Fall In Love with Your PC Again 

Few relationships between individuals and their electronic devices are as intimate as the one they establish with their personal computers. If you're like most, you probably have very vivid memories of when you first acquired your PC.

Remember how you carefully unpacked it? And then lovingly made all the right connections? The CPU to the screen, the keyboard, the mouse, and the printer. Remember when you turned it on for the first time? Recall the giddy excitement as you opened applications, moused over everything on the desktop, and surfed the Web?

If you're like most people, you probably had dreams about all the things you could do and would do with your new computer. It was lightning fast and uncluttered. It had that fresh "new" smell. The screen was pristine and there were no dust or cookie crumbs embedded between the keys.

Then time goes by. You've had a good year or more together and you've accomplished a lot. But now things aren't going so smoothly between you and your PC. It is running a lot slower and maybe even suffering from occasional hanging, freezing, or crashing. You are starting to think that maybe you're going to have to get rid of it and start all over with a new one. Wait! That's an expensive and time-consuming proposition.

One simple but important way of restoring your PC's performance and reliability is to clean the registry - the tool that Windows® uses to keep track of information about the many software pieces your PC uses.

RegistryWizard™ can check the registry for entries on programs that are no longer in the computer, verify that cross references are valid and accurate, and eliminate the empty spaces to make the list more compact and efficient to use. It can also rearrange registry entries to streamline program execution.

The benefits of cleaning the registry are immediate and obvious. Your PC will boot faster and activate programs more quickly. Programs may also execute more quickly, improving such things as video playback and game performance. Most importantly, many of those annoying freezes, glitches, and crashes will simply vanish.

Cleaning the registry doesn't solve all computer problems, but it will go a long way toward restoring your computer's performance and reviving your affection for it.

How to Clean a Dusty PC  

By Zack Stern, PC World 

If your desktop PC's case gets dirty as time goes by, grime can clog the fans that keep internal parts cool. If airflow is blocked, those parts could overheat.

Read the Entire Article at PC World Magazine's site.

Want to Give Your PC a Different Look? 

Many people like to give their PC a different look. You can, too, by using sites like http://www.customize.org to update icons and Windows backgrounds. 

The themes and icons on customize.org are submitted and judged by PC users. Be sure to check the comments on each submission to make sure they have received a good review before uploading them. 

You can also use https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:2 to update your Firefox browser look and feel. These add-ons are safe and easy to use.

Are You Ready for Windows 7? 

Windows 7 is scheduled to be released on October 22, 2009. Are you ready? Let's go over a few things to make sure that you are. Microsoft is listing the system requirements as follows:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Something to consider in preparing your PC for Windows 7 is your system BIOS. It is important that you make sure your BIOS is up-to-date because it is the "firmware" that enables the hardware to communication with the software. BIOSAgentPlus™ can help you find the BIOS you need to keep your system running optimally.

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 is going to be a very tricky situation. You need to do a fresh install, which means you will lose what is on your hard drive. 

Microsoft recommends using their Windows Easy Transfer utility to back up all of your files. The problem is that it doesn't backup your program files or applications. You will need to reinstall those. So make sure that you have all of the installation media for your applications so that you can reinstall them.

Another way is to upgrade first to Windows Vista and then to Windows 7. Upgrading to Vista from XP is much easier. Then you can easily upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.

Once Windows 7 has been installed on your system, you will also be in need of drivers for all of your devices. Drivers for a new operating system can be hard to find on your own.

BIOSAgentPlus will keep you system in top working condition to ensure that your upgrade to Windows 7 goes smoothly.


Fall in Love with Your PC Again

How to Clean Your Dusty PC

Want to Give Your PC a Different Look?

Are You Ready for Windows7?


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