8 Easy Methods To Freeing Up Your Laptop

By: Simon Burdett

Have you noticed, that the longer you own your computer, the slower it appears to get?

A lot of people will keep their laptop until it gets so slow that they believe they need a newer, faster model. This is not always the issue.

Some believe like the reason it is getting slower is because it is getting older, when this is clearly not the problem. Your notebook should be running just as fast as the day you brought it home Ė all you need do is apply these 8 simple steps, and your PC will be operating as it should be! - that is, not freezing up! computer.

1. You have to clear your Tempory Files on a regular basis, at least once a week to be safe. You need to empty this storage, because it gets filled up with junk files your PC just doesn't need to run, usually from startup. This will slow your pc's processing ability, or run-time, so slowing down the launching of your programs and applications. To clear your Temporary Internet Files, you go to your Control Panel and double-click the Internet Options icon. Then choose to Delete Cookies and Delete Files. This will empty all of your Temporary Internet Files.

2. To further speed up your pc, shut down any programs you aren't using. Unused programs and/or applications that you leave running simply eat up your laptop's run-time, or processing speed, thereby slowing down everything else.

3. Scan your hard disk(s) for problems.In general, the majority computers only have one hard disk, although you can purchase another peripheral hardrive for additional storage.

For a Windows 95 onwards, double-click My PC. Right-click your C-drive, and then click on Properties. Click on the Tools tab and choose to check your computer for errors. For Windows 2000 and XP, double-click My computer. Right-click the C-drive and click Properties, then click on the Tools tab. If you choose to do a Comprehensive Scan, this will check your computer's hardware for any physical disk damage or sector damage. You may then choose to fix any errors it finds. Click on Check Now. You will then have two check boxes. The top alternative is for the file check, and the second selection is for the hardware (physical disk) check. Check either one, or both. At least check the top one. Hit OK, reboot your PC, then let it run

4. If you can't pay for software to tune up your PC for you, they can be pricey, if you have Windows XP, you can reorganize the performance yourself. By default, sorry to say,EVERYTHING is turned on in Windows XP. It isnít very efficient for performance, but rather for appearance. That's just Windows for you, like it or leave it. You can turn off a few of the superfluous features, and Windows will still work just as well, and possibly even faster.

To do this, right-click on My laptop and click on Properties. Click on the Advanced tab. Under the Performance section, click on the Settings button. On the Visual Effects tab, you will see a list of check boxes. By default, these are all on. You really donít need any of them for Windows to run. Go through the check boxes one by one, and determine which ones you can and canít live without.

6. Use a good AntiVirus product to stop viruses from taking over your system, such Norton 360, which I use.

7. Block Spyware. Most computer users have Spyware and donít even know it, and when they're notebook alerts them to this fact, they have no idea how to get rid of it. If you've been taken to websites that you had no intention of going to or you get pop-ups when you arenít even on the Internet, or if your PC has been running very slow of late, for no basis, you almost certainly have Spyware.

In some situations, when the Spyware has become too entangled into your system, at this point, all you can do is just backup your essentials, and do a total re-boot of your computer's operating system. This is the final, extreme act, only to be done if you have (a) backed up everything first, and (b) deem you have no other choice. It is a difficult thing to do, belive me on this, since you know you will only have to set up your PC exactly the way you like it, and this takes time. Again, this is a last resort, so pursue all other avenues ahead of doing this.

8. Lastly, Defragment your hard drive(s). NOTE: Your PC needs to have at least 25% of free space for the Defragmentation to execute. The defragmentation will still work with only 15% free space, but it can take quite a bit longer. If you can, delete any redundant files before deframenting your drives.

a. To defragment your hard drives (in any Windows operating system), double-click on My Computer, then right-click on the C-drive and click on Properties. Click on the Tools tab and choose the bottom button, to Defragment NowÖ

If you follow these steps, your PC must start to run a lot faster and more efficiently. It most likely won't be running at the speed when it was new; that takes the purchasing of registry cleaning product for that, or an IT person to "clean it out" for you.

Happy 'puting, everyone!

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My name is Simon Burdett from South Australia, I'm trying to make a living on the 'net. For all your sofware needs, please go my website

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