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8 Tips to make your PC run faster

8 Tips to make your PC run faster

3rd in a series of 10 Tips

1. Upgrade Your RAM
Alternatively referred to as main memory, primary memory, or system memory, Random Access Memory (RAM) is a hardware device that allows information to be stored and retrieved on a computer.  RAM is usually associated with DRAM, which is a type of memory module.
To keep the cost of a PC low most are only fitted with a small amount of RAM and this can in many cased be upgraded to several times what is installed.
The more memory installed the better the PC performs.

2. Get Rid of Unneeded Software
Although modern computer are much faster than five years ago removing unused software could help to improve performance.
It is not unusual to have over 100 processes running in the background at any one time.
During that time the number of files stored on your PC can increase ten fold.
If you are not sure which programmes to remove please seek advice from a specialist.

3. Keep Only One Browser
There are many internet browsers available to use nowadays but the more you have installed the more you are at risk of a viral attack.
Browsers store information and generate temporary files and cookies so using only one make it easier to keep the PC clean and safe to use on the internet.
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox need more maintenance that Internet Explorer and Edge. They both use apps and plug in’s that you need to regularly check to ensure new ones have not unknowingly installed.

4. Limit the Programs that Start Automatically
In item 2 we advised you that over 100 programmes may be running on your PC without your knowledge.
You can configure your start up programme to only start those programmes that you need therefore reducing the load on your hardware.
Most modern PC’s are capable of coping with over 100 programmes running but if you never use some of them why open them.

5. Delay the Start up of Your Remaining Auto loading Programs
Some PC’s can take a long time to boot up because of the number of background programmes that are loading.
By going into the start up configuration programme you can delay the loading of some of the programmes so that will improve the start up time.

6. Tweak Windows’s Display & Animation Settings
By going into the advance display settings you can amend many aspects of the display including:-
Colour calibration
ClearType text (easier to read)
Advanced sizing of text and other items
Display adaptor properties
When adjusting items take care not to make too major adjustments as this might make it difficult to revert.
Before adjusting Display Resolution check Monitor for maximum resolution.

7. Disable Desktop Shortcuts
Although modern PC’s are very capable of handling a large number of items on your desktop try to keep them to a minimum.
The more icons you have on your desktop the longer it takes to load and the harder it is to find what you are looking for.
Only keep what you use regularly on the desktop and don’t be afraid to create folders to contain groups of items.
Check your desktop regularly and cleanse as required.

8. Check for Malware, Spyware, Viruses Regularly
If you are unlucky enough to have been subject to an infection they normally will dramatically slow down the PC.
Keeping your protection up to date and regularly scanning for problems will reduce the risk of an infection.
By going into task manager you can see how much CPU, Memory and Disk usage is being used by programmes running. High percentage items may well be of a viral nature so if not known end task.