Top 10 ways to speed up your computer

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.

1. Restart
Restart Windows
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.

2.Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes antimalware
Use this application to remove junk programs from taking up resources on your computer. This will significantly help for many users and should be done once a week.

3. Defrag your hard drive
Disk Defrag
Go to Start > all programs > accessories > system tools > Disk Defragmenter. This should be completed every few months for most users.

4. Hard drive space

Disk Cleanup
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

Add remove features
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
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

blocked cookie
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 Eats IE
Firefox has been proven to be faster than IE, USE IT!

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  • Seth says:

    Yeah restarting helps some problems… not 90% to say that would make my job as a Network Engineer Extremely easy.

  • Andy says:

    Hey Seth,

    This article was really intended for the average home user or basic helpdesk person. Obviously someone with your advanced skill set works with higher level equipment and a restart may help but generally doesn’t.

    Thanks for your feedback.

  • Nisha Shah says:

    All these things are good for making your PC faster but don’t forget about registry errors.Registry Errors can also be a cause for slow PC. So always use Regisry Cleaner for improving your PC Speed.

  • Charlie White says:

    Hi there, i would just like to note from my personal experience that all of the above are very effective and helps solve alot of problems..i found this site from Google trying to speed up my Pc but it appears I’ve done all of these methods already.will keep searching (i think my issue could be due to integrated video)

  • Zinnia says:

    Thanks for this article! Very helpful. 🙂

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