Need to Know How to Make Your Computer Faster?
Computers increasingly occupy a larger role in our everyday life. As their popularity grows, so does their complexity and the maintenance required to keep them running at peak performance levels. When users begin to see their computers slow down, they quickly want to get them back up to speed again and will do whatever it takes to get it back up to speed.
There are some classic reasons as to why a computer would slow down. It may be possible that the computer has so many running background programs that there is not sufficient memory to run the main programs. The hard drive of the computer could be too full of data to be able to function properly.
The computer may have a hard drive that is fragmented resulting from programs being loaded and then deleted. Another reason for a computer slowing down could be having 356 MB of memory or less, you play games a lot, or not having the efficient amount of system memory to properly run software. You may also have conflicting or even old Windows device drivers installed on the computer.
As every new Windows program is installed and uninstalled on the computer, it leaves parts of itself behind and this can potentially slow down a computer. One major cause that many users see being the cause of a computer slowing down is having adware, viruses, spyware or trojans; these programs take over the computer’s functioning to run their programs.
Before you start making any major changes to you computer system, make sure to do some basic maintenance on your computer system first. Things that should be performed on a computer system on a regular basis include:
- Running an up-to-date anti-virus
- Emptying ‘temp’ files
- Running up-to-date spyware
- Emptying the recycle bin
- Backing up the system
- Running a disk check and disk defragmenter.
By following some simple guidelines, you can properly maintain your computer and keep it running efficiently
1. Free up disk space.
Every computer has a minimum of one drive; a C drive. This is where the system and program files are kept. Your system may only have one drive, so this means everything is kept on the C drive.
If the drive becomes too full, the computer begins to move files more than it needs to and this causes the system to slow down. You will need to go through your computer programs and files and removes some that you are not using or do not need. By using the Disk Cleanup tool to free up space on the computer’s hard drive, you will improve the computer’s performance.
This particular tool locates files that can be safely deleted and then allows you to decide if you want to delete all or some of the files identified.
2. Speed up data access.
When your computer system saves files to the C drive, they are not kept in one group, but often saved in smaller groups that are placed all over the hard drive. When the computer needs to read a file, it has to search all over which takes much longer. Disk fragmentation slows the performance of a computer.
When files are fragmented, the computer has to search the hard drive when the file is open to put it back together. The response time can be much longer. Disk Defragmenter is a utility found in Windows that combines fragmented folders and files on the hard disk so each takes up a single space on the disk. With files stored neatly, the reading and writing to the disk will increase.
3. Detect and repair disk errors.
Besides disk cleanup and defragmenter to enhance performance, you can also check the integrity of files that are on the hard disk by using an Error Checking utility. When using the hard drive, it can develop bad areas which slow down performance of the hard disk and often times makes writing hard or impossible. This utility scans over the hard drive for these bad sectors and looks for file system errors to make sure folders and files have not been misplaced. If you use your computer every day, it is recommended that you to run this utility once a week to help in the prevention of data loss.
4. Protect your computer from spyware.
Spyware gathers personal information without asking your permission or letting you now before doing so. (Learn more about spyware here: What Is Spyware?) From the many different websites that you are visiting to passwords and usernames you create, spyware puts both you and your personal information at risk. In addition to the concerns of privacy, spyware can also affect your computer’s performance.
5. Install more RAM.
There are many things you can do to increase your computer’s performance; from over locking to upgrading a processor. There are things that a highly experienced computer user will be able to do. The easiest thing an average computer user can do is install RAM. This is much like a workspace on a computer to do work. Running music programs, for example, has an Internet Browser open when running and this takes up a lot of workspace for them to run smoothly.
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