9 Ways to Speed Up Your slow Computer

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9 Ways to Speed Up Your slow Computer

  • 2012-04-18 03:48:49
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TipsTricks / computers Laptops 9 Ways to Speed Up Your slow Computer
Sometimes computers can be unusually slow, and this will normally lead to frustration and impatience, finally summing up to stress for the tight-scheduled user. This appears as the system taking more time to respond to a user’s actions like opening files, folders, surfing the Internet and other tasks. I have been in this type of situation several times on my Windows 7 PC, and have been able to deduce some tips that will prevent me from experiencing such again.

In this article, I’ll be sharing some effective and yet simple ways to avoid your computer hanging while working on it. These steps are intended to be used in order.

Steps to Speed Up Your Computer’s Performance

1. Make Sure Your Hardware is Sufficient

Above and beyond everything you can do with software to optimize the function of your computer, making sure you have the proper hardware to support Windows is critical.

2. Clean Your Desktop

Is your Windows Desktop dotted with files? Have you noticed that your computer has been running slower and slower? Do you see the hard drive light often flashing while you wait for the computer to respond to an action? There are steps you can take to fix it. Read this article.

3. Scan Your Windows System for Errors

An operating system is a collection of files that perform different functions. It is possible, over time, that one or more of these system files has changed or become corrupted. If this happens, the speed of your system may decrease. By using a utility called “System File Checking”, it will inspect these files and correct any problem it finds.

4. Scan for Viruses, Spyware and Adware

Every Windows computer is vulnerable to viruses. Viruses are nasty little programs that cause both major and minor problems for users. Spyware and Adware are programs created by companies to find out more information about customers, so they can better market products to them. Usually these programs are not created for malicious purposes. Spyware and Adware can load into computer memory and slow it down. Periodically scanning and removal of Viruses, Spyware and Adware is a great way to improve computer performance.

5. Uninstall Unused Programs

Leaving unused programs on your computer can also slow down its operation significantly. These unused programs will go dormant and use a significant amount of your disk space, causing the computer to slow down dramatically. The more unused programs you have on your computer, the slower the performance of your computer. Clean-up your computer by uninstalling every single program that you no longer use on your computer, restart the system and see the changes take effect.

6. Adjust Visual Effects for Better Performance

Windows provides a number of interesting visual effects including animated windows and fading menus. If you do not have enough operating memory (see above number 1), these effects can slow down your computer. Adjusting or reducing visual effects can make a difference. To speed up Vista computers in particular you can disable features and function that are not used. For more information, read "How to Speed Up Windows Vista."

7. Don’t Automatically Start Programs

Programs use operating memory (RAM, also called system resources). Unless you always use these programs, you can keep them from loading at Windows startup and speed both the booting of your computer and its performance.

8. Defragment Your Hard Drive (After you have tried everything else)

The more information and programs you have on your computer, the more it is likely that Windows has placed parts of the same file in different locations on your hard drive. It may do this for hundreds of files and programs, depending on how much space is available. Defragmenting the hard drive places all information for each file in one place. The result can be a faster computer experience. Important Note: Before you even try this, backup all your work onto a different computer, hard drive, CD or disk. Also, you should only do this if you have a reliable source of power for your computer. Doing this when there is a brown out or power problem in the neighborhood, is not a good idea. If a computer turns off while it is defragmenting a drive, it will create more problems than not defragmenting it in the first place.

9. Reinstall the Operating System and Programs

If you have done all the above steps and your computer does not become more responsive, you might consider reinstalling the operating system and programs. This is a scorched earth option - basically you backup all your data and user settings, wipe your hard drive clean and re-install the operating system with your original disks. Next, install all your favorite programs and restore all your data and user settings.

Conclusion

Using a slow computer can kill your productivity and even cause additional stress to you. Follow the tips shared above and speed up your computer, then you will see how fast your computer, and ultimately, your work would be.
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