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Speeding up your PC and Internet

The tips below may help you get more speed out of your PC and Internet connection. Some of them are simple, and some are a little more complex, but anyone should be able to handle most of them. (If not, we let you know.)

USING WINDOWS VISTA or 2000? All the detailed steps below are for Windows XP, but most versions of Windows will have a similar method for doing the same things. If the steps don’t work for you, check out Windows help for your system.

By the way, we have more to offer than just tips!

PeoplePC offers a program that works automatically to help keep your PC in shape. In fact, if you use it, you may ignore most of the tips below. The program is called PeoplePC Fine-Tune, and you can try it for 30 days for FREE. Click here for details!

NOTE: If you've already subscribed to this service, it'll appear in the "Current Service" section at the bottom of the page. You can then download the software by clicking its link in the "Software Downloads" section on the front page of My Account.

While we don't guarantee that these tips will work for you, they do work for many users.

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Set Visual Effects to: best performance
This may make some elements of Windows look a little less attractive, but won’t affect photos or videos you watch. Make the change from the Performance and Maintenance link in the Control Panel.

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Delete Cookies and Temporary Internet Files
This will make Web sites “forget” you (your username, for example), and they may load a little slower. (Once you visit them again, they’ll start to “remember” you from that point on.) Make this change from the Network and Internet Connections link in your Control Panel.

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Run Disk Cleanup
Disk Cleanup helps you get rid of old or unused files hanging around on your hard disk. You can run Disk Cleanup from the System Tools folder inside the Accessories folder.

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Defragment Your Hard Disk
This will rearrange the data on your hard disk to make it easier for the computer to access it quickly. (But don’t worry, all your files and folders will be just where you left them. This rearranging goes on behind the scenes.) You can make this change from the Performance and Maintenance link in the Control Panel.

NOTE: This can take a very long time.

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Scan for Spyware and Viruses
Use your spyware and virus protection software to scan your hard disk for malicious or unwanted programs. If you don’t have any protection software, PeoplePC offers some options. Click here to open a Web page with details.

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Remove Unwanted Programs
Excess data on your hard disk can slow it down. If you have programs that you never use, you might speed up your system by removing them. You can do this from the Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs tool.

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Clean Up the Windows Registry
If you have a program to help you clean the registry, you might try doing so to boost performance. Without such a program, we don’t recommend that you try it unless you’re an advanced user. You can find more information in your Windows help.

NOTE: PeoplePC Fine-Tune can do this expert step and MORE to help optimize your PC. Click here to try it for 30 days FREE! If you've already subscribed to this service, it'll appear in the "Current Service" section at the bottom of the page. You can then download the software by clicking its link in the "Software Downloads" section on the front page of My Account.

Stop Certain Programs from Automatically Starting
You can limit how many (and which) programs start when Windows starts. We recommend that you use a program to help you with this, unless you’re an advanced user. You can find more information in your Windows help.

NOTE: PeoplePC Fine-Tune can do this expert step and MORE to help optimize your PC. Click here to try it for 30 days FREE! If you've already subscribed to this service, it'll appear in the "Current Service" section at the bottom of the page. You can then download the software by clicking its link in the "Software Downloads" section on the front page of My Account.

Scan Your Hard Disk for Errors
You can have your computer find and repair errors throughout the hard disk. Do this from the properties menu of the hard disk you want to repair.

NOTE: All files have to be closed before the scan can be completed. Make sure that you’re not doing anything else with your computer when you run this scan.

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Add RAM to Your PC
Adding RAM (also called Memory) to your PC almost always gives a boost to performance. You can buy RAM at any reputable computer store, and we recommend that you have a professional install it. That same professional (or your computer’s manufacturer) can help you decide how much RAM you need.


Use PeoplePC Accelerated and Keep it Up-to-Date
PeoplePC Accelerated helps you surf up to 5 times faster. Click here to open a Web page with details.

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Load a Few Pages at a Time, Then Grab Some Coffee
Open several browser pages (or tabs) at once, then type in the Web address for each one right away. While they’re loading, step away for a while and return when they’re all there. That way, you’re not waiting for each new page after you’ve finished with the previous one.

To open a new page while one is already open: Choose File, then New Window (or New Tab).

Adjust the Amount of Disk Space for Your Temporary Internet Files
The more space you allow for temporary Internet files, the more of a Web page your computer can save. That means less to download the next time you visit that page. If you have plenty of disk space, this can help speed up the Web sites you visit frequently.

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Shrink Large Files before Emailing Them
There are several programs out there to help compress files to a smaller size. Check out www.download.com to find one that you like.

Sign Up for Newsletters Instead of Visiting Web Pages
Lots of Web sites allow you to sign up for a newsletter, or even an “RSS” feed, of their activities. Rather than waiting for a Web page to load, you can just check your email or newsreader.

Use PeoplePC Web Mail
PeoplePC Web Mail is free and fast. And you don’t have to wait for a big attachment to download before viewing the rest of your email. Sign in to Web Mail in a new window at: webmail.peoplepc.com

In Web Mail, save pictures to your computer before viewing
When you get a picture as an attachment in Web Mail, rather than viewing it in your Web Browser, click it and choose Save. That downloads the image to your computer and you can view it from there.

Use a Faster Web Browser
Many people find that Web browsers like "Chrome", “Opera” and “Firefox” surf a little faster than Internet Explorer. You can download these browsers for free from their Web sites: www.google.com/chrome, www.opera.com and www.mozilla.com.

Keep Your Modem Up-to-Date
If you use a dial-up modem, check to make sure that it’s a “V.92” Modem, rather than the older V.90. You can find this information in the Phone and modem option of your Control Panel.

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