PC Health Advisor
Speed Up My Computer
A computer can become slow and for one of several reasons or sometimes a combination of reasons. Usually, if there is something disagreeable happening inside your Windows operating system, the PC tells us by slowing down. Sometimes it will give us other signals, such as errors and crashes.
Often, repairing a slow computer simple means fixing the PC's Windows registry files because if they have become corrupted it will cause computer performance problems.
Fixing Stuff Running We Can See
First, in your quest to fix a slowing computer is looking to see if you have a lot of programs opened. If you do, just close a couple of them and see if that makes a difference. This probably sounds like too easy of a PC fix! However, like the TV repairman who asks the customer over the phone if he/she is sure the TV set is plugged in before he comes out to repair it and has to charge a service call fee, we always start with the easy stuff.
Stuff Running That Isn't So Apparent
Also, check your system tray. This is in the lower right hand corner of your computer screen. Whenever you add a new program, the Windows installer program will ask if you want the particular software you are installing to open automatically each time the Windows operating System starts. We always seem to answer this question in the affirmative even if we are not aware we answering such a question. (It happens to me all the time!)
Just look in the system tray and right click each icon. If it gives you an option to close the program, click on that option. Sometimes, you have to start up the program and go to "settings" or "options" to find an option that will stop the program from loading at startup automatically. Don't worry about the fact you are closing these programs, you can always start up any program at any time by going to "start-all programs."
Next in the process of repairing a computer that has slowed down is the issue of registry corruption. If closing programs doesn't get your computer's speed back, there is like about a 98% chance your computer is suffering from registry corruption. The registry, a unique part of Windows operating systems, has a tendency to become full of bits of information it no longer uses.
So, this overload of not-needed information makes your computer use all its resources to do very little. This additional "in-the-way" information gives your computer a lot of extra work to do just to be able to perform basic tasks. So, naturally your computer will respond by becoming slow and error prone. It will also be liable to crash for no apparent reason! Fortunately, when we clean the registry with a good registry cleaner these errant bits of information will be removed and the computer will usually no longer be slow.
The bottom line is, you can only do so much by yourself to keep your computer from slowing down. After you closed all you can close and after you've gotten to the point there are only a couple of much needed icons in the system tray, you need to call on help from the outside world to aid you in getting your computer back up to speed.
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