12 Ways to Speed up Your PC
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PCs tend to slow down over time as you accumulate more and more programs, data and even unwanted pests such as viruses and spyware. Below is a list of twelve ways you can regain lost speed.

Clean up your disk The Disk Cleanup tool will remove temporary internet files, downloaded program files such as Java applets and ActiveX controls, temporary windows files and empty your Recycle Bin. In addition, you can choose to remove Windows components and installed programs that you no longer use. You can access this tool from Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup. Choose the options that best suit your needs.

Detect and repair disk errors The Error Checking utility lets you check your hard drive for errors and automatically repair bad sectors. It also searches for file system errors and misplaced files. Right click on My Computer, choose Properties, Tools, Check Now. Select the options you want and click Start.

Defrag your hard drive Disks become fragmented making it harder for the computer to access your data thus slowing down the PC. Use Disk Defragmenter regularly. You can access this tool from Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter.

Scan and remove viruses Invest in a good Anti-virus program and keep it updated. Regularly scan for and remove any viruses.

Scan and remove spyware, adware and other malware - Invest in a good Anti-spyware program and keep it updated. Regularly scan for and remove any spyware, adware or other type of malware.

Clear out your Startup folder Programs that launch each time you start up gobble up your system resources. Go to Start, Run and type in: msconfig Click OK and choose the Startup tab. Disable items that you don’t regularly use.

Clean your system registry This is a job for a quality registry cleaning software program such as Paretologic's RegCure. The software takes the risk out of registry cleaning and recovers lost performance.

Schedule scans and updates for times when you are not using the PC Schedule virus scans, system updates, virus updates, backups and other vital processes for times when you aren’t using the PC.

Add hardware such as more memory If your PC has room for more memory, add it! Memory is relatively inexpensive and is easy to install.

Update drivers Keeping your system drivers up to date can lead to an increase in speed especially graphics card drivers as the manufacturers tend to update them frequently with improvements. Check your manufacturer’s website for updates.

Update Windows Keeping Windows up to date is a vital security measure. In addition, service packs contain patches, small fixes and oftentimes improve performance. Turn on Automatic Updates by clicking Start, Control Panel, Automatic Updates.

Simplify wallpapers Wallpaper on your desktop can slow your PC down, especially if it is in “stretch” mode. Consider a smaller image or a plain background.

Follow these simple steps and recover your PCs lost speed and performance.