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Tips to Keep Your Computer Running Smoothly

With computers being in a majority of homes the computer repair industry will always be on the rise, computers of today are designed with you “the user” in mind and hardware and software manufactures strive to make their computers more reliable, easier to use and cheaper. This being said as a computer technician it amazes me to this day that many home and office users lack the basic understanding and still do not undertake some simple tasks that can keep your PC running faster and for longer.In this article we take a look at some of the easier steps you can take that will:

Improve your computer startup
Improve your computer speed during operation
Clean up hard drive space
Speed up web browsing
Although a majority of these tips are free and will cost you nothing to do there are 1 or 2 that will cost a small amount of money to purchase parts/software(optional).Make Your Computer Startup Faster
In order to make your computer start up faster you can do all of the free fixes below:

Ensure your computer is booting directly from the hard drive and not the floppy or CD ROM drive
Turn off all your MRP’s (memory resident programs) that are set to start up when windows loads
Carry out a regular defrag to ensure that the PC can find all the program parts quickly
Remove discs from the CD/DVD drive when finished
Just by carrying out the above you can cut your computer startup time in half and sometimes more! The biggest problem I find is MRP’s, these should be something you think about when installing software, games and applications, if however you have loads of MRP’s now and your computer is very slow, use the MSCONFIG tool (start > run> Type MSCONFIG) and you can turn off all the programs you no longer need to startup when windows loads.Improve Your Computer Speed During Use
Other than maintaining your program usage during normal operation there are only a couple of things you can do the help speed up your PC at this point that are free, if your computer is not running to bad during normal operation and is just starting to go a little slugish then the chances are using these tips you will not see that much of an improvement and should consider upgrading your memory if you need a faster PC.Follow the list below to speedup your slow computer during operation:

Configure software correctly and ensure your autoplay settings are right and not conflicting
Perform regular defrags to make the read/write operations to your hard drive quicker
Carry out a regular disc clean up on your computer
Clean out Temp folders, internet cookies etc. on a regular basis
Ensure you are only running software you need (especially anti-virus software)
Clean out your registry on a regular basis *
* Be sure you know or learn about the registry and the tools you use before you start working on your registry, and always ensure you have a current backup and are confident to restore to that back up before you begin working in the registry.If you have followed and carried out the steps so far, you should have already seen an improvement in your computer speed and reliability, the list of tips below will help with computer cooling, faster internet browsing and general computer settings that annoy the average user!

Install additional cooling fans around the hard drive
Install an exhaust fan in the rear of the case
Clean out heatsink fins, and ensure fans are turning freely and not noisy (replace if required)
Remove multiple search bars, and associated web browser addins you do not need or use
Install windows updates daily/weekly to save Windows Update slowing down your computer when you use it!
Uninstall programs you do not need or use and will not use in the future.
Keep graphics to a minimal especially in Windows Vista and 7
Run an up-to-date AV (antivirus program)
Keeping to the list above you should see a great improvement in your computers performance, and with carrying out the additional steps your computer should last you a lot longer before a failure occurs, or you need to upgrade. If you still need additional speed/power from your computer consider upgrading components, today these are generally cheap, and easy enough to install for a home user!