Computer users always face this problem – slowpoke Windows PCs. You have to wait for “some processes” to finish before you can click on another and a bit painful when you are in a hurry. Worse, it won't respond anymore.
Slow computers are affected by several factors, from software to hardware problems There are some ways we can rev them up. These tips may help you boost your chugging PC "like new".
1. Check disk space. Remove unnecessary files.
Having a congested hard drive slows down your computer. Most of the time, you need at least 15% free disk space for optimal disk access. Ccleaner is an effective disk tool to eliminate all unwanted temporary and other unneeded files. Downloading from their website and installing is just a breeze. After installing, just click “Run Ccleaner” button.
You can also uninstall some unwanted programs and erase your space-eating videos and other projects.
2. Defragment your hard disks
This is a common method and it helps a lot. As you copy files to your hard drive, the system does not automatically place related files beside each other, thus fragmenting your disk. Defragmenting rearranges your files into optimal position to that sequential files are read easily. This method is very good for hard drives that rotate to access files and rotates again to access another file (unlike solid-state drives or SSDs).
The built-in Microsoft Disk Defragmenter is already a good choice. Just type in “defragment” and run the program. Choose the main drive and click “optimize”
3. Remove from Startup or Uninstall Unnecessary Programs
There are programs that you don't really need at all. These programs mostly eat startup processes and runs in the background, thus slowing down your computer. There are also programs that you usually use but already eats up boot-up time and runs in the background even when you don't need it. Let us say for example, when you install Apple iTunes, it already runs its programs in the background at startup.
Run “msconfig” without the quotations. Go to the “Startup” tab and uncheck all unwanted programs based on your preference. On Windows 8 and above, startup is under “task manager”
Don't worry about disabling them from the start. The program's processes will come back if your run them again, and will close at shut down. You can also uninstall programs that you don't use.
4. Scan for Viruses
Computer viruses, malware, and spyware do a lot of harm to your PC, eating-up resources, and slowing it down. Scanning your PC with an updated and trusted antivirus can help. Advanced users can scan computers before entering Windows using boot-time (or USB-based) scanners. Using a personal firewall to ward off hackers and other suspicious behavior will help.
5. Remove All the Dust
I had an experience when I did all the above steps but still the computer runs slow even the computer has above recommended requirements for the operating system. After which I thought of physically cleaning all the fans and the processor heat sink using a typical ball pump and brush. Heavy dust spurt out off the air. When I tried to reboot the PC, voila, it runs like new!
When dust covered the vents, exhaust and fans, heat will build-up. This will signal the computer's processor to slow down to compensate with the heat. Removing dust decongest the airways and keeps your system cool. Make also sure that all fans are functional.
If the steps above does not help, upgrading or modifying your hardware (such as RAM or overcloking), reinstalling Windows, or replacing your computer will surely help. Changing your operating system to Linux will help as it has minimal startup items and does not congest such as Windows.
There you go! Hope this article helps you.
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