THE TOP TEN ways to make your old PC run faster
When you first get your PC or laptop it’s lightning quick. Remember when it used to boot in 20 seconds flat? Now it seems to take 20 minutes. Fear not, here are 10 ways to optimise and clean to boost performance and speed.
When you first get your PC or laptop it’s lightning quick. Remember when it used to boot in 20 seconds flat? Now it seems to take 20 minutes. Fear not, here ... more
You may have a virus which is slowing down your PC. Hackers are now targeting holes in software to gain access to your PC. Stop this by patching your software with patch management software. Make sure to look out for the latest software security patches too to protect your OS.
When your computer or program crashes, it can generate an error on your hard drive. How many times has a program or your computer crashed since you got it? A lot is probably the answer. These errors can build up over time and slow down your PCs performance. By running Check Disk, you can clean these errors.
Temporary internet files
Temporary files build up every time you surf the web. A mass build up can slow down your PC. If you’ve had your PC for a few years and haven’t deleted these temporary files, it could be dramatically slowing your PC’s performance. Most browsers have a setting to delete these easily.
When you add and delete anything on your PC, it creates spaces and gaps on the hard drive; files don’t move down the pecking order. That means individual pieces that make up a file are scattered; this means your PC takes longer to piece it all together. Running defrag can help to move and sort these files so they are closer together.
Clean the registry
Similarly, files can be moved and broken, causing duplication and errors. By using software which is designed to clean your registry, it will mean you don’t have to do this thankless task manually!
Remove unused programs
The number of software installed on your PC can build, many of which you’ve forgotten about. These unused programs are unnecessarily taking up disc space, making it slow. If you’ve never deleted any programs, you may have bloatware that manufacturers preinstall that you don’t need too.
When you first got your PC, it quickly started in under 30 seconds. If it’s taking 2 minutes, then it may be loading far too many programs from the get go. Not all programs need to be running automatically from switching on. Deselect the programs which you don’t need on start up.
Have an old USB lying around? It can be used to give you more system memory. Newer versions of Windows makes this easy. When you plug your USB in, click the option to use ReadyBoost and Windows will do the rest. Remember to delete any unused files on the USB to increase space.
Not those fluffy things in the sky, but virtual storage which means you can save a ton of space on your hard drive. Music and videos generally tend to be the largest files so this makes it perfect to store. Using the cloud also means you can access your files from anywhere in the world!
Clean – physically!
Yes, making sure the air vents and fans are clean could mean your PC works less hard believe it or not. If you’re confident enough to take the shell off, wipe the dust off and make sure air can be free to move.
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