“System tray” is a group of small icons which is seen on the right side of the task bar. These icons represent a program that is partially running or started in the background. Each of these causes a reduction in the available memory, processing power and resources. Closing, canceling or exiting any unused icon gives back resources to the system and thus can be used by the applications.
Process Explorer helps in listing all the programs running and tells the details of the program and thus helps in the task.
Caution should be taken when disabling certain processes as some are necessary for the computer to function normally
The way the menus fade in and out, fancy rounded corners of the window and the 3-D button styles on the desktops require computer power and can slow down older machines.
Choosing the “Adjust for best performance” options dialogue can help in speeding up the computer.
An operating system creates space for memory when a program is asking. When a program error called the memory leak occurs the memory space is not let go by the program. This is evident when an abnormally high amount of resources are used by the computer. Shutting down helps in making the operating system forget about the memory location which are not free and so after restart all memory locations are free to use.
Emptying the recycle bin will speed up computer if the hard drive is nearly full. Caution has to be taken while emptying it as restoration of files becomes extremely difficult.
Many games and programs installed also will slow the computer. Uninstalling these will make the computer get its speed back. Third party applications can also be used to assist removing applications or games.
It should be noted that the program that are required by others (for example iTunes require quick time) to work, will not work if one is uninstalled, so care should be taken when a program is uninstalled.
Error checking can be done to scan the drive for any damaged files slowing down the computer. This may take sometime to complete.
“ Defragment” helps to clean up fragmented files and consolidates the free space on the drive. De- fragmentation should be done at least once a week or very often if the PC is used continuously. Some versions of windows allow the fragmentation to run automatically without manual start.
Installing anti-virus software and keeping it updated is very essential.
Temporary files that are used for supporting some applications only for a given period of time and if they are left unused, can be deleted to speed up the drive.
Downloading a secure computer cleaner program can help in cleaning out the computer and for deleting the junk and to fix registry errors.
After finishing all the steps it is better to run a speed test to check the computer.
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