Tips To Speed Up Your Computer
Paul Watson, PC Technician Friday, June 1st 2012
Know Where To Start
You can’t really know what to fix until you know what’s wrong. That sounds intuitive, but really, most people don’t take that approach when diagnosing a slow computer issue. Speed and performance problems take two major forms. You have to work with things that “just happened” but you also have to address those things that happen “over time.”
In my last post, I talked about performance issues that happen suddenly. You can point to a time when the computer was good, and then something changed and it hasn’t worked right since. Those issues are easier to fix because you have a better chance of discovering the cause. Those instances will be caused by the slow network connection, the program that’s gone rogue, a nasty computer virus, processor overload, lack of RAM, etc. You can find and fix those pretty easily.
The performance issues that creep in are harder to diagnose and correct because you may be dealing with a raft of problems that by themselves don’t amount to much, but taken together can really slow down a computer’s performance. These performance problems are things like applications that are installed in “auto-start” mode, toolbars and utilities that actually degrade computer performance, hardware that is configured but isn’t used, etc.
There is a third category of performance issue that I call “tweaks.” Tweaks allow you to apply changes to a computer’s hardware or software configuration to change its performance characteristics, but most users don’t tweak their computers for the sake of improving performance, and you can make a fair argument that the benefits of a particular tweak don’t always outweigh the drawbacks.
You’ll get the most “bang for your buck” by attacking chronic performance killers like a trashed out registry, utilities that you don’t need or use, and font overloads. The problem, of course, is that most people don’t know where to start. For optimizing your PC, I recommend SpeedyPC Pro. The program is easy to download and install, and takes over the job of monitoring your PC performance. With SpeedyPC Pro, your computer can be a top performer in just a matter of minutes.
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