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How To Keep Your Computer Running Smoothly

Slow Computer

Here’s a situation we have all faced at least once in our lives. We have just bought a new computer, and we’re amazed at how fast and smooth it runs. Unfortunately, very soon our new machine starts to act like an old clunker, no different than the ancient P3 we have had sitting in our basement for years. What?! All that money down the drain? What happened to the ‘Best Performance’ as advertised on the box? Sounds familiar right? Well don’t worry. This computer doesn’t have to go join the P3 in the basement yet. By following a few simple tips, you can give a boost to performance and keep your computer running fast and smooth, just as it was the day you bought it. An additional plus: you can also apply the same tips on that old P3, it won’t magically turn into a Core i7, but it surely won’t be as useless anymore.

Clean out the Windows Registry

The Windows Registry is the central database that contains a massive batch of files that contain information about everything and anything that happens on the computer. Every time you do something on the computer, read a file, save something, install a new program or run an existing one, etc, new information is saved in the registry.

 Sometimes, the registry saves something incorrectly, and over time, these errors can pile up and can start slowing down your PC. By removing these errors either manually or by using a program, you can greatly increase your computer’s performance.

Do Away with Unnecessary Programs and Files

You might have a couple of programs or applications you have not used in a while, or some you don’t need anymore. Now is the time to delete them to get back some valuable memory space, as these programs do little more than take up space on your hard drive. The same applies to files that you don’t want any longer.

Stay Virus Free

If you use the internet regularly, it’s probably just too easy to get infected with computer viruses. There are different kinds of viruses, some of which will slow down your computer’s performance and corrupt your files, while the more dangerous ones will complete destroy your computer’s operating system and will render it useless. Therefore, it is essential that you run virus checks regularly. Always be wary of viruses when downloading stuff online, and don’t click on strange links in email. It is also a good idea to use a firewall when using the internet.

Shut Down Safely

Never turn off the computer before it has shut down completely. Doing so could damage the hard drive or result in data loss, which would invariably affect the performance of your computer.

Remove startup items

Startup items have a big hand in slowing down the average computer. These are the programs that load right after startup, before you even open your first program. To remove startup items, all you have to do is go to System Configuration, and click on the ‘Startup’ tab. A list showing all the startup programs will be shown. Just uncheck the ones you don’t want to open with Windows, and click OK.

Back Up Your Computer

Careful as you are, hardware problems may occur more frequently that you think. Be sure to periodically back up all your data on external media so as not to lose valuable data in case of an accident.

How to Change File Associations

What is File Association
The term ‘File Association’ means which item is associated with which program. For example, an image on your computer may open with Windows Photo Viewer, and a text file may open with Notepad. More often than not, a single file may have the capability of opening with multiple programs. It is important that the right type of file is opened with the right program, otherwise it may not open successfully. For example, if you try to open an audio file with a photo viewer, you may get an error message stating you cannot do so. In this article, I will show you step-by-step how to set or change the file associations on your computer.

Changing the Associations
There are two ways you can change the file associations of your system. Before you start, you need to know that you may need to be logged in as an administrator to carry out the steps below.

  • The Shorter Way:

Step 1
Right click the file you want to change the associations of.
Step 2
In the menu that appears, scroll down to ‘Properties’, and click it.
Step 3
A window appears. In the ‘General’ tab, go to the portion where it says ‘Opens With:’. Here you will find the name of the program that it currently opens with. Click on ‘Change’.
Step 4
Another window appears. You will see a list of programs under the title ‘Recommended Programs’, which are, as the name implies, recommended to be used by the file. Select the one you want, and click on ‘OK’. If the program you need is not in the list, then click on ‘Browse’ and select it from your ‘Program Files’ folder.
Step 5
In the ‘Properties’ window, click on ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’. Your file association has been changed.

  • The Longer Way:

Step 1
Click on ‘Start’, and then on ‘Control Panel’.
Step 2
In the search box on the top of the window, type in ‘Associations’. Now click on ‘Change the file type associated with a file extension’ under the sub-heading Folder Options’.
Step 3
Now wait a while for all your file types to load, this waiting time largely depend upon how many different programs you have installed in your system. When all the file types have loaded, scroll down the list and select the file type whose associations you want to change.
Step 4
Highlight the file type whose association you want the change, and then click on ‘Change Program’.
Step 5
A window appears. Select the program you want to use under the heading ‘Recommended Programs’, and click on ‘OK’. If the program you need is not in the list, then click on ‘Browse’ and select it from your ‘Program Files’ folder, and click on ‘OK’. Make sure the program you are selecting supports the opening of it.
Step 6
Now click on ‘Close’ to close the window and save your changes. Your file association has been changed.

How to send a Website Link in Email

Ever happened that you came across a totally awesome website that you want to share with your friends or family, but the URL is so long that you decide against the idea? Well, your days of frustration are over. This article will teach you how to send a website’s URL in email.

Step 1

Sign in to your email account, and click on the button that lets you create a new email message. In Yahoo Mail, it is called ‘Compose Mail’, and in Hotmail it is called ‘New’.

Step 2

In the “To” field, enter the email address of the person(s) who will be receiving the email, and in the “Subject” field type in a few words describing what the email is about. You may leave the “cc” field blank.

Step 3

Now type in your message in the body field of your email message.

Step 4

In a new tab, open the website whose link you want to send to your friend.

Step 5

Select the entire URL of the website in the white box at the top of the web page, then right click it and select ‘Copy’. You may close the tab now.

Step 6

Return to the tab in which you were composing the email message, and right click and select ‘Paste’ in the body field of your email. You will see that the link has been added to your email message. Note that the link is blue in color, which means that it will be clickable after it is sent.

Step 7

In case it is not blue (I am sure that will not be the case though), select the link you just pasted, click on ‘Format’, then click the button with the chain link which says something along the lines of ‘Make new link’. In the box that appears, paste the link again and click on OK.

Step 8

Click on ‘Send’ at the top of the page. Your email containing the link to the website has been sent.

Build your own Website in 5 Easy Steps

So you want to create your own website but don’t know where to start. No problem! You have come to just the right place! This article will tell you all you need to know to create your own website in five easy steps. So, hold on to your seats, and dive right in!

 

Step 1: Register a Domain Name

Registering a domain name for your website is the first thing you need to do in order to create a website. A domain name is nothing but the address of your website, and is sometimes also called a URL (www.exampledomain.com). Select a suitable domain name for your website and have it registered from a reliable domain registration company. Remember to keep the following points in mind when choosing the domain name:

1. Make the domain name short and easy to remember. Remember that people tend to avoid the websites with long, difficult names unless the content is very, very good.

2. Make it relevant to your website content. This can help increase your website’s ranking in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

3. Make the domain name creative, unique and catchy. Make it something that is easy to remember for a long time.

 

Step 2: Get a Web Server/Web Host

After you have selected and registered your domain name with a company, your next step is to select a company that would host your website. A web host stores your website on one of its many servers, and then transmits it to the internet so it can be accessed by users all over the world. The domain name and web hosting is usually provided by the same company, but you can get them separately if you wish. There are many resources on the web that offer you free domain name and/or hosting. These are good for newbies who are exploring the world of internet through their small personal websites. However, if you plan on making a website on a larger scale or for a company, it would be better if you paid for the domain name and hosting.

 

Step 3: Design your Website

This is the most fun step of all. It is also the most important of all. Your website has to be designed in such a way that it is appealing to the eye, relevant to your content, and easy to navigate. As I told you before, it is the best part of creating a website. You get to show off your great designing skills to the world at the same time as promoting your website.

You can design your website using either an HTML editor like Dreamweaver or use one of the many free website templates available on the internet to create your website. You can also design a website in the popular designing tool Photoshop. Also, if you don’t want to do it yourself, although I would recommend you do, you can hire somebody else to do the job for you, but its always better to do it yourself if you’re on a tight budget or if want to give it a more personal touch.

 

Step 4: Put in the Content

At this step your website is almost ready; you just need to put in the content. You may have heard the quote: ‘Content is the King’, and actually it is. Content is the most important part of a website. Some things to remember regarding your content:

1. Use a language and tone that is respective to the age and type of your target audience.

2. The content should be informative and interesting. Remember that only a small percentage of people actually read complete articles on the internet. So make your articles eye catching and easy to read.

3. Try to keep the material original. Do not just copy-paste from other resources.

3. Check your spellings and grammar before publishing anything to the web. These things really matter.

4. Keywords are very important for your website, but not as important as the quality of your content. Do not ruin your content by using too many keywords.

5. Keep your articles short and simple. 300-600 words are quite enough for most articles.

6. Use subtitles and bullets wherever possible. Make your articles “scannable”.

7. Use a clear font type that is easy to read and understand. Avoid using italics.

8. Insert graphics where you can, but not too many. The main focus should be your article.

9. Remember the fact that quality is more important than quantity.

 

Step 5: Publish your Website

All you need to do now is to put your website on the internet for everybody to see using the web host. Upload your complete website including all multimedia content to the root directory of your web hosting server space, and your website is ready!

 

Good Luck with your website :)