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More Ways to Improve Your Slow Computer

Man in White Shirt Using Macbook Pro No one wants to use a slow computer. It makes you want to go ballistic, and just throw that sluggish computer away. The good news is that you can actually do something to make your computer run faster without spending a single penny. Let me emphasize that this guide applies to a Windows PC and it will focus on solutions that you yourself can do. Just follow the tips below to speed up your slow-moving computer.

  • Uninstall programs. Usually, new computers nowadays are packed with programs you did not want and you may not use. These computers have trial editions versions of various programs that you will find helpful. Typically, the programs are there to help manage your computer’s hardware and software. Maybe you thought you might use the built-in disk cleaners, and backup tools, but never actually did. They often run automatically at startup, and discreetly running in the background where you cannot see them. If you like it, you may purchase the full versions of the applications. If you do you not like any of them, keeping those softwares in your computer will just consume disk space. Get rid of the clutter and wasted system resources by uninstalling programs.
    To uninstall a program, click the Start button , select Control Panel. Under the Programs, and select Uninstall a program. Choose a program you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.
  • Defragment the fragmented. Cleaning up your hard drive space alone is not enough to make your computer faster. You also have to learn to use that space effectively. Your computer stores large files in fragments. Thus, Disk Defragmenter is there to helps you to rearrange fragmented data, and make the computer run faster. (Important note though, do not use defragmentation on SSD disks.) When data is fragmented, your computer must search for the pieces of files that is stored all over your hard drive. With Disk Defragmenter, you can improve your computer’s performance. It will be able to organize your data, and free up space so your computer can search for files faster. To defrag, you just have to go My Computer. Then, right click the hard drive you wish to defrag. After you have right-clicked, click Properties, Tools, then click Defragment Now.
    Tip: Removable storage devices such as USB flash drives, and external hard disk drives can also become fragmented. Analyze the storage devices first. If the result is above 10%, it is imperative to defragment immediately.
  • Delete your temporary files. Your computer creates a chunk of temporary files each time you open various applications. This occupies a hefty amount of space, and further slowing down your computer. You should constantly clean it whenever you think your computer is being slow as a snail.
    To access your temporary files, press the Windows button + R on your keyboard simultaneously. Then, type in %temp% in the dialog box. After, all the temporary files will be shown. Delete all the files in the folder. You may not be able to delete some currently used files so just skip it.
  • Run your antivirus. Keep your antivirus up to date. Schedule your antivirus application to scan your computer at least once a week. This is to make sure no malware secretly snuck into your computer. Slow computers are often the result of unwanted programs that are running in the background. These programs use your computer’s resources, and can severely decelerate your computer. In short, the fewer viruses your computer has, the faster it can handle important processes.

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.