3 Myths That Can Bring Down Your PC
Myth 1: “A PC is at its fastest and most efficient right out of the box.”
- It’s quite likely that numerous programs are set to start up along with your computer that don’t need to be part of the startup process. Bootup time is lengthened, and this delay worsens with computer use. When these programs are removed from the startup process, your bootup time is decreased.
- Along the same lines, many PC manufacturers install programs (both full version and trialware) that you may find unnecessary. These programs simply occupy disk space and eat up memory resources right from the beginning. Deleting programs you’ll never use frees up these resources.
- File fragmentation—the splitting of files into thousands of pieces (fragments) to better utilize drive space—is well in-progress when you first start up your PC. Your performance is already being impacted, and it will only become slower over time as fragmentation compounds.
Myth 2: “Defragmentation by itself takes care of hard drive optimization.”
- Core operating system files, crucial to the stability and running of your PC, cannot be defragmented through normal defragmentation. Over time, performance suffers despite regular defragmentation. These files can only be defragmented before Windows starts up.
- Programs are composed of many interdependent files which become scattered across the drive over time, and defragmentation only compounds this issue. Placing program files in close proximity to speed program performance requires a special process separate from normal defragmentation.