No matter how fast or shiny computers might be when they are new, they all seem to get slower over time.
After installing a dozen programs, loading them with anti-spyware and antivirus tools, and downloading untold amounts of junk from the Internet, PC’s will inevitability get bogged down over time. Whatever the cause, there are a lot of ways to help speed up Windows and ensure your PC runs better.
By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer, help increase your PC speed and help keep it running smoothly.
TOP TIPS TO IMPROVE THE SPEED OF YOUR PC.
1. Run regular malware/spyware scans
Spyware collects personal information without letting you know and without asking for permission. From the websites you visit to user names and passwords, spyware can put you and your confidential information at risk. In addition to privacy concerns, spyware can hamper your computer’s performance.
By running regular malware/spyware scans you can reduce the risk of compromise and also improve the performance of your machine.
2. Defrag your hard drive on a regular basis
Defrag your hard drive on a regular basis to improve hard drive performance and speed by piecing together parts of files that have been broken apart.
As you use your computer, fi les are constantly added, changed and removed. Over time, these fi les and folders are broken into chunks of data, so when you want to access the file your hard disk has to work harder and look in more places to find all of its contents. This is known as fragmentation. The more full your hard drive becomes, the more likely it is your files will be fragmented. The Defragmenter pieces those chunks of data back together, so your hard drive can load them faster.
3. Update all drivers on the system
Updating your computer’s drivers and other updates can resolve problems you may be having with your computer and help improve the performance and overall stability of your computer and hardware devices.
4. Install additional memory (RAM) in the system
When your PC runs out of available RAM, it starts using the hard drive instead. This is much, much slower than RAM and will cause your PC to slow down. Therefore adding additional RAM can improve the performance of your machine.
Firstly though, it’s important to check which version of Windows you’re running. You’ll need a 64-bit version to take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM, which is the limit for the 32-bit editions.
When installing additional RAM try to buy exactly the same type as the RAM already installed to avoid possible issues with timing differences between sticks of RAM. If you’re not sure about matching the memory, it’s probably best to just replace the existing 4GB – RAM is fairly cheap these days.
5. Replace your existing hard drive with an SSD
When installed on an SSD, Windows not only boots and shuts down quicker, but applications load faster, and the computer generally feels more responsive. SSDs have benefits for desktop computers as well as for laptops.
This due to multiple reasons; not only is this new generation of hard drives built entirely out of semiconductors, thus eliminating all moving parts and audible noise, they are also many times faster than their older, magnetic counterparts for the very same reason, accelerating both Windows and everything that runs on it.
6. Limit how many programs load at Start up
Some programs are designed to load automatically when Windows starts. Software manufacturers often set their programs to open in the background, where you can’t see them running, so they’ll open right away when you click their icons. That’s helpful for programs you use a lot, but for programs you rarely or never use, this wastes precious memory and slows down the time it takes Windows to finish loading.
7. Spring clean your PC
A build-up of dust on vents, components and fans ruins your machine’s ability to keep cool, and when a
computer runs at a high temperature its performance is slower.
In the worst-case scenario, your cards, power supply units and motherboards can fail entirely. On a more basic level, dirt and dust can gum up moving parts and affect performance.
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