How to optimize that new computer
Revised and simplified December 6, 2013
Did you just spend your hard earned cash on a new computer only to get home and find that it isn't all that fast? This is a common problem because most new computers come bundled with programs that not only slow everything down but often these included programs eventually expire meaning you have to purchase them to continue. Not so fast! Let's make that computer actually run like a new computer. You will need on average anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete this.
Also, this can work really well on an older, slow computer to give it new life.
1: Get rid of all the junk and download programs
Let's remove all the crap slowing down that new PC. At some point we are going to remove whatever commercial (antivirus) protection you have installed leaving you unprotected so be sure to download free alternatives now and save it somewhere you can find it so your new computer is not left at risk. Here are the most popular on Majorgeeks:
Antivirus (pick only one):
Anti-spyware (one should do it):
2: Remove all the programs you do not need:
Download IOBit Uninstaller. This program has 2 advantages: batch uninstall mode and powerful scan to remove leftover folders and registry entries. Uninstall your anti-virus program last. This video may help:
3: Set it up the way you want it
Once everything has been removed you can now uninstall the included commercial anti-virus with IOBit Uninstaller. You want to disconnect from the internet here or at least do not use anything internet related until this is done. Your best bet is to disconnect. Install whichever anti-virus you downloaded earlier once you removed the included anti-virus.
4: Almost finished!
From here you should have a clean, fast setup and just need to personalize your computer however you want it. You can setup your email, Skype, instant messaging or whatever you use every day. You are going to want to leave it so only programs you would use every day are installed. This would be a good time to consider installing Simple Perfomance Boost to optimize your Windows settings. It's easy, safe and fast. Here is a video on doing this optional step:
Finally, you might also want to do a little cleanup and a disk defrag before you backup. Again, this is optional although this guide on cleaning your computer will also come in handy and the tools mentioned in that guide will also be needed down the road for maintenance.
5: Back it up!
You made it! Now the only problem with your clean, lean screaming machine is that you only have the factory restore DVD or partition. What you want to consider here is creating your own image, essentially a personal restore DVD in case you need to recover down the road. This is why I wanted you to take the time to get your email and personal settings ready. My personal favorite too here is Acronis True Image]/b]. It is not free but it is the best I have used. There are some free tools also available if you want to browse our backup category.