Better MS Windows Computing
- Back up your system! One day you will lose everything on your
hard drive - everything. If you don't have a backup, it will be gone.
You must have two copies of everything you consider important and
the two copies have to be on different media. You can use floppies, zip disks,
CD-R or CD-RW, an external hard drive,
some other system on your network, etc. to store the second copy.
But you must be prepared - or lose your data.
- Think twice about installing ANY new software. Windows computers deteriorate
over time - and they deteriorate faster the more software in installed.
- Remove programs that are automatically run that you don't really need:
- Look in the "system tray" (where the time is displayed) and see if
you can get unwanted icons to go away. Try right clicking on these icons
and see if you can find a way to not run these at startup.
- Delete unused/unwanted shortcuts from Programs > Startup
- Use msconfig to disable any unwanted startup program - see http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_win7.html for instructions.
- If you are REALLY daring, Run REGEDIT (Programs > Run; type "regedit"; click OK)
and delete lines under the
key that you KNOW are not desired.
- Clean your Registry and Defrag your hard drive using these free products:
- Back up your system! You don't have to back up everything - just the data.
You can reinstall your programs from their disks or CDs after a crash, but
data is gone forever if not backed up.
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