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Try This To Speed Up Your Computer

Try This To Speed Up Your Computer

Try This To Speed Up Your Computer

If you’re running Windows 7, and you are looking for ways to speed up your computer, here is a suggestion that might help you address specific speed issues. Sometimes, speed is a matter of the hardware you have installed, and other times, your software is responsible for slowing your computer down. These tips are all related to software and configuration issues that, when eliminated, can give your computer a performance boost.

Your Computer Is Busy At Boot Time

When your computer first boots, there are a lot of services that must be started. Each service competes for a limited amount of CPU time and memory. The competition eventually sorts itself out, but while it’s happening, you don’t get to do much of anything, even though the computer may appear to be “ready.”

To cut down on competition for resources, you can configure some applications and services to start up after all of the boot-time festivities have concluded. This will reduce competition for resources at startup and speed up your ability to get going on the double. Use some common sense when you’re configuring these services. For example, if you’re working on a laptop and access to the network is a high priority, don’t configure your computer to boot your network services on a delayed basis.

To get into your services file, type SERVICES in the Run box. Select the Services control panel. You’ll get a list of services that are enabled at boot time, along with a brief explanation of what they do, and their startup status. Look at the services that are started automatically and determine which ones you need right away and which ones can wait. Choose the ones you want to delay, and right-click on the startup status.

Using the Properties box, switch their status to “Automatic (delayed start)” using the pull-down flag and see if that helps you get to work a bit faster. If you don’t like the results of your tinkering, pull up the Services configuration again and return your settings to their previous state. As long as you’re in Services, you may find some services that you want to disable altogether, or switch from Automatic to Manual. That can also speed things up a bit. If you’re looking at the services on the Standard tab, don’t forget to take a peek at the Extended tab for potential additional savings.

You may need to adjust your service configuration, but you may also get a pleasantly unexpected speed boost.

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Can You Refurbish A Slow Computer?

Can You Refurbish A Slow Computer?

Can You Refurbish A Slow Computer?

One question I get a lot is from people who are trying to decide whether to keep a computer or upgrade. Many people decide to upgrade because they have a slow computer. In many cases, replacement isn’t necessary. There are things you can do to improve your slow computer that don’t involve an all-out replacement.

Sometimes You Need To Get Beyond Maintenance

Even computers that are relatively well-maintained can slow down. If you’ve gone beyond the normal maintenance – removing disk errors, removing old files, cleaning off your desktop – there are still things you can do to breathe life into your old computer.

If you’ve got some money to spend, you can get a lot of return on an investment in some additional memory. More than anything else, additional memory will help speed up your computer. You may also get a performance boost from swapping out your CPU. This is a little more complicated because your new CPU has to be compatible with the motherboard you have. If you don’t know a lot about computers, ask someone who does for advice on this before you spend a lot of cash on a CPU upgrade.

If you’re happy with the hardware you have or you don’t have the cash for a significant CPU upgrade, you can make a smaller investment and still get a big return. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 is a very highly regarded program that’s designed to keep your computer registry optimized.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 is easy to download and install, and easy to use. It will help keep your computer registry free of abandoned code that slows your computer down and robs it of performance. You’ll be surprised by how well your computer performs after installing and running SpeedUpMyPC 2011.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 can make a difference in your computer’s performance in just two minutes, and more than one million computer users have downloaded the product. It’s safe, simple and reliable, and can put some extra pep in your old computer’s step.

Computers do tend to accumulate a lot of leftover code, generally from applications that haven’t uninstalled properly, and applications that have been updated, and have left a lot of unnecessary information behind in the registry. You can put up with slow computer performance as long as you like, and eventually, your computer will grind to a halt. You can also use a recognized registry cleaner like SpeedUpMyPC 2011 and make the most of your computer, no matter how long you’ve had it in service.

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Surprise! Top Cause Of Slow Computer May Be You!

Surprise! Top Cause Of Slow Computer May Be You!

Surprise! Top Cause Of Slow Computer May Be You!

When you have a problem with a slow computer, you may be tempted to reach for your anti-virus software and maintenance checklists. The real culprit may not be related to something that has happened to your computer, so much as it is the way you use your computer. You can do certain things that will reduce performance. This week, I feature a couple of good habits that you can get into that may improve your computer performance.

Stop Doing That!

Desktop File Storage If you store files on your desktop, you’re probably going to experience a performance hit. I’m not talking about desktop shortcuts, although I’m not a big fan of those either. I’m talking about saving files directly to the desktop. The desktop is a special part of the file system, and isn’t intended for file storage. It’s ok to save a file there if you’re working on it, but when you’ve finished, put the file away.

Likewise, don’t choose the desktop as the default download location. Normally, Windows defaults to the Downloads folder. If you change your default download location, make sure the location you choose is properly part of the file system.
The operating system is designed to store and index files inside the file tree. The desktop isn’t meant for permanent file storage, so asking the computer to go out and retrieve files from the desktop takes additional time and causes a performance hit. Put your files where they’re supposed to go and keep your desktop clean!

Applications Left Running Overnight Some people prefer to leave their computers on at night, or when they’ll be gone for long periods of time. That’s ok; computers can manage that, though you’ll save electricity if you turn off your computer when you’re done for the day. Applications are less able to tolerate being left open for long periods. You may notice a big performance hit when you return to an open application. For better results, save your documents and close your applications, when you walk away from your computer for a long period of time. Also, make it a point to restart the computer periodically. You’ll clear out the cobwebs and give your system a fresh start.

If these don’t help improve computer performance, consider running a registry cleaner to clear out non-essential registry entries that may be impacting computer performance. SpeedUpMy PC 2011 is a great tool to have on hand for just this purpose.

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Many Users Say Slow Computer Performance Their Top Complaint

Many Users Say Slow Computer Performance Their Top Complaint

Many Users Say Slow Computer Performance Their Top Complaint

A new survey conducted by Crucial.com of more than 3,000 computer users in the US, UK and France shows that the chief complaint among computer users is a slow computer. About half of all respondents say their current computer is “too slow” to keep up with them while they work. About 30% of users described their PCs as “old desktops.”

Simple Steps Don’t Always Solve The Problem

When asked what users do to resolve slow performance, 60% of respondents said that they run their anti-virus checkers; 56% said they compress their files; and 54% said they reboot the computer. The survey also showed that users tend to replace their computers about every four years.

The survey results show that many people don’t know how to deal effectively with a slow computer, primarily because they don’t understand the causes of slow computer performance. Viruses and disk space issues can cause slow performance, and even though these remedies are the ones most users turn to first, they’re not necessarily most likely to solve the user’s problems.

Instead, slow computer performance can be caused by a number of things that A/V software, reallocating file space and rebooting simply won’t solve. One of the best things you can consider from a hardware perspective is adding more memory to your computer. If your computer doesn’t have a full complement of physical memory, upping the available RAM will work wonders for performance issues. A close second is improving your graphics handling. This is especially true if you play a lot of graphics-intensive games on your computer, or use your computer to do a lot of high-end drawings or layouts.

On the software side, if you’ve got ample disk storage space – and in this case “ample” is more than 20%-25% total free disk space available – and you’ve defragmented your hard disk and cleaned up your disk errors – the best thing to consider is a registry cleaner.

The registry gets easily filled with a lot of useless entries. These entries are essentially abandoned by old hardware, removable hardware, old software, temporary files and updated software. These leftover bits of code clog up the registry, but your computer has to spend time analyzing these entries to determine whether or not they’re relevant. By reducing the size of the registry, your computer can operate more efficiently, which translates into faster computer performance.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 is built for today’s computers. It makes registry maintenance a snap, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how efficient your PC – even an old desktop – can be.

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