7 Tips to Speed Up YourComputer Running onWindowsBy David Rowe, techability.com.au
Tip 1: Shutting down Auto-Start Up programs• The first thing to look for in your computer is those programs or applications that automatically start up when Windows starts• This can eat up your computer’s memory and slow it down considerably• If you have any of those programs running that you don’t use, then change their settings so that they don’t start automatically the next time you start Windows• This can very well improve your computer’s speed to a great extent• E.g. Skype, Windows Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, GTalk etc
Tip 2: Deleting temporaryinternet files• Temporary Internet Files are the other culprits that can eat up your computer speed• Clean them up on a regular basis• To do this you can use a system tool called “Disk Cleanup” which you can find in Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools> Disk Cleanup of Windows• This tool is present in Windows 7, Vista or XP and in other versions of Windows• After you clean up these files you will notice a significant improvement in your computer’s speed.
Tip 3: Bringing the scatteredfiles together• Scattered files and folders on your hard disk can also slow down your computer’s processing speed• To bring back these files together, you can use the system tool “Disk Defragmenter” in Windows• You will see some big difference in your computer’s response time after defragging the scattered files on your hard drive
Tip 4: Error checking• Check for errors in your computer files once in a while• Especially If you use your computer regularly then it is recommended to do an error check once in a week• You can do this with the help of a utility called “Error Checking” which the Windows provides.
Tip 5: Scanning for viruses• The presence of malicious Viruses can also slow down your computers considerably or even bring it to a complete halt• So it is extremely important to have an updated anti-virus program installed on your computer• Once it is installed, perform a thorough system scan once or twice in week to protect your computer from hazardous viruses and to help it perform faster with optimum efficiency• AVG Free and Windows Live OneCare are some of the free anti-virus programs that you can try out
Tip 6: Shutting downunwanted programs• Stop unwanted programs like Bluetooth and other downloading programs which you can see next to your computer’s clock, you can find them as little icons next to it• Quitting those programs can greatly improve your computer speed.
Tip 7: Updating your WindowsOperating System• The final and most critical step that you must follow in order to speed up your computer is to update your Windows operating system periodically• it is recommended set it on auto update or if needed upgrading it to the latest version
ConclusionIf you still see no change in your computer’s performancedespite taking these steps then you might need someprofessional help. About the author This presentation is from David Rowe, the owner of Techability.com.au, that offers a range of IT services like computer and laptop repairs, virus removal and data recovery.