Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Looking for tips to speed up your PC? Windows is slow? Articles on various issues that can affect performance and in turn can help you improve Windows speed.
Deleting updates and folders might be okay if you do a backup beforehand, just to be sure. There are better ways to free up disk space that will be less problematic.
A C++ redistributable is a run time that is used by other programs. Deleting them could easily break a program.
Redistributable files may look like they are not being used. But if you delete them, the results are often problematic.
Windows maintains a folder for temporary files but it doesn't always get cleaned up. With a little care you can delete the temporary folder's contents.
The rule of thumb is to not delete things from your system unless you are certain what they are. If you do, back up first!
Quad core processors might process a video faster... but let's look at the software that you're using and see how it uses multiple processors.
Runtime versions are a bit of a mess, absolutely! Fortunately, you should be able to have both of them installed at the same time.
A green bar in disk defragmenter shows files on the hard drive that cannot be moved. Usually nothing to worry about.
Memory fragmentation is a thing of the past. It's best to avoid sites that want to sell you a cure!
In most cases, remote file copies to and from a machine impact that machine very minimally. However, there are scenarios that might be noticed.
Lots of files on your computer is not going to slow it down. There are several other factors to look at that may be causing your performance issues.
There are several tools that can help you analyze the data coming into your computer and control the activity.
You can defrag your external drive either directly from Windows Explorer or from the command prompt.
It is very dangerous to be deleting or changing things in the Windows registry. That's why it requires special permissions.
Process Explorer is a useful way of determining how much RAM in your system is actually being used.
I often recommend Process Explorer because it's a really good way of identifying programs that are misbehaving.
Occasionally, one program will use up all of your computers processing resources. Using Process Explorer, it's easy to figure out which program that is.
When your system starts to slow down a frequent culprit are programs using excessive memory. It's fairly easy to find out which programs they are.
A flashing message during boot-up is not necessarily worrisome, but it is worth investigating.
A dirty machine is the result of improper shut downs. There are ways to clean it up, but getting control of your shut down process is important.
Process Monitor is a powerful tool and it can be used to track down exactly what program on your machine is responsible for internet activity.
Windows 7 has a useful utility for monitoring system activity. You can use it to find out a lot about what your computer is doing online.
Constant disk activity is not always a sign of a problem; it depends on the cause. We'll use Process Monitor to identify the source of disk activity.
When your machine slows down, it can sometimes be traced to a single misbehaving program. We'll use Process Explorer to try to identify which one.
There is no one answer on how much memory you really need for Windows XP, but we'll look at a few things to consider when deciding.
Unexplained disk activity turns out to be fairly easy to identify with the right tools. We'll use Process Monitor to track down disk activity.
A computer with a dual processor can finally do several things at the same time. That gives programs a lot more options for speed.
Windows registry certainly has it's issues... but causing malware is not one of them.
A number of steps have increased the internet speeds of an older computer; we look at a few more tweaks to get it in top shape.
Slow computer after an install? This feels like either malware or the beginnings of a flaky drive.
Depending on the age of this machine, it is possible that your machine is simply trying to run too much software.
There are many different things that could be contributing to your system being slow. Everything from malware to running too much software at the same time.
Crashing on boot can be a symptom of many different problems. We'll work through some troubleshooting steps that might help.
A webcam with poor performance could be caused by computer resources being overloaded. There are a few places to start the diagnosis.
Outlook Express is a program. It can't pick up the phone and give you a call! Find out why I think this is a scam.
Defragging rearranges the layout of files on your hard disk for faster access. Specifically when (or even if) you need to do it at all is evolving.
When you first start up your machine many programs are run automatically. If one hogs resources it can make your machine temporarily unusable.
Closing and Killing programs are both ways to shut down programs from current use, but the ramifications are very, very different.
Many programs will scatter temporary files throughout your hard disk. It's usually accidental, but cleaning up temporary files becomes a little complex.
It's not uncommon to run out of disk space. A free utility can help tell where your disk space is going so you can determine what steps to take.
On startup Windows automatically runs certain programs. If those programs aren't found, it tells you. Often the question is "how did they get there?"
Using overly aggressive registry cleaners can lead to numerous errors. The solution might be painful.
Registry cleaners will often report multiple errors on every run, even after having recently 'cleaned' the registry. The registry is ... complicated.
Defragging does not use up disk space; it only moves data around. That display you are looking at is at best an approximation of what's going on.
Mysterious CPU usage in the middle of the night isn't all that mysterious. There are a number of things that are automatically configured to run when you might be sleeping.
What this normally means is that there is some software on your computer that is essentially trying to hog all the CPU.
Slow Outlook downloads could indicate problems in writing to the disk. I walk through a series of steps to clean things up.
There are several things to look at. One is folder size. If files are accumulating in the folders, then Windows Explorer has to do more work to enumerate the list of files.
An external hard dive is showing full though it has a small number of visible files. First we'll look for hidden files.
It's hard to say why or how Windows installer might stop running, but some simple steps ought to get you back in service.
This could be anything from out-of-date drivers to an overloaded computer. We'll look at both.
Most often, uninitiated connections to the internet are the result of your computer updating itself. Occasionally, it is malware and there is a good tool to help you sort it out.
A PC running Windows can slow down for many reasons. Viruses, spyware, updated software, disk fragmentation, and more can lead to performance drops.
A new computer's internet access can be slowed down by the internet connection itself or by trying to run too much software. There are a few places to look.
The system idle process's purpose is to get out of the way to let other processes run. So what does it mean if the SIP has 100% CPU on your slow system?
Music that starts and stops while streaming indicates some resource is overloaded. We'll check for overloads on both the internet and locally on your computer.
Disk defragmenting can take minutes or hours; I'll look at why that might be and what I recommend for regular defragmenting.
Windows loves RAM, but whether or not adding RAM will resolve the issues you're experiencing depends on the issues. We'll look at an example.