A slow computer not only gets you annoyed but also slows down business. To solve this problem, a majority opt to buy a new PC. However, spending massive amounts of cash is not always the way out of the problem. There is a myriad of other options to explore before digging into your pockets for a new PC. Read on to learn ten ways to speed up a slow computer.
Reduce Items that Run on Start Up
If your computer takes longer than expected to start up, the problem would be that it runs too many programs when you hit the power button. The best solution for this kind of the problem is to reduce the number of programs it runs on startup. If you want to see the programs that run when your computer starts, click on the Windows button, left click ‘run’ and then type ‘ msconig’ into the box.
Remove Programs No Longer in Use
In addition to stopping every program from running when you switch on your computer, you should also uninstall any program that you deem not useful now. You can uninstall all programs from your control panel.
Delete Temporary Files
Temporary files accumulate on your PC as you conduct your everyday tasks. These files are usually stored on your hard disk consequently slowing down the speed of your computer. Delete these files from everywhere not forgetting the internet history and cookies. The freed up disk space will go a long way in speeding up your computer.
Install a Solid-state Drive
You should know that hard drives are often the reason behind the slow performance of a computer. Upgrading to an SSD drive will help increase the speed of your computer. Although they are more expensive and have less storage space than the standard disks, they prove to be worth it when it comes to speed.
Scan For and Remove Viruses, Malware and Spyware
Malware, Viruses, and Spyware affect the speed of a computer significantly. You can get rid of the three by performing regular scans on your computer using an updated anti-virus.
Defrag Your Drive
The frequency with which you need to defrag your drive depends on how often you install or uninstall, download or move programs. The two are directly proportional. You can opt to schedule your computer to defrag its drive automatically regularly.
Make Adjustments for Better Performance
Every computer, under system settings, has a performance settings button. This button gives you the option to adjust your PC for best performance. Selecting this option leads to loss of some visual effect such as mouse shadows but significantly increases the speed of your PC.
Add More RAM Memory
The best way to go about it is to upgrade the RAM to a computer’s capacity. Install the RAM yourself or have a retail store service desk do it for you.
Hoover Out the Dust
This should be done regularly as computers collect a lot of dust. If you not comfortable do it yourself, have a professional assist you.
Giving your computer a static IP will help you manage the network easier and cut off start up time.
Save yourself some money by applying these tips to get your machine working fast.