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Most computers do not handle page file memory efficiently and often leave information there that is not needed anymore.
You must balance amount of RAM available with amount of page file memory computer creates. This may be difficult and aside from getting your hands dirty to tweak system physically yourself, there are automatic optimizers that will do this for you.
3. The hard drive:
A fast hard drive and its connection to CPU is also extremely important. The faster these two elements are, less delays you will experience because of page file memory allocation.
Given your present hardware configuration, however, you need something that warns you when hard drive is overloaded and needs attention.
Some performance optimizers, like SpeedUpMyPC, help you do this quickly and easily.
4. Starting up:
Over lifetime of your PC, you will find yourself installing a portfolio of programs.
As this collection increases, so will number of shortcuts in your automatic start-up list increase without your knowledge and approval.
As you add more programs that must be started when you switch on your computer, you will see a general degradation of performance and a slow down in boot-up times.
Controlling what you install and making sure that you have cleared all unwanted residuals from uninstalls is a good way of reducing start-up times.
However, sometimes there are so many processes to control and keep track of that good start-up management becomes difficult if not impossible.
Some performance optimizers list all auto-started applications allowing you to stop those that you don’t need anymore.
5. Background applications:
Spyware and other malicious programs work in background and are invisible even to Windows Task Manager.
Aside from privacy and security issues, they cause your PC to start executing tasks indiscriminately thus reducing priority of legitimate programs and causing serious slow downs.
A few performance optimizers help you make sure that you block any of these threats to ensure that your PC is more stable and powerful.
Next week, I will take a look at how these performance optimizers work and what you need to look out for when choosing one for your new tiger!
Kevin J Vella is the author of this article and the Public Relations Manager of Uniblue Systems, a leading developer of Performance and Security Solutions for Home and Business users: http://www.the-easy-way.com/uniblue.html