Speeding up your PC
You've seen the ads on TV telling you that some program is going to fix your slow PC problems, but the truth is slow PC problems aren't always that easy to diagnose and realistically no one program can increase the speed of your PC by leaps and bounds or at least to a point where you notice a dramatic result. The truth is that PC's over time slow down that's what they do, however not all is lost.
The secret really is that there is no secret. The reason why all PC's slow down is because of two fundamental problems. Memory and mismanaged resources. When I talk about memory I'm talking about RAM. RAM is the main memory that your PC uses when you want to view a web page or write a word doc. RAM allows the temporary storage of memory that is not intended to be permanent. It is also the memory that all your applications need to run, and the more applications you have running in the foreground, or background the less of it you have.
Over time we tend to install lots of programs intentionally and unintentionally. Sometimes you're installing a program or downloading something from the Internet. The first step to speeding up your computer is increasing the RAM. The standard right now is 4gb have at least that much.
The Other Secret
Mismanaged resources always slows down your PC and it is felt when you click on an application and it takes forever to open, or you boot up your PC and it takes forever to boot up. PC's are highly logical and when you have files all over the place especially on the desktop your PC freaks out as the processor makes a mad dash to find your files amongst a sea of disorganized directories.
The solution is store all your files on a separate hard drive and create short cuts to all your files on your local desktop. This not only is smart but it's also a wise way to protect your data if your hard drive decides to take a long vacation and never come back.
In addition try to keep applications open that you only use. Too many open applications hogs up CPU resources and dramatically slows down the response time of your PC. So if it isn't being used close it.
Last But Not Least
Reboot frequently and have a disaster recovery plan. The purpose of rebooting is to stop programs that cause memory leaks. Programs start to create memory leaks if they are poorly written or open too long. Your web browser is notorious for memory leaks if you leave it open too long or don't clear the history.
A disaster recovery plan allows you to restore your PC to an original state where it was completely functional. This is extremely helpful when you acquire a virus or some type of spyware that is almost undeletable.
Every computer comes with a recovery disk or some type of ability to create a restore point. I store all my files on a separate hard drive so in the event that my PC goes nuts on me. I can put in the recovery disk and restore the PC to its original state. Since my files are in a safe place it's business as usual if something goes wrong.
Restore points allow you to take the PC back in time to a point before the problem existed. Windows XP and Windows 7 both come with this restore utility. If you're a MAC user Time Machine is your best friend if you use it. In
In short PC's slow down that's what they do. Don't waste your hard earned money on programs or websites that promise to speed up your PC.