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Hi there. I take care of several computers at our school. Most are Dell and HP running Windows 7 and 8. Can you help explain why some PCs appear to run slower over time and have a tendency to lock up? We have a small budget, so buying new systems isn't an option. Thanks for any feedback and helpful suggestions.
– Teddy B., Albany, NY
There are many reasons why a computer can become unstable, slow, or even lock up over time. This is true especially if it's used daily on the Internet. The reasons can range from corrupt or missing files, a virus, malware, or spyware. Another common reason is that a program may have been installed or uninstalled improperly. You can try to do a Windows repair, but that can be tricky. We suggest you try a super PC repair and restore program named Reimage. Here's how it works; First, Reimage's free deep scan will detect all the errors on your PC's Operating System. Next, Reimage's patented repair process removes and replaces the damaged files. Within minutes Reimage is able to reverses the damage done to your Windows OS by replacing corrupted and deleted files with fresh Windows files. Finally, if Reimage detects a virus, malware or spyware it will kill it. Try Reimage today. Your PC's performance, stability and security will be restored and improved.

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How do I find a program I just downloaded? I tried the Windows Search feature, but it doesn't seem to be able to find it.
– Steve J., St. Paul, MN

Windows Search won't find any files you just downloaded because it must first index files on the hard drive before any items will show up the search results (instantaneously). The file should be located in your Downloads folder. By default, the Download folder is located at C:\users\your user name\downloads, but you can edit your web browser preferences to change it to another folder location. You can access your download folder directly within the web browser by pressing CTRL + J on the keyboard. This keyboard shortcut works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.

Does the PC need to be rebooted after a driver update is installed?
– Brenda R., Roanoke, VA

It's usually a good idea to reboot the PC after a driver update is installed. In most cases, Windows will automatically let you know if it needs to reboot before finalizing installation of the driver. Older versions of Windows such as Windows XP or Vista are almost always guaranteed to need a reboot. Newer versions of Windows such as Windows 7 and 8 will sometimes not need to, depending on the type of driver, and the hardware.

PC Performance Tip: Automatically Logging Into Windows 8

Here is a quick registry tweak to allow your PC to automatically login to Windows 8 without needing to stop and enter your login credentials.

  1. Open a Notepad Editor in Windows 8

  2. Type this into the notepad file:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

  3. Change Password to your password and DefaultUsername to your username

  4. Save the file with the extension .reg and select All files from dropdown

  5. Double-click on it to add the registry entry

Now when booting windows, it will automatically log you in.

Please Note: Before performing these tweaks, we recommend backing up your systems registry. To back up the Registry the easy way, simply open Control Panel, click System, and then click System protection on the left sidebar. Click the big Create button to have Windows walk you through the straightforward process of creating a System Restore Point — it's as easy as that.

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BIOS Tip – Tweaking BIOS to Improve Boot Speed

Tweaking your BIOS settings can be a good way to get your system to boot faster. Just a simple change of some of the key settings can make dramatic differences in how fast your system boots up.

Enable the "Quick Boot" Feature: Many newer PC’s have a special BIOS setting, usually called "Quick Boot" or "Quick Power On Self Test" that can be enabled to make the boot take less time. Try enabling this setting; this will cause the BIOS to skip some of the normal test routines that it performs at boot time, speeding up the boot process.

Remove the Boot Delay Setting: Some PC’s have a BIOS setting that you can use to intentionally delay the boot-up of the PC by several seconds. This setting is often called "Boot Delay" or "Power-on Delay". This can be useful when the BIOS is booting too quickly, causing hard disk drives to be booted before they are ready. However, it also slows the boot process down, so make sure that it is only enabled if it is needed.

Disable Floppy Drive Seek: Also called “Boot Up Floppy Seek.” Most PCs have a BIOS setting to disable floppy drive seeking, which is the short access the BIOS makes to the floppy disk just before it boots the system. This seek (unless disabled) is performed regardless of whether the system is being booted from the hard disk or floppy disk. Disabling the seek speeds up the boot process by a couple of seconds. This doesn't really have any negative impact on the system, although if you are having problems with your floppy drive you will probably want to re-enable the seek as this makes troubleshooting some types of problems easier.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!

Tech Tip

Creating a System Repair Disk Can Save You Big Problems in the Future

If you use Windows 8 it's a good idea to create a system repair disc right away in case you run into problems booting the OS later on. Click Start > Control Panel > System Maintenance > Backup and Restore. In the left pane, click Create a System Repair Disc, and let Windows 8 build a bootable emergency disc. If the worst does happen then it could be the only way to get your PC running again.

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