David Shinkfield Ewing Seniornet March 2009
The Problem <ul><li>When we buy our computer, it runs fine, but may get progressively slower. </li></ul><ul><li>What is go...
What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </l...
Creating a Safety Net <ul><li>Whenever you make a change in your system there is always a possibility that something could...
System Restore <ul><li>Windows XP periodically records a snapshot of your computer called restore points. </li></ul><ul><l...
System Restore <ul><li>The System Restore dialog box opens </li></ul>
System Restore
System Restore
What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </l...
Remove and keep out software that slows our computer
Remove and keep out software that slows our computer <ul><li>If you have a broadband internet connection, you need to prot...
What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </l...
Upgrade our hardware <ul><li>One major way to speed up your computer is to increase the Computer Memory </li></ul><ul><li>...
Check your Computer Memory <ul><ul><li>Check your current computer memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click Start,  right c...
Computer Memory <ul><li>To determine your memory upgrades </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.crucial.com/systems...
What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </l...
 
Clean out the computer <ul><li>Heat is the enemy of your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Your computer has several (two or more...
  Clean out the computer
Clean out the computer
Both upgrading your memory and removing the dust from your computer, you have to open the computer case!! Come to a Senior...
What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </l...
Delete Unneeded Files <ul><li>Downloaded Program Files  </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary Internet Files  </li></ul><ul><li>Back...
Delete Unneeded Files <ul><li>Windows has tools to do this but I recommend a free program – Ccleaner  (http://www.ccleaner...
Ccleaner
What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </l...
Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) <ul><li>Computers do not manage their filing very well – but they make up for it wi...
Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks)
Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks)
Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks)
Tidy up our storage space  <ul><li>An alternative approach is to use a free program. I use Defraggler ( http://www.defragg...
What we will cover <ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </l...
Speed up the “boot” process <ul><li>Whenever you start your computer, the core operating system for Windows (Windows XP or...
Speed up the “boot” process <ul><li>To see the programs that are running: </li></ul><ul><li>Click Start and select Run </l...
Speed up the “boot” process
Using WinPatrol <ul><li>To simplify this process, WinPatrol can help </li></ul><ul><li>Download at  http://www.winpatrol.c...
Using WinPatrol
Using WinPatrol
Using WinPatrol
Using WinPatrol
What we will cover <ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </l...
Simplify the ultimate speed booster <ul><li>When we buy our new computer, it works marvelously. </li></ul>Wouldn’t it be g...
Simplify the ultimate speed booster <ul><li>When you buy your new computer, it comes with either” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A ...
Simplify the ultimate speed booster <ul><li>The catch is that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All you personal information – your ph...
The best, but more complicated approach <ul><li>Divide the hard disk in your computer into two “partitions”. This is like ...
The best, but more complicated approach <ul><li>When the computer is new, and your programs are installed, take a snapshot...
We have discussed <ul><li>Upgrading our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Removing and keeping out software that slows our comput...
 
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How To Keep Your Computer Running Fast

  1. 1. David Shinkfield Ewing Seniornet March 2009
  2. 2. The Problem <ul><li>When we buy our computer, it runs fine, but may get progressively slower. </li></ul><ul><li>What is going on? </li></ul>We therefore have to clean out our computers regularly to keep up its performance
  3. 3. What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>But first, lets build a safety net
  4. 4. Creating a Safety Net <ul><li>Whenever you make a change in your system there is always a possibility that something could go wrong. Therefore, you'll want to have a way to return your system to its previous state whenever necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>The way to do this is with &quot;System Restore&quot;. </li></ul>
  5. 5. System Restore <ul><li>Windows XP periodically records a snapshot of your computer called restore points. </li></ul><ul><li>Click &quot;Start&quot; then &quot;Help and Support“ </li></ul><ul><li>Under &quot;Pick a Task,&quot; click &quot;Undo changes to your computer with System Restore.&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. System Restore <ul><li>The System Restore dialog box opens </li></ul>
  7. 7. System Restore
  8. 8. System Restore
  9. 9. What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
  10. 10. Remove and keep out software that slows our computer
  11. 11. Remove and keep out software that slows our computer <ul><li>If you have a broadband internet connection, you need to protect your computer from viruses, spyware etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Good protection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Norton Internet Security 2009 ($55) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AVG Antivirus (Free) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Firewall (OK but not great) (Free) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comodo Firewall and Antivirus (Free) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaware Spyware Removal (Free) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spybot Spyware Removal (Free) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
  13. 13. Upgrade our hardware <ul><li>One major way to speed up your computer is to increase the Computer Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows XP 1 GB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Vista 2 GB </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Check your Computer Memory <ul><ul><li>Check your current computer memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click Start, right click on My Computer and select Properties </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Computer Memory <ul><li>To determine your memory upgrades </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>A 1 GB kit will cost approximately $40 </li></ul>
  16. 16. What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
  17. 18. Clean out the computer <ul><li>Heat is the enemy of your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Your computer has several (two or more) fans that keep it cool </li></ul><ul><li>Dust will accumulate in your computer </li></ul>Cleaning the inside of your computer is highly desirable, but it does mean “opening the case”
  18. 19. Clean out the computer
  19. 20. Clean out the computer
  20. 21. Both upgrading your memory and removing the dust from your computer, you have to open the computer case!! Come to a Seniornet class and practice on our computers
  21. 22. What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
  22. 23. Delete Unneeded Files <ul><li>Downloaded Program Files </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary Internet Files </li></ul><ul><li>Back-up </li></ul><ul><li>Log Files </li></ul><ul><li>Other Temporary </li></ul><ul><li>Files in the Recycle Bin </li></ul>
  23. 24. Delete Unneeded Files <ul><li>Windows has tools to do this but I recommend a free program – Ccleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) </li></ul>
  24. 25. Ccleaner
  25. 26. What we will cover <ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
  26. 27. Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) <ul><li>Computers do not manage their filing very well – but they make up for it with speed and power </li></ul><ul><li>Typically, file fragments are spread across the disk </li></ul><ul><li>To reload the file, the computer must retrieve all the fragments and reassemble them. </li></ul><ul><li>We can speed up the computer by reorganizing the files so they are grouped together </li></ul>
  27. 28. Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks)
  28. 29. Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks)
  29. 30. Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks)
  30. 31. Tidy up our storage space <ul><li>An alternative approach is to use a free program. I use Defraggler ( http://www.defraggler.com/) </li></ul>
  31. 32. What we will cover <ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
  32. 33. Speed up the “boot” process <ul><li>Whenever you start your computer, the core operating system for Windows (Windows XP or Windows Vista) will load into your computer, </li></ul><ul><li>However, there is also a host of programs and services that also start. Many of these are necessary for your computer to operate correctly. However, many of them are for features that you may not use at all. </li></ul><ul><li>You can reduce the number of programs and services that start on boot-up. </li></ul><ul><li>The fewer programs and services that run, the more quickly Windows will boot and the more smoothly and faster your computer can process information. </li></ul>
  33. 34. Speed up the “boot” process <ul><li>To see the programs that are running: </li></ul><ul><li>Click Start and select Run </li></ul><ul><li>In the window that opens, enter msconfig </li></ul><ul><li>A new window opens </li></ul><ul><li>Select Start Up </li></ul><ul><li>A list of Start Up programs appears </li></ul>
  34. 35. Speed up the “boot” process
  35. 36. Using WinPatrol <ul><li>To simplify this process, WinPatrol can help </li></ul><ul><li>Download at http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html </li></ul><ul><li>Two versions – free and Plus at $29.95 one time fee </li></ul>
  36. 37. Using WinPatrol
  37. 38. Using WinPatrol
  38. 39. Using WinPatrol
  39. 40. Using WinPatrol
  40. 41. What we will cover <ul><li>Upgrade our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Remove and keep out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Clean out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
  41. 42. Simplify the ultimate speed booster <ul><li>When we buy our new computer, it works marvelously. </li></ul>Wouldn’t it be great if we could make it work as well after one or two years. Well, we can
  42. 43. Simplify the ultimate speed booster <ul><li>When you buy your new computer, it comes with either” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A CD or DVD called a Restore Disk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or instructions on how to Restore your computer from the hard disk. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Running either of these will return your computer to exactly the way it was on the day you first turned it on. </li></ul>However, there is a catch
  43. 44. Simplify the ultimate speed booster <ul><li>The catch is that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All you personal information – your photos, perhaps your email, your favorites or bookmarks and any letters will disappear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also, any programs that you added will also vanish. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So, we need to </li></ul><ul><li>Back up all our personal information before we Restore, and then reinstall afterwards </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure we have all the CDs for new programs we have installed, and then reinstall them again. </li></ul>
  44. 45. The best, but more complicated approach <ul><li>Divide the hard disk in your computer into two “partitions”. This is like having two file cabinets – one for Windows and programs and the second for your data </li></ul><ul><li>Setting up the disk can be done when new or with programs such as Acronis® Disk Director ($50) or Partition Logic (free) </li></ul>Windows and Programs Data C: Drive D: Drive
  45. 46. The best, but more complicated approach <ul><li>When the computer is new, and your programs are installed, take a snapshot or Image of drive C. (Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost) </li></ul><ul><li>Any time later, you can reinstall the Image and your computer will work as well as it did when new. </li></ul><ul><li>Your data – photos, emails, favorites etc. will not be affected as they are in a separate partition </li></ul>Windows and Programs Data C: Drive D: Drive
  46. 47. We have discussed <ul><li>Upgrading our hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Removing and keeping out software that slows our computer </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning out the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Tidying up our storage space (Hard disks) </li></ul><ul><li>Speeding up the “boot” process </li></ul><ul><li>Simplifying the ultimate speed booster </li></ul>
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