There are many factors that can contribute to the slowness of your computer system. Too many programs, lots of temporary files and cache, missing updates and too many running programs in the background. There are a few simple things that anyone can do to help speed up the system, not just ‘computer techs’.
1. One of the most important things to do is to keep up to date in Windows Updates. To make sure that you are up to date with your system updates. To do that go to your start menu and type in “update” and you will see a menu like this appear:
Click Windows updates and your screen should now show this:
Click the check for updates link on the far left and follow the prompts from there. All important updates should always be installed.
2. Another simple way to help speed up your system is by changing what programs start-up when you boot up your system. If too many programs are trying to start-up all at the same time, it can really bog your system down. To change what programs start running on start-up, go to the start menu and type “msconfig“, without the quotes.
Once you open the program, go to the start-up tab. Un-check any boxes of the programs you don’t need immediately upon start-up, like iTunes or your printer:
If you don’t know what the program is, leave it checked.
3. Uninstall any unused programs. Over the course of the time you have a computer, you install many programs. Some you use on a regular basis, some you may use once and never use again. Go to Control Panel, Programs and Uninstall Programs. Uninstall anything you do not use to free up some disk space.
4. Run and update your anti-virus program. There are so many to choose from, but the ones I use are Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes. Both are free and both do an incredible job of keeping my computer clean and getting rid of something that sneaks in.
5. Get an external hard drive and back up your important stuff: music, pictures, documents. Anything that if your computer were to crash, you wouldn’t want to be without. If they can be stored permanently off your computer, you have just cleared up more space on your computer; if not, at least you have them backed up.
6. Clear your internet data. Every time you search the web, your computer stores tiny bits of information, called the cache, on your computer. Eventually all these tiny bits of information add up, bogging down your system. Make sure to clean the temporary internet history to free up more space.
In Chrome, go to the top far right side of the screen to the menu button, select history, and then clear browsing data:
Firefox, go to the menu at top left, history, and clear recent history.
And for those of you using IE, go to the settings gear at the top right, and go to internet options
Once you click internet options, go to browsing history, and delete.
Making sure that you follow these steps on a regular basis will keep your computer running smoothly. For more tips, and what to do if your computer is already infected with a virus visit our main site.