Powering on a brand new computer for the first time is exciting. For most people, however, the feeling of using a fast new computer quickly fades as countless programs install and take over, slowing down the computer at every turn. If you feel like your computer is just not running the way it used to, these 10 tricks might be able to give it a speed boost.
1. Restart Your Computer
If you rarely turn off your computer, you might want to consider restarting it every few days. Your computer system has a limited amount of memory which can continue to fill the longer you use your computer. Try giving it a restart to clear it’s memory.
2. Update Your Computer
If you have your computer set to never install new updates, you might be missing important system updates which could affect the performance of your computer. In most systems, you can access your update settings by opening the start menu and searching “update”. Try installing any updates that your system recommends.
3. Stop Start Up Programs From Running
You’d be surprised how many programs are set to automatically start up when you first power on your computer. Having too many programs running can dramatically decrease your computer’s performance. To fix the issue, click the start menu on a computer using windows 7 or older, then click run. On windows 8 right click the start menu icon and click run. Next, type in “msconfig” and hit OK. Your system configuration window should open. Click the startup tab to view all programs that are set to run on startup. In windows 8 you’ll need to follow the link to the startup tab in your task manager. Now, go through and disable any programs that aren’t absolutely necessary at start up. Click apply, and restart your computer. You should have far fewer programs running at start up from now on.
4. Clean Up Your Desktop
Having too many shortcuts on your computer’s desktop can decrease your computer’s speed by quite a bit. Try taking some time once every week or two to clean up your desktop and remove or refile unnecessary shortcuts and documents.
5. Keep an Eye On Internet Browser Tabs
Internet browsers can use up a surprising amount of computer memory, which in turn slows down the performance of your computer. If you feel like your computer is running slower than usual and you have several internet windows open, try closing as many as tabs or windows as possible and you could see a boost in performance.
6. Try Uninstalling Unused Programs
Installed programs can take up memory and processing power even when they aren’t being used. Try heading to your add or remove programs settings and spend a few minutes uninstalling any unnecessary programs.
7. Defragment Your Hard Drive
Your hard drive doesn’t always index everything in your system perfectly, which can result in a fragmented hard drive. Try running a defrag on your system’s hard drive. To run a defrag on your hard drive. Go to your system’s start menu search box and type in “defrag” to bring up a few options. Click the option to defragment a hard drive, choose your operating system Drive (usually called “C:”) and run a scan. Keep in mind, however, This scan can take several hours depending on the age of your system.
8. Scan For Malware, Spyware, and Other Harmful Programs
Some of the biggest threats to a computer’s speed are malware, spyware,and viruses. Try running your system’s anti virus scanner and delete any threats that it finds. We also recommend installing a decent free malware scanning program and running a free scan to find any lingering threats. Many types of adware are also installed as part of new programs, so be sure to check your programs list again for any programs that look suspicious and uninstall them.
9. Keep Your Computer Cool
If you’re computer fan seems like it is making a lot more noise than usual, it could be overheating, which can affect system performance. Try vaccuming your computer vents once a months to remove any excess dust build up.
10. Check The RAM On Your Computer
If you’ve tried everything you can and your computer is still running slower than you’d like, it might be time to upgrade your RAM, or random access memory. If the amount of RAM that your computer has is too low for you every day usage, consider ugrading to a computer with higher RAM. If you feel up to the task, you could even upgrade the RAM in your existing computer.