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