If you have had your computer for a while now chances are that it has slowed down and this must really frustrate you. But exactly why did it slow down? It all starts with the computers operating system. The operating systems is build to be as quickly and as efficiently as possible, but unfortunately after a long period of time that really doesn’t happen to be the case. What happens is that junk starts to build up on the computer and this will cause it to slow down. The obvious answer to this dilemma is to simply remove the junk and then the computer will start to run faster again, and you are right if that is what you were thinking. The only problem with this is that most people simply just don’t know where the junk builds up and they also don’t know how to remove it.
So where are all of the areas that junk builds up on your computer? Well that is beyond the scope of this article, but what I can do is I can show you were to start. Most people after using their computers for about a year or more have downloaded multiple programs onto their computer that they no longer need, but they have never actually bothered to take the time to delete them. If some of these programs are still installed, they are taking up hard drive space and they could actually be running in the background when you are using your computer. This means that they are using your computers resources but you are not benefiting from them. By removing these programs that you don’t need anymore, you will free your computer of some of its valuable resources that you can then use.
Just to be on the safe side, if you are not sure of what a program is or what it does, don’t remove it – your computer might actually be using it. Only remove a program if you know what it is and what it does. Here is the procedure:
If you are running Windows XP, click Start, click on Control Panel, click on the Add or Remove Programs and wait a little while for the list to be created (if you have a lot of programs on your computer it might take a bit longer so just be patient). Now all you have to do is to just remove the programs that you don’t need by clicking on the program and selecting Change/Remove and following through with the removal process.
If you are Windows Vista user, click Start, go to Control Panel and make sure that at the top of the window that you have “Classic View” selected. Double click on the Programs and Features button (wait a few seconds for your programs to come up) and just select the programs that you don’t need and select Uninstall to remove them. Remember to only remove programs if you what they are and if you know that you don’t need them.
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