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How to Make a Slow Computer Fast

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Do you want to know how to make a slow computer fast? There are several steps you can take. First, there are programs in Windows that help you delete unnecessary files that you probably didn't know were even on your computer, which is a drain on computer resources. This article will tell you about this and another Windows program that can move files into different spots on your computer so it doesn't have to "skip around" searching for data, that will make your slow computer fast acting.

In addition, there is another factory installed computer program allows you to adjust settings for how your computer handles having several programs open at once. And finally, you can purchase a specific type of memory to help your computer run and more efficiently. So if you'd like to learn how to make a slow computer fast, read on.

Perform "Performance and Maintenance" to delete unnecessary files. The space helps make a slow computer fast To access this click "Start," then "Control Panel" and "Performance and Maintenance." Click "Free up space on your hard disk." After this computer repair software takes a few minutes to scan, you'll see a list of types of files that the program will automatically delete for you. The defaults that are checked are recommended, but you can uncheck any boxes that you are unsure about.

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Perform "Disc Defragment." This program is still in "Performance an Maintenance." This time, click "rearrange items on your hard disk to make programs run faster." Click "Analyze" so your computer repair software can scan the files and determine if there are bits of data that are too scattered to run efficiently. The program will let you know if it recommends that you proceed. If so, click "defragment," and the computer will move like program files closer together to help make a slow computer fast.

Change your virtual memory settings. To learn what the ideal setting should be, find out how much Ram you have under "My Computer" and "General." An example of what you might see is "504 MB of RAM." Click "Advanced" then "Settings" under the "Performance tab. To adjust the virtual memory click "Advanced," and then under "Virtual Memory" click "change. Calculate 1 ½ times the amount of RAM you have and set this number for in the computer repair software for your virtual memory minimum and maximum values. This will help make a slow computer fast when you have multiple programs open at once.

Purchase RAM. If running the above computer repair software doesn't improve your computer, you can purchase hardware called RAM to help make a slow computer fast. This will allow you to set your virtual memory higher in step 3. When you speak with technicians about how much you found you have in step 3, also let them know which operating system you are running, and your computer model, since that will affect their recommendation for how much you should purchase, as well as the type of RAM modules that need to be installed.  Good luck!
 
Tips & Warnings
• Remember to always run anti-virus and anti-spyware programs to make sure that's not causing your computer to run slowly!
 

 


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Jul 18, 2011 4:30pm
Deborah-Diane
Thank you for your helpful advice on how to speed up my computer. I'll give these ideas a try!
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