Tips to Speed Up Your PC
If you want a quick boost in performance on your Windows based PC, try some of the following tips. These are just simple tweaks and should only take a few minutes to implement. The performance can vary depending on your system. Some users may see better results than others. So just use trial and error to see what works best for your system.
1) Remove unwanted programs
Over time your PC can become cluttered with numerous programs and applications. It is likely that many of these are no longer being used. Instead they are just using up valuable disk space and memory resources. You probably weren't aware, but most of these programs will be called to run at startup. This is why startup times can become so slow over time. The excessive software will also begin to clog up the Windows Registry.
It is recommended that you remove any programs and applications that you are no longer using. Always remove them from the control panel. If you just delete a folder it won't be correctly uninstalled and Registry entries will still exist. This causes a bigger issue.
2) Remove Malware/Viruses
Malware and Viruses are one of the leading causes of PC problems and slowness. There is only one way to solve this issue. You need to run a regular scan on your PC with top quality anti-virus software. Don't assume that you do not have any viruses on your computer. Many times infected users are not aware and in the meantime they are having valuable data stolen.
3) Adjust startup programs
You can control which programs run at startup with the MSCONFIG tool. This is very handy and can cut minutes off boot time. If your boot time is running very slow, run MSCONFIG and check the startup tab. From here you can remove programs that you don't want to run at boot time. Just be careful not to remove anything important.
4) Adjust visual effects
From Windows XP onwards, there are a number of interesting visual effects like animated windows and fading menus. These effects, however, can slow down your computer a lot. You should adjust these effects to suit your current hardware and memory capacity. Reducing some of the effects can result in performance gains. This is especially true on systems running Vista and Windows 7.
5) Defrag your hard disk(s)
Over time your PC will begin to store data on your hard drive as fragments. This means that pieces of data are scattered across the disk and the more fragmented your disk becomes, the slower the disk access. In some cases, hard drives can become very fragmented and end users may be wondering why things are running so slow.
The process of disk defragmentation groups these fragments together again and it can rapidly increase disk performance and overall system performance. It is highly recommended that you defrag your hard drives on a very regular basis.
- Click All Programs
- Open the Accessories Menu
- Open the System Tools Menu
- Open the Disk Defragmenter
- From here you can run the defrag