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Optimizing Windows® 7 Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Chapter 6. Tracking System Performance and Health

Your computer’s performance levels are directly related to its health. Whether you have a desktop, laptop, or tablet PC, your computer was designed to be paused (by putting it in sleep mode) and resumed. All that pausing and resuming can have unintended consequences on the overall performance of your computer, especially after days or weeks of pause and resume. So the first thing I ask anyone experiencing a problem with a personal computer is this: When was the last time you shut down and then restarted your computer?

Beyond a simple restart, there are three things you need to know to understand issues that can affect your computer’s performance. You need to understand your computer’s baseline performance ...

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