For most people using your computer is apart of your everyday life and when it starts to act up and slow down it causes issues in your productivity and efficiency. If you are using Windows 7, 8, or 10 and have issues, Here are the top 10 tips to speed up your PC:
1. Programs Your Not Using? Uninstall Them!
New PCs come with pre-installed programs that slow your computer down from day one. Many of these programs you’ll never use, and are just running in the background constantly without you being aware of them. To remove the programs press Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features. Then scroll down the list, then uninstall the ones you won’t use. There are software programs that can help you choose which ones are practical for you.
2. Temporary: Delete
Every time you surf the Internet, history remains on your computer. When anything is installed on your computer, a lot of unneeded “trash” stays and takes up space and slows down your computer. To get rid of this go to My Computer > Main Drive > Windows > Temp then right-click on the temp folder, go to options and choose Details, then select all files older than today and press delete. Finally, empty the Recycle Bin!
3. The Drive: Solid and Strong
If your computer is taking forever to turn on, boot up, the hard drive could be the problem. Because there are a lot of moving elements, it takes them longer to get moving. Change to flash memory and it will flash read the data faster, getting your computer booted up more quickly.
4. Storage: Increase It
Your hard drive can still get full and slow down your computer, especially if you do a lot of media and video recording. Purchasing another storage drive for larger files can free up space on your computer and increase the speed.
5. Start-Up: Delete Unnecessary Programs
Every time you turn on your computer, it has automatic start programs. If you’re not using them every day, there is no need for them to start up automatically. Clean those you don’t use out by clicking Start > type RUN > type MSConfig in box > Click “startup” tab” and uncheck the unnecessary programs. Make sure to leave the antivirus programs alone.
6. RAM: Increase It
Do you use several applications simultaneously, like your email, an internet browser, and Word? Does your computer hesitate when going from one to the other? You can upgrade the RAM for cheap and fix this problem.
7. Defrag: Run Disk Defragment
This is an easy way to optimize the efficiency of your hard drive. Follow these steps: My Computer > right-click on the hard drive > select Properties > Tools > Defragment Now.
8. Disk: Run a Clean-Up
Your computer can benefit from a spring cleaning with the following steps: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
9. Dust: Dust and Vacuum
Computers suck up a lot of dust through the cooling fan and clog the airflow. A computer runs its best when it runs cold, so that airflow needs to be clear to keep your Computer or Laptop from overheating and slowing it down. Turn your computer off and wait for thirty minutes. Using your household vacuum on the lowest setting and being incredibly careful, suck out the dust inside your computer. Another option is canned air to blow out dust once a week.
10. New Computer: Buy a new one
If you have tried all the above steps and you’re still having issues it might just be because your computer is to old, it may be time to buy a new one.