Recently one of our reader wrote an email to us asking for tips to make his windows computer faster. He complained that his barely a year old PC has become too slow to be tolerated of late. Sometimes a simple task like opening a new browser tab seems to take ages. So we figured out some of the tips to make a computer fast and went back to him with those tips. After about 2 days we again received his email thanking us for providing effective tips.
So finally we have decided to publish those tips in this blog post for the benefit of one and all. You also came here searching for some tips to make your computer faster. If you have plans to purchase a new computer just because your machine is dead slow then read this blog post to optimize your old PC. Who knows these tips might save you from purchasing a new computer. When we buy a computer it’s hardware is optimized for the latest operating system as well as other supporting software and applications. But with the passage of time more demanding OS and software come up putting burden on your now old machine. So the below listed optimization tips may come in handy when you need to deal with a slow computer.
1.Get rid of unused programs:
Most of the people download and install way too much software packages than they actually need and use on day to day basis. In fact over years of usage your computer might have accumulated a lot of unused programs without you actually realizing it. On top of it there are programs which come pre-installed when you first bought your PC. These two types of unused programs actually consume huge amount of processing power and hence slows down your computer to a large extent.
So uninstall these unused programs to free up computer resources and make it faster. To do it go to Start Button>Control Panel>Program>Program & Features. Once you reach this place you will be presented with a list of programs already installed on your computer. Now carefully go through the list and decide which programs are fit to go. Once you have shortlisted a program to be removed right click on it and click uninstall.
2.Delete Temporary Files
As you work on your computer, surf web and do numerous other tasks several files are stored on your hard disk as temporary files to make things faster. When you surf web cookies and temporary internet files are stored and they keep accumulating.
To delete temporary files run “%temp%” and temporary folder will open. Other wise open “My Computer”, select your main drive, click the “Windows” folder then open the folder inside that called “Temp”. Select all the files and then press SHIFT+DELETE+ENTER. Please note that all the files may not be deleted as some of the files may be currently in use by some program etc.
3.Check your hard disk free space:
As a rule of thumb your hard disk should have at least 15% of its total capacity free at any time for your PC to operate optimally. But when more and more files are dumped on the hard disk processing speeds dip. To check the space left in your local drive simply go to My Computer right click on the local drive and further click on Properties. Now a pie chart showing the free and occupied space on your local drive will be displayed. If the free space is somewhere near 15% of total space then go and unload the unused programs as has been discussed in step 1.
4. Install Solid State Drive
Does your computer take a hell lot of time to start? If it is so then your existing hard disk is to be blamed as hard drive faults are most of the times reponsible for slow PC startups. To resolve this problem you can rely upon a solid state drives (SSD). These SSD’s are a lot quicker in reading data and hence fires up your computer’s speed from the word go. Although SSD’s don’t come cheap but they can save a lot of time by greatly reducing startup durations.
5. Remove unnecessary programs from startup
When you start up your computer lot of programs pop up at the same time and this puts a lot of strain on your computer’s resources at once. This slows down the computer and delays the overall stratup process. The only way to get rid of this problem is to remove most of the programs which you don’t use immediately after you start your machine.
To remove programs from startup all you need to do is start the Run utility and type “msconfig”. Then a system configuration window will open up. You will find a startup tab at the top among many tabs. You need to click on it and a list of programs that open at start will appear. Now you can select which program to be disabled from the startup. Keep in mind that vital programs such a system display programs and antivirus programs are not disabled. In Windows 8 startup tab has been relocated to Task Manager. To open Task Manager you need to press ALT+CTRL+DEL.
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6. Install more RAM:
Have you ever noticed that your computer becomes slow when you open many programs at once? It is because of low RAM employed in your computer. RAM stands for Random Access Memory and it is used temporarily when tasks are being executed by any program. So logically more RAM is needed to smoothly open more programs simultaneously.
If you have a 64 bit system then theoretically there ix no limit to the capacity of RAM that can be installed. However 4 GB of RAM can be installed and is more then sufficient for most of the users.