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 How To Speed Up Your Slow Computer 
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How To Speed Up Your Slow Computer
by: Daniel T. Driver

Personal computers are an amazing invention. Computers make our jobs easier and provide interesting things for us to do at home or on the road. But over time, daily usage slows down a computer's performance. When the computer slows down it affects your ability to get work done. At this point it's time to do what is necessary to make your computer faster and run like new again. There are several steps that should be taken to increase the speed of a Windows computer.

The first step to make your computer faster is to review the programs that start up automatically. This can be done by mouse clicking on the Start, choosing run, and typing msconfig at the command prompt. This will show the list of software programs that are loaded when you boot the computer. You can now remove any programs that don’t need to run. Removing unneeded programs will give Windows and your applications more RAM (random access memory) to use which will help to make your computer faster. Make sure to keep Windows system components enabled.

The next step is to clean the disk. Uninstall programs you no longer need. Programs you don't need may be running and consuming valuable RAM. Defragment the boot disk by running a good disk defragger program. A good disk defragmentation program should defrag your disks and also your Windows registry. The registry is defragged by removing gaps and wasted entries. This keeps the registry as compact as possible. Optimizing the layout of files on the boot disk minimizes your computer start-up (boot) time and application load time. This is a big help when you want to make your computer faster.

If your computer system is running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and has 1GB or less of memory (RAM), increasing the memory to 2GB will make your computer faster. If you are using the 64-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7, you should increase your memory to a minimum of 4GB. Refer to your system or motherboard documentation to determine the right type of memory to install.

The next step to making your computer faster is to clean the registry. You should do a clean Windows registry procedure once every six months to remove items no longer in use. For computers with many applications or where drivers are frequently being installed and uninstalled, registry cleaning should be done every three months. A good registry cleaner will scan your computer, back up the current registry and then safely clean the errors and invalid entries that cause your system to be slow, freeze and crash. Cleaning up Windows registry problems will make your computer faster and fun to use again.

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