Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Slow Computer

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What to do when your computer is slow?

If you want to speed up your computer, you can buy and install a solid-state drive. Upgrading your Random Access Memory (RAM) also helps. Before you go on buying pricey computer parts, try these tips first. You may end up saving a lot of money. This guide mostly applies to a Windows PC and it will focus on the tips and tricks you yourself can do. The best thing is that it will cost you nothing. Just prepare to do a lot of clicking and your computer will run faster.

  • Change your browser. You might be surprised on how some browsers use up a lot of RAM especially if you have multiple tabs open. Like what I mentioned above, you can upgrade your RAM, or you can use another browser. You might find this list of browsers helpful. Try out other browsers aside from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Clean your computer. When your computer is filled with dirt and dust, its components will have to work harder in order to work well. They will end up overheating. Give the essential parts some space by regularly cleaning your computer. Do not let dust block the vents. Your computer needs to breathe too.
  • Move or delete files. Consider moving files – photos, music, videos, and installers – that you want to keep but do not want hogging up your computer. Store these files in a removable media (like external hard disk, flash disk, online storage, and even in DVDs.) You will have access to the files once you connect the storage device to your computer. As the same time, clearing up the unnecessary congestion that chocking up your computer.
    If you want to search for the files that is occupying most of your computer’s space, go to my computer. On the upper-right corner of the screen, there is a search box. In that search box, type in size:gigantic. It will then search for the files that is greater than 128 MB.
    After the search is done, you can select the files you wish to delete. Simply right-click at the selected files and then click delete. You can also sort the files by size. Go to the view menu, and choose sort by size. The biggest file will be shown be first.
  • Clean up system files. Windows has a built-in application designated to clean your hard drive. You do not need to purchase additional apps to do the cleaning for you. This process deletes files that you moved to your recycle bin, temporary internet files, back up files, and your local temp files. Using Disk Cleanup regularly saves you a lot of storage space and helps your computer work faster.
    Click your Start button . In the search box, enter Disk Cleanup, and then, choose Disk Cleanup. Select the hard drive that you wish to clean up, and then click OK. The program will then scan the selected storage. Once the dialog box appears, select Clean up system files. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, check the boxes for the files you wish to delete, and then select OK. It will then ask you a confirmation if you want to delete the files, just simply click delete files.


If your computer is still giving you a hard time, click this link. It includes tips regarding uninstalling unused programs, installing an antivirus, running Disk Defragmenter, and deleting more files.