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April 17, 2015

How to fix my slow PC

Instead of buying a new PC or laptop because your existing one is taking a long time in start-up or during execution of different processes, you can follow the following guidelines to speed up your computer system and make it run faster.

1) Uninstall unused programs
The new PC that you buy comes loaded with many programs. You may not be using all the programs, and you probably may not be aware of their existence. Then there are programs that run the background processes during booting of the computer, though you may not be using them.
To remove these unused programs, open the Programs and Features page of the Control Panel, go through the list of software installed and select those that are not required, and Uninstall them. However, you should be careful not to uninstall programs that the hardware of the computer needs (usually, the programs have their publisher's name or Microsoft listed on them).
Your everyday tasks generate temporary files that often remain on the hard disk, and in the process slow down the computer. By removal of these files, including cookies and internet history, you get more of disk space and in the process speeds up pc slow boot.
To remove these files, go to "My Computer", select C:\, then select the folder "Windows "and open the "Temp" folder. Right click your mouse on the folder icon, and select "Details" in the "View" option. Check files that are older than the present date and tap the delete key. Next empty the Recycle Bin on the desktop.

2) Install a solid state drive
One of the main reasons for slow speeds on your PC is hard drives. Although not a cheap option, but having a solid state drive installed that is known to have very fast read times can substantially speed up the start-up.

3) More hard drive storage
If the hard drive fills up to 85 percent of its capacity, the computer's speed will be affected. If your PC is used for recording television, film videos, then you need a big hard drive of 1TB or more size.

4) Prevent unnecessary start ups
Often some of the programs that were launched on start-up keep running and make use of the computer's memory, resulting in slow pc startup. To disable the programs that are not required to be loaded, you should first type "msconfig" in the "Run" and then in the "Start-up" tab, manually deselect the programs that you do not want to be loaded or else click "Disable All "and then check the important programs that you need to run.
Another option available for slow pc fix is to remove all the unnecessary fonts that are loaded by Windows. These fonts slow down the computer speed during booting up. To do this, check off the different fonts that you don't require and click the "Hide" button present in the toolbar.

5) More Random Access Memory (RAM)
The temporary storage memory that is used by your computer when executing different programs is the Random Access Memory or RAM. Hence for running a large number of programs, you need more of RAM. This is reflected by slowing down of the computer whenever processing large files or carrying out multi-tasking at the same time.
The solution lies in adding more RAM to the existing ones or get completely new memory when the existing slots are filled.

6) Run a disk defragment
With disk defragment, you can reconfigure storing your information in your hard drive for maximum efficiency. To use, Go to "My Computer", right-click the hard drive and select "Properties". Within "Tools" tab, you will find "Defragment Now" option.

7) Run disk clean up
There is a built-in disk de-cluttering tool within Windows called "Disk Cleanup" that searches for unnecessary large files present in the system like program installers, temporary Internet files, etc. and remove them. To use the tool, click "Start", then go to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and within it lies the Disk Cleanup.

8) Give your computer a static IP
Giving your computer a static IP address is an important trick to speed up the loading time of your computer. When a computer is started, a good amount of time is spent in looking for an IP address on the network. But with a static IP address, accessing the network becomes easier (especially when several devices make use of the same network) while cutting time during the start-up.

9) Vacuum cleaning the dust
Although it may seem quite basic, but the dust is a big enemy of your computer. The presence of dust can impede your computer performance. It can hinder air flow, thus raising the computer's temperature and slowing down the computer's performance. Overheating also leads to disturbances in using other programs like Skype, because the person at the other end hears the sounds of taking-off of an aeroplane.
To free your computer of dust, remove the exterior of your computer and use a vacuum cleaner to clean. Ensure that the power source is switched off for a minimum of 30 minutes before beginning the cleaning process.


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