Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
If you wish to speed up your computer or just give it a good cleaning, you have come to the right place! Follow the tips below and your computer should perform better.
CCleaner is a program I have used for years, and it is an amazing tool. It offers the ability for you to clean out old temporary files, browser cookies, remove unwanted programs, fix registry errors, disable start up programs and even manage system restore points.
Click here to download the program
-Install and open up CCleaner. On the left, you will notice 4 options. The first(top option) is cleaner. We will make sure we are on this tab and click the "analyze" button near the bottom middle. Let the program analyze and once it is done click the "run cleaner option"
*Editing registry information can potentially be dangerous and I always advise to backup the registry before deleting anything from it*
When you install and remove programs, you can leave behind junk that over time can cause problems for your computer. We will clean up the registry now.
-Next, we will run the Registry analysis to see if anything can be fixed. Click on the registry tab on the left of CCleaner and then click the "Scan for issues" button. Once this is done, go ahead and click the "Fix selected Issues" button.
Over time, your computer can accumulate many programs that will start up when windows reboots causing the reboot process to be extremely slow. Some of these programs are non essential and can be disabled from start up. The next step we will disable any unwanted start up programs.
*Disabling essential programs from start up may cause computer issues. Only disable programs that are not needed to be running when the computer starts up. Some examples are Itunes, Windows Media Player, Adobe update*
-Click on the "tools" option on the left of CCleaner. Then click on the startup tab. Expand the CCleaner window to maximize so you get a good view. You do this by clicking the box icon at the top right of CCleaner. In the middle window, CCleaner will list all programs that will start when your computer is turned on. You can go through each program and disable any that you see fit. I gave some examples above of programs you can disable. This can increase your start up time!
Now we can close CCleaner.
-In this step we will run the built in Windows disk cleaner and disk defragmenter to finish our clean up job. In windows 7 you can access these tools by going to Start and in the search box type Disk. The two top options should be Disk Cleaner and Disk Defrag.
Click on Disk cleanup and a program will run, and calculate files to be deleted and how much space you can save. CCleaner will have already cleaned up much of this junk but go ahead and select the options you wish to remove and click the OK button.
Next, run the Disk defrag tool. This tool will show you if your disk is badly fragmented and if so, run the program. It is best to do this overnight while you are sleeping as it can take up computer resources.
A new tool I have started to use is TuneUp Utilities. The 2011 version is very good and is easy to use. You can download it by clicking here. You can use it to basically do anything from disabling start up programs, defragging your hard drive, changing Windows settings and even changing your Windows Login screen. It will guide you through optimizing your computer.
Okay, your computer should be all clean and run a bit faster now. I hope you enjoyed this Tip!
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