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3 In-built Apps To Quicken Your Computer’s Performance


PC PerformanceIf you are using your computer regularly, then you also need to be aware of the ways to maintain your computer. Due to frequent usage, the Windows registry and the hard disk can become damaged. This can lead to slowness and sluggishness of the computer. In fact, several programs and applications may become non-functional and the overall performance of the computer can become extremely erratic. So to prevent these from happening, it is important to know a few tips and tricks that can help your computer run smoothly and uninterruptedly.

There are three in-built applications that can significantly speed up and improve the working of your computer. These are :

#1 – Disk Cleanup
#2 – Disk Defragmenter
#3 – Windows Registry Editor

To access the first two, either type cleanmgr.exe and defrag.exe (only for Windows 7) in the Run box from the start menu, or follow this navigation path: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragmenter.

Disk Cleanup

First one is a utility that will prompt the user to first scan any one of the drives. Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) is a computer maintenance utility included in Microsoft Windows designed to free up disk space on a computer’s hard drive. The utility first searches and analyzes the hard drive for files that are no longer of any use, and then removes the unnecessary files. On completing the scan, which may take quite a while if your computer is heavily loaded with data, the utility will give how many files are there exactly in the drive and will prompt the user to start cleaning the drive.

By cleaning is meant deleting the redundant and unwanted files and data that are no longer in use. Such data could include recycle bin contents, history and temporary folders, unused desktop icons, recently used documents lists, duplicate files, corrupt or damaged files, multi-user profile data, remnants of programs that are no longer in use etc.

Disk Defragmenter

The second one on the other hand is needed to bring all the pieces and fragments of a file in one place. Disk Defragmenter is a Utility included in Microsoft Windows designed to increase access speed by rearranging files stored on a disk to occupy contiguous storage locations, a technique commonly known as defragmenting.

The purpose is to optimize the time it takes to read and write files to/from the disk by minimizing head travel time and maximizing the transfer rates. This increases disk space and also reduces the time taken by the processor to access a single destination, thereby increasing the processor’s as well as the computer’s speed.

Windows Registry Editor

The third utility, the registry is a massive database of information pertaining to many things, some important, some moderately important and others not-so-important. Mostly, changes made on your computer during the installations and un-installations of programs and applications are recorded in the registry entries, each of which consists of a key and a value.

The keys can get messed up due to faulty programming or bugs or viruses and even external factors like incorrect file associations and electrical surges etc. This can render the registry corrupted or non-functional, and since a lot of the registry data is required by the processors itself for the computer’s operations, a corrupt registry might spell the doom for your computer. One can solve the problems using the editor of registry, but unfortunately it is very difficult to use, unlike the other two utilities. A single mistake might prove costly.

That is why using the registry or system optimizer might be a better idea. Such software can be downloaded from the internet.

Another way of speeding up the computer is to get rid of the startup programs that hog the CPU. Although the system optimizer too can solve this issue, it can be done manually also by opening the system configuration window by typing msconfig.exe in the Run box and hitting Enter.

This guest artilce is written by Alex Trots, who also writes for, a site featuring lots of registry cleaner tips and how-to’s on disk defragmenter.


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    • Cool Boy@Business Ideas

      Thanks for the share. I agree disk cleanup desktop cleaner and other tools of this kind help increase the speed of personal computer

    • Usman

      IThanks for sharing these basic things like using disk defragmentor and disk clean up to enhance the speed of of a personal computer

    • Usman

      Thanks for sharing these nice tips to speed up a computer

    • Harry

      I don’t really like the in-built defragger. It’s too slow and does not always finish the job. I prefer using a fully automatic one like diskeeper. It’s very fast, runs under low free space and manages fragmentation very efficiently.

    • Kavya Hari

      These 3 ways would be more helpful to boost up PC performance. Useful tips to every one:-) Thanks Altrot:-)

    • Abigail

      What about for windows XP users. Is Disk Cleanup & Disk Defragmenter is applicable for XP.

    • Rohit Batra @ IpodTouch4G

      Using Disk Cleanup and Defragmenting is a good routine and keeps files on the Disk safer and compressed win 7 & vista they can be automatically scheduled to run in background..

    • Tabitha

      One day my laptop suddenly started showing no disk space while downloading .net framework. I was worried and called on supplier. He said there could be huge lot of temp files in one of my folder on C drive. So as you said disk cleaner will help to solve this problem. I always afraid to registry cleaner.

    • Rakesh Kumar

      Although these tips are really helpful to speed up PC but what i do if i have some bad sectors on it?

    • Mani Viswanathan @ DailyBlogging

      I hardly spend my time doing registry clean ups. Sometimes for better speed I do use Disk Defragmenter.

    • Sri Ganesh.M

      That will be very useful 😀 |
      happy 15,000 comment:P

    • Madhav Tripathi

      These three tools are very essential inbuilt tools but I use only Registry editor. For disk cleanup CCleaner and Glary utilities for defragmenting I have another program.

    • Sam @ Weekend Getaways

      These are best and easy applications to use to keep your computer fit all the time.

    • divas@whysogeek

      Nice article!
      I know about and use the first 2, have never tried registry editor. if someone could explain how to use it…

    • Dave Grimes II

      Do you have any similar recommendations for those of us using Macs?

    • Riya @ Couponseasy

      It very basic application about computer and I hope everybody who use computer will know about it.

    • Irfan

      In a week or so i do 1st and 2nd but haven’t tried the 3rd, that is ‘Windows Registry Editor’ as if you don’t have knowledge of registry files don’t mess with them, heard somewhere around internet.

      • aswin

        Irafan I used this registry cleaner
        No need manual editing as we are using this software. This is really a good one.
        It deletes undeleted registry entries

      • Rohit Batra @ IpodTouch4G

        it’s better not to use Windows Registry editor if you don’t have an experience.. try using Registry Optimizers like ccleaner..

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