Soon everybody will be celebrating the arrival of the New Year and this is our last newsletter of 2011. We wanted to use this opportunity to thank all of you for being with us. We really appreciate you being part of our community!
The year 2011 has been a productive one. For a start, our software was selected as one of the most popular downloads in the annual CNET Download.com’s “Top 11 Downloads” Award. We are very happy about that and we want to thank every single one of 15,368,763 people who downloaded our software from CNET alone.
We have also written a book called “Turbo Windows – the Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide”. In this book we’ve covered pretty much every way you can speed up your computer and make it more stable. You can download the free PDF version of the book here.
We are going to keep working hard in the new year – there will be new versions of our programs and there are going to be numerous improvements to our software and websites.
And now we are going to answer some questions a lot of people asked our Support Team. So, here are the answers to the top 5 PC speedup questions of 2011.
1. How can I get rid of all of the junk files?
All systems accumulate junk files. Getting rid of some is as easy as cleaning your browser cache, but some junk files are hard to remove because they can take ages to find. That’s why we’ve made sure BoostSpeed can delete all types of junk files. By default it cleans up only the most common junk file locations, but you can configure it to remove all junk files by launching Disk Cleaner, expanding the categories and checking the checkboxes for the files you want to cleanup.
2. Why does PC boot up get slower and slower after a period of time?
There is a number of things that make PC boot slower as time goes by. But mainly it’s having too many programs launching on system startup and a fragmented registry. When there are too many programs starting when you power up your system, Windows needs a while to check them all and load all their settings. That’s why removing unnecessary items from the startup list will speed things up. As for registry defragmentation, it will speed up PC startup by making the registry smaller and freeing up RAM that is needed for quick computer boot.
3. How often should I cleanup and defragment the registry?
When it comes to registry cleanup and defragmentation, how often you do it depends on your computer activity. Do you use your PC every day, do you install lots of software, etc.? If you don’t use your computer very often, then you probably don’t need to perform registry maintenance more often than once a quarter. However, if you are an active computer user, you should check the registry for errors and fragmentation at least once a month.
4. How do I cleanup all remnants of a removed software application?
When uninstalled, some applications can leave some stuff behind. This is especially true for various registry settings and references. So, to remove the application completely, run its own uninstaller and make sure the uninstallation process is completed without any interruptions. When that’s done, scan your PC with a registry cleaner and delete the invalid settings that the removed application left behind. And last but not least, use Windows search to search for the empty folders the application might have left and delete them.
5. How to find the main performance bottlenecks?
Finding performance bottlenecks is pretty easy. All you need to do is open the BoostSpeed’s Task Manager, go to Processes and see which processes consume the most CPU and RAM. In addition to that, you can launch Disk Explorer to see which files and folders take up the most space on your hard drive. Another thing you should do is test your hardware with the free Auslogics BenchTown to see if you need to upgrade your hardware and find out how your PC compares to computers from all over the world.