How to Optimize a Laptop ?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Optimizing a laptop for premium operation can be accomplished in a number of different ways. However, there are three methods that stand head and shoulders above the rest. Completing these three operations is probably exactly what a slow laptop needs. The methods are deleting your computer's temp (.tmp) files, defragmenting the hard drive (this will basically un-jumble the hard drive) and disabling unnecessary start-up programs. After carrying out these operations, your laptop will have been optimized to the best operating conditions possible.


Deleting Temp Files

Open Start > Run and type "C:\Windows\TEMP" into the text box. Hit "Enter." The Windows TEMP folder will open up. This is where temporary files are stored on your computer.

Press "Ctrl +A" to select all the files contained in the folder and then hit "Delete."

Open the recycling bin and press "Empty Recycling Bin." This will permanently delete the temp files from your system.
Defragmenting the Hard Drive

Open "Computer" (or "My Computer" in Windows XP) and right-click on your hard drive (drive C). Select "Properties" from the context menu and then open the "Tools" tab.

Press the "Defragment Now" button in the Defragmentation section. The Windows defragmentation tool will open up onscreen.

Press the "Defragment now" button once more and follow the onscreen prompts.
Disabling Startup Programs

Open Start > Run and type "msconfig" into the text box. Hit Enter. The Microsoft Configuration Utility will open up onscreen. Here you may modify options regarding your computer's setup and operation.

Select the "Startup" tab.

Deselect the startup items you wish to disable from automatic startup and hit "Apply" then "OK" to save your changes. It must be noted, however, that some of these programs are required to boot automatically for your laptop to function correctly. If you need help figuring out which programs are necessary, visit (see "Resources") for an online database of startup programs. Once saved, you will be asked to reboot your computer. Press "OK" to reboot. Your computers optimization process is now complete.

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Free Programs That Will Make PC Run Faster

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
There are plenty of software packages available that promise to make a PC run faster with shallow if not fraudulent optimization schemes. The true path to increasing system performance lies in confronting the problems that can bog down a computer. Malicious software, junk files and poor organization each hobble a PC in different way. Shady companies sometimes charge for their false optimization tools, but there is free software available that can truly enhance system performance.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Viruses, adware and spyware can debilitate a computer. While the more malicious software can directly impair performance, the presence of certain software can bog down a computer by over-tasking its resources. Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware can uncover, quarantine and remove malicious software with a set of comprehensive tools and a frequently updated database of the usual suspects.


Piriform's CCleaner software contains a set of tools for clearing out temporary files and adjusting the Windows registry. The installation of software generates temporary files that, while important to installation, serve no function afterward. These junk files build up in the hard drive over time, robbing the user of space and needlessly taxing the file system. Even when a program is uninstalled, its temporary files, including registry entries, sometimes remain. By clearing out the temporary files and unused registry entries, hard drive space is freed and the registry streamlined, leading to greater system performance.


Defraggler is a defragmentation program offered by Piriform as an alternative to Windows' Disk Defragmenter. As files are added, accessed and removed from a hard drive, the file system becomes less organized. While the files remain in the same locations at the directory level, the parts of the files might be driven far apart at the file system level. Defraggler reorganizes the file parts and allows the file system to access the files with ease.

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