If your PC is not giving you the performance it once did, there are a couple of free, easy fixes that any Windows user can run and make things a whole lot better — assuming you have already handled malware and viruses. And unless there is an actual hardware problem, this might be all you have to do to speed up your computer for free.
While there are a number of programs to help you perform such tuning, CCleaner is a good onethat is free for download and has frequent updates. Once you install it you can go through it’s various cleaning stages to get your computer free of old and huge cache files, clean your registry and get rid of unnecessary startup programs and processes that tie up resources and memory. It is a good thing to install CCleaner so that you can run it from right clicking on your trash bin. This makes it convenient without cluttering up your desktop or Quicklaunch menu.
Here are the key steps:
1. Remove old cache files.
The largest and most useless are temporary internet files and the windows system cache. You should do this at least once a week.
2. Registry cleanup
If you have installed and uninstalled lots of programs without doing this, your registry will be chock-a-block full of errors. Get these fixed by running the registry cleanup program. If you haven’t done this for awhile, run it twice in a row to make sure all errors are caught and fixed. Run it after you uninstall a program, too.
3. Startup Process
Just about every program you install has an updater process that launches when you boot up your computer. These are little parasites that sit there and take up memory and are unnecessary. View your processes in Task Manager and work out which ones are necessary or wanted and stop the rest. You can either disable or delete these in CCleaner.
Get rid of any programs you have but you don’t use. While they don’t harm your ongoing operations, they do take up space. Just be neat and delete them – then run the registry cleaner.
Doing the above should get you a faster moving computer with minimal effort. If you have a hardware problem or you just can’t get your computer faster no matter what you try, give Austin Mobile Computer Repair a call. We are here to help you when all else fails.