Speeding Up Your Computer Again
Your computer used to be fast, but now it has a hard time calculating the simplest math problems. You
don’t even want to talk about the time it takes to boot up anymore.
Homemade pizza is prepared from scratch and baked in the time it takes to boot up the PC and open a
web browser. Do you know what to do to restore your computer to its original speed?
Here are a few ideas.
First, use Window’s pre-installed disk cleanup tool.
Go to the start menu, press All Programs, and click on
the folder entitled Accessories. From Accessories,
open the System Tools folder and click on the
program called Disk Cleanup.
Run the disk cleanup. When it finishes, it will show
you a number of excessive files taking up space and
how much space can be cleaned.
Anything with a GB or MB next to the number should
be considered for cleanup. These are bogging down
Make sure you don’t need each file listed before checking the box. When you’ve finished the list, click
okay and let the cleanup do its duty.
Restart the computer and see if there’s a difference. Next, run the Disk Defragmenter (found next to the
Disk Cleanup tool).
This will take a bit longer but will do your computer some good as it reorganizes the mess of your hard
drive. It works just like reorganizing your office.
When you find a place for everything, you can suddenly locate things quickly. Many times your
computer is just having trouble finding files because of a messy environment.
A disk defrag will help it clean that up.
Do this often to keep it clean.
If those aren’t working, you might have spyware on your computer. Find a trustworthy program online
to remove your spyware and use it.
Finally, if none of these tips are making a difference, than consider upgrading your computer.
Equipment becomes outdated quickly in the digital world, especially if you’re purchasing newer
programs but not upgrading your equipment to handle the newer upgrades.
This upgrade can be something as simple as installing more RAM. RAM is the memory that allows your
computer to think quickly.
Think about it as its energy source. Without enough energy, you, as a human being, are limited in your
ability to perform multiple tasks at once.
Computers have similar restrictions in the form of RAM abilities. This is very easy to fix yourself.
First find out what kind of RAM you have by looking up what a
RAM stick looks like online. Turn off your computer, unplug it,
open up the casing, and look for those long, thin sticks and
pop one out.
Take down the information on the stick (size, brand, serial
code, and name), and put it back in the exact place you found
it. Most computers come with slots for 2 more pieces of RAM
to be installed and you should see those empty slots next to
the current sticks.
Boot up your computer and search online for exact duplicates
of that RAM. Purchase them and install them when they come.
These four tips should help you get a good start on fixing your
computer’s speed problems. If you try these and fail, consider upgrading other pieces of equipment or
purchasing a new computer because it just might be time to do that.
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