Even at startup, the Windows seem to load much slower, and programs installed on the computer take longer to start. Simply, your once precious computer seems to have evolved into a snail! If this sounds familiar, then take these easy steps into giving your PC some extra speed kick.
1. Uninstall any Unused Software on the Computer
Most people have a habit of maintaining software on our computer systems that we rarely use. That software is nothing but dead weight slowing down your computer by stealing system resources.
It is best to uninstall such software in these easy to follow steps:
- Click Start
- Control Panel
- Add Remove Programs. This will pull up a screen that permits you to remove any old or unused programs.
- Select the desired programs and uninstall.
2. Disk Defragmentation
At times, your computer’s slow speeds are as a result of the computer overworking itself trying to find files it requires. This can be easily solved this by “defragging” the computer hard drive.
That can be done in these easy steps;
- Click Start
- Then on the start menu follow this program path: All Programs (or Programs), Accessories, System Tools, and Disk Defragmenter.
- Then choose the disk that you would like to defragment and let the program run. This may take several hours to complete.
3. Disk Cleanup Utility
Something that often goes unnoticed is the fact that finishing up with a file does not necessarily mean that your computer is done with it too.
In most instances, a computer’s hard disk is like a garage; there is always unused junk files accumulating. To get rid of these junk files, Windows “Disk Cleanup Utility” should be used. The Windows “Disk Cleanup Utility” deletes the old, unused as well as any temporary files and logs that could clog your hard disk.
To use this utility, follow these easy steps;
- Click Start,
- Then on the start menu follow this program path: All Programs (or Programs), Accessories, System Tools, and Disk Cleanup.
- Left click to launch the utility. This will analyze your computer’s hard drive for any files that you can remove.
This will not only help to increase hard drive space but also boost the speed of the computer.
4. Add More RAM
The speed of a computer is chiefly determined by RAM. By increasing RAM, the memory of a computer, the speed of a computer can drastically increase running certain programs.
To increase RAM, you should visit a computer store and ask the attendants to add the RAM chips on your computer’s motherboard. Usually, RAM is inexpensive. It is best to install the maximum possible amount of memory that your system can manage.
5. Stop Unwanted Programs At Startup
This is an operation that is a bit complex. You should proceed with some degree of prudence. A lot of programs do load into the computer system tray. These are usually located on the lower right side of the computer’s desktop. They consume a considerable amount of system resources whether they are in use or not.
To stop them, follow these steps:
- Click Start,
- Run, then type in MSConfig and do press Enter.
- Click on the “Startup” tab for a list of programs that usually start automatically with Windows.
- On all the programs that you do not want to load at startup, clear the check box next to them. Clear only the checkboxes that you are 100% certain bout in regards to a program’s purpose.
- Once through, click OK, which will prompt you to restart Windows.
Upon restart, the Windows start with much few programs hence, there is a speed boost.