Can anyone advise on routine maintenance I can do easily to speed things up. I regularly defrag,diskclean,get rid of cookies. But is there something I'm missing that I can do easily without downloading special programs?
Another method would be to clear up your prefetch files. These are a list of files and subroutines that are loaded at startup. It is perfectly safe to delete them as the ones that are required will be restored.
To do this go to 'start' and then 'run'. Type in 'prefetch' and press enter. Select all of the files and delete them. Reboot your computer.
There should be some imporvement in speed as only what is still necessary will be loaded at bootup and anything from programs that are no longer in use will not be loaded.
If you've had your computer 2months plus, you should consider using the disk defragmenter tool. (START - PROGRAMS - ACCESSORIES - SYSTEM TOOLS)
Computers tend to be a bit untidy how they store things on the hard drive. The defragmenter will group bits of information together and the bits of disk space together which helps the computer run more efficiently. This should be done every 1 or 2 months if a heavy user, every 3 to 4 if an occassional user.