Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Computer Tech - How to tune up your computer for free!

The following are ways to optimize your computer and increase overall load times and memory usage. I have been doing this for several years now and have found these methods very effective on customer computers. This is the true "Free PC TuneUp"!

1. CCleaner

CCleaner is a program that will clear out your computers temp files and fix your registry. I run this program on every computer i receive regardless of what it needs.

2. Msconfig

Msconfig is a windows tool that is used to configure startup programs. Search for it on your computer or start/run/msconfig. Click the startup tab and from there you can configure what programs you actually use when you start your computer. I usually only leave the entries that relate to drivers or the computer, though you do not have to. If its an entry for a program like quicktime/skype/google/messenger/adobe/office etc. I uncheck it. You can drastically increase your startup time and overall computer performance using this tool. This is one of the most useful tools in windows.

3. Disk Defrag
Defragmenting your hard drive will increase your read/write times to your hard drive which will increase your performance. Check out Defraggler by piriform, the same company that makes CCleaner. I use it along with the standard windows defragmenter every couple of months.

4. Others
If you have a desktop computer make sure it is free of dust. Spray it out!
Reset your internet explorer to all defaults in internet options if you use it.
Check what plugins and addons you have installed in firefox! Remember everything you have added increases the amount of memory needed to run firefox. If necessary reinstall firefox or reset it to get a fresh fox with no additional addons or plugins. The difference in memory usage can be huge sometimes!
Update your computer with windows update! Stop ignoring it, I know you do!
Uninstall programs you do not use.

39 comments:

  1. Already downloaded CCleaner but will continue to follow this post. Thanks for the help.

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  2. CCleaner is awesome! i use it daily

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  3. I love cc cleaner on of the best.

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  4. Great and easy to follow instructions!
    Really helpful to those who don't know how to tune up their computer :)

    thanks! :)

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  5. thanks! that's some really useful info!

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  6. As a Technician I can say we use all of these on our clients machines :)

    great post and informative.

    Another great program is "Teracopy" faster than normal windows copying.

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  7. Thats awesome. Thanks for all the information.

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  8. i've been using ccleaner for a while now. :)

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  9. Like frameaj1 said, as a technician these are products I use to tune-up my client's comptuer(s).

    Nice background btw :p

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  10. Or just buy a mac (for now at least)

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  11. windows advanced system care seems to be an all-in one program.

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  12. @-M
    Windows advanced system care is made by a corrupt company. I'd rather use my methods over IOBit software anyday.
    http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivirussoftwarereviews/a/iobittrustingantivirus.htm

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  13. Nice tips, I use all of these.

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  14. great post. looking forward to reading your next one

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  15. great tips for end-users! just make sure that you don't go switching things your not sure about when using msconfig or your computer might have trouble when it boots.

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  16. Very nice! thanks for the info

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  17. Once again, great info! I'll probably use this, actually.

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  18. Great info I already use all of them, but I'm sure there's a ton out there that are clueless. Keep em coming!

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  19. All good stuff but pretty common knowledge. I really hate those "speed up your computer" commercials. Preying on the computer illiterate to make money... oh wait... I'm trying to do the same... Oh well...

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  20. I'm going to look more inro this, thanks!

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  21. Yep, this is a good list. *Tips hat at you, sir* --Computer Manufacturing Engineer

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  22. i've used CC cleaner, its a very good program, but you have to use it often if you dont like it taking ages.

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  23. Good info, will use this later

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  24. thank you. this is definitely relevant to my interests

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  25. great info! another awesome addition could be ninite. it lets you bundle applications for easy installation from the internet. just run the tiny program it gives you and it auto downloads and installs all the software you selected opting out of any crap add-ons. ninite.com

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  26. great read following for sure!

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  27. CCleaner is good, been using it for over a year now.

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  28. CCleaner is a really great program

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  29. Great tips. I know to defrag my computer at least but not the others.

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  30. I'm a computer forensic examiner. CC cleaner really screws us over if used properly.

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  31. Good info. You reminded me I need to do a defrag

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