My PC is still slow after running System Mechanic's PowerTools. What can I do?

Question

My PC is still slow after running System Mechanic's PowerTools. What can I do?

Answer

System Mechanic's PowerTools should be run at regular intervals to maintain maximum benefit. If you have recently run either System Mechanic's PC TotalCare or Repair All functions without noticing a significant increase in speed there are still several options for reaching your system's performance potential.

Run a Deep Analysis
System Mechanic's PowerTools allow the choice between performing a quick analysis or deep analysis of your system. Running a deep analysis takes longer but performs a more comprehensive check of your computer and allows System Mechanic to make additional repair and optimization recommendations.

To run a deep analysis:

  1. Start System Mechanic.
  2. From the main interface, click Toolbox (or Tools)>All-in-one Tools (or Power Tools)>Start PC TotalCare.
  3. If you have not yet run an analysis using PC TotalCare, click Perform Deep Analysis; otherwise, click Reanalyze>Perform Deep Analysis.
  4. Click Next to start the repairs.


Choose which actions PC TotalCare performs

Specifying the actions PC TotalCare performs when it repairs and optimizes your PC may also help improve performance. By default, PC TotalCare performs the actions it sees as essential to increasing performance; however, improvement may still be achieved by running additional tools.

To choose which actions PC TotalCare performs:

  1. Start System Mechanic.
  2. From the main interface, click Toolbox (or Tools)>All-in-one Tools (or Power Tools)>Start PC TotalCare.
  3. Click Let me choose which actions to perform.
  4. Select the check box next to each action you want to run. For a quick explanation of what each action does, click the plus symbol next to it.
  5. Click Next to start the repairs.


Use Individual Tools to address your PC's weaknesses

Running System Mechanic's Individual Tools allows you to target your PC's weak spots and gives you access to additional options such as Deep Optimization and Custom Optimization, which are unavailable when using PowerTools. 

iolo recommends running the following Individual Tools,

  • Increase Performance
    • Defragment Hard Drive*Keeping your hard drives defragmented boost file access speed.
    • Optimize Windows Startup* - Optimizing your Windows startup settings improves boot times and can increase overall speed.
    • Defragment Memory* - Defragmenting your system's memory reclaims valuable resources and improves PC efficiency, stability, and speed. 
    • Defragment and Compact Registry* - Defragmenting and compacting your registry frees up memory and enables Windows to access and read registry files faster.
    • Configure Boot-Time Defragmentation - Boot-time defragmentation helps maintain system performance and prevent data corruption by defragmenting the files you use most upon system startup.
  • Clean Up System Clutter (or Free Up Drive Space)
    • Find and Remove Junk Files* - Removing junk files increases drive capacity by erasing temporary and other unneeded files that have accumulated on your system.


*
This task can be automated using System Mechanic's ActiveCare feature.
 

Use ActiveCare to maintain performance gains
ActiveCare is a powerful maintenance feature that keeps your system running efficiently and securely around the clock. It monitors your computer's performance, and then automatically runs any needed repairs on-the-spot.

To enable tasks in ActiveCare:

  1. Start System Mechanic.
  2. From the main interface, click ActiveCare>Automated Tasks.
  3. From the Tasks Performed Automatically list, turn on the tasks you wish to run automatically by toggling the corresponding button to Enabled.


Access System Mechanic Help
Explanations and additional information for each tool and option mentioned above are in the System Mechanic Help file.

To access System Mechanic Help:

  1. Start System Mechanic.
  2. From the main interface, click Help>System Mechanic Help.

 

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Topic Information
  • Topic #: 16098-102
  • Date Created: 7/5/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 8/7/2014
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