How to Speed Up a Slow Computer
How to Speed Up a Slow Windows Computer
First thing first. Make sure your PC isn\\\'t infected by a virus, worm or other malware
Remove unused and unnecessary programs
Try faster alternatives to your everyday programs
If you use applications that require too much computing power to operate, you are better off replacing them with applications that do the same job as them but faster. Few resource hogging applications that you can replace are:-
*1) Most resource intensive antivirus software can be replaced with the lightweight Avast free antivirus.
*2) Microsoft Office can be replaced with OpenOffice, an open source alternative that also has loads of amazing additions.
*3) Adobe Reader can be replaced with the free Foxit Reader.
*4) The newer versions of Internet Explorer (IE 10 and above) and Microsoft Edge are less resource intensive. If you have been using an older version, it is time to upgrade IE or replace it with either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. This can also give you faster browsing speeds.
*5) The default Windows Media Player can be replaced with VLC Media Player.
4. Remove unnecessary startup programs
5. Restart your computer often
6. Check your hard drive for errors
7. Make sure you have enough free space
8. Repair protected Windows system files
9. Disable unnecessary visual effects
Speed up slow computerThe visual effects that make your computer look beautiful also slow it down considerably. So, if you want to get the best performance out of your computer, you should disable all these visual effects. To disable these visual effects:-
1) Press Windows Key+R to launch the Run dialog box.
2) Execute sysdm.cpl.
3) Go to the Advanced tab in the following Window and click on Settings in the Performance section.
4) Then encircle Adjust for best performance. If you want to use visual styles and themes, check it (located at the very end of the list).
5) Click on Apply to apply the changes.
10. Do not run multiple antivirus programs
11. Disable sound schemes
12. Update Windows and make sure that you are using the latest drivers for your hardware
13. Use a Registry Cleaner to keep your Registry in good shape
14. Delete Temporary Files
15. Disable Windows Search Indexing Service
16. Check Device Manager to look for hardware conflicts
17. Change to High Performance power scheme
18. Check if your computer is overheating
19. Defragment your hard drive
To defragment your hard drive, you can use the in-built Windows Disk Defragmenter utility. It can be searched on the Start Screen/ Menu in Windows 10, 8 & 8.1 and is located at Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools in older versions of Windows.
20. Use ReadyBoost to increase the speed of your Windows computer
21. Reinstall Windows
22. Upgrade to a solid state HDD
23. If all else fails, get more RAM
RAM or the Random Access Memory contains all files of the currently running programs that are immediately required by the computer. Accessing files from the RAM is much faster than doing the same from a hard disk. This means that more the RAM you have, more the programs you can run without compromising on speed. RAM upgrades do not cost much and are one of the best ways to speed up a slow computer.