Why is My Computer Slow?
What Causes Windows Slowdown?
Here are some tips
and free advice on fixing that bogged down PC.
There are several causes for windows to slow
down. If you can remember a time when your
PC ran faster, it is most likely due to program
build up over time. A lot of software,
especially the kind that is downloaded, like to
run "in the background", meaning that
every time you boot your system, it starts up.
And this is not just trojans or spyware, but
"legit" software like Quicktime or RealPlayer.
This inevitably leads to a slow computer.
Just like you give your car an oil change to
keep the engine healthy, your computer needs
maintenance as well. "Program buildup",
"fragment buildup" and "file buildup" eat up
your system resources. Here are some
things you can do to help your system.
First of all, and this is rule #1. Be very
wary about installing more software to speed up
your computer. Because it is software
that bogs down a computer, you should be very
hesitant about installing yet more in order to
help it. Only install programs that you
Clean out your internet temporary files
Search for and delete all temp files on your
hard drive "*.tmp"
Double click the my computer icon and run a defrag on
your hard drive. Make sure your drive is not
compressed (this increases time to read/write
Cleanup your disk by using: Start/All
Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Clean-up
Boot into safe mode (press F8 during the boot
up) and disable unwanted services that may be
starting up with Windows.
Open up the programs that run when windows
starts, and look for a place to disable them
from startup. Some applications may say "run in
taskbar", this is what you do not want them to
Add more memory. While this is certainly an
option that costs money, it is by far the best
thing you can do to increase computer hardware
performance for minimal cost. Adding RAM is the
best "bang for the buck" you can do when it
comes to improving hardware.
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