PC Tune-up: D.I.Y

Attention PC users:

You **do not** need any fancy, over priced software to ‘clean up’ your PC or ‘fix’ your Windows registry. Those programs do nothing but separate your from your hard earned cash and, sometimes, make your problems worse.

Instead, let us take a stab at doing a little bit of PC maintenance ourselves. You will be amazed at how a few minutes of work on your part will make things faster. This is easy stuff and there isn’t anything I’m about to explain that will cause your computer to stop working. Honest!

This is for those of you still running Windows XP. Many of these steps also apply to Vista and Windows 7, but the folders are in different locations.

First thing is go into the Control Panel and find the icon labeled Add/Remove Programs. Open that and get a beverage while you wait for it to load. Once it’s loaded, go through the list and start removing programs that you no longer need or use like Real Player or Music Match or any of the many games that might have been preinstalled by the computer maker. You can uninstall anything you want as long as it isn’t something by Microsoft (short of Works) or your Anti Virus software. If you don’t know what A/V you are running **STOP**! This tutorial is not for you. Please contact me for personal assistance.

Once you have cleaned up your programs, reboot your computer and be prepared to tackle the start menu. Right click on the Start button and choose Explore all users. Navigate to the folder called Startup and remove everything that might be listed there. You don’t need any of it. Trust me.

Reboot again.

You should notice some speed increases by now. And you are almost done. Go ahead and empty the Recycle Bin by right clicking on it and choose empty. Once that is done, go into your My Computer and right click on your C: drive. Choose Properties and click on the Tools tab. There, click on the button labeled Defragment and run that. It will take a bit of time, so go refill your beverage while it runs.

Once it’s done, reboot once more.


Your computer should be running noticeably faster by now. Not bad for less than an hours work, right?

If yours is still creeping along, contact me and I will be able to further assist you.

Published by Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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  1. great tips, DB! and kudos for actually using Voila! correctly and spelling it properly. it really irks me when someone spells it Wah-Lah. it’s not just a sound, it’s an actual word people!!!



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