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This section focuses on techniques to make you computer perform faster.

WARNING!!! Follow this advice at your own risk, some steps could cause damage to your computer if not performed correctly.  The information provided here is based on the assumption that your computer is adheres to the following minimum spec (Windows XP/Windows 7, Dual Core Processor, 1GB Ram)

 Step 1.  Check for the obvious things.

 A) Check for space on your Hard Drive

Double click “My Computer” then right click on the hard drive that your OS is installed on (if you didn’t understand that, right click on drive C:),  click “Properties”

 If your free space is less than 1GB, you need to free up some space (do not just delete anything, if you do not know what to delete, call us in to do it for you).

 B) Check your Task Manager

Close all open programs, on your keyboard, press and hold “Ctrl” & “Alt”, then press “Delete”, this will bring up either the windows task manager or a screen with a button you can press for the task manager.

Click the tab that says “Performance”, in here you will see two graphs on the left hand side.  The CPU Usage should be no higher than 10% and your PF Usage should be no higher than 1gb, these amounts will change based on the PC spec, so as long as neither graph looks to be towards the full mark this wont be your problem.

Question: My CPU Usage is at 99%, what shall I do?

Answer: Click the “Processes” tab and look down the list in the CPU column to identify the file that is hogging all the CPU, then  do a Google search for the file, if the file is legit and needed then there may be a problem such as a memory leak so contact us for advice.

 If the file isn’t needed (ie. old printer software, virus) then you need to highlight the file in Task manager and click “End Process”.  Then you will need it removing to stop it starting again, explaining how to do that hear is impossible as there is too many scenarios.

 *NOTE: Searching Google for filenames can give misleading results from websites claiming legit filenames are malicious in an attempt to sell their own spy ware removal software, if you’re not sure of your results, ask us.

 PF Usage information to follow shortly.

 

Step 2. Start-up Programs

1.  Click [Start] - [All Programs] - [Startup] - Anything listed in here that doesn't need to be there is making your computer slower at starting up and then proceeds to take up system resources.  So if you use your burning software once a month, there should be no reason for it to start in the background every time you boot up.  The same goes for that camera software you use a few times a year after someone's birthday (deleting these will not stop the program from working, so don't worry).  Once this is done, reboot and return here...

2.  Look at the bottom right corner of the screen where you're clock is located, beside the clock should be numerous icons that you can hover your mouse over to get some information about what each icon is,  anything that doesn't need to be there is again taking up resources and slowing down your PC, depending on what programs they are, you should be able to navigate to the option by either left or right click and then to preferences to disable any start-up options that are activated (We recommend you don't disable your antivirus/firewall, or any programs you're not sure about).  Again, changing these settings will not stop the programs from functioning when you do decide to run them.  Once this is done, reboot and return here...

Warning. system instability can result from the following task, please don't proceed if you are not comfortable.

3.  If you still want to dig a little deeper to get your PC running at peak performance, click [Start] - [Run] - In the box type "msconfig" without quotes and hit Enter, click the [Services] tab and then put a tick in the checkbox marked "Hide all Microsoft services" the resulting list will show third party services that run on your computer, only untick the services that you are sure shouldn't be there, ie. old/uninstalled software, software you haven't authorised to be installed on your PC, Virus' etc.

4.  Click the [Startup] tab, again this is a list of start-up programs but some of them won't show where you have looked previously, do the same as you did in the previous step and untick anything that doesn't need to be starting up every time the computer does.  Any programs that you're not sure about can be identified by Googleing the .exe file that is running.