Slow Computer? Consider Re-Evaluating What Programs You Need And Those You Don't

By Kevin Owens

Isn't it funny how one day your computer can be running smoothly and then in a few months it can slow down to the point where you just want to throw it out the window? The real question is - exactly why did it slow down? Well the answer isn't clear cut and easy to digest but most of it has to deal with how the operating system of your computer works. Most Windows based operating systems are designed to work as efficiently as possible, but that unfortunately isn't the case in real life. What happens is that after time your computer starts to build up junk in many different areas and this is what slows it down (for the most part). All you need to do to make it faster is to remove the junk. The only problem is finding all of the areas that the junk builds up and also removing it.

So where are all of the areas that junk builds up on your computer? Well that is beyond the scope of this article, but what I can do is I can show you were to start. Most people after using their computers for about a year or more have downloaded multiple programs onto their computer that they no longer need, but they have never actually bothered to take the time to delete them. If some of these programs are still installed, they are taking up hard drive space and they could actually be running in the background when you are using your computer. This means that they are using your computers resources but you are not benefiting from them. By removing these programs that you don't need anymore, you will free your computer of some of its valuable resources that you can then use.

Just to be on the safe side, if you are not sure of what a program is or what it does, don't remove it - your computer might actually be using it. Only remove a program if you know what it is and what it does. Here is the procedure:

For those of you using Windows XP start off by clicking the Start button, clicking on the Control Panel icon and clicking on the Add or Remove Programs. Now just wait a little while since the list has to be created (basically the mor eprograms on your computer the longer it will take to populate). All that's left to do now is to just remove the programs that you don't need. To do this, just click on the program that you don't need and selecting Change/Remove and following through with the rest of the removal process.

If you are Windows Vista user, click Start, go to Control Panel and make sure that at the top of the window that you have "Classic View" selected. Double click on the Programs and Features button (wait a few seconds for your programs to come up) and just select the programs that you don't need and select Uninstall to remove them. Remember to only remove programs if you what they are and if you know that you don't need them.

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