After time a computer will begin to slow down and show signs of its age. This how-to article is designed to give you some tips that can speed up your pc and possibly save you from buying a new computer.
Things You Will Need
A Slow computer
access to the internet
Step 1Our first step to to ensure that we can hit the internet. Most computers today are connected to the internet and should not need to be configured for this. In case you do not have internet access, i would troubleshoot and fix any issues so we can connect.
Step 2The very first we will do is install (or update to the newest virus definitions) our anti-virus software. Alot of issues of a computer running slow is from the computer is infected with viruses or other harmful software. You can find a multitude of anti-virus programs online. Download, install, and then update. If you do not update, you will not find the newest viruses out there. If you already have an antivirus, start up the program and update it.
Step 3The next item on our list is a good spyware/malware program. These programs are designed to find other harmful software that can slow down your system and also compromise your personal info. Just like the anti-virus software, this software must be update to the newest definitions so it is the most effective.
Step 4Operating System's over time can have updates as well. These updates could be in response to critical bugs that can slowdown or kill your computer. They could also be functionality enhancements or security updates. All operating systems offer a way to check for updates. For the purpose of this article we are going to focus on the Microsoft Series of operating systems. To check and see if you need to install or update your system, navigate to http://windowsupdates.microsoft.com . From this site, the machine will be scanned and any updates that pertain to the computer will be displayed. The most important are those in the "Critical" and "High Priority". The "optional" and "hardware" catergories can be skiped if so desired.
Step 5Now that we have ridden our computer of viruses, spyware, malware; and have updated the operating system we can preform a tuneup. There are a few options we can take to ensure that our computer is running an optimal condition. These are check-disk, defrag, and clean-up of unused files.
Step 6Our first step in the tune-up of our computer is to get rid of all those unwanted or unused files. Now, do not be concerned if you think we are talking about your personal files, we are not. This cleanup targets only system files and folders that are no longer being used. There is two ways to preform this step. We can use the built-in "Disk Cleanup" wizard in the Microsoft Operating System or we can download/buy a third party program. Although the built-in diskclean up does a decient job, downloaded/bought versions are more thorough. Whichever you choose, run through and delete old system files that are no longer needed.
Step 7Computer hard drive disks from time to time can have sections that become corrupt. If this happens and data is in that location, it could be lost and when you attempt to access the file it could freeze or slow your system. To prevent this from happening we run a "disk check " on your disks. This allows the computer to block out any bad sections so they can no longer be used. As the clean-up Microsoft does have a built-in diskchecker and there is commerical/downloadable versions as well. Either way, they all take care of the problem.
Step 8The last step of the tune-up is to defragment or unclutter your files. Over time your computer segments files over different parts of the disk. When this happens, it causes the computer to think harder to find the files and also reduces the available disk space. To prevent this from slowing down your system, you would preform a defragmentation. This tool takes all the files and lines them up side by side much like that of a bookshelf. It takes the empty space and leaves it at the end. Once this is complete, your computer does not have to search for parts of the file, it is all in once piece.
Step 9If after all the above steps you still experience slowness, one of the last options is to install more memory. This allows your system to expand its capacity to store and process information. To do this, i would recommend to read on the internet on the steps involved to replace memory.
Tips & Warnings
Be wary of the programs you use to fix your computer. Some may be on a trial period and could stop working after a certain point.
If your Operating System is not a genuine copy you should know that Microsoft's practicies block update downloads
Preform these steps at least once a month for optimum performance