10 Tips to Make Your Computer Run Smoother

So, you've been enjoying your new computer the last few months, and as time has passed by it has been getting slower and slower. It's finally to the point that it's almost unusable, and is driving you nuts when you do use it for recreation or to do work. So what do you do? Pick it up, throw it away, and buy a new one? Nope. The correct answer is to call tech support or search the Internet and see if you can find out what is wrong with your computer and fix it. Sometimes you will need to buy a new computer, especially if your current one is like ten years old. But if you've only had it a few months to a few years, then most likely you just need to do some basic cleanup and updating of the software you have on your computer. Before you start to panic or rush out to buy a new computer, you should try the tips I have here for you to see if they will get your computer up and running like new again.

1. Update Software

I know some of you reading this might already know that it makes sense to upgrade your software such as virus and spyware protection software, but what a lot of people probably don't realize is that updating all your other software programs will also help to improve the speed of your computer. Sure your software might do exactly what it's supposed to perfectly, but the reality is that your software is full of glitches and bugs that can be fixed by downloading patches. By downloading these patches it won't only improve the efficiency of your computer and software, but it will also improve its security. Updating your software is different for each program.

Sometimes you have to do it manually from inside the program itself, and other times it's automatic. For programs like virus and spyware protection software, you should set it to automatically update. If you have other programs that auto update themselves set them to do so also. This will keep you from having to worry about updating your software yourself. For the rest of your software that doesn't automatically update itself, checking for updates at least once a month for them should be sufficient. It may seem bothersome to update your software especially if you have to do it manually, but you will be glad you did in the end and your computer will thank you for it.

2. Update Your Operating System

Along with updating your software you also need to update your operating system regularly. Your operating system is just another software program and like those other programs, it is also full of bugs and glitches that need to be fixed with updates. Windows has the option of letting you set it to update itself automatically or to update it manually when you feel like it. To adjust this option in Windows XP, go to Start>Control Panel, and click on Automatic Updates in the Control Panel window. In Window Vista go to Start>Control Panel, and click on Windows Updates. In the Windows Updates window click on Change Settings in the left pane. Regardless of which version of Windows you are using you will have the same options to choose from which are:

1. Automatically Download and Install Updates

2. Automatically Download updates, but let me choose when to install them.

3. Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.

4. Turn off Automatic Updates.

The recommend setting is of course to automatically download and install updates, but you can choose whichever settings you want then click apply to save the changes you make. Regardless of how you decide to handle updating your operating system, making sure that you do it regularly will definitely help your computer to run smoother and improve its security.

3. Defragment Your Computer

As you use your computer and add and remove files and software, overtime some of your files become fragmented and spread out over the hard disk. As time goes along this will get worse and worse and eventually your computer will slow way down. This is because the computer has to search the hard drive longer whenever you attempt to use your files. In order to fix this problem it's as simple as running the Disk Defragmenter Utility that comes with Windows. To run Disk Defragmenter go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter. Once the program opens up, to start the defragmenting process just click the button that says Defragment and let it go on its own. Because defragmenting your hard drive uses all your system resources, its best to do this only when you don't need to use your computer. I recommend you start it defragmenting at night right before you go to bed because depending on how fragmented your hard drive is, it could take several hours for the process to complete. Once the defragmenting process is done, your files will be put back together properly, and you should notice a significant increase in the speed of your computer, especially if it's been awhile since you last time you did it.

4. Delete Junk Files

Has it ever seemed like your free space on your hard drive is getting smaller or it takes longer to search for a file you can't find even though you haven't added any new files or software on your computer? This is due to fragments of files that get left behind from daily tasks you perform on your computer. Whenever you download files from the Internet or delete files to the recycling bin, bits and pieces of files are left behind that you can't see and most likely don't know about. These are the "junk" files that are created automatically by programs for temporary use but aren't deleted after the programs are done using them. These files include cookies, temporary Internet files, log files, error log files, temporary miscellaneous files, and System Restore points created every so often by Windows. This might sound like it would be lots of work to remove all of these useless files, but fear not there is a built in program called Disk Cleanup that will delete all these files for you.

To run this program go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools> Disk Cleanup. Once the program is open you will be shown a window with a couple tabs and a few options to choose from. The first tab that you see lets you choose which junk files you would like to remove. Below this window it shows you how much free space you will gain from deleting these files. Even if it's only a few kilobytes, still run the program. I have found out from using it that even if it says it will free up a few kilobytes, it usually frees up 1-5GB of space. Once you are done selecting which files you want to remove, click the OK button at the bottom of the window. Once the process is done it will automatically close. Along with deleting these junk files, if you haven't had any problems for awhile with your computer you can free up additional space by clicking the More Options tab in the Disk Cleanup window and clicking the Clean up button in the section titled System Restore. This will delete all but the most recent restore point. Once you're done deleting all your files close the program if it doesn't close by itself and your done.

5. Delete Unused Files

Along with deleting the junk files off your computer, you can also get increased performance from your hard drive by deleting files that you do know about but don't use. This includes software and all personal files you create or download such as movies, music, and pictures. Sure you might be playing only one or two PC games right now it might look cool to have 50 games installed at once, but if you're not playing them, remove them. Sure your hundreds of pictures look cool going across the screen for the My Pictures screensaver, but do you really need them all on your computer? If the answer is no then it would probably be better if you saved them all to CDs or DVDs and deleted them from your computer too.

6. Scan for Malware

Not only should you update your virus and other malware protection software regularly, but you should also actually use it. Because new forms of malware are released every day once in awhile viruses or spyware will get into your computer that your software can't detect. Because of this reason, it would be wise to run a virus and spyware scan on your computer at least once a week. Doing this will ensure that you are virus and spyware free, even if your program didn't automatically detect it on its own and again will increase computer speed.

7. Scan for Registry Errors

So you've scanned for viruses, removed junk files, defragmented your hard drive and are still having speed issues or you computer is still crashing when running programs. If none of these things did the trick, then the problem could be and probably at least partially is the fault of registry errors. The registry is like the central control and brain of all data on your computer in Windows. Almost every file you create and every program you add or remove creates entries in your system registry. Also just about any time you remove files or software, it creates registry errors. Unlike the previous tips, you will have to find a program that is designed for fixing registry errors rather than using features built into Windows. Most of them are self explanatory as to how to use them, but the one I recommend is Glary Utilities. It is the one I use personally and it finds several registry errors every time I run it. Once you pick a program you like, install and use it quite often as registry errors add up quickly. Fixing these errors will definitely make your system performance increase and be more stable.

8. Turn Off Startup Programs

Taking forever to startup seems to be a common problem for a lot of people I know. The reason your computer takes forever to start Windows and show your desktop is because of the number of programs it has been told to start on startup. A lot of these programs are unnecessary to have running at startup such as instant messaging software. The good thing is that you can turn these programs off if you choose to. To turn these programs off, go to Start and type System Configuration in the Run box and press enter. Once the System Configuration program has opened, click the startup tab. Here are all the programs listed that will startup when you first log into Windows. IF you see programs that you recognize such as Yahoo IM or AIM, uncheck them and click on Apply. Except for programs that Windows needs to run and virus and malware scanning software, pretty much all other programs can be safely deselected. Once you have made the changes you want to, close the application and restart your computer for the settings to take effect. Next time your operating system starts up you should definitely notice an increase in boot time if you deselected several of the programs. If not, then turn off some more programs or you can try my next tip.

9. Add More Ram

Sometimes, even when there is nothing wrong with your computer it will still seem to be running slow. This could be because the programs you are using on it require more memory than you currently have available in order to run smoothly. The solution, add more RAM to your computer. Adding more RAM will allow you to run more programs at the same time, and give your existing programs more memory to run in. This is especially useful for people who play a lot of games or do a lot of video and photo editing. These types of programs tend to use a lot of RAM. The downside to having to possibly add more RAM to your computer is that it costs money and requires a little tech knowledge of computers. When buying more RAM for your computer you first have to find out exactly which type it uses. Then you or someone you know has to take the side of your computer off and look for the existing RAM. Most computers have multiple slots for RAM and the chip is just a long rectangle. Installing the RAM is as simple as just placing it lightly in the slot and then pushing it into place. Once it's secure, put the side back on your computer, turn it back on and it's good to go. It's as simple as that.

10. Format Your Computer

So, you've tried all my previous tips and your computer is still running sluggishly. The last thing you can try that pretty much always fixes your problems when all else fails is to format your hard drive. Formatting your hard drive will completely wipe all files on it. This means that any errors you might have been having do to file errors, operating system errors or viruses and other malware, are now completely gone. There are few options you have for how to format your hard drive. One option is to use the recovery discs that come with most all retail computers. This method will automatically format and then reinstall your operating system and all trial software that came on your computer the first day you bought it. Another option is to boot your computer from a disc using your Windows operating system disc and running the format hard drive option from there. A third option, which is the one I usually use, is to use a Live-CD version of Linux and use a drive formatting program on it to format my hard drive, then reinstall your operating system from its install disc.

Regardless of which method you choose, the result are the same, a computer that you've had for awhile that is now like it was the first day you bought it. Before you do this though, make absolutely sure you have backed up all of your personal files to an external hard drive or to discs as these will now be gone if you didn't . The only downside I can think of to formatting your hard drive in order to make your computer fast again, is that its time consuming. Once you format it, you now have to re install all the software you use and download all your updates and patches again. This does however beat the alternative of buying a brand new computer. Despite being time consuming though, once you have your computer back to its working state again, it will definitely be running at full speed again.

So there you have it, 10 quick and easy tips that will get your computer running fast again without costing you much if any money.

Free Tips to Make Your Computer Run at a Breakneck Speed

As an owner of one of the internet cyber cafes in this world, I have come to know much about computers more than I used to know when I was still at school. In school we could find our computers already waiting for us and we couldn't know the procedures the administrators pass through to make them run as they used to do.

After getting much time with computers everyday I now know why computers are sometimes slow. All computers are the same as long they are maintained by the person who can manage them efficiently. It doesn't need you to first go for master's degree in computer science to make your computer run faster. Just follow my simple explanations and your computer will be faster.

You should always avoid unnecessary start up programs .Whenever you install a program on your computer, I think you have seen that it tries to show up every time you start your computer. Let come what may, this will retard the speed of your computer. What you must do is always to avoid them to start without your knowledge because they are also using an unnecessary amount of RAM on your computer.

o The first thing to do is to run a disk clean up...How do you do this?

Go to Start

Then to Programs

Then Accessories

Then to System tools and then lastly click on Disk Cleanup.

This will automatically show you all the files that need to be removed and the space you will gain after removing those files..

o Ever heard disk defragmentation? The amount of the data you put into your computer is scattered on your computer hard disk and what is needed is to make it come together so that the computer doesn't use a lot of force to get the expected data through different paths.

How do you do disk defragmentation?

Go to start

Then to programs

Then to accessories

Then to system tools

And lastly to Disk Defragmenter.

This will show the possibility of first to analyze how your computer's data is scattered on your computer and after analyzing it shows you how much space you are not using because of the fragmentation of data on your computer. Then you will have to defragment and make your computer faster.

o If you're through with disk defragmentation, you can now go for registry congestion clean up. When ever you are on your computer especially using the internet, you always download programs from the internet. These programs are always on the computer registry and even if you delete them or sign them out, they are still in the registry and for that matter you need to clean up the registry to get the space for more downloads and quick access to your computer.

Lastly but not least, if you are using your computer to browse the internet, I think by now you have known that there are some free programs that can be used to clean your computer just by one click on your computer. For me I have been using CCLEANER for almost a year now and I haven't seen any problem with at all.

What you have to do is, Go to Google and write install free ccleaner and you will be directed on how to download it. It will not take more than 5 minutes. To assure you this program will make your computer faster than before.

Reasons For Computer Renting and Leasing Compared to Computer Buying

In our company we always face some challenges when a new computer is up in market. Every worker is talking about new laptops and their special features and at the end of the day every one feels like getting one of such of a laptop. But Young generation workers get it hard to decide whether they should buy an expensive notebook computer with their little salaries that's when our boss came up with the decision of notebook computer leasing.

In this modern world everything can be leased out .Some people think that leasing and renting is left to cars and real estate and forget that they can also go leasing and renting of laptop computers. The best thing with notebook computer leasing is that you get a modern notebook that suites you. This could be hard when you decide to buy one because new notebooks with modern programs are always expensive.

It doesn't make any sense for you to buy a notebook every three months but with computer leasing you can get a new notebook after every 3 months. Many companies face a shortage of money when it comes to purchasing of computers to every individual in a company. Computers loose value quickly and for that matter one should consider leasing than buying. Like any machinery computers are vulnerable to depreciation which means that one will have to buy a notebook every year and that means that the company will be losing a lot of money in buying a computer for every individual in the company. But considering buying computer to leasing, it can be cheaper to a company because after the elapse of the agreed period the computer will be returned back and may be given a new one or refresh the contract if the computers are still functioning to its fullest.

In this computing world it is on record that every other day new programs are manufactured and some computers that were purchased some years ago don't have those programs. How will you manage to get a computer with new programs at higher price? Just go for a computer leasing and you will be relieved because this may not need the involvement of looking for a loan from the bank like the case of computer buying.

If you are in a big company, you need to engage your accountant to determine whether the company should go for laptop computer buying or renting option. Low cost computers are found everywhere as long as one wants computers for secretarial work in their offices.

Some sections of the company may need high end computers which may require the company to lease from out and if the company sees it right, it may go ahead and purchase them. So it is up to the company to sort things out.

Depending on the size of the company, the computers shouldn't be a burden. But suppose it is a small company that can manage its workers closely, then the decision of buying may occur. On the other hand when it is the big company with many branches in different places, the decision of rent to buy may be used .So depending on individual decisions, one could think of renting a computer or buying.

WHERE TO GET THEM? Almost all bigger computer companies like Dell, Sony, Toshiba and many others deal in notebook computer leasing .It is up to your company to contact any computer suppliers near you to see how the deal can be dealt with. For individuals, there are very many companies on the net that deal on notebook computer selling and renting. A company like Tigerdirect can give good deals on Laptop renting and leasing.

6 Things to Consider When Buying a New Computer

Is your computer very old?
Is it too slow or the memory is filled up, that you are thinking of buying a new computer?
Before you go to the computer shop, let me show you 6 things to consider when buying a new computer.

1. Computer brand: when buying a new computer the first thing that should come into your mind should be what brand of computer do I want to buy. Brand of a computer is determined by some fact like brand popularity, brand durability and availability of parts in the market.

2. Purpose of the computer: secondly the purpose of the computer should be considered. You have to ask yourself what am I buying this computer for, is it for my personal use, are you using it for DJ, is it for your office, you also have to consider the kind of program that will run on the computer. this will give you a guide of the spec of computer you are to buy. (spec means grade)

3. Facilities available: you also have to consider the facilities that you want the computer to have, facilities like wireless enabled, Bluetooth, camera, card reader etc.

4. Memory Size: you also have to consider the memory of the computer. Computer memory here is the ram and the ram is what runs the applications on the computer so the size of the ram matters a lot, for a brand new computer the ram size is also dependent on the operating system that the computer comes with. If you want to buy a windows vista computer the ram should be like 3GB to 4GB because windows vista needs more memory to run than windows xp, For windows xp 2GB to 3GB will be ok.

5. Hard disk: the next fact to consider is the size of the hard disk drive. Using large amount of hard disk is the best since some part of the hard disk is assigned to the ram to enable it perform effectively. If you use small size of hard disk and some part is assigned to the ram you will be left with a very small size that makes your computer run slowly. So large hard disk size is the best.

6. Processor speed: another fact to consider is the speed of the processor: you will notice that within the last two years there has been tremendous competition between processor manufacturers. So there are various kinds and types of processor. There are two major processor manufacturers which are Intel and AMD so you have to make your choice based on your research. You have to get a processor with high speed. These are the 6 things to consider when buying a new computer

After considering these facts you are sure to get a good computer when you enter the computer shop.

This article is open for comment and questions.

How to Buy a Computer

With so many types and models of computers to choose from, it becomes quite intimidating to buy a new computer, especially if you do not have the expert knowledge of experienced computer users. Here's a quick run-down of what to look for when you buy a computer.

What Will You Use It For?

Some people think that really powerful computers are all the craze, and end up with a really powerful computer that they cannot maximize. Before you buy a computer, think of what you're going to use it for. A really powerful computer with all the trimmings is underutilized if all you do is type. Here are some of the kinds of computers that are available to you:

* Entry-level computers are the basic, most affordable computer packages that fit most budgets. Entry-level computers contain the essential components needed to make a computer work, in tune with the latest technology available for consumers on a budget. Almost all entry-level computers on the market today can accomplish most of the tasks required of them, at a fraction of the cost of high-end computers.

* Mid-level computers. If you're going to buy your first computer, you might as well buy a mid-level computer that combines powerful specifications with affordable parts. Mid-level computers can be easily upgraded to powerful machines.

* Multimedia and gaming computers are the top-tier computers used by designers and hardcore computer enthusiasts. Computers like these are equipped with really powerful, top-of-the-line parts and components that make the most intensive of computing jobs and tasks a breeze, like video editing and playing the most sophisticated games. Multimedia and gaming computers, though, are the most expensive ones on the market.

Crunching the Numbers

When you buy a computer, you may be confused with all the numbers presented to you by the sales attendant. While higher values generally mean a more powerful computer, you may end up with so much power and speed that you cannot maximize and utilize efficiently. Before buying a computer, focus on the following important parts and values:

* Random access memory (RAM). RAM is a module used to store data, and plays a very important role in the speed and performance of your computer. Most RAM modules today enter the market at 1GB to accommodate pressing needs in new programs and operating systems. Higher RAM values can help you multi-task and run programs quicker and easier, although you may end up wasting a lot of money if you only use your computer for basic tasks like typing papers and playing simple games.

* Processor speed. With all the talk about "hyperthreading" technology and giga-speed processors, it's important to remember that a fast processor should always be bundled with a considerably big amount of RAM. Multi-core processors do not necessarily mean faster computing; the multi-core processing technology available today is useful for many CPU-intensive programs and processes like virus scans and high-end multimedia processes.

* Video. Some budget computers come with integrated video cards, although it's still best to buy a computer with a separate video card built to work well with your CPU and RAM specs. A separate video card adds more sharpness and definition to your images provided that you buy a good computer monitor.

* Disk space. There's no such thing as "too much free space," especially if you like to collect music, videos, or if you make a lot of files. The bigger the hard disk space that there is in the computer, the better. You can divide a really large hard disk into partitions to make organizing files easier.


All computers grow obsolete eventually. With the current pace of technology, parts grow more powerful and more advanced, and the powerful computer you're buying may very well be an entry-level model in a few months. Unless your needs and tasks really consider the latest requirements in computing technology, there's no need to keep up with the trends as long as your computer suits your needs just fine. You may need to upgrade, though, especially if you anticipate new programs, needs, and uses for your computer. It is generally cheaper to upgrade an older computer - as long as it still complies with the minimum industry standards - than to buy a new one.

Computer Optimize - Discover the Best Solution

Discover the best solution that will help optimize your computer. Optimizing a computer will help your computer run smoother faster and error free. To have your computer optimized, it will be in your best interest to optimize your computer's registry. If this sounds a little confusing, i have set up this article in a question and answer format. Hopefully this will help to optimize your computer.

Why would I want to optimize my computer?

There are many reasons why you should optimize your computer, some of these reasons include:

  • Results in faster boot ups, log ons, execution of programs
  • Fewer errors (DLL, Windows Explorer, system 32, runtime, windows installer, Internet Explorer, active x)
  • More stable computer
  • Fewer or almost no missing files (no broken links)
  • Fewer Crashes
  • Assists in virus protection and detection

What is the computer "registry", and how is it related to computer optimization?

To be more accurate, the "windows registry" stores all the hardware and software settings made on your computer. These settings are called every time programs are executed or even when any process is run on your computer. An analogy that can be used to exemplify the windows registry is the common road system. Vehicles can represent data which aids in the execution of programs. Roads can represent pathways which data travels to arrive at a specific location. When a computer's registry is not optimized many of these roads (data pathways) are broken, or damaged. A broken road means that vehicles would have to take alternate methods to arrive at a specific location. Therefore the more broken data pathways in your computer, the slower it becomes.

How do I know if my computer needs to be optimized?

This is very common question. To be honest no matter what, your computer is prone to registry problems. No matter how expensive, operating system, or features you have in your computer, every computer is prone to registry problems. Therefore every computer should be optimized to for the computer to be used to its fullest potential.

What do I need to optimize my computer?

You do not need any additional hardware or software, just a program that will optimize your windows registry. Remember a speedy healthy registry equals a speedy healthy computer.

Are these programs reliable?

Yes theses programs are legit and reliable. They offer 24 hour around the clock support. Also these programs are very compatible (Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows me etc.) Also I have used all three of the programs listed in my website below, and they did a splendid job optimizing my computer. Also it saved me a lot of money, because I was going to buy more RAM (random access memory) for my computer. This would have been pointless because, all of the registry optimizing programs found over 500 errors on my computer, and had it fully optimized.

Eliminate That Pain in the Neck With Computer Glasses!

If you are an individual that suffers from severe computer neck pain due to the type of glasses that you wear, you should continue reading this helpful guide. Now, you can successfully eliminate that pain in the neck with computer glasses! Most individuals that wear no-line progressive lenses in their glasses, trifocals, and even bifocals suffer from some degree of pain due to the way that the head must be adjusted in order to appropriately see the information that is on the computer screen. Here, you will receive information specific to this type of pain, as well as an effective resolution that can be of benefit to you!

The Problem

Many individuals now spend more time on a computer than ever before. Many implement the use of computers for their work, while others perform certain tasks on the computer for personal reasons such as paying bills and entertainment purposes. While technology has now advanced to the point where we can do just about anything with a desktop PC or laptop, our bodies have not changed. Spending any length of time sitting in front of a computer can be detrimental to our bodies. In many instances, our back and neck area may start to tense up due to our method of sitting, as well as the adjustments that we have to make in order to see the screen, and the contents thereof. Luckily, there have been extensive studies that conclude that if one has the right computer glasses, they can not only see better, but they can feel better overall! The problem occurs if the individual sitting in front of the computer does not have the appropriate occupational computer bifocals. This is when the issue of Computer Vision Syndrome may occur.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer Vision Syndrome is a complication that occurs as a natural result of the strain that occurs in the eyes when viewing the screen of your system. It is most common to those who fail to wear appropriate glasses for computer use. It has been found after conclusive studies that those who spend an average of two or more hours working and/or entertaining themselves on a computer experience this eye condition to some level. In addition to this, it has been found that adults and children alike are capable of experiencing this condition. It occurs due to the fact that the eyes have difficulty setting their focus to the words and symbols on a screen due to the method of creation. Pixels create the words that we see on our computers, and lack the same contrast as words that are written on paper.

What are the Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?

There are many symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to consider investing in a good pair of computer glasses. The symptoms are as follows:

o Many will experience a burning sensation in the eyes.

o Most individuals experience pain and strain in the area of the neck and shoulders that is highly bothersome.

o The vision may become blurred, and the individual may even notice that they start to see "double".

o Headaches of varying degrees are a common complaint among those who suffer from eye strain due to the wrong type of glasses.

o Many may start to notice that they are unable to focus as well on their computer screens as they once were able to do.

o Experiencing eyes that feel tired may be common.

If you wear glasses while sitting in front of the computer, and you have noticed that you experience these symptoms, you may suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. If so, it is a good idea to consider obtaining a pair of occupational computer glasses.

The Solution

The solution for Computer Vision Syndrome is actually quite simple. All it takes is an effective pair of computer glasses! Now, you can visit a doctor and actually receive a prescription for this type of glasses or you can convert your everyday prescription glasses into computer glasses. If you are looking to eliminate the symptoms of computer neck pain, eye strain, and sore eyes, a slip-behind computer lens may be the most effective solution for your issue. There will no longer be a need to tilt your head forward, or back to see through the lenses that you now use on your prescription eye glasses. All you have to do is simply consider computer glasses that can help eliminate that pain in the neck, and all the other symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome!

Computer Performance Optimization - Discover the Best Solution

Computer performance optimization solutions are at need in today's computer world. With so much software and terabytes of information running through your computer, your computer will eventually start to lag or even crash. Latest computers are capable of executing billions of operations per second, but you might notice that no matter how good your computer is, it tends to slow down and eventually stall. How does this happen, even when latest computers are advertised saying that their capable such massive number of operation per second. Well the truth is no matter if your computer is brand new out of the box or ancient as dinosaurs, the key to computer performance is the computer's registry. Since this is pretty complicated topic, I have formatted this article in a question and answer format and explained everything in simplest context.

What is computer registry?

The windows registry is in charge of all the hardware and software setting saved on your computer. It is one of the most important processes required to run your computer. Without the windows registry your computer won't remember any of your settings every time you boot up your computer.

How can the windows registry help in my computer performance optimization?

The windows registry can also be referred to as a giant cache. A cache set of data that has been duplicated and stored in a location where the computer can access it easily when ordered to. The original set of data maybe harder for the computer to access because it's in a farther location than the cache. The data stored in the cache include software settings, hardware settings, etc. The computer goes to the windows registry call out information that it needs when your order it do a specific task (starting up, logging on, shutting down, launching any program etc). The problem is with today's computing is that there are so many programs that run on your computer and jam packs your registry with tones of data. This state causes the registry to access data which is located at a more distant place than the cache/ registry which causes the computer to operate at a very slow pace, and depending on how much information it's ordered to process it may freeze. Therefore a healthy registry results in a faster and fully optimized computer.

How do I know if my computer needs performance optimization?

If your computer does any one of the following symptoms, then your computer needs performance optimization

  • Slow startups, logons, shut downs
  • Freezing / Crashing / blue screens at any time
  • Takes forever to open a program or document
  • Internet is very slow
  • Music seems to chop/ break up
  • Unexpected errors
  • Often asks you to run a disk clean up or a disk defragmenter
  • Programs or documents won't open up when asked to
  • Always asks you to send Microsoft crash reports

What can I do fix these problems

Most people result to buying additional RAM (random access memory) for their computer. This is very expensive, and won't fix the problem at all. The best thing can fix such is issues is to invest in a computer optimization program. These programs scan your entire system especially the windows registry and fix every single problem. You will be able to instantly experience the results right after you run one of these programs.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Cheap Computers

A computer has evolved from being a luxury to a necessity these days. Students, professionals, and your average Joe, are using computers to create files and documents, listen to music or watch movies, and play games, among many others. And with the Internet, one can send and receive emails, have videoconferencing, shop online, and many more. All these features make it hard to live without computers and the Internet.

But just because many people find it essential to have a computer does not necessarily mean one has to spend so much for it. Today, one can buy an up and running personal computer system at a low price. There are a lot of options for those who want to buy cheap computers. There are refurbished computers, used computers, and recertified ones.

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should buy cheap computers.

  • It's cheap!
  • Above all other reasons, buying cheap computers is cheap! Let's face it - not all people are willing to shed bucks over a new computer set, or simply not everyone has the financial resources to do so. The best option would then be to buy cheap computers. By buying cheap computers, one can save a lot of money that can be used for other more necessary expenses such as food, shelter, and clothing.

  • Cheap does not mean low quality
  • Although most people are turned off by the idea of buying cheap computers because it connotes low quality, there are actually cheap computers that function and perform as well as new ones. There are cheap refurbished computer systems available in the market today, and this is just one of your many options in looking for a cheap yet high-performance computer system. Refurbished computer systems are those computers returned by the customer. They are then inspected, certified, and packaged again to be sold at a lower price to new users.

  • It's perfect for a second computer
  • Having a cheap computer is perfect if you already have an expensive one but you or your family finds an urgent need to have another pc. If you don't want to spend so much on the second computer, since of course, you already have the main one, then buying cheap computers is one solution.

  • It's simple
  • Most computers are sold expensive because they allow you to do a lot of things. If you simply want to use your computer for basic activities like surfing the net, sending mails, and do spreadsheets and word processing, then buying cheap computers is the best option for you.

  • It's perfect for newbies
  • If you're a first time computer user, and you're not yet so acquainted with high power systems, then buying cheap computers is the way to start. And since most refurbished computers are upgradeable, you can expand your memory, add larger hard drives, and faster modems, anytime in the future, when you feel you're comfortable with it already.

    These are the top 5 reasons why people buy cheap computers. Computers, regardless of how important they may be to some people, do not have to come at a high price.

    Quick Guide to Getting a New Computer

    Are you convinced that you need to get a new computer? Do you have an idea of what type of computer to get? Do you have the budget for it? If you answered yes to all these questions, don't think that you are well on your way to getting that new computer. There are still many questions you need to ask yourself before getting that computer. Here is a simple guide that you can use in buying computers.

    What do you want to do with your computer?

    Before you rush and get that new computer you must first identify what reason you have for getting one. What is your purpose? You must know what your computer will be mostly used for as this will be your most basic guide in choosing what kind of computer will be right for you.

    Do you understand computer basics?

    This is the next thing you need to ask yourself. Do you have knowledge and information about computers to make you choose one that is right for you? You need to have the right knowledge about computer basics so that you can get the best computer you possibly could and not feel cheated with the price you got it for. Make sure you understand what is a computer processor, RAM, the speed of the graphics, the size of the hard disk and other technical stuff like this before you embark on your quest for a new computer. If you are not very familiar with computer specifics, it is best to get the help of a person who does, preferably a friend or family member.

    What Operating System do you want to use?

    A computer's operating system or processor is one of the most important thing that you would need to consider when getting a computer. Today, the newest operating system used is Window's Vista but some people may still prefer using Window's XP. Other people may also prefer to use Macintosh computers.

    What RAM size is the minimum you are willing to get?

    The computer's Random Access Memory or RAM is your computers short-term memory. The bigger memory capacity of your RAM, the more files you can store and the faster your computer can go. Generally, when you computer's memory gets too crowded, your computer's function also slows down. Make sure that you have at least 1 GB of memory in your computer system.

    What size and speed of hard drive will you be getting?

    The hard drive is where computer programs and files are stored. It is best to get a bigger and faster hard drive to ensure a better performance from your computer. It is best to get a hard drive with at least 250 GB of memory.

    Now that you have answered the 5 basic questions, you are ready to get a new computer. But do not limit yourself to this. Ask more questions about the computer you would want to get. Look at the other computer parts. Would you like to get a CTR or LCD monitor? A mouse with a trackball or an optical one? A wireless keyboard or one wired to your computer? Continue to ask yourself and also get the opinion of others to ensure that you will be getting the best computer you could possibly have.

    After all that, go and visit www.cheapshoppingcenter.com [http://www.cheapshoppingcenter.com] This is the best to get all your computer needs. This store offers lots of options and the best prices too. Look through Cheap Shopping Center and this might be where you can get the computer that will best suit your needs and your lifestyle.

    How to Conduct a Computer Speed Test

    A brand new computer will not need a computer speed test because you are sure that it will run smoothly. As you use your computer you will come to notice that its performance gradually slows down. To make sure that your computer is performing as it was indicated in the package you need to perform a computer speed test.

    There are different ways on how you can conduct computer speed test:

    1. Look for a software that allows you to measure the speed of the computer's CPU. This will give you an idea on how well your computer is doing. The CPU speed test application will let you compare your computer's CPU score with other ratings internationally. If your computer's measurement is in Mhz then you need to upgrade your system. Your CPU should be running not less than 1 Ghz especially when you are going to install large programs such as games or web development or programming tools.

    There are also other computer speed test applications that will indicate if your computer is doing well by the color. Like for instance if the color is green the computer is functioning as stated by the manufacturer. If the color is red it means that the computer is running faster more than what was indicated in the package. For the color yellow, it means that the computer is running a bit faster.

    There are also other computer speed tools that can indicate errors on the computer. Then it will provide solutions that will address the problem reported. And you have the option to push through with the repair or not.

    These tools are for free so you can download several of these and compare the results you obtained from each of the application. Make sure that you uninstall the programs after use unless you decide to keep it.

    2. The second method to perform computer speed test is very simple and you do not need any tool. First restart your computer and time its start up. Then take note of it. Browse through the programs that you have installed in the computer. If you have programs that you are not using then remove it.

    Then remove temporary files, cookies, check the registry for corrupt or damaged files and clear the Internet cache. This can be done by using the cleanup utilities in the Microsoft Windows. This will free up space on the hard disk and memory of the computer. Then scan the computer for virus infections. Make sure that the virus/es found are deleted immediately by configuring the settings of the antivirus program,

    After doing so, restart the computer and time it again. Compare the number to the first one that you took. You will notice that the computer starts faster and programs are loading smoothly.

    But if the computer is still taking time to start up then your best bet will be to reformat the computer. It is safer to let a computer technician do this job. Just make sure that you have installers for the programs that you are going to need.

    Computer speed tests will also evaluate the computer's registry. Detecting registry errors will help the computer run faster because it will get rid of the complications occurring in the computer. The registry is where almost all important files are stored so it is important to maintain it in a good condition.

    How to Select a Cheap Computer That Truly Meets Your Needs

    Cheap computer selection can be fun and exciting. Or it can be mysterious and end-up costing you more than it should. Here are some ideas to help. Selecting a computer all boils down to your computer needs and computer strength. You should understand both before you go shopping.

    Computer strength is determined by certain key components. They are the CPU, RAM memory, the hard disk drive, the graphics card, and the sound card. This article will review these parts and explain them so you will be able to avoid the many pitfalls in selection when purchasing any computer or laptop.

    Your Intended Use

    First, it is important to determine exactly what you intend to use the computer for. This is because you should buy a computer suited to your needs, and NOT only because of price, color, cabinet design, or because it's what a store has in stock. Your primary considerations should be a balance between your ability to pay and if the computer is powerful enough to handle your computer needs. Otherwise you are paying for excess Processor and Ram that you will never be used.

    I recommend you write down on a piece of paper exactly what you want to do with a computer. If you know what software programs and games you will run, write them down. If you have these programs and you still have the box they came in, look on the box and see what operating systems (O/Ss) they will run on and the amount of RAM Memory and other requirements your programs require.

    Note that the most popular O/S today is Microsoft Vista©. Unfortunately, many or all of the software programs and games you now have will probably not run on Vista.

    Vista is a more complicated system and software must usually be created specifically for Vista in order to run. If you wish to keep the programs and games you now use, you may want to look only for a new computer that has Microsoft XP (usually Microsoft XP Professional) or you will have to buy upgrades or new programs and games that will run on a new computer that has Vista.

    Most new computers will come with some software already installed on the computer, such as Microsoft Office, which includes several programs such as Microsoft Word.

    Your Budget

    You will need to consider your budget when buying any computer or laptop. Standard or basic computers are low-end systems that will handle most everyday computer needs for home, light office, individual and student users. Such uses would include surfing the Internet, using email, writing and editing reports, bookkeeping, downloading and listening to some music, watching some video, and light graphics editing. Many games will play on a standard computer, if an adequate graphics card is installed.

    However, dedicated gamers, and those that wish to do considerable graphics and photo editing and video editing will need the more expensive higher-end systems that have the correct Athlon or Intel processors, the correct graphics and sound cards, and plenty of RAM Memory for good 3D rendering and heavy graphics use.

    In determining your computer needs, you should assess how much power you need. If you have specific software graphics programs, such as an Adobe program, or games you have or wish to buy, look on the software and game boxes for recommended system specifications.

    These specifications should be your guide when looking at computer systems.

    Computer Components

    Okay, so it gets a little complicated here, but I'll keep it simple. It is important to understand computer components so you have a better idea of what makes computers run. Here are the most essential components and parts in a computer.


    The processor, or CPU, is the brain of the system. It is only a chip and is located on the motherboard, which is a large board system in the computer. All other computer components are designed around the processor because the processor is the master regulator of the entire system. It is the most expensive item in a computer, so the general strength of a computer is determined by the quality of the processor.

    At the present time the AMD Sempron and Athlon are common low-end processors. Low-end RAM chips will only handle minimal graphics, meaning older or undemanding games and typical display graphics. The AMD Phenom Quad and Intel Core (TM) 2 Duo are mid-range, meaning they are stronger and can handle more. While the AMD Phenom X4 and the Intel Core(TM) Quad Q9450 are high-end, they are fully capable of full 3D rendition and heavy graphics use.


    The system's Memory, or RAM or RAM Memory, is the temporary memory of the computer. Typically, the more RAM you have the smoother the computer will run. A good standard computer not long ago would have 512 MB of Memory. Things have changed. Now, many low-end and mid-range computers today will have up to 1 GB of DDR II RAM. High-end computers will have 2GB or even 4GB of DDR II or DDR III RAM.


    The hard drive is the permanent memory of the computer. In general, it is best to get as much as possible, and hard drives are no longer expensive. Today, a typical hard disk in a standard computer should have a minimum of 40 GB, but will usually have about 80 GB. Mid-range computers will often have 200 GB or more. While high-end will have up to 1,000 GB. Look for the speed of the hard disk, 7200 RPM Serial ATA is desirable.

    A person that downloads a lot of MP3 or that edits video (non-professionally) will want at least 160 GB, minimum.


    Lower-end computers and some mid-range computers will have an integrated motherboard, meaning the graphics card is part of the motherboard. This will work well if you will use the computer mostly for non-graphics intensive programs, including non-3D games.

    Serious gamers, photo editors, video editors, and those in graphics creation will want a separate, higher-quality graphics card, which is sometimes called a video card. Popular graphics cards include the NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300GE and the ATI® Radeon(TM) HD 4870 X2. Right now, the top quality high-end cards include the Dual ATI Radeon® HD 4850-CrossFire and the NVIDIA® 9800 GTX.


    On many lower-end systems, the sound card is "integrated" on the motherboard. On other lower-end and some mid-range systems the sound card is "integrated" with the graphics card.

    A separate sound card (not integrated with the graphics card or the motherboard) can indicate a better sound system, but that depends on the quality of the card. Top-end sound cards include the Creative Labs Sound Blaster® Audigy®2 ZS High Definition and the Intel® High-Definition 7.1 Audio.


    Monitors are a matter of personal taste. Some people still prefer the older CRT monitors, even though they use-up more room on a desk and they are heavy. However many LCD monitors are now being sold. LCD is now the standard even for low-end computers. I recommend at least a 17 inch screen. Of course, the bigger the screen the better.


    Look and make sure the system comes with support for the latest USB 2.0 specification. If you plan to do any video capturing and editing, make sure the computer has FireWire ports.

    In Summary

    By understanding computer components and other vital parts, and by understanding your computer needs, you can make a wiser cheap computer selection. Buying only what you need is good for the environment, and you will save money in the process.

    Scope of Online Degrees in Computer Sciences

    Computer Science is very broad field based on the studies of hardware and software design. Computer science covers different areas of designing, installation and maintenance of complex systems. Major subjects of the computer sciences include computer systems, maintenance of communication network and development of core digital technologies. Areas of specialties include artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine behavior. Basic aim of computer science studies is to investigate algorithms and use of computer systems to solve problems of business and government. Computer science professionals create and maintain most effective computer systems with latest technology. Computer science is one of the rapidly growing industries at present. Many universities offer associate, bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees in computer Sciences.

    Major Areas of Specialization

    In combination to general subjects universities offers specialization in different areas of computer sciences. These areas include software development, language development and modification, system development, algorithms, hardware maintenance, database systems, numerical analysis and information management.

    Skills Earned

    Online degrees in computer sciences develop number of specific skills in the students. Some important skills include the following:

    o You will be able to create and apply new technology.
    o Software design and analysis
    o Identification of problems and solution
    o Complete multitask with in defined time frame
    o You will learn to work independently as well as in teams.
    o Also learn how to identify errors and rectify these errors
    o You will able to select the correct programming language and hardware systems to complete assigned project.
    o You will effectively use operating systems, text editors and compilers in documenting of programs.

    Online Degrees Available in Computer Sciences

    In addition to degrees offered by traditional universities different top accredited online universities and colleges also offer online degrees in computer sciences. These degrees include Online Associate Degree in Computer Science, Online Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Online Master Degree in Computer Science and Online PhD Degree in Computer Science. Online education has now become a good option for many people who are not able to join traditional institutes due to some personal and financial reasons. Online Education is also beneficial for working professionals who wants to gain progress in their fields and want to upgrade careers with latest knowledge. Online degrees prove more beneficial if you also join any internship program. You can join different careers after earning online degrees in computer sciences. You can join number of different careers in the field of computer science such as software designing, computer and software sales, programming, computer system development, networking manager, computer hardware professional, computer game development, graphics designer and system manager. These are some examples of opportunities available for computer science degree holders.

    Career Path for Online Degrees in Computer Sciences

    Computer science consists of theoretical programming and advanced computing solutions. Computer scientists can work in three different areas.

    o Computer Scientist design and build software
    o Also design useful methods to solve computing problems such as storage of data in databases, transmit data over networks and new methodologies to solve security problems.
    o Formulation of new and improved approaches to use

    Design and Application of Software

    Computer science professionals design software for various purposes including web development, interface design, security issues and mobile computing. Majority of computer science graduates join this career path. Bachelors in computer science provides gateway to enter this field of software designing and its application. Graduates can also continue their education and gain masters degree in computer sciences. You can find jobs in large or small software houses, companies providing computer services and every kind of large organization such as industry, government, banking, healthcare etc.

    Develop New Ways to Use Computers

    Instead of designing software computer professionals also find new ways to modernize the use of computers. This can achieve by making advancement in computer technology. Computer graduates who are involved in advance graduate work in research university, industrial research and laboratory invent new and improved ways to use computers. The basic aim of such innovations is to simplify the use of computers and computer users can enjoy using computers with new and improved devices and methods. These devices include robotics, computer vision and digital forensics. Dot-com language is the example of such progress in computer sciences.

    Discover Effective Ways to Solve Computing Problems

    Computing problems can be solved by developing and applying computer science theories and algorithms. Computer science professionals make use of these two i.e. theories and algorithms to discover best possible solution of severe computing problem. To join this field as career students are required to have graduate degree to Ph.D. level with current working experience in a research university, industrial research and development laboratory.

    The basic aim of computer science is to explore algorithms, design efficiency and application of computer systems to solve the problem of businesses and government organizations. Computer professionals maintain and formulate effective ways with latest technology. Computer science is rapidly growing industry. You will have lot of opportunities to work as computer professional. Number of computer users is increasing day by day and that's why development and maintenance of computer system has become important issue. More and more trained professionals are required to fulfill the needs of industry.

    Computer Basics

    A computer is not just one thing but is consisted of many parts that work together. A desktop computer is a computer intended for use at a single location only. It is usually bulky and consisted of many parts connected together by wires. Here are some of the basic parts of a desktop computer.

    The CPU or Central Processing Unit. This is considered as the brain of the computer. This is what processed all the information and carries out the commands in your computer. This is regarded as the most important computer part because without this, your computer will cease to function.

    The RAM or Random Access Memory. This is considered to be the short-term memory of the computer. The bigger memory capacity of your computer's RAM, the more files you will be able to store and more often, the faster your computer would work.

    The motherboard. This is the main board in the computer. It contains many chips and circuitry. This is where the CPU and RAM are located.

    The hard drive. This is where all the computer programs and information are stored.

    The floppy/CD/DVD drive. Floppy drives are used less and less. This is where floppy disks are put in. CD/DVD drives are prominent today because of the high us of CD's and DVD's. Aside from reading CD's and DVD's, computers now have the ability to store information on them through a process called "burning."

    The monitor. This is the computer screen that displays whatever you are doing on the computer. Today, computer monitors come in different shapes and sizes.

    The keyboard. This looks like a typewriter and is what you use to type on the computer. This also serves as a control of whatever you are doing on your computer.

    The mouse. This is used to control the pointer on the computer screen. It has two buttons, left and right, that is used to click and choose things on the computer screen.

    A sound card found inside a computer allows for the output of audio through a computer's speakers or headphone. A video card on the other hand allows for the output of video that is displayed in the computer. Using both of these is usually helpful when using your computer for games or for viewing videos.

    The power supply. This is connected to all computer parts and is what supplies power to all parts of the computer.

    Aside from the basic computer parts, there are still many other parts that can be found on a desktop computer. You can add a printer to put into hard copy the files on your computer. A speaker, to hear the computer's audio. A scanner, to put in images into the computer. A webcam, to serve as a computer camera. A modem, used to connect your computer to the internet.

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    Accessories For Your Computer - Get Them Now

    Having a computer nowadays is not as simple as it was ten years ago. Today, there are more computer parts and hardware that can be added on. Using a computer has also become harder. There are many applications that can be used and many computer accessories that can be utilized and needed when using a computer, may it be a desktop or a laptop.

    There are computer accessories that can be used for both desktop and laptop computers. A few of them are the following: Memory cards are used as an additional and mobile storage space for computer files. Card readers can be connected to the computer to read the content of a memory card. Headphones, headsets and microphones are connected to the computer to hear and record a computer audio. Instead of using the speakers, a headphone can be used for private listening. A microphone is used for recording audio in the computer.

    A headset is a headphone and microphone in one. For people who use their computers for gaming, gamepads and joystick are very useful. This allows them to play computer games easily. Webcams are used as a computer camera and is very useful when communicating with someone over the internet. There are also Infrared and Bluetooth technologies with allows wireless file transfers. Most desktop computers do not have one already installed and older models of laptops may not have one installed either. Infrared and Bluetooth devices can be connected through the USB port of the computer. A graphics or computer tablet can be connected to the computer which allows one to input hand-drawn images into the computer and is used similar to a pen and paper.

    Some computer accessories can be used for desktop computers only. Power supplies are used to give power to all parts of the computer. Voltage usually depends on what country it is used. There are also available Remote controls for computers which serve the same purpose as any remote control. Desktop computers can also have changeable cases. They may either be PC cases or tower cases which are more commonly used today.

    Laptop computers have a little more accessories than desktop computer have. There are batteries for laptop computers. Since it is a mobile computer, batteries are important and a back-up battery is helpful when no power outlet is available to charge the battery already drained by using the laptop. A mouse can be connected to a laptop if one is not used to using a track pad or just feels more comfortable using a mouse. There are also available docking stations for laptops which depend on what computer brand you are using. It is also important to have a laptop bag that is sturdy and durable to keep your laptop safe while travelling. Using a laptop security device is also important in keeping your laptop safe. There are available locks especially designed for laptops computers.

    If you are the type of person who likes to do things on your own, you can also choose to get a repair or service manual for your computer. If you are knowledgeable and confident enough, this can save you from taking your computer to service centers for simple repairs.

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    Don't Confuse Refurbished Laptop Computer With Poor Quality Technology

    Many shoppers confuse a refurbished laptop computer with inferior quality merchandise. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. In a very large number of cases, computer shoppers buying a refurbished computer can make a money saving purchases. More often than not, consumer hesitations associated with purchasing a refurbished computer are overblown. These computers are very often factory re-engineered and re-tested to the same rigorous manufacturing standards as brand new computers.

    In the simplest definition, a refurbished computer is a computer that has been repaired, cleaned, and restored to its original condition. These laptops have been repaired or made as good as new. A refurbished machine almost always comes with a full warranty from the manufacturer. In fact, one of the best ways to spot a quality refurbished computer is to determine if a full warranty is offered to the potential shopper. The presence of a warranty means every aspect of the refurbished laptop computer has been brought back to the original electronic specifications.

    Refurbished Notebook Computers

    Refurbished notebook computers offer a very healthy, pocket pleasing cost benefit. In almost every case, the refurbished notebook computer is priced well below the cost of a brand new laptop computer. All of the major laptop computer manufacturers off their refurbished notebooks at reduced prices, when compared to the price of a brand new laptop with the same specifications. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Apple, Lenovo and other laptop manufacturers offer refurbished laptop computers at their outlet locations on the web. Without a doubt, the smartest way to obtain a refurbished notebook computer is to buy it directly at the manufacturer's outlet store, or at one of their authorized vendors. The Manufactures themselves and their authorized vendors take great care to offer the buying public quality products at cheap prices because they want positive feedback after the sale from satisfied customers.

    Of course, it is important for shoppers to research the refurbished, cheap laptops they are considering for purchase. While a refurbished notebook computer is, in general, a cheap laptop computer, it is usually the case that the hard drive and amount of ram cannot be upgraded at the time of purchase. A cheap laptop computer, such as a refurbished laptop from a major manufacture outlet store, is usually a "buy as is" item. This means that the individual components cannot be upgraded at the time of purchase. While a cheap laptop computer may not offer the purchaser upgrade options at the exact time of purchase, they are still great bargains because the warranty offers replacement services for the components that accompany the cheap laptop computer.

    Cheap Laptop Computer

    Cheap laptop computer is not to be confused with poor quality because they are a lot less expensive than their newer counterparts. On the contrary, since refurbished portable computers have been restored to their original specifications, they are simply less expensive than new machines. Now, it maybe the case that the computer which has been refurbished is an older model, but that does not mean it isn't fully functional or that it cannot be upgraded after the purchaser has taken possession of the computer. in fact, given that bigger hard drives, ram and new keyboards can be easily purchased from resellers of laptop parts, the cheap laptop computer is an excellent consideration for those on a tight budget, such as most college students or the retired person just learning how to use a computer for the first time.

    The purchase of a cheap computer that will fit your computing needs does require some research and cost comparison before making the final purchase. Ordinarily, consideration before the purchase of a cheap laptop computer should be given to the type of software to be run on the computer, the amount of ram necessary to run the software smoothly and the weight of the entire laptop. However, the purchased of a cheap computer that has been refurbished to meet the original manufacture specifications can be a financially rewarding experience. For those on a budget and those buying a first computer, a cheap laptop computer that meets the users' researched requirements and comes with a standard refurbished computer warranty can be a very smart and rewarding approach for first time computer buyers.

    Computer Appreciation For Beginners (Part 1)

    To those who really want to be perfect in computer operation and understanding, this article which shall come in 'parts' will lead you gently from the basics of computer to the complex usage of the software in the system. Before one starts using the programs in the system, he or she wants understand the system components and their usage. And so I wish to let you know of the meaning of computer and probably the generations of computer.

    Definition of a Computer System
    Computer is defined in so many ways by so many people based on their field of specialization. A computer is a set of interrelated and interactive devices, which uses electronic components to perform a predefined operation with accuracy. But generally, a computer system may simply be defined as an electronic device, which is capable of accepting data as input, process the data, store the data and provide a result as output in human readable form. The four basic parts of a computer are Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and System unit.

    A Brief History of Computer
    Computer history and development is always traced to Charles Babbage, the Father of computers and Lady Ada Lovelace, the Mother of Programming. The computer we have come to use today perfectly without any much stress and difficulty was not invented the way we have seen but passed through series of processes and stages. There exist five generations of computer as briefly discussed below:

    First Generation Computer (The Vacuum Tube Technology)
    This generation of computers consists of computers developed between 1944 and 1959. ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator), EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Computers) and UNIVAC 1 and 11 are first generation computers. This generation of computers were very bulky, dissipates a lot of heat, some were very heavy, weighing up to 200 tons. Because of the heat, they needed special cooling system. The characteristic technology of this generation was the use of vacuum tubes as the basic building blocks for the logic parts of the computers. In terms of speed they were very slow compared with computers of later generations.

    Second Generation Computer (The Transistor Technology)
    The technology, which gave the distinguishing characteristics of the second -generation computers, was the transistor technology. Although this device was developed in 1948 in Bell Telephone Laboratories, and was used largely in the electronic world, it was not until 1959 that it was introduced in the manufacture of computers. These transistors replaced the bulky vacuum tubes. In addition to doing everything that the vacuum tube could do, the transistors would do so with greater reliability, with less power requirement, generate less heat, less costly to manufacture and much smaller in size. The computers developed between 1959 and 1964 are called the second-generation computers. Examples: IBM 7030, 7070, 7090, 7094, Boroughs 200 series, UNIVAC III, Honey-well 800 etc. The development of high level programming languages like FORTRAN and COBOL was another innovation brought by the second-generation computers and were 10 times faster than the first.

    Third Generation Computers (Integrated Circuit Technology)
    Between 1964 and 1971, the third generation computers were developed. It was the technology of integrated circuits that opened the gates to the third generation computers. In fact we can say that the integrated circuit technology really revolutionized the computer technology itself. Integrated circuits are attached to a small piece of silicon chip. This technology cam progressively from Small Scale Integration (SSI), which contained about twenty interconnected transistors and diodes, through the Medium Scale Integration (MSI) which had over hundred interconnected transistors on a single chip, to Large Scale Integration (LSI) of over tens of thousand of transistors and diodes on a single chip. The achievements of the Integrated circuit technology led to even faster, more reliable, cheap and small-sized computers, whose powers were multiple of those of the earlier generations. In deed, this generation of computers gave birth to the mini computers, whose power of operation was more than the earlier generation, greater reliability and speed, yet was far less in size and in cost. They could do hundred times as many calculations per second and hundred times faster than their second-generation counterparts could. Examples: IBM 31360 - 31370 series, CDC 6600, 7600, Boroughs B5000 and PDP II series.

    The Fourth Generation Computers (VLSIC Micro Technology
    The very large-scale integrated circuit (VLSIC), made possible by the micro technology of the period 1971-1982 ushered in the fourth generation of computers. VLSIC has between 5,000 and 50,000 gates (transistors), upon which micro-processors were built. The effect of this technology was smaller and smaller but more and more powerful computers whose speed and reliability trivialized those of the earlier generations. This era also produced the micro-computers that could do the job of first generation large computers with thousand of times faster speed and affordable prices even by individual. This generation also produced a wide variety of software packages like word processing packages, graphics, games, spreadsheet packages and database management systems. Networking capabilities were also enhanced in this era. Examples of the fourth generation computers include the IBM 3033, HP 3000 mini computers, Apple II, Boroughs B7700.

    Fifth Generation Computers (Era of Artificial Intelligence)
    The technology of this generation of computers is characterized by Super Large Scale Integration (ULSI), Ultra Large Scale Integration (ULSI), parallel processing, Artificial Intelligence, Speech Processing, Pattern Recognition and Expert System. The distinguishing characteristics of this generation of computer are their tremendous speed and power. Continuous miniaturization of computers is the order of the day, newer, smaller, more powerful computers are seen day by day. Powerful microcomputers have today dwarfed the capability of the older days mainframe. Pentium II mother board with clock speed higher than 300 MHz and hard disk storage space over 20 Gigabytes with unbelievable capabilities, are now affordable by even low income earners. Networking, ranging from local, wide area to Internets are the common features of this generation of computers and has reduced the whole world into a global village.

    How to Fix Your Computer From Freezing?

    It's very common to have your computer freezing up one you at least once in a while when you have too many applications running at the same time. But having a constant freeze of your computer wastes your time and you will find it difficult to get any work done. So the question is how to fix your computer from freezing?

    Fix your computer from freezing is not simple but the more effective way is to prevent it from happening. That is exactly what you are going to read here. Each and every computer has something called as a computer registry which stores your data in files and folders for your use. At start up your computer will sort through the different folders and start any of the folders which have instructions to run at startup. But what if there are quite a few downloads you have got from the Internet and all are designed to run at startup?

    The computer gets confused and cannot decide what to do and typically shuts down while trying to decide what to do! As a result you get the typical static scene where nothing seems to work and everything is frozen! Typical frozen computer! But you should be able to detect your computer getting stuck on you and here are a few computer signs and symptoms you will see of a slow computer.
    One very common reason for your computer freezing up is because it is using nearly every availed amount of random access memory or RAM memory at that specific point of time. As a result the computer is running on almost nothing and you will have to wait till your computer has about released some extra RAM for your computer to start working again.

    How to fix your computer from freezing? Well, try to avoid having many programs running at the same time. Sometimes we are tempted to get better and more software of the internet to install on your computers. But please be aware that these software programs may not be designed specifically for your computer programming system and when your computer tries to run these programs an error is caused which takes some time to process, resulting in a screen freeze.

    Running multiple programs at the same time is really not a good idea at all. Select what programs you want and then delete the remaining of the free downloads which you've not used more than at least five times with a program that is given from Microsoft. But that is temporary because the root of the problem, the invalid files in your registry are not yet fixed. This is why you need a good registry cleaner program that can sort through the different programs in your computer to remove the bits and pieced of old and faulty programs which are cluttering up your system.

    A big fault in your computer Windows registry or a system fault may also cause your computer to freeze and you will not be able to work well.

    Now you have the answer to how to fix your computer from freezing. Well, another cause of having frequent computer freezes can also be due to viruses and make sure you run your disk protection software regularly to have your computer protected for functioning.

    As said before fixing your computer from freezing is easy but to prevent it you have to maintain your computer, by using registry cleaners you can easily clean up your RAM to remove all old and unused pieces of soft ware to prepare free RAM for the computer's daily processing in a regular basis automatically. Please do get good registry cleaners to clean out your computers at least once a week.

    Buying a Used Computer Online - What to Look For Step by Step Before You Make Your Purchase

    There's one reason and one reason only to buy a used computer online, lack of money which is a good reason. For the purpose of this article, the term computer shall include laptops. This article will tell you what to look for and what not to look for in a used computer, step by step.

    I would only consider buying a used computer if you can't afford to buy the computer you want new and can't afford a new computer at a level below that computer provided its features still have what you want. IE, if you can't afford to spend $750 for a new Core 2 Duo computer but can afford to spend $500 on a new Core Duo computer or $500 on a used Core 2 Duo, I would probably get the new Core Duo Computer unless the features on the used Core 2 Duo you found you couldn't do without. The main advantage of buying a computer used is the warranty and the ability to extend it, free technical help from the computer company and the fact that you know there is no spyware, adware and viruses on it and in all likelihood no pre-existing problems on the computer waiting to be discovered.

    Once you decide you can only afford to get the computer you want used then the first thing I would do is look to to see if it's available online from a large company that sells refurbished computers with at least a 45-90 day warranty. Refurbished computers include computers whose boxes were opened and never used as well as returned computers with no problems and returned computers with problems. These companies usually buy refurbished computers in mass and test, repair and restore them as applicable to their original factory setting before they are resold, so you're not likely to get a stiff. If you are, you will be covered by their warranty. You usually can extend your warranty for a few years beyond the original 45-90 days, as long as it's before your original warranty expires.

    The next step below that is buying your computer used online. Usually when you are buying a computer used online, there is no warranty. If you are not sure if a computer includes a certain feature on it, you need to contact the seller and have him confirm by email if it does or doesn't have that feature before you purchase it. Sellers are notorious for being deliberately vague on used computers. For instance, a few years ago I purchased a computer which the seller confirmed to me by email that it included an operating system and when I got it, of course it didn't but because I had this in writing he replaced it with one that had an operating system. If I didn't get him to confirm this, chances are he would have stated that nowhere in his sales description did he say an operating system was included and therefore he won't replace it. If you don't have a basic general knowledge of computers and you have a friend that does, I would have the friend check out the description before you make your purchase. Whatever you do, if you see the words "Sold as Is"- do not buy as that is the sellers way of saying you are stuck with it, once you receive it.

    I would not purchase any computer that is not at least described as being in very good condition as most sellers have a tendency to describe the condition one level better then what it is. I also would not buy any computer that mentions any kind of problem in its sales listing even its been fixed as you're asking for trouble. You should make sure the memory, hard drive, operating system, size and CPU is listed and what you're looking for. Assuming everything is in order, I would insist that the seller cleans the computer of all spyware, adware and viruses, if applicable before they send it out. I once got a used laptop that I had to spend 5 hours cleaning that junk off it. Once you get the computer, run any security programs on it and if you see that the seller hasn't sent you a clean computer, either tell them to refund you for the the whole computer or tell him you'll keep it but you want a rebate for sending you an unclean computer.

    One last thing before you make your purchase is to see what software is already on the computer and if there's something you don't want, ask the seller to uninstall it and if there's something you want kept on, tell the seller to leave it on. I would have the seller send you the computer UPS ground as its likelier to be damaged if sent by air, insured for the full purchase amount and requiring you to sign for it when delivered.

    Once you get your computer I would as I said earlier, run any security programs you have to make sure there's no junk on it. I then would test the computer for its basic functions and once you have an internet connection established, download Belarc Advisor online which is a free download that reads what's exactly on your computer in detail to make sure everything you were told was on the computer is on the computer in terms of software, system, RAM, hardware, etc. I also would make sure you have an anti-virus program operational before you start surfing the web.

    Scuba Diving Computers - Types and Styles

    A scuba diving computer can be a divers best friend. It will allow you to stay down longer than if you were diving off of tables. There are many types and/or styles of dive computers you can choose from. Which one is best is really personal preference and is suited to the way you dive. The following are some of the choices you will have when purchasing your dive computer.

    Console Dive Computer

    A console dive computer is attached to the rest of the equipment via a hose. The console dive computers typically come with a pressure gauge. The readouts are typically larger than on a wrist dive computer so they can also be easier on the eyes.

    There are also options for a scuba dive computer to be mounted on your hose (this is the type we currently use) or clip onto your BC. Choose whichever is more comfortable for you and fits into your price range.

    Wrist Dive Computer

    The wrist dive computer is very popular. These types of computers look like large watches and are worn on the wrist. They will tell you all you need to know at a glance. Some wrist dive computers are also able to be mounted in a console.

    Sometimes the faces may be a bit small for all the information the computer can display, so make sure you will be able to read it underwater.

    Unless they are air integrated and wireless (see below) wrist dive computers usually do not come with a pressure gauge. One small disadvantage here is that these can be pretty easy to misplace/lose.

    Air Integrated Dive Computer

    Air integrated dive computers are becoming more commonplace. An air integrated computer measures the tank pressure and then calculates how much more time you have left at the current rate of air consumption. The air integrated dive computer will tell you how much time you can spend at any exertion level.

    An air integrated computer replaces the need for a submersible pressure gauge (SPG). One downside of an air integrated computer is that if it fails, you lose information on how much air you have left in your tank. Dive over.

    Nitrox Dive Computer

    With nitrox diving becoming more and more common, so are computers that are nitrox compatible. Even if you aren't diving with nitrox now, if you are even thinking of diving with nitrox in the future, it is probably worth it to purchase a nitrox dive computer. This will save you the expense of buying a whole new computer in the future. However, if don't think you will ever dive with nitrox, then there is no reason to pay for this feature. A standard air computer is probably $100+ less than its nitrox counterpart.

    Hoseless Dive Computer

    The hoseless dive computer consists of the receiver (typically worn on the wrist or mounted on the BC) and a transmitor. The transmitor attaches to the high pressure port of the regulator first stage and then sends your air information, wirelessly, to the receiver. The receiver looks the same as normal dive computers.

    This setup cuts down on the number of hoses you need. There are now even hoseless dive computers that can accept signal from multiple transmitors - so you can even keep an eye on your buddies air consumption. Of course, this capability is really for the more advanced technical divers who may use different tanks on one dive. And, of course, we are talking some pretty high price tags here.

    So just think about how you dive and what capabilities you need. The right dive computer for one person can be completely wrong for another person. Choose one that you are comfortable with and one that is right for you wallet.

    How to Fix Computer Error Message? Do it Yourself Way

    It's not easy to work on your computer, if you keep getting constant computer error messages. Do you often wonder how to fix computer error messages once and for all? Some users will get the common symptoms of a defective computer registry like your computer is running much slower than before and it keeps stopping at critical times when its under a heavy processing load. You are finding it difficult to add additional hardware or software to your computer and even if you do it does not work well.

    Your personal computer does not start up or stop on time and it's slow to process your commands. You need to reboot your computer repeatedly and it's already showed the blue screen of death a few times. There is a simple way you can catch all such errors very easily. All you have to do is download registry cleaner software and you can get your computer back to normal as soon as possible. Fix your computer error messages cannot be done manually, even if it is possible, you have to be an expert.

    Why do I need to use a registry cleaner and how to fix computer error messages with it?
    The Internet is pretty seductive with a lot of absolutely free software present for download. No matter how careful you are you can't help downloading a few of the better software's so matter how outdated and even incompatible they are with your operating system.

    These wrongly written programs cannot be reinstalled or uninstalled easily and leave being fragments which are really confusing to the computer and its normal running.

    A good way to evaluate whether you need registry cleaner software is to answer these questions:

    - Have you recently installed software updated drivers?

    - Do you have any software that once installed did not work well and you did not use it as a result?

    - Did you at any time have a Virus, Spyware infecting your files and your computer?

    - Do you always download a lot of computer software and computer games?

    Removing old software or old hard ware never leaves your computer completely free of errors and a few fragments are always present on your computer registry. These entries are responsible for corrupting your computer and slowing it down.

    Is it possible to fix computer error message with a registry cleaner? Yes, its possible to fix computer error message with a registry cleaner. Registry cleaner software works on the simple principle that almost all computers have a lot of unused and unnecessary software on the computer registry. At start up all these programs compete to start at the same time which happens to confuse the computer and thus slows down the computer a lot.

    Almost all registry cleaner software runs on a well written program which is responsible for sifting through your computer registry for almost every variety of common computer error like unused programs and old programs, partially removed programs, lost files and half removed short cuts, effective devices, fonts and configuration files.

    A good registry cleaner software program can sift through the thousands of files and programs in your computer and remove all faulty programming found in your Computer Registry which can slow down and cause the infamous blue screen of death. If you want to know an easy and guaranteed way how to fix your computer error message solution; then you've got to get a registry cleaner.

    Computer Armoires - Why in the World Would You Need One?

    Is a computer armoire the most useless piece of computer equipment on the planet? After all, who needs an armoire to house your computer when you can put it on an ordinary computer desk at half the price?

    Surprisingly, the choice of a computer armoire is a sensible choice for many people these days. A computer armoire houses your computer safely and discreetly, along with all it's related hardware, and allows you to make the best use possible of your space.

    The modern trends in housing, including real estate prices, house design and modern apartment living, are leading us to make more of limited space. Gone are the days for many families when it's easy and cheap to include a dedicated study or office in the apartment, and space is at a premium for many of us.

    A computer isn't the most good looking piece of of hardware, and combine a computer with wide screens, printers, faxes, endless wiring and all the other paraphernalia that goes with computers, and they can be downright unsightly.

    No problem if you have a dedicated study, or office. Close the door when guests come to visit and all that clutter is out of sight.

    No study? No office? What do you do to make sure your house doesn't look like an office?

    Buy a computer armoire. They are designed to be a functional and good looking item of furniture, and at the same time solve your problems of what to do with your computer. A computer armoire, or computer cabinet to some, is usually designed to house all your computer equipment in one place, in a way that is easy and efficient to use, but which can all be hidden away at the close of a door.

    You can't put your computer and hardware on a computer desk bang in the middle of the lounge room or the bedroom can you? It looks awful. But use a computer cabinet to do so and no one would know it was even there.

    Computer armoires come in all sorts of sizes and shapes and designs. Armoires like Broyhill computer cabinets or Sauder computer cabinets are specifically designed to house all sorts of computer equipment in it's own place, with racks and shelving, and even a height adjustable pull out keyboard shelf. A well designed cabinet will have folding doors that close to conceal it all, but open and fold back along the sides to make best use of space.

    And they are designed as furniture. A simple computer desk, whilst cheap, isn't furniture. It's just that, a desk to put a computer on, and it looks it.

    But an armoire is a good looking piece that anyone would be proud to display in their lounge room. Whether it's a corner computer armoire, or a wall one, a narrow one or a wide one, you can get them all.

    And in a choice of wood colors and finishes, either out of solid wood or manufactured wood. A solid wooden computer armoire in, say, cherry, or any one of a range of other modern furniture timbers, is a fine piece for furniture for your home, with a function.

    So if you're short on space and don't want a computer desk stuck in your lounge room covered in computer stuff, consider a computer armoire. They're more expensive than a simple desk, but worth every cent.