Saturday, January 21, 2006

How do I speed up my computer? (part 2)

Slow computers suck! (part 2 of 2)

Finding specific information about your computer can be difficult. Unless you have the proper tools for the job, then it can be a few clicks away. I recommend a freeware utility program called Everest Home by Lavalys.
This program when installed will tell you everything you (or tech support) would need to know about your computer.
Download at Majorgeeks
Download at Softpedia
Download at Old Version

1. This information will come in useful when you decide to upgrade your computer memory. Now you could just crack open the case and hope you get the right stuff or you can take it in and pay someone to upgrade it. But why when this upgrade is easier then brushing your teeth. You need to know what type of memory you have and how much you can install total. Then you can head to the computer store and pick up your new memory upgrade. Once you have it, follow the instructions on the box...unplug case....plug in new memory....close case...start-up new faster more powerful computer and grin!

2. Deep cleaning of files and registry.
This is where it might get a bit dangerous. I recommend a program called Easy Cleaner by Toni Arts. This program will allow you to eliminate tons of stuff you didn't realize you had. (ran it on Josh's computer and recovered 715mb of space)
The problem is that sometimes it eliminates some files that may be used rarely. Then you will get an error and then (in my experience) the file was recreated and the problem solved itself.

an excerpt from Toni Arts site "EasyCleaner is a small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files such as temps and backups. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list."

I like the results produced from this program and I have no problem recommending it to others.

Other than the few suggestions I have made you should defrag your hard drive regularly and occasionally run disk clean-up.
Have fun and stay safe.


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