How I Speed Up My Computer
And Keep It In Tip Top Shape At All Times

By Joe Waynick

Self-Publishing is on the upswing.

As an Internet bookseller I'm always looking for ways to speed up my computer. That's because my technology is critical to the success of my computer based business.

But if your trusty computer is like mine, over time it slows down to the point of absurdity and occasionally comes to a grinding halt.

In a small home based business you can't sell books online and make cash if your computer is on the fritz.

I decided not to solve the problem by throwing money at it and buying a new machine. The one I have suits my purposes just fine -- even when my computer is slow.

Instead, I decided to crack the books, scour the Internet, and talk to every computer geek I know to compile a list of all the ways known to human kind to speed up my computer for little or no cost.

By The Sweat Of My Brow

Below you'll find the fruits of my labor. This is my pet peeve and I intend to add to this list whenever I learn a new trick to make my computer faster.

New tricks are popping up all the time. And I don't even want to think about the newer Windows operating systems just yet.

In retrospect, I was surprised at how easy it was to make computers faster. It sure beats shelling out a lot of money on repairs. And self-help is just what an Internet bookshop needs.

But I intend to go one step further. Each bullet point you see below will eventually morph into a hyperlink to more detailed instructions on how I performed the task. I'll also let you know what kind of results I received on my computer systems for my Internet bookselling business.

Using great technology is one of the keys to success for profitable booksellers.

I sincerely hope you find this article as helpful and enjoyable as I did writing (and continuing to write) it. Feedback from readers is appreciated. Just use the "Comment" box below.

If you're asking yourself "Why is my computer slow and what can I do about it?" Here are a few hints:

  • Regularly Run Anti-Virus Software
  • Regularly Run Spyware Checking Software
  • Run Disk Clean-up Weekly
  • Run Check Disk Weekly
  • Get Rid Of Unnecessary Start-Up Programs
  • Delete Unnecessary Software Programs
  • Clear Your Desktop
  • Blow Out The Dust
  • Defragment Your Hard Disk
  • Increase The "Pagesize" Setting
  • Load Windows Faster
  • Increase Processing Time
  • Add More Memory
  • Fix Registry Errors
  • Change Program Priorities
  • Reinstall The Operating System

There you have it, my master list of Window/XP tips and tricks to speed up my computer. Do you know of other solutions for a slow moving operating system?

Help Make This List Even Better

Why not contribute your tips to this list by clicking the link below that says "Click here to see the rest of the form and complete your submission"?

I would certainly appreciate it. My computer definitely would, and other online bookselling readers of this blog will too.

Because maintaining properly working equipment gives you a competitive advantage.

By pooling ideas we can all save money, increase our individual productivity, and hang on to our hardware investments a bit longer.

Now those are successful business tactics every self respecting bookseller should follow while running an online book store.

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