Summer 2012: Some tips to revive your Windows PC


Uploaded by GJBITeam on 22.07.2012

Transcript:
It's always exciting when you bring home a new computer.
It feels so powerful and fast; you can't imagine ever needing to buy another one again.
Unfortunately, neither your excitement nor your PC's performance lasts.
Whether your hard drive is running out of space and the PC performs slow
it might be worth your time to try and revive it before replacing it.
Here are some summer tips to revive your Windows PC
Free up disk space
The enormous size of modern multimedia files
can eat up your hard-drive storage quickly.
What she seemed an very pleased amount, can suddenly become insufficient.
But are you using that storage efficiently?
Uninstall software. It's easy to forget about software you've installed but haven't used in a while. Get rid of trial software, games you don't play anymore, and other software you rarely use.
Run the Windows Disk Cleanup tool and while you're there, go to the More Options tab to also clean up your system restore files.
Empty your Web browser cache. Over time, you'd be surprised how much space a browser's cache takes up.
Use CCleaner to automate your cleanup tasks. It's one of the best.
If your hard disk is still short on storage, try running WinDirStat to see what's taking up all that storage. You might discover forgotten files you no longer need.
To free up even more disk space, consider using Duplicate File Finder to identify and remove duplicate files on your system.
Recover performance with software tools
Performance on Windows computers tends to degrade over time,
but with a few OS tweaks, you can recover some performance.
Defrag your hard drive. Especially after performing massive file deletion tasks, your hard disk is going to be heavily fragmented. Use the default Windows defrag utility or a third-party program like, Defraggler to speed up disk access.
Make Windows start faster. You can use the Windows msconfig utility to prevent programs from starting up automatically, or use CCleaner. You can also bypass the Windows logo by setting the No GUI boot setting.
Check for updated hardware drivers for components like graphics cards, printers, and network adapters. Updated drivers often fix bugs and improve performance.
Increase performance with simple hardware upgrades
Simple hardware upgrades can make your system
perform better than when it was new.
Adding RAM is still one of the most cost-effective ways to improve PC performance. Check your system specs to confirm the maximum amount of RAM that can be installed. Also, remember that only 64-bit versions of Windows can see above 4GB.
If you're still using a mechanical hard drive in your computer, migrating to an SSD drive will significantly improve system performance.
Can't justify the cost of an SSD? Consider upgrading to a hybrid drive. A hybrid drive uses a small amount of solid-state storage along with a traditional mechanical drive to boost performance, for much less than the price of an SSD drive.
Check your Windows system security
While you're tuning up your system for performances,
it's also a good time to check your system security.
Make sure Windows Update is enabled and scheduled for automatic updates. Updates often contain security patches, so this is essential for keeping your Windows PC secure.
Make sure you have a highly rated firewall and antivirus program installed with automatic updates turned on. To learn more about this point click on video below.
Clean your hardware the right way
Cleaning your computer gear not only makes them
look nice, but also keeps germs at bay and can help
your system run better.
Clean and disinfect your keyboard and mouse. Computer keyboards can get pretty filthy from just normal use, not to mention from eating at our desks.
Clean your computer monitor. Remember when your computer monitor had that brand-new, fresh out-of-the-box shine? If it's looking a little dull lately, it might be time to give it a good cleaning.
Step 1: Disconnect the power cord from desktop monitors. For laptop displays just turn the laptop off.
Step 2: Gently wipe the dust from the surface of the display using a dry, lint-free cloth, like a microfiber cloth. Remove any tags that may be on the cloth to avoid scratching the display with the tags.
Step 3: For tough spots, lightly dampen a microfiber cloth with water and gently wipe the display with as little pressure as possible.
If you prefer, you can use a cleanser made specifically for cleaning LCD displays, but do not spray it directly onto the display. Spray a small amount of the cleaner onto a microfiber cloth first, to avoid getting any cleaning solution inside the display.
Do not use any products with the following agents:
ammonia
ethyl alcohol
acetone
ethyl acid
methyl chloride