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Restoring Your PC to “Like New” Performance

When you first start up a new computer, performance can certainly seem dazzling, especially compared to your old PC. But over time you may notice everything getting a bit slower.

Actually, performance begins to slow from the first moment you start up that new computer. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to automatically address it—and keep your performance “like new.”

Startup Time Lengthens

One performance bottleneck involves the programs and apps that are set to automatically start every time your PC is started up. Some of them are vital, others are not needed at bootup — and some are completely unnecessary. When they accumulate over time, startup can increase as much as 5 or 10 minutes.

Response Time Slows

File fragmentation—the splitting of a file in thousands or even tens of thousands of pieces—begins from the moment you first start your computer. Every file you save gets severely fragmented—which means that every time a file is read, every one of those fragments must be collected. This has a profound influence on performance; the more fragmented, the slower the computer response time. Without any sort of intervention, fragmentation grows in leaps and bounds.

Sluggish Programs

A different type of fragmentation occurs when the program files dependent on one another become distant from each other on the hard drive—a condition called program misalignment. You as the user feel the effects of program misalignment when programs take longer and longer to open, run slow or  freeze up.

PC Stability

The registry is a database that holds key settings utilized by the operating system. Over time the registry can become less efficient due to invalid and obsolete references. This can affect the stability of your PC and lead to an increase in errors and freezes.

Time-outs, Freezes and Slow Loading Graphics

The performance of every program you run—and the operating system itself—greatly depends upon the amount of memory available. More and more available memory can decline the longer a PC is up and running due to what are called “memory leaks” — memory trapped by programs after they close.

A Fully Automatic Revitalization

System Mechanic regularly and automatically addresses all of the above key issues—and many more—with its patented ActiveCare® technology. Under ActiveCare:

  • Startup time is addressed with Startup Optimizer™, which detects unnecessary startup items and turns them off.
  • DriveAccelerator™ defragments files and reorganizes scattered data, greatly improving performance.
  • ProgramAccelerator® determines which of your programs are misaligned and groups them together for the fastest possible access.
  • Registry Tuner™ removes all of the registry’s invalid and obsolete references. Registry Compactor™ then compacts the registry to eliminate unused space, which speeds up operating system access to the registry.
  • Memory Mechanic® reclaims valuable memory and allows Windows to reassemble memory in an “unfragmented” order. Memory held by processes no longer in use is freed.

In addition to these, System Mechanic contains a comprehensive range of tools that address deep issues and potential problems with your PC—to help keep it at maximum health and performance no matter what the issue.

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UpToSpeed™ is iolo's ongoing article series written by PC experts for everyday computer users. Each article is packed with easy tips and practical advice on the latest issues affecting computers to help you get the most out of your PC.






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