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# Friday, July 6, 2012

The Windows operating system has a tragic flaw: the registry. The registry is an area that keeps records of changes to your system. Over the lifetime of your computer, it fills up with dead or corrupted entries that squander memory, cause slowdown and can sometimes crash your computer. Worse, malicious programs love the registry, as it's a great place for them to hide while they work their voodoo on your machine. (Goofing around with the registry can cause permanent damage to your computer, so it's generally hard for anti-malware software to go in there to find the bad guys.)

No wonder then, in the last couple of years, registry cleaners have proliferated, and are now one of the most-downloaded types of software. Once controversial, numerous studies have shown that using a reliable registry cleanser can result in real improvements for most computer users. The trick is, of course, finding the right one.

What to look for in a registry cleaning product

  • Safety features. A good registry product will make a complete backup of the registry before doing anything else, and it'll give you the option of restoring any erased or fixed entries to their original state. This way, on the off chance something goes wrong, you can fully restore your system.
  • Log keeping. Again, the registry is really sensitive, so you want accurate records of any changes made in there in case you want to fully restore the registry to how it was before the cleaner started its work. As an extra precaution, the best registry products will keep careful records of all registry activity.
  • Entry repair. In addition to wiping out junk entries left by discarded programs (or malware), you'll want a registry product that helps repair good entries that have become corrupted. Many computer researchers believe that fixing damaged entries of commonly used programs is one of the keys to improving PC performance.
  • Detailed reports. Find a program to shows detailed reports of each registry key it will fix and what's wrong with that key. Many programs find false-positives or inflate the error count to make you think you have more problems than you really do.
  • File management. To get the most bang for your buck, choose a registry product that includes speed-enhancing extras like a defragmenter for your hard drive, a disk clean up tool that helps you locate and eliminate unwanted programs, or a startup manager that lets you choose what programs run when your PC boots up.
Friday, July 6, 2012 11:44:16 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] -
clean your pc | slow pc | windows vista | windows xp
# Monday, May 18, 2009

How is Vista like an over-budget Hollywood movie? Both have lots of visual effects they really don't need. Sure, it's kind of pretty when you roll your cursor over an item and it glows, or when you close a window and it becomes transparent. But pretty comes at a price. Each of those actions helps slow down your PC and affects its performance.

Since Vista came out, users have found that one of the sure-fire simplest ways to get Vista going faster is just to turn off those darn effects. (Don't worry, they can be turned on again if you really miss them, but I bet you won't.)

Turning Off Visual Effects to Improve Speed

First, open the Control Panel, and then click on the Performance Information and Tools feature. On the left-hand side, you should find the option "Adjust visual effects." Click on it. (A window will probably appear asking permission to go ahead; if it does, click Yes.)

Now, you'll see a new window which will list Vista's visual bells and whistles with check boxes showing which ones are turned on. To uncheck them all, simply select "Adjust for best performance" at the top of the box. If there's some features you really can't live without, you can now go through the list and manually re-select them.

With all that eye candy gone, your eyes might take a few moments to adjust to the Plain Jane appearance – but trust us, the new interface might be homely, but it is fast.

Monday, May 18, 2009 6:12:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] -
slow pc | windows vista
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