Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Note: these instructions are for Windows XP, however the procedure is very similar for both Vista and 7.
1. Limit the number of programs booting with your computer.
To do this click on the "Start" button, then choose "Run..." Type in msconfig then press enter. A new window will open called the "System Configuration Utility". Click on the "Startup" tab.
All of the programs that have a check in their box are set to boot with your computer. If you recognize any (like AIM or any other messengers) you should uncheck these boxes if you are okay not having them boot when your computer does. This will make the boot of your computer much faster. When you are done click "Okay" and then choose "Exit without restart". The next time you reboot your computer these settings will be applied.
2. Uninstall unnecessary programs.
Click on the "Start" button and then open the control panel. Open the "Add or Remove Programs" tool. Locate each of the programs you do not use, and choose uninstall. Some things you can uninstall are toolbars and games. If you no longer use them, and you still have the CD for the game then remove the program before you keep it. Keep in mind that you can remove programs while still keeping your personal files for most games, this is a good move if you want to reinstall the game eventually.
3. Download and install Windows Updates.
Click on the "Start" button and find the "Windows Update" option under programs. Choose express install and download and install all of the updates recommended for your computer. You will likely have to restart your computer at the end of this process. When your computer has restarted, repeat this update process. Repeat until there are no longer any updates recommended for your computer (this may take three or even four update cycles).
4. Increasing your Hard Drive's efficiency.
Open up "My Computer" and then right-click on "Local Disk C:" and choose "Properties". Choose the "Tools" tab. You are going to run both the Defragmenter as well as Check disk utilities from this same spot.
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