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How to Speed Up My PC? Five Most Common Computer Speedup Questions Answered

Updated on February 21, 2013
Turbo Windows® - The Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide
Turbo Windows® - The Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide

This book will teach you how to make your computer blazing fast with as little effort as possible


We all want to have fast and responsive PCs. But Windows computers have a tendency to become slow after only a few months of use. Experienced computer users know all about how to prevent this and keep their computers running fast. But novice users are usually lost and have trouble figuring out hundreds of Windows settings. That's when they start calling computer technicians and start asking questions that I am going to answer in this article.

Why doesn’t my computer run as fast as it did when it was new? How can I speed up my PC?

When you use your computer, you create files, install software, browse the Web and do a lot of other stuff. Windows works in such a way that pretty much everything you do creates temporary files and writes into the Windows registry. As time goes by, some registry entries become corrupted, temporary files don’t get deleted, and the list of programs launching on Windows boot grows. All this clutter makes your computer slow. To speed up your PC, you need to perform regular computer maintenance, such as disk cleanup, registry cleanup, disk defrag, and monitor your installed software.

Why does the registry get corrupted?

The registry is a very complicated database that contains hundreds of entries. Every time you uninstall or update software, update your drivers, or even simply update Windows, registry entries are updated as well. Sometimes things go wrong and the registry gets updated incorrectly. As a result, some registry entries become corrupted or empty. A good registry cleaner can fix this.

How to get rid of unwanted bloat?

Getting rid of bloatware is easy – you just need the right tools. To remove junk files and other debris, simply run disk cleanup, registry cleanup, remove unneeded startup entries, uninstall software you don’t use (like expired trial software), and finally use a duplicate file finder to get rid of duplicate files.

How do I make my PC start faster?

There are many ways to make your PC boot faster, but the easiest one is to remove unnecessary startup entries. You can use a startup manager to view the list of programs running on system startup and disable things like IM programs, toolbars, launchers, and players.

How to remove leftovers of old programs that were uninstalled in the past?

Leftovers from uninstalled programs are easy to remove. Just run a registry cleaner to get rid of empty keys and missing references and then go to your Program Files folder and remove empty folders (hover your mouse pointer over the folders and delete the ones that have 0 byte size).

Now you know the answers to the most common computer speed up and maintenance questions. If you have any more PC and Windows-related questions, feel free to ask in your comments.


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    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you!

    • Ann Marie Dwyer profile image

      Red Dwyer 

      7 years ago from Crandall, TX

      Excellent tips even the beginner can use. Great hub.


    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Savva Pelou, thank you!

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      Savva Pelou 

      7 years ago from London

      very simple but effective techniques, good hub


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