Hello and welcome to my HubPages.
My name is Brett and I am a writer with a wide variety of interests. My main topic here will be computers, particularly those running Windows XP. I will however post some pages that have to do with other topics, such as Automotive. My purpose for posting most of my Hubs is to help you make your computer run better, faster and safer. Things will get very technical, but I will attempt to break things down into very simple individual steps.
There are several ways to protect yourself in the event of a catastrophe, and I will walk you through them from the start. There are programs that can help protect you as well. Most of the programs that I will discuss are free, but there are a few that are not. In any case, I'm not affiliated with any software developer and I'm not trying to sell anything. Well, except maybe my book, but that isn't finished yet.
Back to safety. I'm sure that by now, you are well aware of viruses, spyware, malware and adware, so I will not go into protecting against them. I will however suggest that you do thorough scans of your computer before performing any of the actions that I propose here. The reason for this is that the first steps that I outline in my guides deal with things such as backing up your system. There is not much sense in backing up your system if it is infected, except in the process of removing that infection.
I would also suggest that before you follow any of my guides that, if you are able to, re-install Windows. This in itself will restore your computer to how it ran when you purchased it. Ok, in theory, it should. If that isn't an option that you are willing to take, then there are several options for restoring the performance that you once enjoyed.
These will be my first few pages and cover changing a few settings. These are simple things to do and perhaps you have even done them. In the course of performing these steps, though, I hope you will come to enjoy my style of writing and the way in which I lay out the steps involved.
The first of these steps will be to set your System Restore and Paging File sizes. The Paging File is what your computer uses to bolster the internal RAM that your computer has. The Paging File is located on your hard drive and can be set by you, managed by Windows, or turned off. The System Restore function is used to roll back your computer to a previous state. System Restore can be sized to a percentage of your hard drive, or turned off. These two things can literally be taking up 15+% of your hard drive by themselves, but can be resized to take up less than 1.5% very easily.
Another easy way to free up space on your hard drive is to change the amount of space used to store Temporary Internet Files. This can be done in just a few moments with my easy tutorial published here.
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