Slow PC? Find out the reasons and solve it!

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Slow PC? Find out the reasons and solve it!

  1. 1. Hacks  for   Windows   How  to  improve  your   Windows  experience    
  2. 2. Reasons  why   your   computers   slows  down   •  Bad  users’  habits   •  Other  reasons  due  to  system   configuration  
  3. 3. Bad  users’   habits   a.  Too  many  files  and            folders   b.  Installing/uninstalling            programs  too    often   c.  Too  many  auto  starting          programs  
  4. 4. Bad  users’  habits     Too  many  filers  and  folders     Windows  needs  at  least  15%  of  free   disk  space.     On  the  right  you  can  see  a  positive   example  of  hard  drive  space   management.       Here  you  can  see  two  hard  disks  (C:   and  D:),  but  in  your  case  you’ll   mostly  have  one  hard  drive  only     (C:).     Things  get  tricky  when  that  bar  is   full  or  almost  full.  To  check  you’re   using  less  than  15%  you  only  need   to  divide  the  used  space  by  the  total   disk  space    
  5. 5. Bad  users’  habits     Too  many  auto  starting  programs        They  use  too  much  RAM  memory,  so   that  nothing  is  left  for  other   applications  or  files.     They  are  displayed  in  System   Configuration,  that  can  be  opened  by   entering  msconfig  in  Start/Search.     Go  to  Startup  tab  and  try  to  slash  this   list  to  the  minimum,  leaving  Microsoft   services  alone.       In  the  example,  the  deselected   programs  aren’t  necessary  for   Windows  to  function,  so  I  disabled   them  to  save  RAM  memory.  
  6. 6. System   configuration   problems   Outdated  or  insufficient   hardware  
  7. 7. System  Configuration   problems     Outdated  /  insufficient  hardware     •  Microsoft  determines  the   minimum  requirements  necessary   to  run    a  specific  Windows   version,to  know  them  go  to   www.microsoft.com     •  Even  though  you  meet  the   requirement  that  can  not  be   enough.  For  example,  a  gaming  PC   will  need  at  least  16  GB  RAM   memory  and  two  video  cards,  but   the  minimum  necessary  to  install   Windows  7  is  1  GB  RAM  and  20  GB   hard  drive  disk  space.    
  8. 8. Solutions     •  Windows  tools   •  Third-­‐party  tools  
  9. 9. Windows  tools     •  System  Configuration     •  Disk  Cleanup  Utility   •  Windows  Experience   Index  
  10. 10. System  Configuration   I  already  showed  you  an  example  before    
  11. 11. Windows  Experience   Index       Assigns  the  system  an  overall  score,   ranging  from  1.0  to  7.9,  determined     by  individual  scores  for  each  hardware   category.   Shows  what  hardware  component   needs  to  be  upgraded.  In  this  example   it’s  the  video  card,  because  it  scores   3.0  (half  the  other  components).     Windows  Experience  Index  -­‐  Does   Windows  play  bingo?  for  more  details.      
  12. 12. Disk  Cleanup  Utility       This  built-­‐in  Windows  functionality  is   used  to  delete  temporary  files.  To  use   it  you'll  need  to  right-­‐click  the  volume   where  Windows  is  installed  and  select   Properties  and  then  choose  Disk   Cleanup  (you  can  also  access  it  by   entering  cleanmgr.exe  in  Start/ Search).     The  utility  calculates  how  much  space   can  be  freed.    At  this  point  you  can   click  OK  and  proceed  cleaning  up  the   selected  files.  If  you  need  more  space   you  can  click  Cleanup  System  Files  to   select  temporary  system  files  that  can   be  deleted    
  13. 13. Third-­‐party   tools   •  CCleaner   •  WinPatrol  
  14. 14. CCleaner     It  can  remove  unnecessary  files    and   orphaned  entries  and  allows  users  to   backup  the  Registry  before  making  any   changes.  I  warmly  recommend  to  do   so,  as  it  allows  to  revert  your  changes   in  case  of  problems.       Available  from     https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner      
  15. 15. WinPatrol     Monitors  auto-­‐starting  programs  and   is  available  for  free    at   www.winpatrol.com    Every  time  a  program  tries  to  register   itself  at  startup,    the  software  will  ask   you  for  a    confirmation      

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