A slow computer can slow down your working speed considerably. It’s enough to frustrate anybody especially when you are ready for the task and your computer is least willing to perform even the simplest tasks like opening a web page or a program. Not anymore? Here are few simple things you can do to speed up your computer. Read on to find out how:
Speed up Startup time
If your computer is taking a lot of time to boot, it could be because of the many programs which turn on during startup. You can save a lot of boot time by installing programs like Autoruns which disable some programs during startup. MSConfig would also do the trick and start only those programs required by you, and leave out programs like iTunes or the printer, but do not turn off those which you do not recognize!
To ensure that your computer runs fast, be sure to regularly defragment your computer. Your computer breaks a large file into small pieces and stores these across many locations. Upon accumulation, these files slow down your computer as it takes much more time to access them. On defragmentation, using defragmenter tools provided by Windows reorganizes the data and thus your computer’s speed becomes quicker. However, it is recommended not to defragment solid state SSD yourself.
Run antivirus software regularly
If you’re thinking how to speed up my computer, run antivirus programs on a regular basis. Viruses and malware cause loss of data and can slow down your computer. Spyware can also compromise the security by collecting your personal information etc. Always update your virus and scan the hard disk completely, and schedule regular scans.
Clear cache and temporary files
The web browser “caches” a small file in your Temp Internet Files and also stores cookies i.e. information about your personal details and browsing history. The volume of temp files can increase to an extent that they can slow down your computer. Periodically cleaning out the cache and temp files will allow your computer to load faster and clear up much needed disk space. Use the Disk Clean up to delete files from your disks, which will boost your computer’s speed.
Uninstall useless programs
It’s a good idea to uninstall programs that are not used. You could even replace Windows Media Player, for example with VLC Media Player which is a lightweight media player does not affect the speed of your computer. Free your storage space by uninstalling out of date programs, trial software versions etc. New PCs have lots of unwanted programs known as “bloatware” including unrequired toolbars. Uninstalling these will also free up your computer’s memory. This will help your computer operations speed up while running.
Keep your desktop clutter free
Even though many of us have the habit of storing files on the desktop for easy access, it’s best to keep your desktop free of files as this could also slow down the speed of your computer.
Simple habits like regularly emptying the Recycle Bin can help to speed up your computer too, and save you a lot of time.
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