TIME-SAVING SOLUTIONS TO GET YOUR DIGITAL LIFE IN ORDER
Just think if you never changed the oil in your car. It would be a clogged-up mess. So clear out your computer's junk, and discover newfound speed with a PC tune-up.
If your computer is experiencing any of these problems, try rebooting it or running your virus checker. If the problem persists, contact your computer retailer or a service provider.
Create a desktop shortcut:
1. Open My Computer.
2. Double-click on a drive or folder icon.
3. Click once on the item for which you'd like to make a shortcut.
4. On the File menu, click Create Shortcut.
5. Resize the window so you can see the Your Desktop screen.
6. Drag the new shortcut to Your Desktop.
In the course of normal usage, files are read from and written to the hard disk, often in small chunks. As a result, pieces of files end up scattered around the disk, which compromises your computer's performance. Cleaning them up will keep your system running efficiently.
If you are a Microsoft Windows 95/98 user, you can run a utility program called a "disk defragmenter" that will find the scattered pieces of files and reorganize them into contiguous chunks on your hard disk. It also moves the files that you use most often to the beginning of the hard disk, where they'll load faster. It's much easier than it sounds: Click Start, point to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
If using Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you can run a manual defragmentation by running Diskkeeper, clicking the appropriate drive, then clicking Defragment.
Do this four or more times a year for best results.
BACK UP AND ARCHIVE!
(Excuse the shouting, but this is critical.) You don't need to copy the entire contents of your hard drive. Just put documents, music, pictures, games, settings, drivers, and anything else you want to save for posterity onto a disc.
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