People often ask me “how can I speed up my computer?” or say “My computer is running very slow”.
Here are some things that you can do to speed up your computer.
Restarting your computer fixes %90 of issues and will free up memory from applications that are no longer using it. You should restart your computer once a week at minimum.
3. Defrag your hard drive
Go to Start > all programs > accessories > system tools > Disk Defragmenter. This should be completed every few months for most users.
4. Hard drive space
Filling a hard drive up completely will make disk searching take longer slowing down performance. Run disk cleanup to remove any unnecessary files.
5. Add more memory
You computer may not have enough memory. Memory is not to be confused with hard drive space which is where your files are stored. the 32 bit version of Windows can handle up to 4GB of ram. You can check to see how much ram you have by right clicking on the “My Computer” icon and selecting properties, a windows will pop up displaying the amount of RAM at the bottom.
6. Uninstall unused programs
Any programs that you do not use are just taking up space and resources. Uninstall unused programs by going to control panel then “add/remove programs” in XP or “programs and features” in Vista.
7. Don’t run programs that you are not using
Close programs that you are not using is pretty straight forward. If you are not using a program that is open, it is still taking up resources and slowing your PC down.
8. Internet cache cookies
Clear out you browser’s cookies and cache. In IE goto tools > internet options > choose delete under “browser history”.
In Firefox click tools > clear private data.
9. MSCONFIG change startup
Be careful with this one so that you don’t inadvertently disable something important.
click start > run > type “msconfig” then press enter. Here you can disable startup items that are not being used. Be sure that you know what your are disabling or you can really screw things up.
10. Use Firefox instead of IE
Firefox has been proven to be faster than IE, USE IT!