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Tech Tip
by Brad Appleby
Appleby Arts

Computer Basics

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How is your old computer running today? I talked with my friend Tony and he said that his computer is running slower these days and he has to wait forever to get things done. The reality is, his computer is running at the same speed as when he got it. The problem is, his skills at using the computer have gotten better and now he is waiting for the computer to catch up to him. A common story. Here are a few tips to help your “old” computer.

Error Check your hard drive. Right click on your start button. Yes I said right click. The right click will provide menus and information while the left click is the action button. Now left click on explore. This will bring up a 2-window explorer page. At the top of the list you will see a “My Computer” option. Left click on the “+” sign to view all the devices on your computer. If there is a “-” next to My Computer, you should be able to see “Local Disk (C:)”. Now, right click on Local Disk (C:) and left click on properties. Next, left click on the tab that says “Tools”. You will see two options that we will use. First left click on check now on the “Error Checking” option. You might have to restart the computer to do this check, and it might take a while to check your whole hard drive for errors. This function will check and repair errors on your computer and then start windows when it is finished.

Defrag your hard drive. Right click on your start button. Left click on explore. Left click on the “+” sign next to the “My Computer” option. Right click on Local Disk (C:) and left click on properties. Next, left click on the tab that says “Tools”. Left click on “Defragment Now” on the Defragmentation option. It will take a while for your computer to re-organize the whole hard drive. This function will put all the similar files together so the computer can find them quicker.

Doing these two functions will help your computer run a little faster. But remember to always back up your files first!

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