Downloads That Can Improve PC Speed
Why is your computer sluggish? The reasons are countless…it may be a clogged Registry or unnecessary files within your applications or your overall windows system.
Washington Post published a great article that describes free or inexpensive tools that you can download to improve your PC speed. The tools are divided into three categories, Optimize for Speed, Internet Boosters & Application Boosters.
Below I summarize the “Optimize for Speed” tools and provide links to where you can download them:
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner (free) – scans your Registry for problems, reports on what it finds, and then fixes the problems you tell it to address. You can also restore your original Registry settings if the new ones cause problems themselves.
CCleaner (free)– cleans out junk and unnecessary files in Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, your overall Windows system, and many applications. It also includes a Registry scanner that hunts down and fixes problems, and it offers an uninstaller for removing unwanted programs. In addition, it deletes traces of your Internet activity to protect your privacy.
Auslogics Registry Defrag utility (free) – defragments the Registry thus speeding up your computer’s access to the Registry by compacting it–and that means a faster PC.
Advanced Windows Optimizer (full version $39.95) – offers numerous modules for optimizing, speeding up, and cleaning your PC. Its Registry Cleaner will kill invalid Registry entries that may slow down your system, and its Startup Cleaner will help you eliminate unneeded programs that launch on startup. It also has assorted cleaners for wiping out junk files and other excess material, plus system optimizers for deleting invalid shortcuts, optimizing Windows’ use of RAM, and related tasks.
I also recommend reading Jason’s post on 15 ways to Speed Up your Windows XP Computer easily