Speed It Up!: A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers

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Speed It Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers, by Michael Miller is a unique look at speeding up PCs that are performing like grandma on a cold winter morning. It's something we all face with every computer we own, but there are precious few resources for information on putting a little action back in grandma's step. Sure, there are uber-geeky guides out there that provide tweaks and customizations appealing to the pocket protector nation, but there is not a single book out there that addresses these common problems at the consumer, everyday user level. We think it's time for a short, to-the-point, affordably priced solution to this common problem. More importantly, we think it's time for a book that covers all of these topics in a way that appeals to real humans.
We cover a variety of topics that are typically spread across several kinds of books:
1) Troubleshooting - Because PCs can be slowed down by a variety of reasons (bloated software, improperly configured software, conflicting software, aging hardware, network resources, etc.) the first order of business is to diagnose the problem. Is it hardware-related? Software? Network? A virus?
2) Software - If you have determined that the problem is software-related, then we show you dozens of easy, non-techy things you can do to speed up Windows, your applications, your Internet apps, and more.
3) Hardware - If you have determined that your PC's hardware is the bottleneck, we show you easy upgrades you can do yourself (no need to call your nerdy neighbor over to help). Sometimes, the fix is as simple as loading a better driver. Sometimes, it might involve installing more memory or a bigger hard drive. In any case, the solutions we provide are easy to implement and won't leave you wishing you had a rifle and a tall building from which to use it.
4) Network - Aack! Really? You're going to discuss networking issues? You bet your boxers, we are. Truth is, nearly everyone uses some sort of network - whether they have a full blown, multi-computer and printer network or they connect to the Internet wirelessly, networks - and all the weeping and gnashing of teeth that goes with them - are just as much a part of everyday life as is your microwave oven. The secret is that networking isn't nearly as challenging as you might think. We show you how to easily fix network issues that are robbing you of precious time.
5) Buyer's advice - If it's time to put your beloved PC out to pasture, we offer some tried and true advice for choosing a new PC and keeping it in tip-top condition.
Note: This is NOT a tweaker's guide. This is not a book on overclocking, hacking or squeezing every drop of performance from a PC. This book IS, however, one that will help you keep your PC running like it did the day you brought it home from the hospital, er, store.
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ISBN-13: 9780789739476
ISBN-10: 078973947X
Pagini: 312
Dimensiuni: 177 x 231 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.52 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: Que
Locul publicării: Indianapolis, United States


Introduction     What’s in This Book
    Who Can Use This Book
    How to Use This Book
    There’s More Online
    Speed It Up!
Part I: Quick Diagnosis for Sluggish PCs
What’s Slowing Down Your Computer?
Signs That Your Computer Is Getting Slower
    It Takes Longer for Your PC to Start
    It Takes Longer to Do Familiar Tasks
    Your Computer Gets Sluggish When You Have Two or More Windows
        Open at a Time
    Your Computer Pauses for Long Stretches at a Time–or Freezes Up
Signs That Your Computer Really Isn’t Getting Slower–Even if You Think it Is
    New Programs Run Slowly
    Your Computer Has Trouble Running the Latest Games
    You Upgrade to Windows Vista and Your PC Gets Sluggish
    Internet Sites Take Forever to Load
    It Takes a Long Time to Copy Files Across Your Network
Quick Fix: Five Quick Steps to Improve Your PC’s Performance
    Quick Step 1: Reboot Your Computer
    Quick Step 2: Delete Unnecessary Files
    Quick Step 3: Remove Unused Programs
    Quick Step 4: Defragment Your Hard Disk
    Quick Step 5: Add More Memory with ReadyBoost
The Bottom Line
2 Before You Start: Protect Your Data
Potential Problems: What Can Go Wrong When Speeding Up Your PC
    The Wrong Programs Are Uninstalled
    Valuable Data Gets Deleted
    A Registry Edit Goes Bad
    You Have to Reformat Your Hard Drive (and Reinstall Windows)
    Hard Disk Maintenance Fails
    A Hardware Upgrade Doesn’t Take
Backing Up and Restoring Your Valuable Data
    Choosing a Backup Device
    Backing Up in Windows Vista
    Restoring in Windows Vista
    Backing Up and Restoring in Windows XP
Protecting Your System with System Restore
    Setting System Restore Points
    Restoring Your System
The Bottom Line
Part II: Simple Speedups Anyone Can Do
3 Removing Spyware and Viruses
Dealing with Computer Viruses
    How Computer Viruses Slow Down Your System
    How to Catch a Virus
    How Do You Know If a Virus Is Slowing Down Your System?
    Preventing Virus Attacks with Safe Computing
    Protecting Your System with Antivirus Software
    Speeding Up Your System After a Virus Infection
Dealing with Spyware
    How Spyware Slows Down Your System
    How to Become Infected with Spyware
    Is Spyware Slowing Down Your PC?
    Avoiding Spyware-Infested Websites and Programs
    Speeding Up Your PC with Antispyware Programs
    Removing Stubborn Spyware Programs
The Bottom Line
4 Cleaning Out Unnecessary Programs
Removing Unwanted Programs and Files from Your Hard Disk
    Why a Crowded Hard Disk Slows Down Your System
    How Much Free Space Do You Need?
    Discovering All the Files Stored on Your Hard Drive
    Understanding Bundleware
How to Free Up Valuable Hard Disk Space–and Speed Up Your PC
    Deleting Bundleware with PC Decrapifier
    Deleting Unwanted Files with the Disk Cleanup Utility
    Deleting Files Manually
    Emptying the Recycle Bin
    Archiving Little-Used Files
    Uninstalling Unwanted Programs
Removing Unwanted Programs and Processes from Your Computer’s Memory
    How Too Many Programs in Memory Slow Down Your PC
    Discovering Programs That Load Automatically–Without Your Awareness
    Which Startup Programs Should You Delete?
How to Get Rid of Autoloading Programs
    Deleting Startup Programs from the Startup Folder
    Deleting Startup Programs from the Registry
    Deleting Startup Programs with the System Configuration Utility
    Deleting Startup Programs with Windows Defender
Removing Programs That Slow Down Your PC
Speeding Up Microsoft Outlook
The Bottom Line
5 Optimizing Your Hard Disk
Defragmenting Your Hard Disk
    Understanding Disk Fragmentation
    How Disk Defragmenting Works
    Using the Disk Defragmenter
Checking Your Hard Disk for Errors
    How ScanDisk Works
    Using ScanDisk to Speed Up Your PC
Using Other Disk-Optimization Tools
    Fix-It Utilities Professional
    Norton SystemWorks
    PC Tools Disk Suite
    System Mechanic
The Bottom Line
6 Making Windows Go Faster
Speeding Up Windows (XP and Vista)
    Install the Latest Drivers
    Delete Unused Fonts
    Turn Off System Sounds
    Don’t Look for Bootable Media on Startup
    Optimize Windows’Display Settings
    Reconfigure Processor Priority
    Eliminate Background Services
    Disable File Indexing
    Optimize Virtual Memory
    Turn Off System Restore
Speeding Up Windows XP
    Reboot Often
    Don’t Browse Network Folders
    Improve Windows XP’s Swap File Performance
Speeding Up Windows Vista
    Disable Windows Vista’s Aero Interface
    Remove Windows Vista’s Sidebar
    Turn Off Windows Vista’s User Account Control
    Turn Off Unnecessary Windows Vista Features
    Use ReadyBoost
The Bottom Line
Part III: Power Speedups for Power Users
7 Cleaning Up the Windows Registry
Understanding the Windows Registry
    How the Registry Works
    Organizing the Registry
Editing the Registry
    Launching the Registry Editor
    Editing and Adding Keys, Subkeys, and Values
Cleaning Up the Registry for Faster Performance
    How Registry Cleaners Work
    Choosing a Registry Cleaner
    Using a Registry Cleaner
Tweaking the Registry
    Speed Up Windows’Menus
    Close Programs Faster on Shutdown
    Disable Low Disk Checking
    Move the Windows Kernel into Memory
The Bottom Line
8 When All Else Fails: Reinstalling Windows from Scratch
When Extreme Measures Are Called For
What’s Involved in a Clean Install
Before You Reinstall…
    Obtain the Windows Installation Disc
    Locate Program Installation Discs
    Back Up All Your Files
Performing a Clean Install of Windows XP
Performing a Clean Install of Windows Vista
After the Clean Install: Reinstalling Programs and Data
    Restoring Files and Settings in Windows XP
    Restoring Files and Settings in Windows Vista
    Reinstalling Your Favorite Programs
The Bottom Line
Part IV: Upgrading Your PC for Speed
9 Preparing for a Computer Upgrade
Before You Upgrade: Getting to Know Your Computer System
    What’s on the Back
    What’s Inside
Does an Upgrade Make Sense?
What Can You Upgrade?
The Bottom Line
10 Adding More Memory
Understanding Different Types of Memory
    Random Access Memory–Your PC’s Main Memory
    Read-Only Memory: Permanent Storage for Important Instructions
    Flash Memory–External Memory Storage
    Virtual Memory–Supplemental Memory on Your Hard Disk
How Memory Affects PC Speed
    How Your PC Uses Memory
    Using Virtual Memory
    How More Memory Speeds Up Your PC
    How Much Memory Do You Need?
Adding Instant Memory to Windows Vista with ReadyBoost
    How ReadyBoost Works
    Speeding Up Your PC with ReadyBoost
Adding More Memory to a Desktop PC
    Choosing the Right Memory Module
    Choosing the Right Type of Memory Chip
    Choosing the Right Memory Size
    Shopping for Memory Upgrades
    Performing the Upgrade
Adding More Memory to a Notebook PC
    Shopping for Notebook Memory
    Performing the Upgrade
The Bottom Line
11 Adding More Disk Space
How Hard Disk Storage Affects Your PC’s Speed
    Supplementing RAM with Virtual Memory
    Enabling Access to Programs and Data
Understanding Hard Drive Capacity
    Viewing the Capacity of Your Hard Drive
    Determining the Ideal Hard Disk Capacity
Shopping for a New Hard Drive
    Internal or External?
    Spin Rate
    Data Transfer Rate
    Access Time
    External Connection Type
    Internal Interface Type
    RAID or Not to RAID?
    Disk Drive Manufacturers
Adding a New External Hard Drive
    Connecting the New Drive
    Freeing Up Space on Your Existing Drive
Upgrading an Existing Internal Hard Drive
    Planning the Upgrade
    Getting to Know the Hard Drive
    Replacing the Drive
Upgrading Hard Disk Storage on a Notebook PC
The Bottom Line
12 Upgrading to a Faster Video Card
How the Wrong Video Card Can Slow Down Your PC
Shopping for a New Video Card
    3D Acceleration
    DirectX Support
    Video Card Manufacturers
Making the Upgrade
Configuring Your Display Properties
The Bottom Line
13 Upgrading Your System’s CPU
Understanding the CPU
    What a CPU Does
    Factors That Affect CPU Speed
Shopping for a New CPU
    Compatibility Is an Issue
    Determining Your Current CPU and Motherboard
    Finding a Compatible CPU
Performing a CPU Upgrade
    Preparing for the Upgrade
    Performing the Upgrade
Replacing Your Entire Motherboard
    Preparing for the Upgrade
    Making the Upgrade
The Bottom Line
Part V: Internet and Network Speedups
14 Cleaning Up Your Web Browser
How to Slow Down a Web Browser
Cleaning Up Your Cache and Cookies
    Clearing Your Cache
    Clearing Your Cache Automatically
    Changing the Size of Your Cache
    Deleting Cookies
    Avoiding Cookies
Reconfiguring Key Settings
    Don’t Display Graphics
    Disable ClearType
    Turn Off the Phishing Filter
    Disable RSS Feeds
Uninstalling Unnecessary Add-Ons
    Remove Third-Party Toolbars
    Remove the SSVHelper Class Add-On
    Remove Other Add-Ons
Browsing Faster with an Alternate DNS Service
    What Is a DNS Server–and How Does It Affect Connection Speed?
    Choosing a Third-Party DNS Service
    Configuring Your System for an Alternate DNS Service
Increasing the Size of Your DNS Cache
Enabling More Simultaneous Connections
The Bottom Line
15 Reconfiguring Your Internet Connection
How Fast Is Your Internet Connection?
    Dial-Up Versus Broadband Connections
    Measuring Your Connection’s Speed
    What to Do If Your Speeds Are Low
The Simple Speedup: Upgrading to a Faster Internet Connection
    Choosing Your Broadband Plan
    Making the Switch
The Bottom Line
16 Speeding Up Your Home Network
Troubleshooting a Slow Wireless Connection
    Check Your Signal Strength
    Move Closer to the Router
    Don’t Hide Your Adapter or Router
    Move Devices That Might Cause Interference
Upgrading to a Faster Wireless Network
    Understanding Wi-Fi Protocols
    Choosing a New Router
    Installing a New Router
    Upgrading Your Wireless Adapter
Extending Wireless Network Range
    Adding an External Antenna
    Adding a Wireless Extender
Switching from a Wireless to a Wired Connection
Tweaking the Windows XP Registry for a Speedier Network
The Bottom Line
Part VI: The Ultimate Speedup: Buying a Faster PC
17 When Do You Need a New PC?
How Do You Know When Your Old PC Is Beyond Fixing?
    You’ve Tried Everything Else–and Nothing Seems to Work
    You’re Not a Technical Wizard
    Upgrades Are Too Expensive
    It’s a Notebook PC–You Can’t Upgrade It
    It’s Just Too Old
What New Applications Might Demand a New PC?
    Video-Editing Programs
    Photo-Editing Programs
    PC Games
    Upgrades to Existing Programs
    Windows Vista
A Few Other Reasons to Buy a New PC
    Your Old PC Is on Its Last Legs
    You Want to Switch from a Desktop to a Notebook
    You Want a Smaller/Lighter/More Efficient Notebook
    You Just Want a New One
Benchmarking PC Performance
The Bottom Line
18 How Fast a PC Do You Need?
Understanding Key Components
    Hard Disk
    Video Card
    Windows Version
Choosing a Form Factor: Desktop Versus Notebook
    Notebook PCs: Pros and Cons
    Different Types of Notebook PCs
What Kind of Computing Do You Do?
Choosing the Right Features for Your Needs
    The Home/Office Computing PC
    The Digital Music and Movies PC
    The Digital Photography PC
    The Video Movie Editing PC
    The Gaming PC
Getting Rid of Your Old PC
The Bottom Line
PC Performance Resources
General Performance Suites
Startup Optimization
File Cleaning
Specific Program Removal Tools
Registry Cleaners
Hard Disk Optimization
Disk Imaging
Internet Speedup and Browser Optimization
Startup Program Databases
Internet Speed Tests
Free DNS Services

Notă biografică

Michael Miller
has written more than 80 non-fiction how-to books over the past two decades, including Que’s Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Easy Computer Basics, Your First Notebook PC, Wireless Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista, and How Microsoft Windows Vista Works. Mr. Miller has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found at the author’s website, located at

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Speed It Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers Does your PC perform like grandma on a cold winter morning? Does it limp along slowly through everyday tasks, such as starting up, shutting down or just opening an email? Are you wondering if your PC's get up and go has got up and left? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the book for you. Sure, there are uber-geeky guides out there that provide tweaks and customizations appealing to the pocket protector nation, but there is no other book that addresses these common problems at the everyday consumer level. We think it's time for a book that covers all of these topics in a way that appeals to real humans, like you. Let us help you keep your PC running like it did the day you brought it home from the store. - Troubleshooting-We show you how to diagnose the cause of your PC's dawdling behavior. We help you determine whether the culprit is your hardware, software, the network, a cluttered registry, or even a virus. - Software-We show you dozens of easy, non-techy things you can do to speed up Windows, your applications, your Internet apps, and more. - Hardware-We show you easy upgrades you can do yourself. The solutions we provide are easy to implement. - Network-We show you how to easily fix network issues that are robbing you of precious time. - Buyer's advice-If it's time to put your beloved PC out to pasture, we offer some tried and true advice for choosing a new PC and keeping it in tip-top condition. CATEGORY: Windows Operating Systems COVERS: Windows XP, Windows Vista USER LEVEL: Beginning-Intermediate