April 18, 2011

system cleanup

CPR for your PC

As computers age and as they are used, they tend to slow down. You can take your computer to a local computer repair shop where they will charge you ten bags of wheat or half your yearly income to clean it up, or you can save the wheat to make bread and do much of the work yourself. Steps 1 through 4 are just for information so that when you do decide to upgrade, you know ahead of time what you have and what you may need. Steps 5 through ten only need to be done once. The main part of the cleanup starts at step 6. If you already know the information in step 4 you may skip it. Steps 1through 3 should be performed. Skip step 5 if you are uncomfortable with making that drastic of a change and proceed to step 11.

First, don’t try pressing and releasing your PCs heart (the processor), while holding its nose (finger over the mouse input), as you blow into its mouth (the keyboard input). That won’t work and just upsets the motherboard. Instead:

[Note: word(s) that are to be clicked on will be enclosed in brackets [].

  1. Shut off computer. This gives RAM time to clean out.
  2. Wait one full minute.
  3. Restart Computer.
  4. Once you are back at desktop (the screen with the little pictures called icons).
    1. Click on [Start]
    2. Click on [Control panel]
    3. Double click on [System]
    4. Write down the processor speed (in gHz)
    5. Write down the amount of RAM (lower part of screen)

Suggested minimum optimum sizes

  1. XP: 1 gig, will run with 512 meg
  2. Vista and Windows 7: 2 gig, will run with 1 gig.
  3. Click on [x] in upper right of screen to close window.
  4. Click on [Start]
    1. Click on [run]
    2. Type msconfig in the window, all lower case.
    3. Click [ok]
    4. Click on [Startup] tab on far right.
    5. Click on [disable all].

Note: This operation only stops these programs from starting up and running in the background when the computer is started.

  1. Click [apply]
  2. Click [ok]
  3. Click [restart]
  4. When the computer boots up, three windows will appear.
  5. On the first screen click the box at the bottom that reads, “Do not show this

screen again”

  1. Click [ok]
  2. On the second screen, click [ok]

10. On the third screen, click [exit without restarting]

11. Click on [Start].

  1. Scroll up to All programs
  2. Scroll over and up to accessories
  3. Scroll down to system tools
  4. Scroll down to and click on [disk defragmenter]

12. Click on [Start].

  1. Scroll up to All programs
  2. Scroll over and up to accessories
  3. Scroll down to system tools
  4. Scroll down to and click on [disk cleanup]
  5. Click on [ok], to delete these unneeded files

13. Click on [Start]

a. Scroll up and over to and click on [control panel]

b. Double click on internet options

c. In the browsing history section, click on [delete]

d. Ensure ‘temporary internet files and cookies have a check mark in their

respective boxes.

e. Click [delete]

f. When it finishes deleting, (a bar will appear in the upper left of the screen.

If the bar does not appear, there was nothing to delete. Click [ok]

g. Click on the [x] in the upper right hand corner.

This completes the cleanup process. Repeat steps 11 through 13 at least once a week depending on your computer usage. These instructions clean up the most common elements that cause a computer to run slow. It is also recommended that you go to free avg and download the free antivirus software. Go to http://malwarebytes.org to get a free anti malware download.

1 Comment »

  1. Cool! I’m tempted to try it. But everytime I get into something like this I screw up and cause more problems than I had. Maybe I’ll try it when my computer gets so slow I have no choice.

    Thanks Ron.

    Pee Wee

    Comment by Sylvia K. Hamilton — April 18, 2011 @ 11:38 am | Reply

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