Three simple steps to keep your computer running smooth

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Since: Aug 12

Houston, TX

#1 Aug 29, 2012
The following tips can help improve your computer's performance and help make your computer run faster. The examples in this article are for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. However, these procedures work for all versions of the Windows operating system, with some slight variations from version to version.

These tasks use utilities provided within Windows, so you can run them—free of charge and as often as you'd like—to help you achieve the best system performance and to help improve computer speed.

Note: This article does not address or recommend tinkering with the registry files. Such activities can be detrimental to your computer and should only be attempted by properly trained professionals.

Prevent Disk Errors check your disk frequently for errors

Whenever a program crashes or you experience a power outage, your computer may create errors on its hard disk (sometimes referred to as a hard drive). Over time, the errors can result in a slow PC. Fortunately, the Windows operating system includes several PC tools, including a Check Disk program, to identify and clean any errors on your computer and to help keep it running smoothly.

Note:You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps. If you aren't logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account.

Removal of Temporary Files

Delete your temp files to free up space and keep your computer running smoothly

Your computer can pick up and store temporary files when you're looking at webpages and even when you're working on files in programs, such as Microsoft Word. Over time, these files slow your computer's performance. You can use the Windows Disk Cleanup tool to rid your computer of these unneeded files and to help your PC run faster.

Optimize your data

Defragment your computer hard drive often to keep it running smoothly

As you add programs and files to your computer, it often breaks files side by side to increase the speed of access and retrieval. However, as files are updated, your computer saves these updates on the largest space available on the hard drive, often found far away from the other adjacent sectors of the file.

The result is a fragmented file. Fragmented files cause slower performance because your computer must now search for all of the file's parts. In other words, your computer knows where all the pieces are, but putting them back together in the correct order—when you need them—can slow your computer down.

Windows includes a Disk Derangement program to piece all your files back together again and to make them available to open more quickly.

Note:Windows 7 and Windows Vista are preconfigured to run Disk Derangement on a weekly basis (but will only run if the computer is powered on). If you would like to run the tool manually or to adjust the schedule, click the section for your specific operating system.

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