What is PC optimization?
In computing, optimization is the process of modifying a system to make some features of it work more efficiently or use fewer resources.
This tutorial will show you some ways to optimize the performance of your Windows computer, especially if it is running very slowly. We all know how frustrating it can be for a computer to take what seems like an eternity to perform a seemingly simple task. A slow computer can cost you time and even money over the long run. For many computers, there is a cure, and I don’t mean a flashy new computer. If you have a slow computer, a few hours to spare, and a basic understanding of Windows and a web browser, then this tutorial is for you.
First things first, some notes and disclaimers:
- The order in which I discuss the following optimizations, maintenance operations, etc. in this tutorial is not required. It is simply the order that I recommend.
- All steps in this tutorial are optional.
- I try to indicate when a particular optimization is a little more advanced, and leave it to you to decide whether you want to venture down that path.
- I will sometimes use the term “mechanical hard drive” (as opposed to an SSD, or solid state drive). If you don’t know what a solid state drive is, you probably don’t have one.
- These optimizations are intended for Windows XP up through Windows 7, though some of them will work with older versions of Windows.
- If you run into any technical issues during this tutorial (you really shouldn’t), Google is your best friend for troubleshooting them. I simply cannot cover every possible issue you may encounter on your particular computer.
- It is highly recommended that you perform a thorough backup of all important files before beginning this tutorial.
- If you follow this tutorial incorrectly, I am not liable for any damages.
Let’s get started!
Malware, spyware, and adware can slow down your computer tremendously. Though there are many free utilities out there that can scan your computer and remove these nasty critters, I personally recommend Microsoft Security Essentials because it is a free antivirus, malware scanner, keylogger scanner, and much more.
Download it here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download
Now install it, and run the Quick or Full Scan (recommended). Quarantine or remove any issues it finds.
For advanced users: I also recommend installing Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It helps you take fighting malware to the next level.
You can download it here: http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/
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