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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.
Let’s review all of the steps in the process. The first one is to remove all of the unused software, files, and folders and things that you have. It’s time to clean up the clutter, and get rid of all of the things that you’re not using. After you’ve done all of that you want to run the disk cleanup utility and the disk defragmenter, preferably in that order there’s no point in defragmenting a bunch of things you don’t need. If you run the disk cleanup utility it’ll get rid of all kinds of temporary files and folders that you don’t even know exist and if you run the disk defragmenter it’ll organize all the piles of paper on your desk into something that’s neat and organized.
Once you’ve done all of that use the MSCONFIG to speed up the boot up process. Instead of feeling like you can go for coffee and come back later and your computer might be ready to go for you in ten minutes from now use the MSCONFIG and make that process go a little faster. That way you don’t have to go and get coffee and come back later. Backup or move all of those important files, all of those pictures of the kids and the trip to external hard drives or use cloud space, Google Drive, iCloud whatever it is, get all of the important stuff off of your hard drive and onto an external hard drive that’s designed for storage.
If you’re still not happy consider upgrading the RAM. Depending on the age of your computer this may or may not be a viable option for you but it’s something to think about, and if you’re really not happy buy a new computer. Go out and get something you need. That’s the review process, it’s a start, it’ll get you going and hopefully it works for you.
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