PC Fine Tuning Summary

You can “pull on that drawer” like the above image to get your PC in shape or follow this blog post.

I have discussed various programs on fine tuning your PC in previous posts. This is a summary post of those programs, all in one place. I have done this fine tuning on many kinds of machines and operating systems in 15 countries as well as the USA. All these programs are free or available on a trial basis.

Some friends of mine had rather take their PC to a geek shop for a reformat of their hard drive and a fresh copy of Microsoft Windows every six months. They spend hundreds of dollars in doing this, which is unnecessary.

You have a choice of following the steps below or paying a consultant (like myself) or paying a geek shop to fine tune your PC. But its not hard to do it on your own. It takes one to three hours about every three to six months. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to download and install the following programs. You only have to do this once, then just run the programs. The links provided below walk you through downloading, installing and running these applications.

This is for a Windows based operating systems

Download and Install Applications

  • DriverMax (paid or trial version) or a similar free program like Driver Booster
  • Belarc Advisor
  • Autoruns
  • CCleaner
  • Wise Disk Cleaner
  • Wise Registry Cleaner
  • Defraggler

Lets get started.

I recommend doing the following steps in order:

Running the Applications

  1. Create a Restore Point and a backup of the Registry using Wise Registry Cleaner
  2. Uninstall applications not being used through the Apps and Features. In the Cortana search box. type “Uninstall Programs” (without the quotes) to load the feature to uninstall your unneeded programs
  3. Check your device driver updates using DriverMax (paid or trial program) or a similar free program like Driver Booster
  4. Run Belarc Advisor for a status of your PC, especially for anti virus software definitions and missing Windows Updates and apply updates as necessary
  5. Check your startup applications and missing entries using Autoruns
  6. Delete junk files using CCleaner and/or Wise Disk Cleaner. Its best to run both
  7. Clean your registry using Wise Registry Cleaner
  8. Defragment your hard drive(s) using Defraggler
  9. Reboot or restart your PC

That’s it. Your PC will now run faster and be more stable!

I Would Like to Hear from You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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Update your drivers using a program like DriverMax

Determine the status of your machine using Belarc Advisor

Turn off missing files using Autoruns

Delete junk file using CCleaner

A more robust file cleanup using Wise Disk Cleaner

Clean the Registry of invalid entries using Wise Registry Cleaner

Defragment your hard drive(s) and partitions using Defraggler

Using the Wise Registry Cleaner Program to Clean the Windows Registry

The Registry keeps growing when you use Windows, so does the obsolete items in the Registry, which would eventually lead to performance degradation and even system crashes. Wise Registry Cleaner scans the Windows Registry and finds errors and residual items in the Registry and then cleans or defrags them. By fixing these residual and corrupted items in Windows Registry, your system will run faster and be more stable.

I highly recommend this software utility. I have used this software on many PCs throughout the world. Best of all, there is a free version. This software is a companion product to Wise Disk Cleaner as discussed in a previous post. In troubleshooting a PC, I use them both to clean up a computer.

Its been my experience to find the best free program that does one thing very well. Although CCleaner has a Registry cleaner, I do not recommend it, instead use this software.

This is for a Windows based operating system from XP to Windows 10

Download and Install

Click here to download and install Wise Register Cleaner and follow these steps:

  • Click the Free Download button
  • You will see the download file in the lower left of your screen
  • Click or double click to install the software and follow the simple instructions
  • A desktop/laptop shortcut will be added
  • Close other running program(s)
  • Empty your Recycle Bin
  • Click or double click the shortcut to run

Following image is after an install. Your screen should look similar:

Wise Registry Cleaner
Wise Registry Cleaner main screen

Backup Before Running

Although the program sets a Restore Point and a Backup of the Registry, I prefer doing this procedure manually. To view these options, refer to the last image in this post.

First, we want to create a System Restore point and a backup of the Registry as a safety precaution in case something goes wrong. See the following screenshot:

Wise Registry Cleaner Options
Wish Registry Cleaner Restore and Backup options
  • Select the Create a system restore point button. Once finished you will see the following popup image:
Wise Register Cleaner Restore Complete
Creation of System Restore completed
  • Click OK
  • Repeat above steps, but this time select Create a full registry backup button
  • When finished, your are taken back to the main program screen.

Run the Software

Click the Quick Scan icon to begin scanning your Registry. After completion, you will see a similar screenshot:

Wise Registry Cleaner Results
Results of Wise Registry Cleaner run
  • Click the Clean button to fix your Registry. Your results screen will be similar to the below image:
Wise Registry Cleaner Complete
Wise Registry Cleaner complete

That’s it. You are done. If you want to setup a schedule for checking updates:

  • Click on Settings from the top of the main program screen
  • Select the General and change when to check for updates; I recommend keeping the default to Weekly.

Wise Registry Cleaner Pro has a Scheduler option and many others.

Your screen should look like the following:

Wise Registry Cleaner Scheduler
  • Close the program
  • Restart your machine

I Would Like to Hear from You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

Related

CCleaner
Wise Disk Cleaner

Using the Wise Disk Cleaner Program to Delete Bad Files

Over time, junk files, temporary files, all kinds of system files and other items you do not need at all accumulate on your Windows computer. Those useless files take up valuable hard disk space and slow down your computer. Wise Disk Cleaner can delete these unnecessary files on your hard disk to free up disk space and make your computer run faster. It also provides many custom options to allow users to clean up more files they don’t need. Wise Disk Cleaner can scan and remove them quickly, making it one of the most efficient disk cleaners out there

I highly recommend this software utility. I have used this software on many PCs throughout the world. Best of all, there is a free version. This software is a companion product to CCleaner as discussed in a previous post. In troubleshooting a PC, I use them both to clean up a computer.

This is for a Windows based operating system from XP to Windows 10

Download and Install

Click here to download the free version of Wise Disk Cleaner and follow these steps:

  • Click the Free Download button
  • You will see the download file in the lower left of your screen
  • Click to install the software and follow the simple instructions
  • A desktop/laptop shortcut will be added
  • Close any running program(s)
  • Empty your Recycle Bin
  • Click or double click the shortcut to run

After installation you will see the following image:

Wise Disk Cleaner Install
Wise Disk Cleaner install

Run the Software

  • Click the Scan button to begin

Your screen will be similar to the following image:

Wise Disk Cleaner Results
Wise Disk Cleaner scan

Notice the results of my scan; the number of files to be deleted, the disk space to be saved and number of Traces to be deleted are shown. Traces are messages that can occupy a large amount of disk space, and they can be deleted without effecting your PC. When you run this software for the first time, do not be surprised at the scan results.

  • Click the Clean button to delete the files

You may receive popup menus regarding closing your browser like the image below:

Wise Disk Cleaner Chrome is Running
Google Chrome popup
  • Click Yes

In my case, I responded with a No because I needed my browser running to document this post. Normally, you would respond with a Yes.

The Results

After cleaning, you will see the results like the image below:

Wise Disk Cleaner Complete
Wise Disk Cleaner results

That’s it, you are done. You may set up a schedule on when to run the software. I recommend you run this program weekly.

  • Close the program
  • Restart your PC

I Would Like to Hear from You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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Delete Junk Files using CCleaner