Wednesday, 31 January 2007

PC slowing down?

One of the most common questions I get is what can you do about a PC that takes ages to boot. The older a PC the more likely it is to slow down with the stuff that Windows leaves behind in everyday use and from installing and removing applications.

A couple of goods steps here are [1] clear out the rubbish on your PC (temp files, unwanted registry entries etc) and [2] stop unnecessary programs from loading.

I use CCleaner regularly to clear out the rubbish plus Mike Lin's excellent StartUp Control Panel to stop unnecessary programs loading at startup.

I've never had any problems with these applications but it's always good to set a System Restore point in Windows & backup your registry (CCleaner offers this as an option) before making any changes to your PC's configuration.

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I frequently come across technology and software that would be useful to friends and family. The idea behind this blog is somewhere I can post tips, tricks & ideas about technology.

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As with anything technical you use these tips at your own risk and should always back up your data before making changes to your PC.

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