For many, the computer is our quickest and most frequently used connection to the rest of the world. If you are dependent upon your computer then you want it to start and run as efficiently if possible. However, the more we use the computer, the slower it appears to function. You can start reversing this by following these steps to make the computer boot up faster.
- Clean your registry. Getting rid of corrupted registry files can dramatically increase computer speed, not to mention stability. I strongly recommend that you check out Registry Toolkit.
- Check for programs that are initiated at start up. Remove programs that you don’t absolutely need on every start up. If you are unaware of what a program does, don’t remove it until you do some research. Some files that are necessary to computer functioning aren’t easy to decipher on the start-up list.
- Check your instant messenger program. Programs like Skype, Yahoo 360, Windows Live Messenger and others start when the system boots up and can cause a long delay.
- Clean your hard drive. When the computer is full, its processes slow down. Make sure that you are keeping programs, documents and files that you need and want easy access to. Try to keep files organized to avoid unnecessary duplication or accumulation of things you don’t need.
- If your email saves to your hard drive, clean it out. Email can take up a lot of space if your email program saves everything directly to a server. Check it out then clean it out.
- Get rid of junk, cookies and spyware. Every time you access the Internet, hitchhikers may find their way back to your computer where they hide out and take up space. You should have and run software installed that will scan and remove this junk.
- Upgrade the memory. Newer operating systems require more memory cache to run. If you upgraded the operating system without upgrading the memory, your start-up will drag. The same is true if your hard drive is full.
- Update security software. A lot of people have security software on their computers but they ignore the software once it is installed. Keep the software up to date.
- Run disk defragmenter and error checking. Your computer offers tools to help you maintain it. These tools include the defragmenter and error checker. Make it a habit to run these whenever you notice a slowdown.
- Set your calendar to repeat these steps every three months. Computers require regular maintenance because they pick up junk through regular use. Schedule a time to repeat this maintenance every three months.
After cleaning up your computer, you should boot up quick and easy. Keep the computer running smooth by paying attention to what you download and run regular maintenance. You will love the freedom of being able to boot up your computer when you want instead of having to wait.