It is pretty much inevitable that a computer will slow down at some point in its life cycle, and it's really frustrating, take it from someone who knows.
If your computer is slow I bet there are two things on your mind:
- How do I speed up the computer, and
- Taking a sledge hammer to your painfully slow computer that is driving you crazy.
I bet it would feel good to give the computer a beating with a sledge hammer, but I wager you will regret it because those "computer watch ya my call its" are not cheap. There are a lot of different things you can do to speed up a computer, so before you run out and buy a new computer, I recommend you read the rest of this article for some helpful solutions.
Slow Computer Solutions:
- Reduce the number of programs that start-up when your computer turns on. Open run, type msconfig and click ok. Click on the Startup tab, you will see a list of programs that startup when the computer turns on, uncheck any programs that you are sure you do not need.
- Disable the pretty stuff. Go to 'control panel', then open 'System' properties, in the 'Advanced' tab click 'Performance', and then select 'adjust for best performance'.
- Use antivirus software to scan for viruses and other malicious code that might have infected your computer. It is beneficial to make sure you have the latest virus definitions before you scan your system, otherwise you will not get the best results. It is also suggested that a virus scan is connected at least once a week on your computer.
- The contents of the recycle bin take up space on your hard disk, if there are any unnecessary files in the recycle bin I recommend removing them to free up space.
- Turnoff the computer for approximately 60 seconds so you can be almost certain the RAM memory has been flushed out. Plus a good old fashion restart fixes a variety of computer problems.
- PCs need a set amount of free space on the hard drive to perform various functions such as saving files, storing temporary files accrued while browsing the internet and file swapping to name a few activities. It is recommended for optimal performance that you should have no less than 15% of your hard-drive space free at all times. If you need to free up some space on your PC I suggest searching for any unnecessary programs and files and removing them.