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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners

with Laura Bungarz

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Discover simple ways to speed up your home PC and free up more space on your hard drive.
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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners
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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, created for those new to PC maintenance and utilities, 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


(soft xylophone music) Hi, I'm Laura Bungarz. In this course, I'll show you some simple ways to speed up your computer. I'll start by showing you how to sort and organize your files and remove all of the unused software. Then, I'll show you how to use some simple utilities that are already on your computer to speed up and clean your computer even further. I'll also give you lots of tips for buying a new computer and upgrading the one you already have.

Let's get started with speeding up your home PC.

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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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