Speed It Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers
Speed It Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers Does your PC perform like grandma on a cold winter morning? Does it limp along slowly through everyday tasks, such as starting up, shutting down or just opening an email? Are you wondering if your PC's get up and go has got up and left? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the book for you. Sure, there are uber-geeky guides out there that provide tweaks and customizations appealing to the pocket protector nation, but there is no other book that addresses these common problems at the everyday consumer level. We think it's time for a book that covers all of these topics in a way that appeals to real humans, like you. Let us help you keep your PC running like it did the day you brought it home from the store. * Troubleshooting-We show you how to diagnose the cause of your PC's dawdling behavior. We help you determine whether the culprit is your hardware, software, the network, a cluttered registry, or even a virus. * Software-We show you dozens of easy, non-techy things you can do to speed up Windows, your applications, your Internet apps, and more. * Hardware-We show you easy upgrades you can do yourself. The solutions we provide are easy to implement. * Network-We show you how to easily fix network issues that are robbing you of precious time. * Buyer's advice-If it's time to put your beloved PC out to pasture, we offer some tried and true advice for choosing a new PC and keeping it in tip-top condition. CATEGORY: Windows Operating Systems COVERS: Windows XP, Windows VistaUSER LEVEL: Beginning-Intermediate
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 175.26 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
- 23 Mar 2009
- Pearson Education (US)
- Que Corporation,U.S.
- Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Speed It Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers Does your PC perform like grandma on a cold winter morning? Does it limp along slowly through everyday tasks, such as starting up, shutting down or just opening an email? Are you wondering if your PC's get up and go has got up and left? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the book for you. Sure, there are uber-geeky guides out there that provide tweaks and customizations appealing to the pocket protector nation, but there is no other book that addresses these common problems at the everyday consumer level. We think it's time for a book that covers all of these topics in a way that appeals to real humans, like you. Let us help you keep your PC running like it did the day you brought it home from the store. - Troubleshooting-We show you how to diagnose the cause of your PC's dawdling behavior. We help you determine whether the culprit is your hardware, software, the network, a cluttered registry, or even a virus. - Software-We show you dozens of easy, non-techy things you can do to speed up Windows, your applications, your Internet apps, and more. - Hardware-We show you easy upgrades you can do yourself. The solutions we provide are easy to implement. - Network-We show you how to easily fix network issues that are robbing you of precious time. - Buyer's advice-If it's time to put your beloved PC out to pasture, we offer some tried and true advice for choosing a new PC and keeping it in tip-top condition. CATEGORY: Windows Operating Systems COVERS: Windows XP, Windows Vista USER LEVEL: Beginning-Intermediate
Table of contents
Introduction What's in This Book Who Can Use This Book How to Use This Book There's More Online Speed It Up! Part I: Quick Diagnosis for Sluggish PCs 1 What's Slowing Down Your Computer?Signs That Your Computer Is Getting Slower It Takes Longer for Your PC to Start It Takes Longer to Do Familiar Tasks Your Computer Gets Sluggish When You Have Two or More Windows Open at a Time Your Computer Pauses for Long Stretches at a Time-or Freezes UpSigns That Your Computer Really Isn't Getting Slower-Even if You Think it Is New Programs Run Slowly Your Computer Has Trouble Running the Latest Games You Upgrade to Windows Vista and Your PC Gets Sluggish Internet Sites Take Forever to Load It Takes a Long Time to Copy Files Across Your NetworkQuick Fix: Five Quick Steps to Improve Your PC's Performance Quick Step 1: Reboot Your Computer Quick Step 2: Delete Unnecessary Files Quick Step 3: Remove Unused Programs Quick Step 4: Defragment Your Hard Disk Quick Step 5: Add More Memory with ReadyBoostThe Bottom Line 2 Before You Start: Protect Your DataPotential Problems: What Can Go Wrong When Speeding Up Your PC The Wrong Programs Are Uninstalled Valuable Data Gets Deleted A Registry Edit Goes Bad You Have to Reformat Your Hard Drive (and Reinstall Windows) Hard Disk Maintenance Fails A Hardware Upgrade Doesn't TakeBacking Up and Restoring Your Valuable Data Choosing a Backup Device Backing Up in Windows Vista Restoring in Windows Vista Backing Up and Restoring in Windows XPProtecting Your System with System Restore Setting System Restore Points Restoring Your System The Bottom Line Part II: Simple Speedups Anyone Can Do 3 Removing Spyware and VirusesDealing with Computer Viruses How Computer Viruses Slow Down Your System How to Catch a Virus How Do You Know If a Virus Is Slowing Down Your System? Preventing Virus Attacks with Safe Computing Protecting Your System with Antivirus Software Speeding Up Your System After a Virus InfectionDealing with Spyware How Spyware Slows Down Your System How to Become Infected with Spyware Is Spyware Slowing Down Your PC? Avoiding Spyware-Infested Websites and Programs Speeding Up Your PC with Antispyware Programs Removing Stubborn Spyware ProgramsThe Bottom Line 4 Cleaning Out Unnecessary ProgramsRemoving Unwanted Programs and Files from Your Hard Disk Why a Crowded Hard Disk Slows Down Your System How Much Free Space Do You Need? Discovering All the Files Stored on Your Hard Drive Understanding BundlewareHow to Free Up Valuable Hard Disk Space-and Speed Up Your PC Deleting Bundleware with PC Decrapifier Deleting Unwanted Files with the Disk Cleanup Utility Deleting Files Manually Emptying the Recycle Bin Archiving Little-Used Files Uninstalling Unwanted ProgramsRemoving Unwanted Programs and Processes from Your Computer's Memory How Too Many Programs in Memory Slow Down Your PC Discovering Programs That Load Automatically-Without Your Awareness Which Startup Programs Should You Delete?How to Get Rid of Autoloading Programs Deleting Startup Programs from the Startup Folder Deleting Startup Programs from the Registry Deleting Startup Programs with the System Configuration Utility Deleting Startup Programs with Windows DefenderRemoving Programs That Slow Down Your PCSpeeding Up Microsoft OutlookThe Bottom Line 5 Optimizing Your Hard DiskDefragmenting Your Hard Disk Understanding Disk Fragmentation How Disk Defragmenting Works Using the Disk DefragmenterChecking Your Hard Disk for Errors How ScanDisk Works Using ScanDisk to Speed Up Your PCUsing Other Disk-Optimization Tools Diskeeper Fix-It Utilities Professional Norton SystemWorks PC Tools Disk Suite PerfectDisk System Mechanic WinUtilitiesThe Bottom Line 6 Making Windows Go FasterSpeeding Up Windows (XP and Vista) Install the Latest Drivers Delete Unused Fonts Turn Off System Sounds Don't Look for Bootable Media on Startup Optimize Windows'Display Settings Reconfigure Processor Priority Eliminate Background Services Disable File Indexing Optimize Virtual Memory Turn Off System RestoreSpeeding Up Windows XP Reboot Often Don't Browse Network Folders Improve Windows XP's Swap File PerformanceSpeeding Up Windows Vista Disable Windows Vista's Aero Interface Remove Windows Vista's Sidebar Turn Off Windows Vista's User Account Control Turn Off Unnecessary Windows Vista Features Use ReadyBoostThe Bottom Line Part III: Power Speedups for Power Users 7 Cleaning Up the Windows RegistryUnderstanding the Windows Registry How the Registry Works Organizing the RegistryEditing the Registry Launching the Registry Editor Editing and Adding Keys, Subkeys, and ValuesCleaning Up the Registry for Faster Performance How Registry Cleaners Work Choosing a Registry Cleaner Using a Registry CleanerTweaking the Registry Speed Up Windows'Menus Close Programs Faster on Shutdown Disable Low Disk Checking Move the Windows Kernel into MemoryThe Bottom Line 8 When All Else Fails: Reinstalling Windows from ScratchWhen Extreme Measures Are Called ForWhat's Involved in a Clean InstallBefore You Reinstall... Obtain the Windows Installation Disc Locate Program Installation Discs Back Up All Your FilesPerforming a Clean Install of Windows XPPerforming a Clean Install of Windows VistaAfter the Clean Install: Reinstalling Programs and Data Restoring Files and Settings in Windows XP Restoring Files and Settings in Windows Vista Reinstalling Your Favorite ProgramsThe Bottom Line Part IV: Upgrading Your PC for Speed 9 Preparing for a Computer UpgradeBefore You Upgrade: Getting to Know Your Computer System What's on the Back What's InsideDoes an Upgrade Make Sense?What Can You Upgrade?The Bottom Line 10 Adding More MemoryUnderstanding Different Types of Memory Random Access Memory-Your PC's Main Memory Read-Only Memory: Permanent Storage for Important Instructions Flash Memory-External Memory Storage Virtual Memory-Supplemental Memory on Your Hard DiskHow Memory Affects PC Speed How Your PC Uses Memory Using Virtual Memory How More Memory Speeds Up Your PC How Much Memory Do You Need?Adding Instant Memory to Windows Vista with ReadyBoost How ReadyBoost Works Speeding Up Your PC with ReadyBoostAdding More Memory to a Desktop PC Choosing the Right Memory Module Choosing the Right Type of Memory Chip Choosing the Right Memory Size Shopping for Memory Upgrades Performing the UpgradeAdding More Memory to a Notebook PC Shopping for Notebook Memory Performing the UpgradeThe Bottom Line 11 Adding More Disk SpaceHow Hard Disk Storage Affects Your PC's Speed Supplementing RAM with Virtual Memory Enabling Access to Programs and DataUnderstanding Hard Drive Capacity Viewing the Capacity of Your Hard Drive Determining the Ideal Hard Disk CapacityShopping for a New Hard Drive Internal or External? Capacity Spin Rate Data Transfer Rate Access Time External Connection Type Internal Interface Type RAID or Not to RAID? Disk Drive ManufacturersAdding a New External Hard Drive Connecting the New Drive Freeing Up Space on Your Existing DriveUpgrading an Existing Internal Hard Drive Planning the Upgrade Getting to Know the Hard Drive Replacing the DriveUpgrading Hard Disk Storage on a Notebook PCThe Bottom Line 12 Upgrading to a Faster Video CardHow the Wrong Video Card Can Slow Down Your PCShopping for a New Video Card Resolution Memory 3D Acceleration DirectX Support Connectors Slots Video Card ManufacturersMaking the UpgradeConfiguring Your Display PropertiesThe Bottom Line 13 Upgrading Your System's CPUUnderstanding the CPU What a CPU Does Factors That Affect CPU SpeedShopping for a New CPU Compatibility Is an Issue Determining Your Current CPU and Motherboard Finding a Compatible CPUPerforming a CPU Upgrade Preparing for the Upgrade Performing the UpgradeReplacing Your Entire Motherboard Preparing for the Upgrade Making the UpgradeThe Bottom Line Part V: Internet and Network Speedups 14 Cleaning Up Your Web BrowserHow to Slow Down a Web BrowserCleaning Up Your Cache and Cookies Clearing Your Cache Clearing Your Cache Automatically Changing the Size of Your Cache Deleting Cookies Avoiding CookiesReconfiguring Key Settings Don't Display Graphics Disable ClearType Turn Off the Phishing Filter Disable RSS FeedsUninstalling Unnecessary Add-Ons Remove Third-Party Toolbars Remove the SSVHelper Class Add-On Remove Other Add-OnsBrowsing Faster with an Alternate DNS Service What Is a DNS Server-and How Does It Affect Connection Speed? Choosing a Third-Party DNS Service Configuring Your System for an Alternate DNS ServiceIncreasing the Size of Your DNS CacheEnabling More Simultaneous ConnectionsThe Bottom Line 15 Reconfiguring Your Internet ConnectionHow Fast Is Your Internet Connection? Dial-Up Versus Broadband Connections Measuring Your Connection's Speed What to Do If Your Speeds Are LowThe Simple Speedup: Upgrading to a Faster Internet Connection Choosing Your Broadband Plan Making the SwitchThe Bottom Line 16 Speeding Up Your Home NetworkTroubleshooting a Slow Wireless Connection Check Your Signal Strength Move Closer to the Router Don't Hide Your Adapter or Router Move Devices That Might Cause InterferenceUpgrading to a Faster Wireless Network Understanding Wi-Fi Protocols Choosing a New Router Installing a New Router Upgrading Your Wireless AdapterExtending Wireless Network Range Adding an External Antenna Adding a Wireless ExtenderSwitching from a Wireless to a Wired ConnectionTweaking the Windows XP Registry for a Speedier NetworkThe Bottom Line Part VI: The Ultimate Speedup: Buying a Faster PC 17 When Do You Need a New PC?How Do You Know When Your Old PC Is Beyond Fixing? You've Tried Everything Else-and Nothing Seems to Work You're Not a Technical Wizard Upgrades Are Too Expensive It's a Notebook PC-You Can't Upgrade It It's Just Too OldWhat New Applications Might Demand a New PC? Video-Editing Programs Photo-Editing Programs PC Games Upgrades to Existing Programs Multitasking Windows VistaA Few Other Reasons to Buy a New PC Your Old PC Is on Its Last Legs You Want to Switch from a Desktop to a Notebook You Want a Smaller/Lighter/More Efficient Notebook You Just Want a New OneBenchmarking PC PerformanceThe Bottom Line 18 How Fast a PC Do You Need?Understanding Key Components CPU Memory Hard Disk Video Card Windows VersionChoosing a Form Factor: Desktop Versus Notebook Notebook PCs: Pros and Cons Different Types of Notebook PCsWhat Kind of Computing Do You Do?Choosing the Right Features for Your Needs The Home/Office Computing PC The Digital Music and Movies PC The Digital Photography PC The Video Movie Editing PC The Gaming PCGetting Rid of Your Old PCThe Bottom Line PC Performance ResourcesGeneral Performance SuitesBenchmarkingStartup OptimizationFile CleaningSpecific Program Removal ToolsRegistry CleanersHard Disk OptimizationDisk ImagingInternet Speedup and Browser OptimizationStartup Program DatabasesInternet Speed TestsFree DNS Services Index
About Michael R. Miller
Michael Miller has written more than 80 non-fiction how-to books over the past two decades, including Que's Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Easy Computer Basics, Your First Notebook PC, Wireless Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista, and How Microsoft Windows Vista Works. Mr. Miller has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found at the author's website, located at www.molehillgroup.com.