Just like a car, your computer needs a regular tune-up in order to stay at the top of its game. Today, we’re going to show you the best ways to tune up your PC in order to make it run like it’s brand new again.
Clean your registry
Smart PC users clean their registry approximately once per month. If you’re frequently uninstalling and reinstalling programs, then you might want to clean it more often. Either way, a good registry cleaner can help your PC noticeably faster by eliminating corruption and file errors within the Windows Registry. Most registry cleaners are very easy to use, and some even allow you to schedule regular registry cleanings on a weekly or monthly basis.
Find a good antivirus program
Even the mainstream media is starting to pay attention to the wave of viruses that are sweeping across the world. With malware like Flame being called “the most sophisticated virus ever created”, it has never been more important to arm your computer with effective antivirus protection. A good antivirus program is always running in the background of your PC to protect it, but even scanning your computer with a basic program every few days is better than no protection at all.
Hard drive defragmentation
The information on your hard drive becomes fragmented as more and more data gets added to it. This is an inevitable problem with today’s hard drives, but thankfully, it’s a problem you should be able to avoid by scanning your PC regularly with a good disk defragmenter. Just like registry cleaners, disk defragmenters are extremely easy to use and can significantly increase the lifespan of your PC.
Optimize Windows performance
Whether you’re using Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, there are hundreds of different ways to optimize the Windows operating system. One of the easiest ways to do this is to disable unnecessary programs and applications. In XP and Vista, this can be done from the Control Panel’s list of Programs. In the bottom left hand corner of that screen, find the Turn Windows features on or off button. Then, scroll through that menu to pick and choose the features that you need. By disabling a few of these features, you should be able to reduce the time it takes for your system to load.
Another easy way to optimize Windows is to reduce the number of visual effects. While visual effects look cool, they can seriously bog down your PC’s performance, especially if you’re running Windows on an older system. To do this in Windows 7 and Vista, simply search for Performance Information and Tools from the Windows start menu search bar. Then, find the Adjust visual effects button on the left hand side of the screen.
To disable visual effects in Windows XP, right-click on My Computer and select Properties. Then, choose the Advanced tab and click on Settings (under the Performance section). A Performance Options menu will pop up. Using that menu, find the Visual Effects tab then click Adjust for best performance (or click custom to adjust the settings however you like).
Optimize startup sequence
Every time your computer starts up, it loads hundreds of applications. You can safely disable these applications without harming your computer. To do that, simply open a command prompt and type in msconfig. Or, if you’re using Vista and Windows 7, just search for msconfig under your Start menu search bar. Find the Startup tab and uncheck any applications you don’t need.
The bottom line
Tuning up your computer doesn’t have to be difficult. By following the tips we’ve listed above, you can easily improve your PC’s performance and security. Good luck!