Having to use a computer that runs slowly can be enormously frustrating. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to speed up a lagging computer. Follow these tips to boost your productivity by increasing your PC’s speed.
If you notice that your computer is starting to run slow, one of the simplest things you can do is to defragment your hard drive. This process reorganizes the information stored on your hard drive so that the data you need is easier to find. When you save a file, it might be split into pieces to store it on your hard drive. Defragging puts the disparate pieces back together so your computer can find and retrieve files more quickly.
Uninstall Unwanted Programs
Take a look at the programs installed on your computer. If you are using Windows, you can find a list of installed programs in the Programs and Features page of the Control Panel. Any programs that you no longer use can be safely deleted, and could speed up your computer as many programs run processes in the background even if you are not actively using them. Do not delete any programs that are essential for your Pc, particularly those where the publisher is listed as your PC manufacturer or Microsoft.
Examine Startup Processes
Many programs automatically launch when you turn on your PC. This can massively increase the amount of time that your computer takes to start up. It can also slow down the speed at which your computer runs, as active programs may run processes in the background, stealing memory away from the tasks that you want your computer to focus on. If you are using Windows, then you can download a free Microsoft tool called AutoRuns for Windows to find out exactly what programs are launching when you start up your PC. You can then remove any programs that you do not want to launch automatically.
If you have the opportunity to install more RAM, then this is a surefire way to boost your computer’s speed. The more RAM (Random Access Memory) your computer has, the better it will perform when you try to run multiple applications at the same time. Increasing your RAM may also help your computer to cope better with high-powered tasks, such as gaming or video editing. Adding RAM will require you to physically open up your computer’s casing using a screwdriver and add more memory into the available slots, so make sure you are comfortable working on your PC in this way before you start.
Use Hard Drive Space as Simulated RAM
If you don’t have any free slots where you can add more RAM, don’t despair. It is possible to give your computer a boost by using free space on your hard drive as virtual RAM. To achieve this in Windows Vista or Windows 7, you need to right click on the PC icon on your desktop. Select Properties from the drop-down menu, and then choose the Advanced System Settings option. In the Advanced tab, click on Settings and indicate that you want to change the virtual memory settings. You can then increase the size of the section of your hard drive that is used as virtual memory.
By following the above tips, you should be able to reduce the amount of time that you spend waiting for your PC to catch up with what you want it to do. The result is less frustration and greater productivity.
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