After my encounter with the Geek Squad I decided that I would provide some computer help. First I want to start by saying that if your computer is messed up after you attempt to fix it I am neither liable nor responsible.
With that out of the way I want to start with some simple tips on how to make your computer run better.
When was the last time you Defragged? If you answered, never, a while ago, or why are you talking about cheese? we have a problem. No my advice is not going to be go and defrag right now… actually you need to do a little clean up first.
Most users install tons of useless applications on their PCs. Most of them never get used, some of them should not even be installed. Even though downloading music online seems like the reason we have computers, it should not be. P2P software is an open door for malware (viruses, spyware, adware). Other applications are also very bad for your computer performance. Anything that will make your desktop cute, or change all the time comes with a price. Windows XP is pretty nice and lets you see how long it has been since you used a piece of software and even lets you sort by that criteria. The software removal has become a lot better than the old days when uninstalling a piece of software could spell doom for your machine.
Head over to your control panel and look for add or remove programs. Chose from the list every single piece of software you don’t use. It is taking valuable real state in your computer. You might think I have 80gig, but in reality your disk might have to be reading all over just to use that latest application that you are using every day. After removing all of the software you don’t use anymore then go ahead and run the defrag. One word of caution, if while removing the software you get a message talking about common files, as a good measure, go ahead and leave them there.
Defragging for those of you not in the know is like reorganizing your book case. You take all the old books you never use and put them on the shelf that is hardest to reach and places your dictionary or that cooking book on the shelf that is closest to you. It is just that instead of your book case it does this to your hard drive.
If you have never defragged before, you can find the little useful program over at programs, accessories, system tools. Now do not panic if the program tells you that you have problems with your hard drive. If the program starts complaining about clusters and bad sectors, let it fix it. If the program tells you that you need to run scandisk before continuing do so. If the defrag does not complain and it finishes I assure you that you will see performance increase in you Personal Confuser.