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Just Fixit/PC Tune Ups

What's a PC tune up?

  What exactly is a "Tune UP"? We'll cover that in a sec. first let me open by saying that I understand that on average, most typical PC users don't really care how it works; they just want their machine to stay in good working order. The how's and/or why's a PC seems to slow down with age doesn't really matter to most folks, they just want their computer to stay as fast as it was when they bought it. Well? I think I can put most of it into layman's terms for you within just a few paragraphs, and maybe even explain a little bit about the tune up process along the way.... I'll try anyway...

  Ok, the first and most important thing we need to understand is the condition of the Hard Drive and that all Hard Drives gets fragmented with use. This fragmentation is caused when programs begin to create and save temp files. These temp files can be anything really, and come in various shapes and sizes, each with different functions. Some are Windows temp files and some are created by the programs that you run. Example: say you're typing a letter or you have a spreadsheet opened up (anything really), these programs do an auto-save every so often and they use a running temp file to keep track of the changes that you've made to your document (just as an example really, all programs do this to one degree or another). In most cases these temp files are kept anywhere on your Hard drive that Windows deems available; e.g. an area that has enough room and somewhere where they won't be disturbed. The problem is that these temp files aren't always completely cleaned up when these programs close, thus leaving little chunks of temp files all over your Hard Drive and effectively reducing the space left to be deemed usable by Windows the next time around. You can see examples of both healthy and unhealthy Hard Drives here: figure 1 is a perfect Hard Drive and figure 2 is ready to fail completely (crash & burn.....) with no chance of recovering anything, I've personally seen Hard Drives fail completely at 70%. The red squares in figure 2 are fragmented (terribly), and the dark blue squares in figure 1 are compressed, un-fragmented and at the beginning of the drive (this is what you want). So needless to say, running a defrag at least once a month is absolutely required if you want a healthy computer (but lets not get ahead of ourselves), more on that later.

  Now secondly, we need to discuss how to remove all of those pesky temp files (and to determine what they are in the first place), and we need to do all of this before we can even begin to consider running a defrag. First, the Windows operating system creates all sorts of these (unnecessary) temp files, true, some of them are helpful for everyday web browsing and other system related operations, but they get horribly fragmented "and should" be removed from time to time (before a complete defrag for sure). Now you could spend hours sifting through all of these files (if and when you've identified them), but this is extremely time consuming and you run the risk of doing damage to your Windows installation in the process (trust me, I've done both). But with our specialized software we can do this with a couple of mouse clicks, we'll even straighten out your system registry before returning your machine (I'm not even going to attempt to explain the registry, all I will say is that the system registry tells Windows how to be Windows, and that only extremely advanced users should even consider messing with it, "doing it wrong can and will destroy your machine"). Once we're all done with your machine we'll leave the software installed on your system (with all of the appropriate settings), and now we even offer "AutoClean", a little program/gadget that sits on your desktop and this little gem will run all of the appropriate clean up software along with your virus updates and scans, so you can keep everything running at top speed. And all of this for only $35.00 Oh and did I mention that this service also includes the installation of all available Windows Updates too?? (security, security, security......) Anywayzzz........ I could go on all day............. (but I won't)

  So if you have any questions, or if you're interested in this service, just drop us a line here at ----Just Fixit---- (anytime), and I'll get with you as soon as I can.
(usually within 24 hours)

PS: If your machine is running slower than slow, this will quite probably be your only issue (refer to figures 1 and 2 above)... A computer in that condition just doesn't have enough viable disk space to function properly. Period.



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