Do you face performance issues with your laptop or PC? Is your computer getting slower and slower to boot up and work on? If yes, read on for a few tips on how to make your computer faster.
1) There is no need to retain unused programs. So uninstall them. So how do you do that? Open Control Panel’s “Program and Features” page and go through the list of installed software. Be careful to leave programs your computer’s hardware needs, the publisher listed as PC maker’s name or as Microsoft.
2) Getting rid of temporary files including internet history and cookies should give you a large amount of hard disk space, speeding up your PC. Open “My Computer”, select your hard drive, usually C:/, select the Windows folder and open the folder titled “Temp”. Select all the files that are older than the current date and press delete key. Then go to Recycle Bin on your desktop and empty it.
3) Even if you make sure to regularly clean out all your temporary files, if your hard disk becomes 85% full, it’s going to have a slow effect on your computer’s speed. If you film videos or use your PC for recording television, you will want a hard drive above 1TB in size.
4) Preventing unnecessary startups will speed up the time it takes for the laptop or PC to boot up. Many of the programs which are launched on startup continue to run and use up your computer’s memory. To prevent the programs from running, click “Start” and then type “Run” in the search box, click “enter” and then type “msconfig” and press enter. You should see the startup tab with the programs ticked, the ones which will load when your computer starts up. You may be surprised at what you find because they may not have been within your knowledge. Click “Disable All” and then if needed, select the ones you want to run at startup, such as antivirus software.
Another way to boost startup is to remove all unnecessary fonts Windows loads. Windows 7 loads more than 200 fonts on startup which can slow the rate of the boot up.
Go to Start Menu’s search box, type “fonts” and in the “fonts” folder, check off all the fonts you don’t want and click “Hide” button in the toolbar.
5) Getting more RAM, which stands for Random Access Memory, can speed up your computer. It is the temporary storage memory used by your computer and is in use when tasks are being executed by different programs. If you don’t have enough RAM and use a large number of programs, your computer will definitely run slow.
There is no theoretical upper limit as the amount of RAM that you can have with a 64-bit operating system but in practicality, 4 GB is more than enough for most people.
6) Windows includes a built-in disk de-cluttering tool called “Disk Cleanup” for speeding up performance issues. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking “Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools> Disk Cleanup.”