10 Easy Steps to Speed Up Your Computer - Without Upgrading

Written by Jim Shutes

10 Easy Steps to Speed Up Your Computer - Without Upgrading

By Jim Shutes Lapeer Tech Group

It seems thatrepparttar longer you own your computer,repparttar 144880 slower it gets! A lot of people will keep their computer until it gets so slow that they feel they need a newer, faster model. Some feel likerepparttar 144881 reason it is getting slower is because it is getting older, when that is just notrepparttar 144882 case. Your computer should run just as fast asrepparttar 144883 day you brought it home – if you follow these 10 Easy Steps to Speed Up Your Computer.

1. Emptyrepparttar 144884 Temp directory regularly. After a short while,repparttar 144885 temp directory fills up with hundreds of temp files that always get scanned over when Windows starts up and when programs launch. This slows everything down immensely.

Rule of thumb for Temp Files: If you don’t have any programs open (and nothing minimized inrepparttar 144886 bar below), then you shouldn’t have ANY temp files in your temp directory. If you do, delete them.

To delete Temp files, make sure NO programs are open, and…

a. In Windows 95, 98 or Me, go to C:WindowsTemp and delete everything insiderepparttar 144887 Temp folder.

b. In Windows 2000 or XP, it is a little trickier. First, make sure that you can see hidden folders. Double-click My Computer. Click onrepparttar 144888 Tools pull-down menu, and then on Folder Options. Click onrepparttar 144889 View tab. Scroll down and click on Show Hidden Files and Folders. Click Ok. Now you can go torepparttar 144890 C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorLocal SettingsTemp folder. Delete everything here.

2. Emptyrepparttar 144891 Temporary Internet Files regularly. To empty Temporary Internet Files, go to your Control Panel and double-clickrepparttar 144892 Internet Options icon. Choose to Delete Cookies, and to Delete Files. This will clear all of your Temporary Internet Files.

3. Check your hard disks for problems.

a. For Windows 95, 98, or Me, double-click My Computer. Right-clickrepparttar 144893 C-drive and click on Properties. Click onrepparttar 144894 Tools tab and choose to checkrepparttar 144895 computer for problems. If you choose to do a Thorough Scan, this will dorepparttar 144896 hardware check for physical disk damage or sector damage. Choose to fix any errors it finds.

b. For Windows 2000 and XP, double-click My Computer. Right-clickrepparttar 144897 C-drive and click Properties. Click onrepparttar 144898 Tools tab and choose to checkrepparttar 144899 computer for problems. Click on Check Now. You will then have two check boxes. The top option is forrepparttar 144900 file check, andrepparttar 144901 second option is forrepparttar 144902 hardware (physical disk) check. Check either one, or both. At least checkrepparttar 144903 top one. Hit ok, and reboot. This may take some time, but let it run.

4. An even more thorough disk check, would be to use a 3rd party utility. One of my favorites is TuneUp Utilities 2004. It does cost $39.99, but they do offer a FREE download trial of 15 days. This program does a really good job of fixing software and physical hard drive problems. It also tunes up your system for increased speed, and streamlines your operating system for peak performance. Download it HERE... http://www.lapeertechgroup.com/downloads.asp

5. Or, you can do a few ofrepparttar 144904 performance tweaks yourself, if you have Windows XP. By default, EVERYTHING is turned on in Windows XP. It isn’t very streamlined for performance, but rather for appearance. You can turn off a few ofrepparttar 144905 unnecessary features, and Windows will still work just fine, and maybe a little faster.

To do this, right-click on My Computer and click on Properties. Click onrepparttar 144906 Advanced tab. Underrepparttar 144907 Performance section, click onrepparttar 144908 Settings button. Onrepparttar 144909 Visual Effects tab, you will see a list of check boxes. By default, these are all on. You really don’t need any of them for Windows to run. Go throughrepparttar 144910 check boxes one by one, and determine which ones you can and can’t live without.

6. Turn off Active Desktop. Active Desktop turns your desktop into a web page, and allows you to have things like a real-time calendar, and up-to-the-minute weather or stocks. These are nice, but really slow down your computer. And even if you don’t use Active Desktop for anything, just having it active can cause a performance decrease. Turn it off.

a. In Windows 95, 98 and Me, right-click onrepparttar 144911 desktop and inrepparttar 144912 pop-up menu, choose Active Desktop. Inside that option, uncheck Active Desktop. If there is no check next to it, then it isn’t on. Don’t choose it. Instead, just clickrepparttar 144913 desktop again to get out ofrepparttar 144914 menu.

b. In Windows 2000, right-click onrepparttar 144915 desktop and inrepparttar 144916 pop-up menu, choose Active Desktop. Inside that option, uncheck Show Web Content. Again, if there is no check next to it, then it is not on. Do not check it.

c. In Windows XP, right-click onrepparttar 144917 desktop and inrepparttar 144918 pop-up menu, choose Properties. Onrepparttar 144919 Desktop tab, choose Customize Desktop. Now, onrepparttar 144920 Web tab, make sure that there are no websites chosen here. If there aren’t any, then Active Desktop is not on. Cancel and go back torepparttar 144921 desktop.

Cross-Platform Custom Software Development & Integration – IT strategy for large corporation

Written by Andrew Karasev

Microsoft Business Solutions products: Great Plains, MS CRM, Navision, Axapta, MS RMS integration with UNIX/Java based platforms & non-Microsoft applications: Oracle, Lotus Notes/Domino, DBII, PeopleSoft, SAP The history of software application development indicates that global trends to unification might be reversed inrepparttar future. If you take a look at C programming language, intended as cross platform solution (which resolves graphical interface cross platform migration). Later on java was invented to encapsulaterepparttar 144659 application within java virtual machine, and atrepparttar 144660 same time we see thin client conception development, which can not be done in C, due torepparttar 144661 nature ofrepparttar 144662 internet browser. So, inevitably – large corporation, where system life cycle should last at least a decade, should consider multiple platform adoption: Unix, Microsoft, Linux, MS SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Lotus Notes/Domino, Microsoft Exchange, etc. •Microsoft Business Solutions products integration. Project Green will lead to Microsoft suites: Microsoft Financials, Microsoft Distribution/Supply Chain Management, Microsoft Human Resources. The interesting part is – which product will berepparttar 144663 base forrepparttar 144664 specific suite. At this point we don’t knowrepparttar 144665 answer •Customization Tool evolution. If we look back torepparttar 144666 history of Microsoft Great Plains – Great Plains Dynamics/eEnterprise – it had native programming language / IDE Great Plains Dexterity. Today – Dexterity is concurring with such customization and integration tools as eConnect –repparttar 144667 set of stored procedures, this is definitelyrepparttar 144668 trend emphasizing SQL coding and developing •Cross Platform ODBC/JDBC calls. If we look at MS SQL Server or Oracle Transparent Gateways and Generic Connectivity – we will see that Database tools support cross platform heterogeneous SQL requests and updates. The proof ofrepparttar 144669 co-existence trend – isn’t it?

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