. What browser are you using? If you answered Internet Explorer, it might be time to go and try out the other offerings. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are, in my experience, much faster.

Step 3. What anti-virus software are you running? If you answered Norton, then I would strongly suggest considering the alternatives. It’s bloated and can substantially slow down your machine. I would recommend AVG Free, available from here.

Step 4. This is where it gets a little more technical. If you are feeling game, click Start (or the Windows button) in the bottom left hand corner and then click Run (or just select the search box) and type “msconfig”. Hit enter. It will open up a little box that lets you change what gets loaded when Windows starts up. Select the “startup” tab at the top. Look through the list that you now see. If there are programs there you do not want to load on each reboot, untick them. Be careful though! If you don’t know what a certain program is or does, it’s probably better to leave it alone. Some of them are necessary for certain peripherals you may have (like touchpads or printers). Once finished click OK. It will ask you if you want to restart now, click ”Exit without restart”.

Step 5. Defrag your hard drive. This is a tried and tested way of improving performance. Click on Start (or the Windows button), Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter. Select your primary hard drive from the list and click Defragment Disk. Let it do it’s thing!

If you followed all of these steps, your PC should now be a whole lot faster. Please comment below if you have any questions.

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