Computer maintenance tips - largely Windows 98, XP
1- Minimize icons on the desktop. Remove rarely used programs from start menu (lower left corner).
2- Defragment regularly. Freebie defragmenters are readily available.
3- Track performance: start\settings\control panel\system\performance - on startup 90% of resources should be available.
4- Monitor startup files start\run\msconfig\startup. Deactivate what's unnecessary. I get by with only the antivirus!
5- Check startup files regularly because programs add files to the startup menu.
6- List of startup files - see also
7- Use Ccleaner and Glary Utilities regularly to delete temporaries and clean the registry
8- Managing startup files that msconfig overlooks
9- Deleting dotnetfx temporary files
10- If you can't id file in the startup list, Google it.
11- Check for spyware, especially if your browser has slowed. More spyware help, Update spybot.
12- What to do if your browser suddenly slows
13- Overcoming internet options restrictions
14- Recovering hijacked search explorer bar
15- The Google toolbar has a convenient (and free) pop up stopper
16- Web hosting - check comments on badly rated host.
17- Free Windows installation media
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