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How can you keep your computer running fast and problem-free?

  1. Shil1978 profile image92
    Shil1978posted 7 years ago

    How can you keep your computer running fast and problem-free?

  2. telltale profile image74
    telltaleposted 7 years ago

    By fast, do you mean, like when you first use it? One of the things which can slow you down is the Anti-Virus, but don't think you can live without it, due to the number of viruses floating around the Internet.

    1.  Do not install unnecessary software into your system.
    2.  Regularly delete your browsing history and cookies from
         your Internet browser.
    3.  Scan your computer regularly with anti-virus, anti-malware,
         etc. software.
    4.  Watch which websites you visit, as some may insert certain
         entries into your registry without you knowing it, which will
         slow your computer down.

    Difficult to maintain it problem-free, as hardware components in the computer will deteriorate with usage.  Some of the items like your Hard drive may have a manufacturing defect (if you are unlucky) and can fail.  Do regular backups, just in case.

    There are more things you can do, of course, and the above mentioned are just the general things you can do.

  3. Shil1978 profile image92
    Shil1978posted 7 years ago

    Thanks telltale for answering this question. Useful tips.

  4. holsworthycomputi profile image58
    holsworthycomputiposted 7 years ago

    Don't keep exe or picture files on the desktop, this can slow the computer down.

    Carry out regular defrags - once a week is what I schedule to keep the hard drive running smoothly.

    Add more system memory (RAM) to the motherboard.

    Upgrade the CPU (processor)

    This one I mention now is probably one of the most useful for general use - get rid of start up programs that are not required! this will make the computer boot up faster and use less RAM once booted into the OS:

    start > run > msconfig > press enter > start up tab > uncheck applications you are *sure* you don't need starting up with the computer - if you don't know what a certain program is google for file name and you will find out.

    some people say to create a partition just for the page file itself (virtual memory) to reside and this is said to speed up performance a bit.

    you can follow blackviper's guide to stop windows services that arean't required to run - but once again be sure you only disable ones you do not need else you will get problems.

    the blackviper guide is very useful.

    you could also create a RAM drive using a program such as RAM drive XP and run programs from it so programs will load quicker due to loading from RAM and not the slowest part of most computers - the hard disk - this is only applicable if you have enough RAM however and is not suitable for large programs but is suitable for smaller programs.

    if you are into benchmarking with superpi you can set the priority to high and gain a few miliseconds.


  5. blbhhdcn profile image59
    blbhhdcnposted 7 years ago

    Hi, this is my answer to your question,

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  6. maxxiss162 profile image53
    maxxiss162posted 7 years ago

    Defragging weekly and running cleanup programs usually do the trick, then there are some other ways to speed your computer up for free! mwha ha ha ha.