A brand new computer should be running perfectly like a well-oiled machine. For one thing, it has a few software. You can’t suspect Internet viruses and spyware.  Give and take a week, and you start installing programs and other peripherals (games, Internet connection, video players, etc). You install these programs so your Windows boots up, and takes up memory while running.   Then you  admire your PC for its sheer speed. Your fun goes on for a few more days. Then one day your PC gets all clogged up– it’s like a dead fish staring back at you. Now what do you do?

Asking the first questions

You need to answer these questions:

1. Is your disk full or not? Panicking won’t do you any good. Sure, your PC is brand new and you have every right to get anxious. But you can think about your next move and ask yourself whether your PC’s disk is full or not? If it is (a full disk results in files breaking up) then you may install a disk defragmenter program that will be built into Windows.

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2. Is your setting in place? Your PC slows down generally because of bad setting and software conflict, and not so much because of your PC’s lack of hardware power. You can always upgrade and maximize your hardware.

That is, if you’re ready to have your disk de-fragmented. While this may be good for your PC, some files on your hard disk expand. If they grow even bigger they will move to the other clusters of your PC’s hard disk. The throwback is, your disk splits up further. And this may go on and on.

3. What’s wrong with the Internet? One place where your PC is not always safe is the Internet. You can catch spyware and viruses from the web when you check your email and download files. When your PC has had enough viruses, they will get in the way of your Windows setting– they will occupy much memory and down your PC’s system time. So your PC starts to slow down.

Windows is not good  at handling your files because they may break up or fragment.  After sometime, your PC’s files tumble over.

What to do when your PC slows down

You can do these basic trouble-shooting tips:

1.    You start by looking into your PC’s Windows Registry. It is your PC’s master control room. When your PC’s registry gets overloaded  it can get in the way of your PC’s operations.  You can clean your windows registry by running a registry scan.

The registry scan works by mapping out the files you have stored.  Some programs open a specific key in your PC’s  registry, but remember that your registry can be accessed in a highly systematic manner (according to hierarchy), because each level is particularly indexed to make you find a key fast. At times a program can be accessed without keys.

2.    Look into your PC’s system hive. Or it could be your PC has a large system hive: this means that when your PC boots it has to add this to know which drivers to load and where to locate the OS files. When your PC’s kernel is loaded, the hive can be opened and spread like pages so some memory pages that have not been used will be deleted.

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3.    Upgrade your PC’s RAM. You have to understand that most programs today gobble up your PC’s computing power, especially if you’re using an old model. In dealing with today’s voracious programs your PC should have a high-powered RAM to be able to store all your data on it. A powerful RAM will take care of your audio and video files, as well as your Internet connection speed.

Windows passes data from your RAM to your hard rive. And this also results in drag time and bad information traffic. A worst-case scenario is when your PC doesn’t have a firewall and anti-virus program installed. In this case you need to seek out professional help.

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