Slow PC? Optimize Your Computer and Boost PC Performance

September 13, 2011

registry-error-sick-pcFrustrated PC owners often ask if there's anything one can do to speed up your PC. System crashes and overall slow PC performance are all part of a computer's aging process. Yet these PC problems do not mean that you should get rid of your computer and purchase a new one.

Optimizing your PC does not have to be a difficult and an expensive task. Those frustrated with their sluggish running PC have often times looked for easy ways to boost PC performance without ultimately purchasing a new computer. Most often your PC, whether it is one month old or 5 years old, could use a boost in performance. Did you know that you can arm yourself with the proper knowledge and tools to fix registry errors and corrupt files which will in return improve overall PC performance?

Computers are in a way like cars. They require maintenance and sometimes optimization so they can run a full speed. Over time, a PC can become bloated with all types of unwanted or damaged files and even corrupted registry records. System crashes are also avoidable if your PC has been optimized in a way to remove or fix corrupted files.

Anything you do in your computer is being tracked by your Windows Registry so if your registry is filled with invalid or corrupted registry entries, it can't do its job properly. If you're experiencing computer problems such as slow PC performance, poor Internet connection, Windows errors, or system crashes, we recommend you use a registry cleaner to make your slow computer run faster and more reliable.

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6 Steps to Speed Up Your Slow Computer

The steps listed below can be used on all Windows versions, including Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista, to boost the performance of your Windows system. Not only are these solutions applicable to all versions of Windows, but the tools to improve your computer are provided within Windows itself and you do not need to pay for them. In fact, they were added to the OS with the sole intention of making it possible for Windows users to have the ability to fix computer performance issues like system crashes and registry errors. The following steps will optimize your computer to its maximum potential. Backup reminder: It's important to always backup your PC before making any changes.

Remove Temporary Files Using Windows Disk Cleanup

Windows keeps track of your everyday activities so when you use the Microsoft Office package, install new applications or browse the Internet most of these operations are stored on the system as temporary files. Usually this information is saved in the C:\Windows\Temp directory. Over time, the 'Temp' (Temporary) folder stores a large amount of temporary, space-eating files and eventually this leads to slow PC performance. To overcome this resource hogging problem, you can run the Windows Disk Cleanup tool, which helps you to remove the unnecessary files. To increase your computer's speed, it's recommended clearing unnecessary files and folders from the Temporary folder once a week. Follow the steps below, according to your OS, to use the Windows Disk Cleanup tool.

For Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Open the Start menu, choose All Programs, then Accessories, click System Tools, then Disk Cleanup. Disk Cleanup will run an automatic scan of your disk and will detect any files that can be removed. You have to choose the hard disk drive that you want to be checked and press OK, if the Disk Cleanup window is displayed.
  2. Open the Disk Cleanup tab and check the files you want to remove. Then press OK.
  3. Confirm by clicking Delete files.

For Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu, click My Computer and right-click on the drive you want to check for errors and then choose Properties.
  2. When the Properties window is displayed, choose Disk Cleanup.
  3. After the scan is finished, the Disk Cleanup window shows the files you can remove from your computer.
  4. Under the View Files tab, it shows which files you can choose to delete from your computer. Using the check boxes you can select or deselect which files you want to remove or leave. To execute changes, press OK.
  5. Using the More Options tab, you can see any programs that are no longer used and can be uninstalled.

Remove Disk Errors

Harmless as it may seem, an unexpected system shut down can cause serious problems. If a program is working and suddenly crashes, errors on the hard disk are created. These hard disk errors can result in slow computer performance. With the help of a registry repair tool, you can detect and remove hard drive errors in your system and speed up your hard drive. You can also check for file system errors and misplaced files or folders stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility. Follow the instructions below to use the Error Checking utility based on your OS.

For Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Log on as an Administrator.
  2. Open the Start menu and choose Computer.
  3. Choose the hard disk that you want to scan, right-click, and choose Properties.
  4. Open the Tools tab and choose Check now. There are three options you can choose:
    1. You can automatically repair any errors using the option Automatically fix file system errors. In this case, the tool will report and repair any problems detected.
    2. A more detailed scan can be performed using the option Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
    3. If you select Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, Check Disk will check for physical errors and file errors.
  5. Click Start.

For Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and click My Computer.
  2. Choose the drive you want to check and then right-click on it and choose Properties, then open the Tools tab.
  3. In the Error-Checking section, choose Check now.
  4. Select all the boxes in the Check Disk window and click Start.
  5. A message will warn you that you can schedule an automatic disc scan to start when you restart your computer next time. Agree by clicking YES.

Defragment and Optimize Program Files Using Disk Defragmenter

A prerequisite for slow system performance is fragmented files. Fragmented files are a result of saving new files or installing programs. When new information is added to the hard disk, it cannot be saved as a whole file but as several separate files. Every one of these files include pointers, which indicate where the beginning of the file is and where is the next part of the fragmented file. The more information you add or remove, the more fragmented files are created. As Windows checks for all parts of a file every time a program is launched, more fragmented files result in slower computer performance. To consolidate fragmented files and increase your computer's performance, use Disk Defragmenter (Windows) program. Disk Defragmenter will either create a whole new file from the previous parts or make the fragmented files smaller so that they will need less space to be stored.

Windows Vista or Windows 7 are preconfigured to run Disk Defragmenter every week automatically. If you want to use Disk Defragmenter manually, follow the instructions below.

For Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and choose All Programs, then Accessories, System Tools and Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Choose a drive to defragment and then Analyze disk. The application will evaluate the need of defragmentation.
  3. Choose Defragment disk if the disk needs defragmentation.

If you want to change the defragmentation schedule, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Start menu and choose All Programs, then Accessories, System Tools and Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Choose Configure schedule.
  3. A Disk Defragmenter: Modify Schedule window will open. Choose the frequency, the particular day, time and locations to be searched.
  4. Click OK once again.

For Windows Vista

  1. Open the Start menu and choose All Programs, then Accessories, System Tools and Disk Defragmenter.
  2. By clicking Select Volumes you can choose the disk you want to defragment.
  3. If it is recommended to defragment, you can do that by choosing Defragment now.

If you want to change the defragmentation schedule, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Start menu and choose All Programs, then Accessories, System Tools and Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Choose Modify schedule.
  3. A Disk Defragmenter: Modify Schedule window will open. Choose the frequency and when exactly - the particular day, time, to make the scan and in which locations to search. To confirm press OK. Then click OK again.

For Windows XP

  1. Open the Star menu, choose My Computer and right-click the drive you want to scan for errors.
  2. Then click Properties, open the Tools tab, and click Defragment Now.
  3. In the Disk Defragmenter window choose Volume and then Analyze.
  4. After finishing the analysis of the specified location, you will be advised whether a defragmentation is needed. Click Defragment if needed.

Make Your Internet Explorer Run Faster

Slow Internet connection is not only an inconvenience, but a clear sign that your computer's performance has decreased. For this reason, it is important to have fast and reliable Internet connection. Tip: To optimize your Internet speed, we advise you to use a PC optimization utility to remove Internet junk files and increase your Internet's browsing speed.

Tweak #1: In order to have faster Internet connection, you need to reduce your webpage history. As you know, Internet Explorer keeps a history of your recently opened pages. However, it is important that this information reduces the amount of free space. For that reason, it is recommended that you collect less webpages in order to have more free space. If you want to follow this advice, you have to do the following:

  1. Open the Internet Explorer and go to the Tools menu, then choose Internet Options.
  2. Open the General tab, choose Browsing history, and then click the Settings button.
  3. In the History Section, choose the Days to keep pages in history and select 1, then click OK.

Tweak #2: Change the Internet Explorer settings so that it does not save encrypted webpages, which asks for username and password. This way you'll have fewer files in your computer and have more free space. This can be done in the following way:

  1. Open the Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu, and then choose Internet Options.
  2. Open the Advanced tab and in the Settings section find the Security section. Choose Do not save encrypted pages to disk and confirm by clicking OK.

Automate Windows Update to Computer Up-To-Date and Running Like New

Windows Update helps users to find any updates created by Microsoft. These updates can help you maintain a high computer performance. These updates refer not only to Windows, but also other Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office. If you want your PC to download and install all the updates automatically, this can be done in the following way:

For Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and then choose All Programs and Windows Update.
  2. Choose Change settings.
  3. Choose Install Updates automatically (recommended) (under Important Updates).
  4. Choose Give me updates the same way I receive important updates (under Recommended updates).
  5. Press OK.

For Windows Vista

  1. Open the Start menu, choose All Programs and then Windows Update.
  2. Select Change settings and Install Updates automatically.
  3. Choose Include recommended updates when downloading, installing, or notifying me about updates (under Recommended updates).
  4. Click OK.

For Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
  2. An Automatic Updates window will appear, choose Automatic (Recommended).
  3. Press OK.

Remove Malware from PC with a Dependable Anti-Spyware Program

Browsing the Internet can be both exciting and dangerous. When you open suspicious or unknown web pages, you will put the privacy and security of your computer at risk. Your system can be infected without your knowledge and can become an object of all kinds of virus and malware attacks. To ensure the continuous safety of your personal and financial information, you should use a reliable anti-spyware application to guard your computer from malicious intruders.


  • Derek says:

    I have down loaded and paid for PC SPEED UP
    it keeps telling me that the code is not correct I need your help?

  • chester says:

    Seens i have not insatll it, is this program will change anything in my PC because some of my documents are personal and i am afraid that i might loose my all my personal data.
    Any other ways hat is easier to install and quicker.
    For most,can you email to me on changing my programs back to its normal excess.

  • chanson says:

    Good stuff! Ended up using a RegHunter program and now my PC boots 15 seconds faster than it did before. Works well.

  • Rob Keighley says:

    I tried all of the tips and if any thing my lap top is now running slower?!?!? I have not tried the free diagnostic download yet.

  • Tommy Lewis Jr says:

    Removing temporary files is essential. I think the malware folks are putting more malware to hide in your temporary folders now. Also, the setup files sometimes contain junk that need to be removed. You can do all of this manually but when it comes to removing a full program from your PC you NEED to get the registry files/entry data removed also associated with specific programs. Sometimes a registry program can do this for you but rarely.

  • Mason Gilliam says:

    Thanks for your tips. Looks like I was able to speed up my PC by following these tips. Although I am getting some error when I start up but it disappears after a few seconds. Not sure what that is about. Maybe because I changed the startup time and deleted several programs via add/remove programs.

  • Peter Trent says:

    Figured out running Windows update on a schedule (more frequently) that my Windows starting running better and I no longer had DLL errors when I started up the PC. Easy to run Windows update folks. Just Start menu and go to Windows Update or find it in Programs. Let it find all updates and then ALL UPDATES.. not just the important ones. Most people only download the important updates but the other ones are need to keep your PC running fast.

  • Tyler says:

    One thing I know works is upgrading your RAM. If you have Windows XP you don’t want to do anything over 3gb and then Windows vista and 7 you can go up to 6gb. If you have a 64bit processor then you can do even more. Make sure your mother board can handle the actual upgrade quantity, as well. Thats the #1 speed boost for any older PC.

  • Jeff Miles says:

    Attempting to remove Disk errors by using the built in anaylize tool it would not work until I logged in as an administrator. Just letting you know that you MUST be logged as an administrator or owner of the Windows PC before you use those functions or it will not work correctly. Ran into this issue many times because I have 3 users on my PC. Logging into guest or other non-admins wont let you defrag or anaylize all of your hard drives. Just a simple advise for you all to know about optimizing your computer.

  • Young Lee says:

    Thanks for the suggestions you have shared here. Used the tips and it has helped a lot so far.

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