Fall In Love with Your PC Again

November 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Few relationships between individuals and their electronic devices are as intimate as the one they establish with their personal computers. If you’re like most, you probably have very vivid memories of when you first acquired your PC. You probably had dreams about all the things you could do and would do with your new computer. It was lightning fast and uncluttered. It had that fresh “new” smell. The screen was pristine and there were no dust or cookie crumbs embedded between the keys.

Then, of course, time goes by. You’ve had a good year or more together and you’ve accomplished a lot. But now things aren’t going so smoothly between you and your PC. It is performing slowly and maybe even suffering from occasional hang, freeze, or crash. You are starting to think that maybe you’re going to have to get rid of it and start all over with a new one. But wait! That’s an expensive and time-consuming proposition.
One simple but important way of restoring your PC’s performance and reliability is to clean the registry – the tool that Windows® uses to keep track of information about the many software pieces your PC uses.

Your IT professional can check the registry for entries on programs that are no longer in the computer, verify that cross references are valid and accurate, and eliminate the empty spaces to make the list more compact and efficient to use. It can also rearrange registry entries to streamline program execution.

The benefits of cleaning the registry are immediate and obvious. Your PC will boot faster and activate programs more quickly. Programs may also execute more quickly, improving such things as video playback and game performance. Most importantly, many of those annoying freezes, glitches, and crashes could simply vanish.

Cleaning the registry doesn’t solve all computer problems, but it will go a long way toward restoring your computer’s performance and reviving your affection for it.

Want to Give Your PC a Different Look?

Many people like to give their PC a different look. You can, too, by using sites like http://www.customize.org to update icons and Windows backgrounds.

The themes and icons on customize.org are submitted and judged by PC users. Be sure to check the comments on each submission to make sure they have received a good review before uploading them.

You can also use https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:2 to update your Firefox browser look and feel. These add-ons are safe and easy to use.