This article describes how to optimize Windows 7 performance, as well as perform routine maintenance and avoid program conflicts.
Microsoft has created a pair of built-in automated troubleshooting packs to optimize and maintain Windows 7 performance.
Dell Recommended: To attempt to fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it link below. Then, click Run in the File Download dialog box and follow the steps in the wizard.
Or follow the steps below to run the troubleshooters built into your computer:
The two troubleshooters are Performance and System Maintenance.
You can also view the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:
"Ways to improve your computer's performance"
There are a few key housekeeping tasks that should be routinely performed on a computer to keep it running smoothly
Internet Explorer stores your history, website cookies, and passwords, as well as your Favorites. If you are experiencing problems with Internet Explorer, use the Windows 7 Internet Explorer Performance Troubleshooter to clean up your web browser and get the most out of your browsing experience.
Along with regular maintenance, you will want to make sure that Internet Security Software is installed on your computer and is kept up to date.
Main Article: Protect Your Computer or Remove Malware in Microsoft Windows
You can find many home security products available for download at the
Dell Download Store Home Security Center.
Also, full retail (shrink-wrap) versions of security software are available at the
Dell Antivirus and Security Store
The use of multiple anti-virus programs may cause your system to lock up. Anti-virus programs come pre-installed on most Dell Computers, so customers sometimes install other anti-virus programs without realizing that there is already a system installed. If you decide to install an alternate anti-virus software, it is important that you first uninstall any other anti-virus programs that may be running on your computer.
Choose only one anti-virus program and reinstall it. It is not recommended to have more than one anti-virus software package installed on your computer.
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Last Date Modified: 04/13/2015 11:19 AM