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About the Author
Rich Robinson is the author and creator of Windows Guides,Windows Forums, and MyWindowsPC. Rich is aMicrosoft MVPinthe Desktop Experience category and authored Windows 7 –ThePocket Guide, Windows Vista – The Pocket Guide, WindowsVista – Customization Manual, and the PC Security Handbook.He also co-authored the Windows 7 Media CenterCustomization Handbook. His hobbies include spending timewith family, road biking, web design, programming, running,soccer, skiing, and swimming.Seemore books Rich authored.
This handbook is designed to help you find ways to maintainyour Windows PC and ensure it remains clean and speedythroughout its life. Computers quickly get bogged down by junk files, invalid registry entries, a fragmented hard drive,spyware, adware, low disk space, and more. A speedy system is just a few clicks away, but sometimes it’s hard to know whereto start or even what to do.I set up PCs for companies, friends, and family; the advice Igive in this manual is what I use when maintaining any PC. Mytips are tried and tested and have left thousands of peoplesatisfied with the way their computer works. I hope you too canfollow these instructions and enjoy an error-free, clean, andspeedy PC.The purpose of this book is not to define the ultimate solution;its purpose is to give you simple, unbiased advice on what I’vefound to be the best options out there. In this handbook, I onlygive advice and share programs that I’ve used for at least a yearbecause some programs seem good when you first use them,but quickly annoy you or slow down your PC.If you have any questions about PC maintenance or PCs ingeneral, you can head toWindows Forumswhere you’ll findfriendly, knowledgeable members who are happy to assist inyour learning. If you disagree with anything in this handbook,please join us also and share your solutions.
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