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More Ways to Improve Your Slow Computer

adult, apple, blouseIf you want to speed up your computer, you can either upgrade to your existing storage device to solid-state drives or  you can also your Random Access Memory (RAM). Before you go on buying a shopping spree, try these tips first because you may end up saving your money for something more important. Note that this guide mostly applies to a Windows PC and it will focus on the tips and tricks you yourself can do.

These tips wont cost you anything. Just prepare to do a lot of clicking and hopefully, your computer will improve.

  • Change your browser. You might think how is this related to speeding up your computer? Web browsers use a lot of RAM especially if you have multiple tabs open. You can upgrade your RAM to accommodate your needs, or you can try to use another browser. Here’s a list of browsers you might like and explore other browsers aside from the usual Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Clean your computer. Literally, clean it because when a computer is filled with dirt and dust, its integral parts will have to work harder in order to function properly. Give the important components some space by regularly clearing out the dust. Do not let dust block the vents because if they do, your computer will end up overheating. Your computer needs some space to breathe too.
  • Move or delete files. Consider moving any of your files that you want to keep, but do not want take up all the storage. Keep these files in a removable media (like a thumb drive, or you can even store in DVDs.) This way, you will be able to clear up the unnecessary congestion that is choking your computer.
    • If you want to search for the files that is space consuming, go to my computer. On the upper-right corner of the screen, type in size:gigantic in the search box. It will then look for the files that is greater than 128 MB.
    • After the search is done, you can select the files you wish to delete. Look at the largest files first. You can go to the view menu, and choose sort by size.
  • Clean up system files. One common misconception is that you need to purchase additional apps to do the cleaning. No need for that because Windows has a built-in application designated to clean your hard drive. Disk Cleanup deletes files that you moved to your recycle bin, temporary internet files, back up files, and your local temp files. If used regularly, it can save a huge amount of space and it can help your computer to work faster.
    • To do this, Click your Start button. Enter Disk Cleanup in the search box, and then, choose program Disk Cleanup. Select the hard drive that you wish to clean up and click OK. The program will then scan the selected storage. Once the dialog box appears, select Clean up system files. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, select the boxes for the files you want to delete, and click OK. It will ask you one last time if you really want to delete the files so just confirm it by clicking delete files.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Slow Computer

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A slow computer can be frustrating at times.

Everyone hates a slow computer. We all want to go ballistic if our computers are slow as a snail. Don’t worry because there are ways to make a computer run faster without spending money. Just a side note though, this guide only applies to a Windows PC and it will only focus on solutions that are easy to do.

Follow these tips below to speed up your computer:

  • Remove unused programs. Normally, when you purchase a new computer, it is packed with programs you never asked for and you will never use.  It has trial versions of programs that you might find helpful. Typically, the programs are there to help manage your computer’s hardware and software, but most of the time, you just ignore them.
    • To uninstall a program, click the Start button , select Control Panel. Under the Programs, and select Uninstall a program. Just choose the apps you wish to uninstall.
  • Defragment the fragmented. Removing unnecessary files in your hard drive is not enough because you also have to learn to use that space effectively.
    • Your computer stores large files in fragments and there are apps – like Disk Defragmenter – that will help you to rearrange fragmented data. When data is fragmented, your computer must search for the pieces of files that is stored all over your hard drive. With Disk Defragmenter, you can enhance your computer’s performance by organizing existing data and freeing up space so your computer can search for files faster.
    • In order to defrag, go My Computer. Then, right click the hard drive you wish to defrag. Once you’ve chosen which hard drive, click Properties, Tools, then click Defragment Now.
    • You can also defrag removable storage devices such as USB flash disks, and external hard disks. The same rule applies: analyze the storage devices first and defrag them immediately if they’re above 10%. If you have a solid-state drive, do not use defragmentation!
  • Remove the temporary files. Every time you open different applications, your computer creates a huge chunk of temporary files. This occupies a tremendous amount of space, and further slowing down your computer. Constantly clean it whenever you think your computer is running slow.
    • To open the temporary files folder, press the Windows button + R on your keyboard simultaneously. After, type in %temp% in the dialog box. You can now see all the temporary files. Delete all the files in the folder, but you might not be able to delete some currently used files so just click on skip.
  • Regularly run your malware scanner. Keep your malware scanner up to date, and schedule a scan at least once a week. Malwares can secretly sneak into your computer and run in the background. These programs use your computer’s resources, and can absolutely decelerate your computer. It’s important to remove them so your computer can handle important processes.

Get rid of the clutter.

Slow computers are often the result of unwanted programs that are running in the background. Keeping these applications in your computer will just consume disk space & waste system resources so constantly perform these tips.