Computing Tip of a Regular Yuppie

Everyone appears to have liked my ‘Readyboost’ pass along tip for Windows. Readyboost is a built in Windows feature that lets you use your SD card as memory cache for your RAM. Readyboost is still around for Windows 10.

Here is my entire list of PC optimization procedures. Your PC will overheat because it has become bogged down in remnants of uninstalled programs that leave a big heap of broken programming chains inside the operating system.

  1. Declutter your Start Up programs. Take out programs that run things you haven’t used in a long while.
  2. If you get that ‘blue screen’ periodically it is because of a broken chain created by uninstalling a piece of software, several broken links actually. It can also be a hardware failure, but that’s for a really old computer. The aspirin for this really bad problem is to create a back up image of your OS at least monthly, so you are within a month of being back dated if you need to restore a broken OS (more on fixing a computer meltdown).
  3. Firstly, you need a free software I recommend called CCleaner. It cleans your Registry of remnant lines of code from old software that’s long gone. The free, no frills version is plenty good already. It also cleans up tons of other temporary junk data. Basically you need to clean your Registry and CCleaner is one of the best software.  Update: Apparently CCleaner that I recommend, though a popular product, will break Windows 10 Cortana (the Start menu and apps) especially if you have a lot going on. Use with caution. You can instead, use Windows 10’s Administrative and Maintenance tools found in the Windows menu.
  4. Secondly, go to Windows ‘Control Panel’ and choose ‘Fix problems with Updates’. This contacts Microsoft and automatically repairs broken chains and other potholes in your Operating System.
  5. Now restart your computer for a clean boot up. And from now on run CCleaner periodically. Update: Apparently CCleaner that I recommend, though a popular product, will break Windows 10 Cortana (the Start menu and apps) especially if you have a lot going on. Use with caution. You can instead, use Windows 10’s Administrative and Maintenance tools found in the Windows menu.
  6. You might be annoyed by that persistent Java Update Scheduler? Keep it, but you can alter its activity in the Settings menu. Go to the Java folder in your Menu of Programs and change the interval to Daily, Weekly or Monthly at a certain hour.
  7. Do that with any programs that ask to be updated regularly, like Windows itself. I set my time to 5 PM, just after I’m through with any work during the day. And I would be remiss if I forgot that ‘Bill or the new guy or Surface’ wants you to use the Regular Maintenance feature built into Windows. Back in the Control Panel, if you don’t see it, use the search field in your Explorer folder and look up Maintenance; set that to run daily at 5pm as well.
  8. Lastly, the ultimate Yuppie tip that only the very best I.T. help would know; the vent on the computer will accumulate dust like anything that sucks in air, like a hand vac or AC filter. You can try blowing the accumulation away on the inside with compressed air or suck it out with a vaccum from the outside on a low setting.