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Make Your Computer Fast Again

Make Your Computer Fast Again

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A great eBook that will lead you to discover ways to keep your computer in peak performance for years to come!
A great eBook that will lead you to discover ways to keep your computer in peak performance for years to come!

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Published by: Cody Platta on Mar 28, 2009
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Make Your Computer Fast Again
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©2008; Windows Tips & Tricks
 
 
Why isn’t my computer as fast as before?
 
Remember the day you got your computer? It was fantastic! It had tons of memory, enough hard-drive space to last youa lifetime, and a cool, new, sleek design. Nothing in the world could be better.
But now your computer seems past its prime. Your screen is all smudged and has a few scratches; you’ve nearly taken up
all of the hard-drive space with schoolwork, notes, vacation photos, and a
ccount info; and your PC just doesn’t seem to
have that lightning-
fast speed it used to…
 Over time, your computer will be slower and less efficient than it was when you got it. This is a problem that almostevery computer-user will face, but the trick is that you need to deal with it properly. There are a few things that you cando to regain that speed that your aging computer has lost. In this eBook, I
’ll go through the steps you can take to keep
your computer up to speed, without the use of any programs o
r downloads. This will be done entirely by YOU. But don’t
worry;
I’ll
guide you through each and every step.
Make Your Computer Fast Again
©Windows Tips & Tricks
 
PDF eBook
 
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©2008; Windows Tips & Tricks
 
The Cause of the Problem
Over time, your computer accumulates thousands of files. Some of which are documents you havecreated yourself: pictures, word documents, spreadsheets, calendars, etc. Those are files that you can
delete at any time. And when they’re gone,
 
they’re gone fo
rever, right? Wrong! The weird thing is thatwhen you delete a file, it goes to the recycle bin, and stays there until you empty the recycle bin, or itbecomes full and empties itself, whichever comes first. After that, it may appear that the file is gone, butthe truth is that your computer keeps records and copies of that file that are still present on yourcomputer long after the original file is deleted. This is just one of the things that slow down yourcomputer.The same thing happens when you uninstall a program. There are files that remain on your computerafter you uninstall the application. This poses a problem when we are trying to clean-up your computerand remove anything that has absolutely no relevance to your computer. Simply put, as your computer
ages, you accumulate more and more documents and programs, and when they are deleted, they aren’t
really deleted. So it takes up more space on the computer.
Now if that isn’t already bad enough, let’s add a virus or two into t
he equation. Viruses can muck-upyour computer by moving, deleting, creating, or stealing files on your computer. This makes the presentsituation even worse! This is why you should buy a secure
Internet Security 
program, like
Trend Micro Antivirus and Spyware
, and scan your computer monthly for malicious viruses and spyware.
How to Fix It
In this eBook, I am going to show you how to regain the speed of your computer by cleaning out all the junk that has settled in your computer.
All of the work we’ll be
doing with you will be done solely byyou; there will not be a fancy program doing everything for you.
If the Problem is Serious
S
ometimes your computer’s reduced speed is only slightly noticeable. Although serious cases do exist; it
may take a few minutes after clicking for the context-menu to appear, and over half an hour for a file toopen. This is serious, as you want to tackle the problem as fast as possible. Procrastinating to fix theproblem when it is this extreme may render your system completely useless, as your computer requiresa certain amount of free space to move, create, delete, startup, or perform any task whatsoever. Forexample: to defragment your computer, you need at least 15% of your hard-drive space free.Checking how much space you have left on your hard-drive is easy. Simply open up
My Computer 
andright-click on your main hard-drive (this is usually shown as
(C:)
), and select
Properties
from the pop-upmenu. The amount of free and used space is shown, as well as other important information, in both textand a diagram, as shown in.
 
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©2008; Windows Tips & Tricks
 
If you believe that your computer is extremely slow andtakes excessive time to perform even the basic functions likeopening a file or loading a menu, then I recommendperforming the steps in this book in the following order, assome items may be impossible to accomplish with reducedsystem performance:
1.
 
Deleting Temporary Internet Files2.
 
Clearing Up your Desktop3.
 
 Adjusting Features and Effects4.
 
Organizing Your Files5.
 
Running Disk Cleanup6.
 
Uninstalling Unused Programs7.
 
Compressing Unused Files8.
 
Defragmenting your Computer 
Deleting Temporary Internet Files
When you browse the internet, your browser stores information on your computer in a folder called
Temporary Internet Files
”. This folder, as it is so aptly named, stores files from your web browser. These
files
aren’t permanently kept here, but they do accumulate if they aren’t deleted. Over time, this folder
will be packed of unneeded files, and will slow your computer down.
Depending on the amount of data in the “
Temporary Internet Files
” folder, you can regain a considerably
large amount of system memory by clearing it out. To do this, click on
My Computer 
” 
. Then, open yourmain hard-
drive (usually C:/) and locate the folder “
WINDOWS
”, and open it. There are many folders in
this directo
ry, but we only need to look at one. Open the folder named “
Temp
”. Once inside the folder,open the folder named “
Temporary Internet Files” 
.Now, you should be able to delete everything in this folder without damaging your system. If you areunsure if you
want to delete a certain folder, you can leave it; it won’t harm your computer.
 You can also do this automatically with
Internet Explorer 
. To do this, open up
Internet Explorer 
andselect
Delete Browsing History…
from the
Tools
item of the menu bar. Then, check the box next to
Temporary Internet Files
to delete them. Using this procedure, you can also delete your cookies, whichmay also add some speed to your computer.
The only result of deleting cookies is that web pages youvisit frequently may take a second or two longer to load.
 
Clearing Up your Desktop
No…
I
don’t mean the desk that you keep your pens and papers on.
I am talking about the desktop onyour computer. It is the first screen you see when you login to Windows. Now, the purpose of thedesktop is not to store all your files, believe it or not. It is to hold important shortcuts.

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