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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
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Looking at scalability


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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Looking at scalability

Computers these days are considered disposable. They want you to upgrade your computer every couple of years. So, what you need to think about is something called scalability. Can I upgrade this? If you want to keep your computer for longer than the year or two that it's really meant to last, can you upgrade it? Desktop computers are easier to upgrade than laptops, but sometimes when you buy a desktop computer, you sort of buy it already maxed out.

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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
45m 55s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Looking at scalability

Computers these days are considered disposable. They want you to upgrade your computer every couple of years. So, what you need to think about is something called scalability. Can I upgrade this? If you want to keep your computer for longer than the year or two that it's really meant to last, can you upgrade it? Desktop computers are easier to upgrade than laptops, but sometimes when you buy a desktop computer, you sort of buy it already maxed out.

It can't be upgraded at all. So, ask the salesperson whether or not the computer is upgradeable. Can it take more RAM? Can I put a bigger hard drive in? Does it have room for me to add a video card or a sound card if I need to? Those are the kinds of questions that you want to ask the salesperson when you're at the store. Laptops are portable, but they're not easily fixed if they break. They're more expensive to fix, the parts are more expensive, and very few parts are really accessible in a laptop.

Most laptops, you only ever have access to the hard drive and maybe the RAM, and certainly the battery, and that's about it. Everything else is well-hidden in a laptop and really hard to upgrade. So, those are some more things to think about when you're buying a new computer.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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