When you buy a brand new computer or laptop, it runs very fast and efficient. It boots up fast, and multi-tasking is a snap. You find that your computer responds quickly and efficiently be checking email, browsing the internet, running a program or a host of other tasks. This is how the computer was designed: to be efficient and make the computing task a smooth and easy process.
Over time, you might notice that your computer begins to slow down. There are many reasons for this. One of the usual causes happens as a result of installing new programs. When a new program is installed, many times the program is set to automatically start up when the computer is first booted up. This program then runs in the background for easier access. However, the program running in the background also takes up memory and processing power. If too many of these programs are running in the background, the result is a computer that runs much slower as a result of the drain on computing power. Other reasons for a slow computer include faulty hardware, viruses, and programs that require too much memory available to run efficiently.
7 Ways To Speed Up Your Computer
Use msconfig to Block the Start-Up of Unwanted Programs
One of the ways to speed up your computer is to block unwanted and unnecessary programs and services from starting with Windows. When a new program is installed, many times it gets added to the auto-start list which means it will start up whether you are going to use the program or not. This is also true for many services that run the computer. It is not advisable to turn of any Windows services, but all other services can be safely turned off. To access this feature in Windows, run the command “msconfig” at the run command.
Upgrade to an SSD Hard Drive
While most older computers use a drive with moving parts, an SSD drive is somewhat like a big USB thumb drive. There are no moving parts and data can be accessed much more quickly than the traditional drives that have a spinning disk. The result is that the computer can access data much more quickly, resulting in a faster operation.
Add RAM to the System
Random Access Memory, or RAM, is the memory that basically runs the visual display of your computer. The faster the RAM, the faster the overall processing speed. By increasing your RAM or simply adding RAM that is faster, you increase the speed that information is transferred to components in the computer. THis is one of the fastest and easiest hardware upgrades to any computer and doubling the RAM on our computer will result in a noticeable difference.
Restart Your Computer Regularly
The biggest reason your computer slows down is because it uses RAM to run the system. As more and more processes are started up, the available RAM diminishes over time. Eventually, most of RAM becomes utilized resulting in less memory being available to run other tasks. One of the advantages of rebooting your computer is that RAM is refreshed. The result is a much faster computer. RAM doesn’t hold any data in the same way your hard drive does, so rebooting does not result in a loss of any data, unless of course you didn’t save a document before rebooting.
Clean Up Your Hard Drive
Basically, your computer looks through all of the data on your hard drive when searching for a particular piece of data. It makes sense then that the less data on the drive, the faster the processor will locate the data it is searching for. This is why cleaning up your drive from unwanted files and programs will increase the overall speed of your computer. There are several utilities that can be used to clean your drive. Simply uninstalling unwanted programs is another way to free up more space on your drive.
Scan For Viruses
While not all viruses will slow down your computer, in fact, many viruses are completely undetectable, some will actually utilize RAM and processing power. Some viruses will even utilize 100% of the resources available, resulting in a computer that is very sluggish and unresponsive.
Reformat Your Computer
One of the best ways to increase the overall speed of your computer is to reformat it, returning it to its original state as it was when you first bought it. However, this is a big task and requires several things. First, backup all of your data that you want to save. Reformatting will erase all of the data on your computer. Second, you will need a copy of your operating system on a thumb drive or disk and many cases you will also need the original serial number/license code. Third, make sure you have the ability to reinstall all programs that you regularly use. Again, reformatting will erase your entire disk of all programs, files and data.
If you would like some assistance with implementing any of the above, iSquad Repair is available to help you get your computer running faster again, as well as computer repair if you are in need of it. You can schedule an appointment with us, or feel free to bring your computer to one of our local shops located throughout San Diego.