Speeding Up Your PC

Common Causes of PC Slowdowns

Cluttered startup.Many programs and services automatically start every time you turn on your computer. Some of these programs, such as antivirus protection, are wanted but many are not needed at all and are unnecessarily slowing the time it takes your PC to start.

Corrupted registry. The registry is vital to your computer's ability to run correctly and when it becomes corrupted, overall degraded performance occurs. Inaccurate registry references frequently cause computer crashes and lock-ups, while a scattered and bloated registry wastes system memory and slows down Windows processing.

Fragmented memory. Memory fragmentation occurs over time as memory is allocated and released by programs. When memory becomes highly fragmented and Windows runs out of free memory, programs do not have enough memory to function properly. Programs may not open or may run slower and frequently crash.

Fragmented hard drives. As you create, delete, and download files, your computer cannot store data as one unit and instead will split it up and store pieces in various drive locations. A fragmented hard drive has a large amount of such scattered data and can significantly slow PC performance. Files take longer to open and programs take longer to start.

5 Easy Steps For Speeding Up Your PC

Below are some simple actions that you can run to keep your PC at its maximum speed. Norton Utilities offers all of these repairs.

1) Remove Un-Needed Programs From Startup
Eliminating unwanted programs from the startup process is one of the most effective ways to speed up the time it takes your PC to start. Researchers have found that removing unneeded startup settings boosts PC speed after startup as well by reducing the number of programs loaded in memory, the computer has more resources available to process the functions that you do use. Because startup commands are stored in many different areas on a computer, the most comprehensive approach is to use a specialized tool that can manage all the Windows startup commands.

2) Clean and Repair The Registry
Cleaning/repairing the registry can result in significant improvements to your PC's operation. Registry repair tools compare what is in the registry to what is actually on your computer and will then either correct or delete erroneous entries.

3) De-fragment and Compact The Registry
As you make system changes and the registry grows, the registry becomes fragmented and overly large. Defragmenting the registry restructures the data so that Windows can access what it needs faster, while compacting eliminates the bloated and unused space in the registry. The processes work together to speed program access, improve overall system efficiency, and free up vital memory.

4) De-fragment Memory
Defragmenting memory reclaims and frees up valuable memory, which can have a dramatic impact on speed. Defragmenting the memory can also improve the stability of your computer as low memory is a common cause of computer crashes and lockups.

5) De-fragment Hard-Drives
Defragmenting reorganizes data on the drive so that file components are stored closer to each other, enabling Windows to more quickly access and open files. Defragmenting hard drives not only boosts drive speed, but can also prevent data corruption and extend the life of the drives.