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Easy Ways To Speed Up Your PC – Part 2

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, File & Disk Management
 
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There’s nothing more frustrating than a slow PC. In part 1 of this series, we showed you how to speed things up by removing bloatware.

Today we’ll look at how CCleaner can wipe away years’ worth of unnecessary files that are bogging down your computer.

As your computer ages, unused files that are no longer needed collect on your hard drive, taking up valuable space. CCleaner cleans these unused files and settings for you, thus, improving the speed of your computer.

Go to the website and click on Free Download:

ccleaner

Next, click on Free Download in the ‘CCleaner Free’ box:

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It will then ask you to choose the source from which you want to download the program:

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Next, click Save File when prompted:

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Choose the location you want to save the file in, then go to that location and run it by double clicking it and giving it authorization to run.

Once, the Welcome window opens, select your language and click on next:

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Select/de-select the options you want and click Next.

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It will then ask you if you want to install google chrome as your default browser. If yes, then check the box, if not then de-select it and click Install:

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Once the installation is complete, it will ask you to run it. Select Run CCleaner v5.05 and click Finish

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When the CCleaner opens, click Analyze to find out exactly how much space the CCleaner can free-up from your hard drive by removing unwanted files such as caches, cookies etc. Then click Run Cleaner.

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A prompt will warn you that the action will permanently delete these files from your computer and if you are sure you want to continue. Click OK.

Next, click on the Registry tab.

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Then click on Scan for Issues. Once the scan is complete, click Fix Selected Issues.

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Okay, we’ve removed a lot of unnecessary files here, but there’s still a lot more we can do to speed things up. We’ll check out even more ways to to fix your slow PC in part 3 of this article.

~ Rakiah

 

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4 Responses to “Easy Ways To Speed Up Your PC – Part 2”

  1. […] PCs are a pain! But we’ve got some easy ways to speed them up. In part 1 and part 2 of this series we looked at ways to remove unwanted programs and clean up old files that could be […]

  2. James Mathew says:

    To speed up the PC or laptop, I used to clean up all the junk files by using some good computer cleaning software like Wise registry cleaner or Ninja TuneUp.

  3. K.Vee.Shanker says:

    Hi Rakiah,

    Using Registry Cleaners are both useless and troublesome. I had myself personally used Registry Cleaners and had to reinstall the Windows. Registry Cleaners don’t improve speed, and are said remove even the valid entries to create instability. It’s just not my personal experience alone. Though, they ask you to confirm before the removal, most of us are ordinary users who do not understand the Registry entries. Many reputed tech sites warn against using them. Additionally, I’ve also read that RAM clearing software is useless too.

  4. rcprimak says:

    Unlike some of the more aggressive Registry cleaners, CCleaner has never ruined my PC by messing up valid entries. But its usefulness as a Registry cleaner is highly questionable.

    What is not questionable is that CCleaner does quickly and thoroughly clean out temporary files which can clutter up a hard drive. However, there is little to no performance improvement by doing this. The disk space recovered pales by comparison with using the built-in Windows Disk cleanup, choosing to remove System Files and getting rid of old Service Pack and Windows Updates Uninstall files. Together, these can take up several to many gigabytes of hard drive space. Cleaning out unneeded Restore points can also free up significant space.

    None of these actions will improve Windows performance on a “slow PC”. The most likely problems are Startups and background processes. Process Explorer will do more good for these issues than a raft of cleaner programs. You will need to look up processes found to be resource hogs in an online database such as PacMan’s Portal (http://pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_search.php).

    Windows 8/8.1 Task Manager can also show a lot of details about processes and resource usage.

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