Easy First Steps to Speeding Your Computer Back Up

July 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

I’d entirely forgotten to mention some things that I find completely obvious but aren’t to someone who started using a computer ‘this way’ after about the mid-90s.  Cool desk-top patterns are fairly stupid for boot time.  Everything that starts up when your computer starts up slows down the startup.  It’s that obvious.  CCleaner is the best freeware tool I know of currently for looking at real startups.  There’s also autoruns, which I find quite useful but is probably fairly daunting for most users.  CCleaner is the one that also has the really neat uninstaller that doesn’t take all day and half tomorrow, as well as a registry cleaner that’s trustworthy.  “Trustworthy” does NOT mean you don’t need to back up your registry!!!  It gives you the option; use it.  If you don’t you’re a complete idiot and you deserve to re-install Windows from scratch.

 

Take out the cool themes.  Take out transition effects and edge smoothing and whatever-the-f.  Like the “advanced” tab on IE and all the CPU and RAM consuming special effects.  Minimize applications which call on the Internet constantly as much as possible.  By minimize I don’t mean shrinking the window so it sits on the cute little bar at the bottom, I mean that you minimize using them as much as you can.  Think about how you can do it, because every time you can do something like that you save your poor old computer a little work.  You can also potentially put off buying a computer for a long, long time.  Lockergnome can be an invaluable source of information; so can the forums at ZDNet be.  No, I’m not crazy, I know that’s CNET:  same thing.  Well, yes, I am crazy (PTSD) although not adjudged dangerous self/others and all that, but I’m not quite that crazy.  Yet.  PC Magazine’s forums are great.  Slashdot is a great source of information, but be prepared for sarcasm from those who consider themselves experienced (i.e. they know the answer to someone else’s question).  That’s all off the top of my head for pretty easy-to-use information services on the subject, complete with forums.   Don’t forget places like Tucows because you can make unexpected contacts in places like that.  God help you dealing with Microsoft’s Information Library any more.  Soon we’ll be able to store all the books in the world on something the size of one DVD–and we’ll still not have a clue of how to organize the knowledge.

–Glenn

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footnotes 2: dry humor or at least not totally wet behind…never mind sheared visions

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