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Most computers, whether new or old, will run into performance issues at some point. If your once speedy P.C. is now running slower than a sloth on Valium, you might want to give it a revamp. Here are some simple ways to revitalize your computer and turn it back into the fast and reliable machine it used to be.

Manage the System Configuration Utility

The system configuration utility allows you to see what applications automatically launch during start up. You will often find that many of them don’t really need to be running at all and are just wasting valuable memory. To access the system configuration utility, click on ‘’start’’ and then ‘’run.’’ Type ‘’msconfig’’ into the box that pops up. This will display the system configuration user interface, and you will see a group of tabs. By unchecking some of the applications in the start up tab, you can reduce how much virtual memory (RAM) is used when booting up your P.C. This will not only increase start up speeds but will also enable other applications to run more efficiently when they are started. 

Install a System Care Utility

A system care utility is an application that takes some of the hassle out of maintaining your P.C. There are a lot of different versions created by many different manufacturers. Most of them include an all-in-one function that removes spyware, fixes the registry, cleans up junk files and deletes your internet history. A lot of companies offer free versions of this software, and a simple online search will allow you to read reviews and select the right one for your computer. Once downloaded and installed, you will find that it will speed up your P.C. and improve its efficiency. 

Use the Disk Defragmenter 

The disk defragmenter is a useful tool that reorganizes files for the purpose of reading them more easily. Think of it as an administrative assistant in an office that tidies up a messy filing cabinet. Once tidied, your computer can find the files easier, which will give it a noticeable performance increase. To access the disk defragmenter click on ‘’start’’ and then ‘’control panel.’’ Next, click on ‘’administrative tools’’ followed by ‘’computer management.’’ To the left of the window you will see a list of tools and services. Clicking on ‘’disk defragmenter’’ will bring up a new section to the right of the window. Click on the ‘’analyze’’ button. Once it has finished, it will display a window, which will let you know whether or not your computer needs defragmenting. If it suggests that it needs to be defragmented, you can click on the ‘’defragment’’ button. The amount of time that this process takes will depend on the size of your hard drive but will result in a smoother running machine. 

Manage Your Task Manager

The task manager, which can be accessed by pressing and holding ‘’ctrl,” “alt” and “delete,” lists the processes and applications currently running on your computer. While some of them are necessary for system stability, others just use up valuable resources and could be slowing down your computer. By paying close attention to the processes tab, you can see which ones are using up the most memory. By right clicking and selecting ‘’end process,’’ you can disable a process. If it is a critical one, you won’t be allowed to stop it, which means you are free to experiment. If your computer has a virus, they are often running in the processes tab, so by looking for any unusual activity, you can spot what needs to be disabled. By using this in conjunction with the system configuration utility, you can disable and eliminate those viruses from starting up in the future. 

Use the Disk Cleanup Tool

The disk cleanup function is a brilliant way to remove unwanted files from your hard drive. You can accesses it by going into ‘’my computer’’ and right clicking your hard drive. Select ‘’properties,’’ which will bring up a new menu. Under the general tab, click on the ‘’disk cleanup’’ button. Your computer will analyze the system and select any files that are safe to delete. If this is the first time you have used this feature, you will often find that you can safely remove quite a few megabytes on your hard drive, which will result in greater efficiency. The disk cleanup tool also gives you the option to compress files and index the drive, which saves space and allows for faster file searching. These options are located under the “disk cleanup” button and can either be checked or unchecked.

Though it is inevitable that your P.C. will become slower over time, as new programs are added and applications are updated, you can optimize the system’s performance. By implementing the suggestions above, you should notice a substantial increase in your computer’s overall speed and performance.

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