I'm not reading everyone else's comments. sorry guys.
If you want to know how to maintain a well groomed computer, never keep anything you wouldn't want to loose on your home computer, store all important
and valuable information on an external hard drive.
ds=western+digital+1tb" target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">Western Digital 1tb
This is one of my favorite drives (not the best though), it is powered by your computer through the usb so no additional cables, you can get a nice
travel case for it for $5, It has not bloatware or additional information on the drive like nearly every other external drive, or any drive for that
matter, on the market. Once you have this handy-dandy contraption onto the next step
Which is wiping your computer and starting over, remove all keepable content to the external drive once you have it, then pop in your windows disc
(which ever version your using) then restart your computer, pressing F12 immediately as it loads, this will send you to Multi-boot, allows you to
choose to boot your computer from the CD, there should be straightforward instructions there on how to format your computer.
Once it's up an running, go through programs/features and remove any obviously unneccesary programs, like manufacturers up keep programs, windows
numerously outdated services and so on. Remove any anti-virus programs and hop online an install avast! it's free once you register, and the pro
edition is on $10 for life and it's the 2nd best (1st IMO) anti-virus/firewall/etc. software on the net.
You're now in great shape, if the computer is still slow, it's time for hardware upgrades and that's a completely different best. Good luck.
Side note: My girlfriend got both a Chef and a Geek.
edit on 24-6-2012 by wishful1gnorance because: (no reason given)