How can I speed up my computer?

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How can I speed up my computer?

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This question was answered on December 7, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

One tip with the Windows Operating System is although you don't have to reboot your computer everyday, it's a good idea as it clears out memory (rather like wiping a blackboard clean), making it easier for the computer to find space in which to work Windows uses some of your hard disk space as if it were memory (RAM), so that it can have plenty of space in which to do its thing

If the free space on the hard disk is limited, this will make it very hard for Windows to find a large enough block of space in one place on the disk

An other thing you can do to help is to first remove whatever files you can onto floppies to free up your hard disk as much as possible Then run Windows’ Disk Defragmenter

Disk Defragmenter can be opened a number of different ways The most common methods are listed below (for Operating System-Windows XP).

•Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Defragmenter

•Start | Run | and type dfrg.msc in the Open line Click OK

•Start |Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management Expand Storage and select Disk Defragmenter

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Posted by Kathy of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on December 7, 2005