Jul 21

How To Speed Up Your Computer Part 2

Now we get into the registry part of speeding up your machine. Remember, to access your registry you’re going to click Start and click Run (Win Vista and higher you just type it in the search box at the bottom) and type “regedit” and hit enter. Here are the two locations of the folders you need to navigate to in yuor registry. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. The only difference between those two locations are the main folder “HKEY CURRENT USER” and “HKEY LOCAL MACHINE.”

Now, when you get to the “Run” folder, your going to left click it once and then look in the right pane. There will be a list of keys here which are all causing a single process to start with your computer. Some of these you may not want to touch, but in most cases they can all be deleted. You have to be careful though, for example if you have an iPod. If you have an iPod with iTunes installed, I believe there is a process that needs to be running to transfer music to your iPod.

To be safe, this is the best way to handle each process. Look at them. Some of the time you’re going to be able to tell what they are right off the bat. The others, and I may recommend you handle all of them this way, look at the last part of the location of the file under “Data.” There will be a location such something like C:\Program Files\Etc\etc\filename.exe. Go into your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, whatever you use) and go to www.Google.com. Now in Google, you want to type the last part of that location. In this case, for example, it would be filename.exe, and hit search.

What this does is pulls up websites, most of which are there for exactly this reason, and will tell you if this is a virus, spyware, necessary for specific hardware to work properly, or even for your machine to work properly. They’ll give their recommendation if you should get rid of it or not. This can also be a way to cure some virus symptoms at times. If the first link isn’t any help, go to the next link in Google. Usually one of the top three links (not included sponsored links, or advertisements) will give you the answer you need.

This is a great way to kill processes that are starting with your machine that are not needed. Every process that starts with your computer is using memory that could be used toward programs that you actually do use. Speaking of applications you do use, stay away from AOL. If you have a newer P.C. that you’ve spent probably $400, $500 + on, you’re probably okay, assuming it came with the right amount of memory, but otherwise things like AOL are very resource heavy.

If you are going to use AOL, but are having speed issues, consider checking the amount of memory you have in your computer. I’ll get into that in another article, but keep in mind that checking how much memory you have, versus what operating system you have, should be one of your first steps before completing any of this. For example if you’re running Windows XP you should have at least 512MB of memory, Windows Vista or Windows 7 should probably not be run with less than 2GB of memory, big difference. If you have anything older than XP then it’s probably time to update :oP

In the next article I’m going to get more into resource heavy software, as well as good software to replace those memory hogging programs with. Want to keep reading?  Check out part three of this article.

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