Five Maintenance Tips to Resolve Your PC's Performance Issues
The consistency of your computer's performance is greatly affected by its speed. It will
not be running as fast as it used to when it was fresh out of the box. Usually, its common
problems are the result of viruses, spywares and registry overload. These issues can be easily
stabilized with proper care as well as regular hardware maintenance check. You should not wait
for the time that all your important data are lost because you did not take the necessary maintenance
procedures to improve the computer speed performance while increasing the lifespan of your
Check your hard drive regularly. Always keep your system working well by having your
hard drive regularly checked, cleaned and de-cluttered so you can quickly access your programs
and files. Running a disk check can help identify and remove errors, such as "DLL, SYS and
EXE", in the hard disk usually caused by crashes or power failures. Do it regularly once every
few months to make sure that the drive itself properly functions.
You can do this when you click My Computer, right click drive C, select properties and
choose the Tools tab. Under Error Checking option, click the Check Now button, check all the
boxes and click Start. Choose Automatically fix file system errors in order to automatically
repair problems with regards to files and folders that the scan detects.
Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors will perform a thorough disk check and attempts
to find and repair physical errors on the hard disk although it takes a longer time to complete.
Perform a disk cleanup. Disk cleanup is another method that can resolve the issues
on the performance of your computer. It is a computer maintenance utility included in the Windows
package that is designed to free up disk space on the hard drive of your computer. The process
involves searching and analyzing for files that are no longer used.
The next step would be the removal of temporary files in order to free up some disk space.
These files usually include temporary Internet and Windows files, compressed old files,
downloaded program files, unused applications or optional Windows components, setup log files,
offline files and Recycle Bin.
Over time, these files could accumulate so it is always important to clean them up. You can
do this once a month by clicking on My Computer then right click drive C, select properties
and choose the Disk Cleanup tab.
Use the Disk Defragmenter utility. The Disk Defragmenter is a computer program included
in the Windows package that is designed to increase access speed and sometimes even increase
the amount of usable space. The disk performance and speed is increased as it pierces together
several parts of files that have been broken apart. This will help optimize the time it takes
to read and write the files to and from the disk as it minimizes the head travel time while
it maximizes the transfer rate.
You will observe that, over time, files and folders are broken into chunks of data. If you
want to access these files, it takes a lot of work for your hard disk to look in more places
in order to find all the contents and this is known as fragmentation. The Disk Defragmenter
will help piece back together these chunks of data so that your hard drive can load it a lot easier.
Disk defragmenting should be done at least once a month and it is best to run once you are
finished with all your work for the day. You will observe that using this utility can often
take several hours to complete. You can perform this when you click on My Computer, right
click on the drive C, choose Properties, select the Tools tab, and click the Defragment Now
button under the Defragmentation option.