THIS GUIDE WORKS FOR COMPUTERS WITH A WINDOWS SYSTEM.
When you buy a new computer, it’s usually extremely fast, but a bit of downloads here, a bit of gigabytes there… and you end up with a pc fast as a dead turtle. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Especially when it freezes while you were about to send that super important email or when that download you tried to find for weeks was 99% downloaded. Ah, good times… anyway, let’s cut it short with the chit-chat and resolve the problem, shall we?
1. Many will hate me for what I’m about to write… did you try to restart it? Sometimes it’s all it needs.
2. Backup your files.
Check your hard disk space. Go to My Computer, right-click Local Drive, then click Properties. Remember, you should always leave at least 15% of the computer’s hard disk’s space free, otherwise the pc will slow down a lot. Buy an external hard drive with a big memory and transfer everything you have there. Then, delete the files you don’t need from your computer. This way, not only your computer will run faster, but you’ll also be more serene about it, because even if one day it’ll have serious problems you won’t loose all your photos, videos etc…
3. Uninstall everything you don’t need.
Its simple, go to the Start menu> Control Panel> Add or Remove Programs. Select the program and click Uninstall (or Remove).
4. Debug equipment Windows temporary files.
To do this, you just have to:
First: locate the folder on your computer and delete all its contents. The location of the folder is usually C: \ Windows> Temp folder. In this folder (temp folder) select all and remove.
Second: The following temporary file location is the home directory of each user. These are found in the path C: \> Users> username> AppData> Local> Temp. Also erase everything you find in this folder.
5. Clear the “Internet Temporary”.
Open your browser and on the File menu> Tools, select Internet Options. In the first option (Temporary Internet Files) click delete files.
6. Install a cleaner.
Another great option, is installing a program to keep your computer free of unnecessary files. The CCleaner program is the best.
Run it from time to time to remove useless files from your system.
7. A good antivirus.
Obviously, the best way to avoid computer problems is to scan your PC with antivirus and antispyware regularly. Install a good quality antivirus it won’t occupy a lot of memory, such as NOD32.
Programs like Norton occupy much space. Change it.
However, the best antivirus I’ve tried so far is called Kaspersky.
8. Defragment your hard drive.
One of the reasons why your computer can go slower with time is file fragmentation, which makes the hard drive work harder.
To fix it you should make defragment. It’s an operation that usually takes about two hours. So… don’t hurry and take it easy.
The first thing you must do is closing all the open programs.
Then, follow these steps:
In Windows XP the path is: Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Defragmenter. Once there, click on Defragment.
In Windows Vista, the easiest way is to go to Team, click with the mouse’s right button on the disk. Select Properties> Tools> Defragment. Once there, click Submit.
9. Switch the operating system
Install a lighter operating system. If you head over to XP Windows Vista. If you have XP you can spend to Windows 2000, with almost the same features. Otherwise, you can also choose Linux.
10. Increase your RAM.
If your computer is still going slow after taking all these steps, you can also put more RAM on. RAM is a type of memory that computers use to store data and programs that you need to access quickly.
It’s crucial for your computer’s speed.
I hope this guide will help you.
Have a nice day.