So often in the real world, you hear about people who aren't content with the speed of their computer. Traditionally, as time goes on, your computer can slow down for a vast number of reasons. This is due to hard drive fragmentation, age, environmental conditions, viruses and user error. Computers can sometimes not work the way that they should.
Tips On Making Your Computer Go Faster:
1: Is your computer going a lot slower than it should? Perhaps it may have a virus, spyware, or malware. If this is the case, download an anti-virus and do a scan, this will hopefully remove these instances of it. If that does not work, back up your data, and just do a clean reinstallation of your operating system, that way you know the virus is gone. Unless it's a root kit, where you may need to replace the hard drive.
2: Buy a Solid State Drive (SSD): These drives are the greatest thing since sliced bread; I'm in love with these devices. In layman's terms, they are super fast hard drives that don't run with any moving parts. The way they access/read/write data is very similar to the way a USB does. They used to cost a fortune, but once again, time ticks on and the price goes down. At the start of 2014, you can get a 120GB SSD for around $100 depending on where you buy it. People and even technicians still think that more RAM and a better CPU increases the speed of your computer, they do, but not as much as the speed of the hard drive. The hard drive is actually the biggest bottleneck in computing, believe it or not. If $100 is too much of an investment, then enjoy computing at a mediocre pace.
3: Upgrade your RAM: If you have less than 2GB of RAM at this time of writing (2014), and still wondering why your computer is running slow, it's pretty clear that you need more RAM. 4GB of RAM is pretty standard to keep your system running well. Essentially, programs load into RAM, so the more you've got, the better off your computer will be. Windows 7 happens to have software called 'Ready boost', where you plug-in a USB, and then the USB acts as RAM, if need be.
4: Uninstalling Unnecessary Programs: This is a huge point. Programs can just clog up your hard drive, and especially when you have an older computer, it can certainly take its toll. So if there are programs, toolbars haven't used in years, just get rid of it. To uninstall these programs, click on the Windows logo, and then type in appwiz.cpl. From there, you can pick which programs you no longer want. All you need to do is just click remove and follow the prompts.
5: Disabling Startup Items: Plenty of programs can start when Windows boots up. About the only startup program you need running is your Antivirus software, but other than that, Windows loads all necessary drivers. So to orchestrate this, you can click on the Windows logo again, and type in 'msconfig'. Then you want to click on the 'start-up' tab. Once you've arrived there, you can just un-tick any programs you don't want to start-up when Windows starts, and you're done.
So overall, these are just some basic tips that will help optimize your computer's speed. I haven't mentioned defragging, since hard drives are increasing in size, the time it takes to do one, and the performance gain out it, doesn't really justify doing it, as it can take hours. But you could probably get away with doing one of the five tips, and that is going out and spending $100 on a solid state drive. These things are great; you'll be amazed at how fast your computer can actually be. So I hope you've enjoyed these tips, and happy computing.