Kevin: Come on. This game is so slow. Get over here. Go this direction. Come on. Randy: What the heck is up? Kevin: Well I’m trying to play this game but it’s all slow.
See? Look at this. Everywhere I try to get him to move, he goes slow, the thing moves wrong…
Randy: Aren’t games supposed to be fun? Kevin: When they’re working right. That’s the idea.
Randy: Yeah, that’s pretty bad. Kevin: So…I don’t know. What do I do with it? Randy: Well… I mean is it just your game? Have other things been acting up or going slow? Kevin: Well I got the PC about a year ago, and over time it’s gotten a little slower I
guess. Especially when I’m online and doing things like playing a game, it’s gotten a LOT
slower. Randy: Well that’s pretty choppy.
I imagine you’ve got some some stuff going on behind the scenes.
Things building up, files building up. I think it’s time to clean your computer up a little bit. Kevin: So like while I’m in the game, clean it? What do you mean?
Randy: No, clean it up on the inside. You probably have a lot of files that have
built up over time. There could be other things running in
the background.The more things you install… Kevin: So you’re saying it could be my fault. Randy: No, I’m not trying to lay blame here.
Kevin: Okay well lets look and see. I’ll close this game. Lets find out. I’m just going to close down these things then,
get them out of the way so you can show me what I need to do next. Randy: Well you said it was getting slower when you were connecting to the internet?
Kevin: Right. Kevin: Okay, well that to me, you want to be very cautious because
there might be a virus on your computer. Viruses are very bad. Do you have virus protection installed?
Kevin: I’m pretty sure I do. I have a thing here. I think it’s called
Microsoft Security Essentials. So lets open it. Randy: That’s good because if you had a virus you could potentially be infecting other people’s
PC’s, because if you have a virus it’ll want to copy itself to others on the internet. So when you go to connect to the
internet, if your internet gets really slow, it’s because it’s sending itself out
trying to look for other computers to infect. But it looks like your computer’s
protected, up-to-date, you’ve scanned recently… Kevin: Well I just let this thing go. It just runs on its own. I never
really scan any stuff. It just does it, so hopefully I’m up to date. That’s the idea I think. Randy: Well that’s good. That’s what you want.
Kevin: Well that’s one thing I’ve always wondered, is I’ve heared of like adware, spyware, and you go online you see all these people. I’m afraid they’re probably giving me some kind of virus if I went to their site
but what are those things? Adware, spyware… Randy: Adware is just software that is paying for itself through advertising, meaning that when you connect to
the internet it downloads some advertisement and that’s what takes a little longer when you connect
because it’s downloading stuff. Spyware though is one you want to be concerned
about because it’s software that could potentially be sending other people your
information. Kevin: Oh, that’s not good. So does this catch it or do I have to download some other utilities? Randy: Yeah Microsoft Security Essentials
is pretty good at catching stuff like that. Kevin: So I’m scanned. It’s not this that’s causing my problem.
This is green. I have green. Randy: Yes you have green so go ahead and close that down.
Kevin: All right so I’m getting rid of that. Randy: Right and I noticed you said
you closed the programs earlier? You didn’t actually close them. You minimized them. Go ahead and bring them back up again. Kevin: Yeah I guess that I was
just trying to get them out of the way… Randy: Yeah well they’re not really out of the
way because if they’re still open they’re still taking up your
system resources. Your system resources are valuable because every
little bit of memory that is being used by something else
can’t be used by that game you were playing. That’s why you were getting so
frustrated, right? So go ahead, to close them down
click the X. You acutally have to close them down.
Kevin: I guess I didn’t close any of them. All right I think I’m closed now.
Randy: Yeah but you still have a lot of stuff open. Kevin: So these things count too? All this stuff counts? Randy: Yes, every little bit counts.
Everything that you see on the screen is taking up memory. I notice one in particular here, down in your systems tray. It looks like you
have peer to peer sharing software. File sharing software.
Kevin: Yeah well, I like to download mp3’s What can I say? I like music. Randy: That one in particular, when you have
peer to peer sharing software installed, if it’s just sitting in the background running and you don’t know about it, it’s probably using up your internet
to support other people’s connections. Kevin: Even when I’m not just downloading my own files?
Randy: That’s correct. That’s the default status for most peer to peer sharing software.
Kevin: So if it’s on is it on right now if it’s down here? Does that mean that it’s running right now?
Kevin: Well I guess that’s not a good thing. Randy: Well if you’re not using it, then just
uninstall it or shut it down.
Kevin: Shut it off? Just right-click and close or something?
Randy: Well it depends on the software. If you can shut it down from within the software’s menu options? And in shutting it down I mean
actually preventing it from opening with Windows. Kevin: Oh so you mean like when I start Windows
it’s coming on and loading then? Randy: Correct. That’s when most of these types of
things start. Like I notice here you have looks like an HP…
Kevin: Yeah all this stuff up here just
comes in as part of my desktop when I load it. Randy: Right, and so going into the options and preventing them is the best way.
Kevin: All right so how do I do that so I don’t have to just keep closing them every time
it opens up, because I could click the X but what do you do to stop it? Randy: Well it depends on the software.
The best method is to go in into the softwares menu options and if there’s an option in
there for preventing the software from opening, use it.
Kevin: Okay but what if it’s not?
Randy: You can also use Microsoft Configuration Utility. MSCONFIG Kevin: Okay yeah I think that’s familiar. I used that a long time ago. I was told by a friend
that I could make my PC start faster if I removed Startup items. Is that
what we’re talking about it? Randy: That’s what you’re doing. You’re removing Startup items. So Just type MSCONFIG into the search line. There you go. One thing that I like to do is
just go right to Diagnostic startup. That will prevent all of your startup
items from loading, and then if you click the startup tab…
Kevin: Okay, when I did this I had done selective startup and I went through
and I chose what I wanted to start with it or what I didn’t want and things like that.
Randy: Right. It depends. You can do it either way.
Kevin: But I’m trying diagnostic. Okay. Randy: Diagnostic just prevents everything from starting. Hit your startup tab. There you go. Kevin: Oh, so there’s nothing checked. When I do it there’s…
Randy: Yeah so you just go through check the ones that you know and want.
Kevin: Okay. Randy: And you can make that a little wider so that
you can actually read what it is. Go ahead and I would keep Microsoft Security Essentials. You know
you want that because that’s your virus. Kevin: What about services? Randy: There’s a little button down there that says “Hide all microsoft services”. I’d recommend doing that just because if you prevent some of those
essential services from starting you might have problems, such as your audio. Kevin: Yeah well I don’t want to shut off the sound. Randy: And that’s exactly what will happen in this so you need to go through and… Kevin: Get the right things?
Randy: Yep. Kevin: So right here I proably want my game console because I think that’s the game I was playing. So I’ll probably check that. All right so I just click Apply and go from
there? Randy: Well look here there’s one called NVIDIA display driver service.
You might want to have that. That’s your graphics card.
Kevin: Okay, so if I click Apply and I start this all up and it comes back and it’s not like the way I want it?
Randy: Then you can come back in here and then put it back to the way it was.
Kevin: Okay, so I just click here and just do that again, like, go back and change some of the
startup items or something.
Randy: And I noticed that now it’s switched over to selective
startup. Kevin: Oh, because I made selections.
Randy: Because you added selections. That’s correct. Kevin: Okay, so whatever I do here it’s not
going to kill my PC. I can just come back and add some more checkboxes and then do it again to get it how I want.
Randy: Or just put it back to normal startup to bring it back to the way it was.
Kevin: Okay, cool. All right, I’ll just click Apply then. Randy: And then OK. It’s going to restart your
computer. Kevin: All right. Okay. Randy: And then Restart. Kevin: All right so we’re back. It’s restarted.
Randy: You notice a lot of things are missing now. Things that were there there before that aren’t there now.
Kevin: I’m missing my little Media Center thing here.
Randy: Right so all those programs were once taking up your
valuable memory that your game could be using, now they’re not they’re taking that memory. But while we’re here you should go ahead and uninstall the things that you’re not using any
more to give you more disk space. Kevin: Okay so like these icons here
that come on the desktop, I’ve never done anything with them. Is that what you mean? Just remove stuff like programs I don’t want?
Randy: Yeah, if you don’t want it, don’t use it. Uninstall it. Kevin: All right so I’ll just put it in the recycle bin. All right, that did something? Randy: Um, yeah that did something. It moved it into the recycle bin, but it didn’t uninstall the program so all the hard drive space is still taken
up by that program still being there. So you need to actually go into the Windows uninstaller.
Kevin: So throwing it away isn’t getting rid of it. Okay so what do I do then?
Randy: You just removed the desktop icon. Click
Start, and then go to Control Panel. That’s
where the uninstaller is. And under Programs you’ll see “Uninstall a program”. There you go. Kevin: So I look in here for that program. Randy: Go through the list, select what you want.
Kevin: There it is. All right now I just click Uninstall on it? Randy: Yep, and then follow the screens.
Kevin: All right so just click Yes and follow what’s in there. So that’s going to uninstall as it goes
through here. Okay, so then what? I’ve uninstalled some programs.
Randy: Well, you’ve uninstalled a program. There’s a lot more programs
on the list. You can just go through here and go shopping. There are some that are more important
than others. For example, if you see one in
they’re called Python don’t uninstall it because it’s a script that HP puts on
some of its PC’s. Other than that, if you’re not using the
software program just uninstall it. You’ll get a lot of important hard drive space back. Also you have these things called
temporary files. You mentioned that your computer was getting slower over time.
Kevin: Right. Randy: So if you have your temporary file
directly, this is the directory where software programs will temporarily install files while they’re installing
themselves, but a lot of times those files are left
behind. If the files kind of build up over time and get too many, then
it takes a lot longer for things to install and for other software programs that use that directory.
Kevin: So it’s like plaque buildup or something. It just keeps building up over time.
Randy: Exactly, so brush your computer’s teeth by going in and removing that. Microsoft
has a great tool called the Disk Cleanup Utility that gets rid of
a lot of temporary files. Kevin: All right so let’s clean up these disks.
What do I do? I’m assuming I’m clicking Start and going somewhere? Randy: You assume correctly. The Disk Cleanup Utility, you want to click Start then go up to Accessories. Find Accessories from the Start menu. There it is. Okay, and then go down to system tools Kevin: All right. Randy: And there you should see Disk Cleanup. Kevin: Ah, there it is. And I just select my C drive.That’s the
drive I’m on. Okay, and it’s doing stuff already. It’s scanning for something. It’s calculating right now. Randy: Yes, right now it’s going through and
it’s looking at all of the different types
of directories and what files are in there.
Kevin: It’s trying to find the source of the plaque?
[laughs] Randy: So if you look through here, it’s going to do some recommendations.
Some of them that are already selected. Off to the right you’ll see that it lists
the amount of space that you can gain by cleaning them up. And if you look there’s 13.9 megabytes by cleaning up the temporary files. There’s thumbnails, there’s setup files, things like that. This was actually pretty
clean but you can get back 14 megabytes of space by leaving that checked.
Kevin: Get rid of that temporary stuff. Okay. So I just check the things that I want it to clean out. Randy: Right, and you’ll notice Recycle Bin is
one of them. So go ahead and select the ones that you want, and just click OK. Kevin: “Are you sure?” Yes I want to delete the files. All right so looks like the files are all gone we’ve
wiped all that stuff out, the temporary files and all that. Randy: Yeah, you’re getting closer.
Kevin: I’m not done? Randy: Well, you gotta ask yourself, are you a hardcore gamer? Kevin: I want a game to work well.
As you saw, I don’t do well when they don’t. Randy: All right, to better blow the brains out of your zombies
or whatever it is you’re doing you can go and adjust
Microsoft’s visual properties, the visual settings, because I guess there’s a lot of things
that goes on in Windows. The smoothing of fonts, animating menus, things like that. That all takes up processor time and memory as well.
So one thing that you can do, Windows makes it easy so you can just go in there and
turn all those things off before you play a game. Kevin: So if you don’t like the fancy features,
or if you don’t want them so much but you want your game to run better and whatever, it
just turns off some of this stuff. Randy: Yeah, you can turn them back
on later if you want them back. So to get there click Start, right-click on Computer, go to Properties, there you go, Advanced system settings. Look at all those things.
Kevin: Wow, I guess there’s a lot that is running that you don’t even think about. Look at all that stuff checked.
Randy: But if you’re just going to play a game, just select where it says adjust for best performance Kevin: Woah, everything goes away. Randy: And then say Apply. You’ll notice things you look
a little different. Kevin: Okay it’s changing, changed the gray bar down here, and Start
button changed. Okay so I click OK, and OK again. Randy: That’s correct. Kevin: All right so, is that it or what? Anything else? Are we done?
Randy: Well, your background also takes up a little. I mean, if you’re really hardcore
and you want every last ounce of memory, go in there and right-click on the Windows Display desktop and click Personalize and
select a blank background. You do that by clicking desktop background. This can give you another megabyte or so in memory. And then where it says Picture Location click the drop down there, select solid colors, and then click Black, because black is the new pink. Kevin: Hey! The background is changed.
It’s black and it’s looking good. I can already tell by my mouse. I don’t think it’s ever moved this fast. It’s looking good. I’m eager to play my game now. Randy: Well don’t play your game just yet. When you actually launch a game, most
games have advanced display settings themselves so you can go in there and tweak the performance of the game. So typically when you use a
lower display resolution, the game doesn’t look as crisp but it
plays a lot better. It’s a lot more smooth. So you wanna try to find a comfortable
display resolution that you can use for your game. There’s also lots
of nice visual effects that you can usually play around with like shadows and things like that. You can either turn them off or you can have them on. Just experiment with it. Have fun.
Kevin: Yeah I know my game does have some of those settings so I’ll have to play with them, but I’m betting it’s going to be much better.
I can just tell, I mean this makes me so happy just seeing how fast
it’s going to right now. Randy: Well good.
Kevin: Cool, so anything else? Is that it? Randy: No that’s it. You should be able to play your games in record time now and blow up all kinds of zombies.
Kevin: Oh cool. So here we are. We just showed you how to speed up your
computer, make it boot faster, run better when you’re playing games, and we taught you how to do it for free.
You don’t have to pay anyone to do this. You can do this yourself with these same easy steps and then you can kill zombies quickly too. So I kinda want to get to that right now, so why don’t you beat it. I’ve got some enemies to destroy.
Randy: All right yeah go have fun.