Community Newsletter: Q&A forum: In plain English, how do I speed up a slow computer?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) August 1, 2008 12:18 PM PDT

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In plain English, how do I speed up a slow computer?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 8/1/08 12:18 PM

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Can anyone please explain, in plain English and step-by-step instructions, how to speed up a slow computer? In previous newsletters answers that cover this topic are very confusing. The posted answers say don't use register cleaners, de-fragging won't speed it up, and the most confusing one is, update the drivers! How does a person update the drivers and what exactly is a driver? The answer of "going to a manufacture's Web site to update a driver" is meaningless to me, cause don't know what I am to update or how I find the drivers installed on the computer. All I want is a simple list of methods (step-by-step instructions) for any nontechnical person like myself, to follow and understand in order to speed up my computer and also what routine and steps to take thereafter to keep my computer in good running state. Using a Dell desktop with Windows XP SP2. Thanks for the opportunity to ask a question.

--Submitted by Gail E.

Here are some answers from our members to get you started, but please read through all the submissions within this discussion thread for more helpful advice and information.

Here are a few member answers to get you started:

General cleanup --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=303211&messageID=2825529#2825529

Speeding up your Dell desktop --Submitted by Precede
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=303211&messageID=2824467#2824467

Here is as easy as it gets. --Submitted by dukethepcdr
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=303211&messageID=2824704#2824704

I strongly suggest you find a knowledgeable friend... --Submitted by rae2_2
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=303211&messageID=2824540#2824540

What you're asking is not easy --Submitted by High Desert Charlie
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=303211&messageID=2828021#2828021

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