- Less Fragmenting – As compared to storing data in a specific location on a magnetic disk, SSDs host one large memory station wherein all files are placed. The computer no longer needs to move a mechanized reader over a spinning disk to find particular files. When more data is saved unto a magnetic disk, there is a higher tendency for the data to become cluttered. This feature is absent from SDDs which means it takes less time to open programs and access information.
- Less Errors regarding “DLL, SYS and EXE files” – Due to less fragmenting, important boot files and “.exe,.dll and.sys” files are found faster. This results to a lower tendency for these files to go missing or to become corrupted when new programs and updates are installed. That translates into fewer malfunctions.
- Faster Boots – When a computer running an HDD is powered, the hard drive has to bring the disk to a particular speed before it can start reading anything from it. This is what makes boot times long. On top of getting the disk to spin, it then has to find the files on it. With SDDs, there is nothing to spin. This guarantees more constant and shorter wait times for the computer to start up.
- One less area of malfunction – When an HDD starts acting up, it could point to a problem with the disk or the reader. This means that even if the magnetic disk is fine, the mechanical parts of the reader might give in to wear and tear long before the disk starts to deteriorate. This does not happen with SDDs due to the storage facilities of this type of drive.
- You could also uninstall any program that you no longer use or need. Simply click Start menu. Press the Control Panel icon. Choose the Add/Remove Programs. From the list, you would see the programs that you do not use anymore. If you are not sure, you could also check the importance of that particular program by checking the “Last Used On” tab to see how frequently you use that program. Then, uninstall the unused or unwanted programs.
- Another place where there are usually lots of junk items acquired is the “My Documents” folder. To ensure that you would not regret deleting useful documents later on, you might want to make a copy of those important items in a CD before you proceed with the cleanup. How to remove junks from your My Documents folder? Simply select and delete the documents that you no longer need. Do the same with “My Pictures”, “My Videos” and “My Music” folders. Videos and pictures actually take up so much of the hard disk space.
- Windows could also help you speed up the process of clean up by simply deleting the items that it has already checked for you to delete. These items are usually from the Downloaded Program Files, Thumbnails, and Temporary Internet Files. Simply press the OK button and the clean up would begin.
- Old files and previous installations could also be free from junk files if you would use the Clean up system files. However, this type of clean up is usually discouraged if you are a newbie in computer use as you might delete a useful program or folder unintentionally or accidentally. Recovering of these things would then be difficult or even outright, impossible. How to do a system cleanup? Click the “Clean up system files”. The entire content of your hard drive would be available to be deleted at your disposal. Click the items you wish to delete. Kindly read the description of each file, folder or program before you press delete. Then, just press OK for the clean up to begin.
So when you experience any of these symptoms, it is time for you to clean your Windows registry. Then again, before you optimize it, see to it that you consider several important factors. For instance, you should avoid installing every application you see. Sure, there are plenty of great applications online. However, before you install it, you should think thoroughly if you really need it.
If you need certain applications at the moment, you may consider using their portable versions instead of installing them. Portable programs install in their own folders and do not add entries to the Windows registry. It is also easy to uninstall them if you do not need them anymore. Simply delete their folders and everything they contain.
See to it that you uninstall applications the right way. If you delete one of your programs, its folder can go straight to the Recycle Bin but it can also leave behind broken shortcuts, folders, files, and registry entries. Hence, you should not just delete a program. You should use the Uninstall feature of your computer or use a software program especially designed to uninstall programs.
- To use the Uninstall feature, just open your Control Panel and go to Programs and Features. Here, you will see the default uninstaller of your application. Choose Uninstall to remove your installed folder with its included files, folders, and shortcuts.
- If you are using Windows XP, you can optimize your registry by cleaning hidden startup, removing useless programs, disabling useless services, disabling Windows Messenger, optimizing network settings, defragmenting hard drive, disabling System Restore, and disabling Virtual Memory.
- If you want to make sure that your default uninstaller does not leave behind data in your Windows registry, you should purchase a licensed uninstall program to remove your application and perform a system scan on your computer. It is crucial to scan your computer to find data that you may want to remove.
- You can get a registry cleaner to scan your Windows registry and find errors. It is ideal for you to get a software program that lets you customize your scan. A good registry cleaner allows users to select areas that they want to scan as well as let them defrag and optimize their registry.
- Using a registry cleaner is actually one of the best ways on how to optimize Windows registry. This software program does not only protect and clean your registry automatically, but it also prevents system errors such as DLL, SYS, and EXE errors. In addition, it helps minimize problems when installing new applications as well as prevents crashes. With just one click, it can scan and remove unnecessary entries in your registry. Furthermore, it can prevent your data from being corrupted by conflicting entries.
I thought I was doing all the right things. I have a cloud backup service that backs up daily behind the scenes, and I also back up regularly to an external hard drive.
Then my computer hard drive crashed. It’s never a matter of if, by the way, it’s a matter of when it will crash!
Since I hadn’t needed to access my backup files before the crash, I never checked to see what was actually in the backups. As it turned out, everything wasn’t getting backed up like I thought it was. I hadn’t checked with my cloud service to make sure I had it set up properly, nor had I checked the back-ups I was saving to my external hard drive to make sure files were being included correctly. Some of my files got backed up but not all.
Luckily, my computer tech guy was able to restore my files. But of course, there is still the worry I had before and during the time he was working on my computer, plus the added cost that I wouldn’t have had to incur if I had done my backups correctly.
Using an online email service is one thing I was doing right (and of course continue to do) that helped me get back some of my files. I could easily retrieve documents I had sent to people or ones they sent to me. That enabled me to continue work that I might not have been able to otherwise. It was a huge time saver and stress reducer since I didn’t have to recreate the documents from scratch!
The other thing I did right was to work with a virtual assistant. I was sending her files to work on that I would have only had on my computer (and probably would have lost) had I not been working with her. But because I was, I had them in my email Sent folder.
Schedule regular back-ups (even daily if necessary) to several locations. You should have your files backed up to 3 different sources:
- Use a cloud service that will save your files to their servers. The cost is well worth the peace of mind.
- An external hard drive.
- I also recommend backing up all your files to a flash drive or CD. I hadn’t done this before the crash, but my tech guy gave me my restored files on a flash drive and I now intend to keep it as an extra back-up. But flash drives and CDs don’t necessarily last forever so don’t use them as your only back-up platform.
And you want to back up your entire system at least once a week. Windows version 7 or later comes with a built-in feature that will make a mirror image of your entire computer. Save that to your external hard drive (or even 2 hard drives to be really safe!).
Don’t keep your external hard drive near your computer. In the event of a disaster such as a fire, you don’t want them to be right next to each other or they’ll both burn up!
Cool Down Your Computer
Your computer’s hard drive, as well as many of its other components, is sensitive to temperature. Extended periods of use or a faulty cooling fan can cause overheating, which will, in turn, wreak havoc on the circuits. Errors may be solved if you simply turn off your PC and let it rest for a while. Cleaning the cooling fan with light, pressurized air (never vacuum your PC’s internals) is also advisable so that dirt doesn’t build up and interfere with its operation.
Clean Your Registry
A damaged registry can cause fatal errors, as this is where a lot of system information and settings are stored. Cleaning your registry of unnecessary or corrupted data can thus fix problems, or even prevent them from happening if it is performed regularly. It is possible to repair and clean your registry using any of a number of cleaning programs that can be downloaded for free. The user interfaces of this type of software are usually friendly and unintimidating, so you should have no trouble putting them into operation.
Be Aware of Your Programs
It will help a lot if you make yourself aware of the programs that are running on your computer. These aren’t necessarily limited to the ones that you opened during a particular session: a lot of software, particularly freeware that you download from the Net, perform background operations that could be clogging up your computer’s RAM and causing performance issues. Be sure to remove programs that you no longer use, and properly shut down software once you’re finished with it.
Check for Malware
It is easy to point the finger at malware when something goes wrong with your PC, and, in a lot of cases, you wouldn’t be wrong to put the blame on a virus, Trojan, or spyware that somehow slipped past your defenses. When you see a system error, run a full virus scan with your anti-malware program to see if it can pick up anything. If you have neglected to install an antivirus, remedy the problem immediately: many of the most reliable brands offer trials or free versions of their programs that offer adequate protection.
Defragment Your Hard Drive
As your hard drive fills up, it will begin to have a little more difficulty finding space on which to store your programs and files. It often happens that the data for a certain file or software gets spread out over several different locations on the drive, and this can cause problems when you call that particular information up. If you are using versions of Windows earlier than Windows 7, you should perform defragmentation regularly to prevent this from happening. The option to defragment should present itself when you open “Properties” after right clicking on the drive in Windows Explorer.
If all else fails, it may be time to restore or even reinstall your operating system. Restoration will take your system back to a point at which it was still functional, while reinstallation will give you a clean slate, so to speak. Both of these can be performed with your Windows Installation CD, though you should be warned that reinstallation is a lengthy and tedious process that will erase all your existing files and require you to reinstall all your other programs. Only do this if you are sure that you have no other option.
- 29% of the emails you receive are newsletters. Remember you registered there, subscribed on that and so on and so on. Every time you register you are automatically subscribed to newsletters of that company, so do remember to untick the box “Receive email notifications” or similar, because that’s just annoying isn’t it?
- Less than 50% of emails deserve an attention. Probably most of you have noticed that, when you open an email account every morning you firstly delete around 30% of your inbox and then you start checking other emails which you believe are important. Read the point above and unsubscribe from the newsletters are rarely open and add the email addresses you don’t want to hear from into SPAM folder.
- Five minutes of every hour an average employee spends on writing and reading emails at work. That can sound perfect, but if you think about how much time could be saved, taking into account that less than 50% of emails should be really be opened or read. In a year that could save you around 80 hours. If you are employer – think about that.
Some fun facts about emails:
- Homer Simpson had his own email address. This email was revealed in one of the episodes of The Simpsons, where [email protected] address was shown. After that one of the writers tried to answer all those incoming emails from the name of Homer, but it didn’t last long due to high number of interested people.
- The @ sign in emails is known as different name in different languages:
o In German it is called “spider monkey”
o In Russian @ is usually pronounced as a “dog”
o In Chinese it is named as “little mouse”
We have no idea why @ is named after animals in different countries, but we know for fact only one – every person should think more or less about their privacy and security whilst sending emails. It is a fact that your personal data could be stolen or bank details received via some virus-email or spam. In order to protect yourself from that – search for secure email services.
Here are some examples of such secure email services:
- Hushmail is a secure email service that allows to use your own domain name for $5.24 per month.
- Lavaboom is a German email service with encryption. In future will allow to burn emails after reading.
- PDF Postman has a plugin for Microsoft Outlook and PDF files encryption.
- Voltage SecureMail is a secure email service for corporate customers.
The brain is developing and channels must be open for the success of the child in later life. These channels are like arteries that are pushed free of blockage by learning. But it is only the right kind of teaching that makes a difference in their capabilities as young adults.
One of my grandsons was given a phone by a friend and this became so precious to him that he even took it into the shower with him. He barely raised his head from the screen as he skipped classes at school, became non co-operative at home, even quite abusive, and his world began to fall apart.
In a fit of rage a couple of weeks ago he threw the phone at an object and it broke. After a period of withdrawal he is suddenly a different child. He is not only co-operative at home but helpful with chores and even cleaning his room. The facts are that computers and electronic gadgets are not a brain stimulant that parents expect to be.
Following my reincarnation and with a strong link to the Spirit of the Universe, the only God, the knowledge poured into me about the world as it is today and why we are in the last days is pertinent to this story. The Internet is the Mountain of God promised to appear now and to spread the truth over the world of darkness. It is also the source of evil to distract those who are not spiritual and lead them down the wrong paths.
Computer games and childhood addictions are the same as the drugs in communities where they are also playing havoc with the minds of children. This is in God’s plan and there is not much that society can do to stop it. The parents, however, can and if they chose to take a stand against the evil of this world they should start with their children.
Laptop and PC recycling comes with a number of advantages. One of the advantages is that the process aids in preventing misuse of resources. Since the old devices are used in making new ones, no new natural resources are used in the process and this aids in preventing misuse of resources.
Recycling also has economic benefits in that it aids in saving energy and money that will have been used in manufacturing new devices. Since the money is not used in recycling, it’s used in uplifting the economic status of a country.
The recycling process is also eco-friendly as it eliminates accumulation of waste which often results to the spread of toxins and diseases. Since there is no accumulation of waste, there is no generation of greenhouse gases and as a result there is no climatic change. This means that people live in a healthy environment that is free of pollution.
The first thing that you need to do is to erase all personal information that might be in the device. Removing all the information protects you from identity theft and also ensures that your personal files can’t be accessed by someone else.
To safely delete the information you need to use a disk wipe program. You can get the program online or ask an IT professional to assist you with it.
Once you have erased all of the information, you should find a recycling center in your area. The good side is that many large cities have drop off locations where recycling can take place; therefore, if you live in a large city you will not have a problem finding a recycling center.
If you live in a small town or city, you should search online for a computer recycling company. You should note that some companies pay for shipping while others require you to pay for the shipping. Before you settle on a given company, you should understand who takes care of the shipping costs.
Check if the wireless radio is on
The initial thing that you should start with is the special function key or the hardware switch if you are using a laptop. Remember, this should be the switch that helps you turn on/off a wireless radio. This is required to see if it was not accidentally turned off.
At times, it is possible that the wireless radio is turned off to manage power settings on your device. Go to Power Options and change the settings that will keep it on even during low battery.
Go to access point
You should keep this in mind that if the access point to your wireless is obstructed by physical objects then it will affect the strength of the signal. You need to change the location of your wireless router to a place from where it can receive signals without any obstruction. Another thing to do would be to placing the wireless router in a central location if you are in your house.
If you are able to gain access to wireless router then you can try turning it off and restarting it. This would reset the signals and this would help get the connection back.
Another reason that can cause wireless connectivity issues can be electrical and weather disturbances. In such situations you need to go back to default settings, these can be found in the manufacturer’s manual. You can access the admin settings using IP address.
Network Card Settings
Wireless routers are DHCP servers that help in establishing network with other devices without having to set up anything manually. You need to check for your TCP/IP settings to ensure that your adapter can automatically receive settings coming from DHCP server.
Updating drivers and cards
If there are issues with driver then it will cause troubles with network connections too. If your driver is not updated then too it will cause troubles. First of all, you would need to perform system update and network adapter update. You can try visiting the website of your router to check for firmware updates.
Protect the USB connector
The USB connector is the part that enters the computer so that you can access your files. Dust and dirt can get into the connector thus causing short circuit that would damage the electronic components when you connect the USB to power. To avoid this you should keep the connector covered when not plugged into the computer. The best way of doing this is capping it. There are some drives that have a feature that makes it possible for you to extend the connector into the drive itself.
Watch how you remove it from the computer
If you are like most other people, once you are through with your work you yank out the USB drive from the computer. While doing this is fast, it can result to damage of the USB connector and the port of your computer. The best way of going about it is always going to the system tray icon “Safely Remove Hardware” and authorize the computer to remove the drive. When you use this process you ensure that you shut down communication between your computer and USB drive; therefore, you avoid damage.
Protect it from falls
To protect the drive and data inside, ensure that the drive doesn’t smash against the ground or slip through cracks. The best way of protecting your drive is keeping it inside a cover or enchaining it with a key-ring.