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Does A Slow Computer Need To Be Replaced?

Does A Slow Computer Need To Be Replaced?

Does A Slow Computer Need To Be Replaced?

One of the dilemmas people face when considering their computer technology is whether or not to replace a slow computer. There’s no doubt that there comes a time when a computer has completely outlived its useful life. Unfortunately, there’s no magic rule-of-thumb that indicates when a computer has reached this point.

What Goes Into Determining Useful Life?

Its user primarily determines the useful life of a computer. Although it sounds a bit simplistic, what you can do with the computer is a better marker of the computer’s lifespan than the number of days it’s been in service. If the computer doesn’t meet your needs, it can be “obsolete” right out of the box. On the other hand, if you can still do whatever you need, a seven-year-old computer can still be “useful.”

One indication people focus on is the speed of the computer. An old computer is a slow computer, right? Not really. Old computers can be very responsive and brand new computers can be so bogged down that they can’t get out of their own way. “Slow” and “age” don’t always coincide. While it’s true that older computers have older processors, and older computers have less memory, they also have built-in memory management that’s designed to work with smaller amounts of RAM. If the programs you use haven’t changed remarkably, or your needs for computing have stayed the same, you can still get a lot of use out of the computer.

One key to avoiding a slow computer is a clean registry. The Windows registry has changed significantly over time, but one thing has remained the same. Useless, old and abandoned information stored in the registry can cause computer problems, and it can certainly make for one slow computer.

Today, you need more than just a simple registry cleaner. That’s why I use SpeedUpMyPC 2011. This program is a whole toolkit of utilities that will help keep your computer running right and avoid annoying “slow computer” problems. Best of all, it can scan your computer for serious problems that need your attention in just two minutes.

Two minutes of maintenance time can save you hours of frustrating computer use by ensuring that your computer performs as it should day in and day out. Don’t put up with a slow computer (no matter how new or old it is). Instead use SpeedUpMyPC 2011 to make sure your computer works the way it was designed to each time you turn it on.

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Optimization Software Can Limit Computer Performance

Optimization Software Can Limit Computer Performance

Optimization Software Can Limit Computer Performance

I was reading an article the other day comparing optimization software packages. One of the points of comparison was how long each reviewed product takes to scan a computer for various problems. One software package under review took more than 20 minutes to scan the computer! I assume the test computer was probably in pretty good shape – not your average slow computer. I can’t imagine running such a test on a computer that’s having problems!

Performance Problems Stack Up Over Time

Time is a precious commodity, and when I’m doing routine maintenance, I would like to make sure that my time is well used. Nothing hurts a technician worse than having to wait for long periods for routine maintenance to complete. Some long-haul tasks, like defragmenting can be run overnight, but performance optimization scans shouldn’t take a long time.

That’s one of the things I like about SpeedUpMyPC 2011. The optimization scan takes just two minutes to complete and provides a complete list of recommendations to help improve the performance of your PC. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 has been downloaded more than a million times by users all around the world and has received a number of awards and recognitions.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 helps keep your computer in good working condition. It’s more than a registry cleaner. When you’re running SpeedUpMyPC 2011, your applications launch faster. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 manages the way the computer allocates RAM, monitors and optimizes your Internet connection, and manages your startup applications. Applications that start up automatically can take away a lot of performance potential from your computer. By carefully managing what programs start automatically, SpeedUpMyPC 2011 can conserve RAM and improve the performance of your computer.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 also features a registry cleaner that will help keep your computer running fast. By eliminating unnecessary, abandoned and leftover code from the registry, SpeedUpMyPC 2011 can not only improve computer speed and performance, it can also help eliminate application freeze-ups and computer crashes.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 is a useful tool for technicians and end-users alike. It’s simple to download, install and use, and the program keeps a complete record of everything it does. You’ll always know what SpeedUpMyPC 2011 has done to your computer, and you can always return your computer to a previous state if, for some reason, you’re not completely satisfied with the results.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 is an award-winning program and probably one that PC users should consider adding to their toolkit.

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Solve Your Slow Computer Problems In Two Minutes

Solve Your Slow Computer Problems In Two Minutes

Solve Your Slow Computer Problems In Two Minutes

Computer slowdowns account for more than just lost productivity; they also generate a lot of frustration on the part of the user. Nothing is worse than working on a slow computer when you’re trying to meet a deadline, find something for someone else or just finish up what should be a quick task. Here are a few suggestions for speeding up a slow computer.

Know What Problem You’re Trying To Solve

You don’t have to be a trained computer technician to diagnose and resolve slow computer problems. You do have to be observant about what’s happening when the computer slows down, and knowing a little bit about the computer certainly helps.

Sometimes, “slow” computers are caused by what you’re asking the computer to do, rather than a genuine problem that needs to be resolved. If your computer is slow to respond, first check the number of applications you have open. The more apps you’re running at one time, the more likely your computer will be to get sluggish as it attempts to cope with the workload. Close any applications you’re not using. This will free up RAM for more important tasks.

This caveat also applies to toolbars and other utilities on your computer. You should always be somewhat suspicious of toolbars and utility programs unless you know exactly what they do. Often, you may want to download a free program, and as part of the install routine, the installer will ask if you want a toolbar or utility program loaded along with your freebie. These toolbars run the gamut from “really useful” to “malware/adware/spyware” so you really need to know what you’re agreeing to before you click OK. I usually pass up on the toolbars. If you find that you can’t live without a toolbar, you can always load it later.

Computers can also slow noticeably when you’re working across a network. If you’re downloading (or uploading) files, the slowness you experience may not be your computer at all. The computer on the other end of the connection could be operating slowly, or the network connection could be “bad.” A bad network connection can cause data loss, which requires a lot of retransmission. That can definitely slow down progress on your computer.

Computers can slow down when there’s a problem with the hardware or software. Depending upon the nature of the problem, a registry cleaner like SpeedUpMyPC 2011 can help here. By clearing away old, unused and abandoned program code in the computer’s registry, the computer can process legitimate requests much faster. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 takes just two minutes to scan your computer and determine which modifications are in order.

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Going Back To School? Speed Up Your Computer!

Going Back To School? Speed Up Your Computer!

Going Back To School? Speed Up Your Computer!

If you’re going back to school, you may have a unique opportunity to make sure your PC performs like magic. This is especially important for students who are either buying a brand new computer, or taking a laptop to school where the opportunity for technical support is limited and expensive. Speed up your computer, or make sure it stays speedy from the start with SpeedUpMyPC 2011.

Don’t Underestimate The Value of Technical Support

When you’re away at school, you may not have access to technical support for your computer. Therefore, the best way to ensure that your computer remains reliable and trouble-free is to keep it clean. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 has a whole suite of tools you can use to keep your computer clean and efficient, and best of all, you can complete most operations in just a few minutes.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 has been downloaded more than a million times by users who want to ensure that their computers are available, clean and trouble-free. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 does more than just clean your computer’s registry file. It also optimizes your Internet connection to ensure that you can take advantage of all that your Internet connection has to offer.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 can shorten the amount of time your computer requires to boot and shut down by streamlining and optimizing the OS. Keep the parts of the system you use and need, and get rid of the waste that bogs your computer down and robs it of real computing performance.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 will clean and maintain your registry. Many uninstallers aren’t written properly or don’t remove all code associated with a particular program. This leaves useless program code trapped in the registry. Your computer has to read through all of this abandoned material, and can sometimes get stuck waiting for this zombie code to time out. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 gets rid of the junk you don’t need and improves your computer performance from the time you boot up your computer until the time you shut it down.

SpeedUpMyPC 2011 has won more than 100 5-star awards for its ability to optimize your PC. Don’t wait until your brand new computer has been crippled by a lot of useless code, and don’t let your computer performance slow to a crawl when you have limited access to technical support. Keep your PC working fast by installing SpeedUpMyPC 2011. SpeedUpMyPC 2011 might possibly be the best two minutes you’ve ever spent on technical support!

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Looking For A Good Way To Speed Up Your Computer?

Looking For A Good Way To Speed Up Your Computer?

Looking For A Good Way To Speed Up Your Computer?

People who use computers (but don’t always take care of them) often remark that their computers seem slow. There’s either nothing specific they can point to as a potential cause, or they’re convinced that they’ve picked up a virus, whether they have or not! There are many more causes of slow computer performance than just age and viruses, but many people don’t take the time to find out what’s really happening.

Good Maintenance Can Speed Up Your Computer

Maintenance (or lack of it) is probably the number one cause of long-term slow computer performance. Software, toolbars, utilities, and old registry entries accumulate in a computer as you use it. Eventually, the performance drops to a noticeable level, and Presto! Your computer slows down.

Good maintenance habits can help your computer retain its lively performance for years. What, exactly, are good maintenance habits? Removing drivers you don’t need is a good habit to get into. Your computer will load the drivers you’ve configured it to load. If you don’t need the drivers, your computer will still load them. Each driver takes a little bit of memory, so removing the unused drivers is a good idea.

No technician in his (or her) right mind would argue with removing toolbars. Toolbars, at their best, take up memory that you probably could use for more interesting things like your applications. Pile on enough toolbars and your system will spend a lot of time tripping over itself.

At their worst, toolbars can disguise malware, adware and spyware that you don’t want on your computer any day of the week or for any reason at all. Yet another good reason to skip the toolbars when you download a program, or when you’re offered one as part of a download or installation process.

Keeping your hard disk defragmented is another good way to pick up a little performance boost. Regular defragging will not speed things up tremendously but skip the defragging for awhile and you’ll notice a big performance slump. Defragging is one of those things best done regularly to maintain a speedy system.

Cleaning your registry will also give you a good performance boost. Your registry gets loaded up with a lot of unnecessary code. Getting rid of this junk can help speed up a slow computer, and if done regularly, can keep a speedy computer speedy.

I like SpeedUpMyPC 2011 for general registry and disk maintenance. It works in about two minutes and you’ll be surprised by the performance boost you’re getting.

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