According to a poll done by the Daily Telegraph 4 years ago, a slow computer together with a slow internet connection were ranked among the ten things people find most annoying. A slow computer can not only slow down your work progress considerably, but can be an early warning that all is not well with your PC. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your computer speeds up.
1. Uninstall unused Programme
A new PC comes with many programmes that you may never use. Additionally, people often install a whole load of programmes in their PCs but forget to later uninstall them when they no longer have any need for them. Some programmes run quietly in the background even when you are not using them and can consume useful disk space and sometimes your bandwidth. To uninstall programmes you do not need, open your Control Panel’s Programmes and trawl through your installed programmes. Whenever you find any you do not need, simply click Uninstall. If you are not sure which programmes are important, you can use third party software such as PC Decrapifier to help you identify them.
2. Delete Temporary Files
You can quickly accumulate many temporary files through simple everyday tasks. These files take up precious disk space and can slow down your computer. To get rid of these files as well as your internet history and cookies, open My Computer and select your local drive. Now select Windows and open the folder titled Temp. Right click on the Tempfolder using your mouse and select View then choose Details. Now select all the old files and delete them. Now go to the Recycle Bin and empty it.
3. More Hard Disk Space
Always make sure than your hard disk has at least 15% free space. When your free hard disk space falls below this level, you are bound to notice a slowdown in your computer. If your hard disk is too full, declutter it by removing unnecessary programmes. If you use your PC for things like video editing, you will need a large hard drive, preferably not less than ITB.
4. Install a Solid State Drive
Most PCs come with a hard disk drive. Solid state drives, however, have much faster read times than hard disk drives. Installing a solid state drive in your PC can increase your PC speeds dramatically. Hard disk drives are, however, quite costly.
5. More RAM
RAM, or Random Access Memory, is your computer’s temporary storage memory that is used when you are executing various tasks. The more programmes you run on your PC simultaneously, the more RAM you will need.
One clear warning sign that your computer need more RAM is if you notice that your computer slows down every time you try to process large files, or simply freezes up. You can add extra RAM by using a memory stick or two, or buying new memory if all the slots have been used up. In theory, there is no limit to the amount of RAM you can use with a 64-bit operating system. In practice, however, 4GB is usually more than enough for most purposes. To check how much RAM your PC is using, hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc which will open the Task Manager. Now click on the Performance tab and you will see the information displayed as numbers and graphically.
In some cases, your computer might be okay but might simply be having a slow internet connection. Consider getting fibre optic broadband which is considerably faster than standard DSL broadband. Moreover its price has been coming down over the years.