Over time  and use, it seems that the machine has started running sluggish. And you think of a re-installation of the Operating System(OS) once again… but this makes u reinstall all the applications once again and download all  the recent updates u lost. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep that machine of yours trim and speedy…

1. Use Disk Defragmentation…

This utility comes with your OS preinstalled and can be found at imageStart–>All Programs—>Accessories—>System Tools—>Disk Defragmenter. The files on the hard disk are written in a very random manner. Over time this causes fragmentation of files which takes more time to be read by  the PC. This utility defragments those files, hence boosting the reading speed of the hard disk(HD).

2.Use CCleaner

CCleanericonThis application needs to be downloaded from the following site: www.ccleaner.com This is a free download and a great cleanup  tool. This utility cleans up the unwanted temporary files, cache,cookies, etc., the clustering of which hampers the performance of your PC. The programs which you uninstall, leaves behind their traces in the Registry. This hampers the Registry integrity. There is a “Scan for issues” button which scan such issues and once u fix them, your PC will be free of such issues. These issues are greatly responsible of the slowing down of PC after many days of use.

3. Take Security Precaution

Install a good antivirus solution. According to my experience, I have found that McAfee is the best solution if you have a system with lots of memory. For best performance at low memory consumption, AVG is a great solution. Never install any software from an untrusted site. They may have virus and Trojans that may infect your computer. These are one of the major contributors to the strangely slow machine because they run in background, consuming memory and even possibly revealing you private data secretly. Best is to install an antivirus and keep it updated time to time.

4. Clear up the Hard Disk(HD)

This requires that you have to give time to the organization of the data present on your HD. Music collections that you rarely listen, or pictures that are not more of interest must be transferred to a secondary storage such as DVDs and be deleted from your HD. Right-click on a disk partition in Windows Explorer, n then click on Properties. Under the General tab, click on the button Disk Cleanup. This utility scans the partition and suggests what are the stuffs that needs to be cleaned. Follow the wizard.

5. Regularly update Windows

imageEnable automatic updates. If you want to access Windows Update then follow Start—>All Programs—>Windows Update. Click on Check for updates. If any update is available, select and click next. They will be downloaded and installed.This ensures that latest drivers are present on your machine.

6. Remove abandoned software

You had once installed a trial version of a particular software and now it has expired. You cant use it but its still on your HD and the Registry. There are several software which you had installed just for trying and have now abandoned using it. These types of software deserve no place on your machine because they take up your precious memory, thereby reducing ur system’s performance. To uninstall these software, Go to Start—>Control Panel—>Programs and Features. You can now see the list of all installed programs. Select the unwanted program and right click on it and select Uninstall. For example, see the following window, clicking the Uninstall button will remove Adobe Media Player from my system.

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The topics to be discussed on this blog will give up tips on keeping your PC healthy. If you have any doubt or problem, please comment, we shall  try to explain and solve ‘em.