Top 8 ways to speed up your computer
Top 8 ways to speed up your computer
5th in a series of 10 Tips
1. Make Sure Your Hardware is Sufficient
Many people suddenly run out of hard disk space because they are not monitoring their PC’s.
If you hard drive has been divided in two a “c and d drive” for example normally in this scenario the “d drive” is empty and the “c drive” is full.
Move your data to the “d drive” to free up space.
Alternatively buy a larger hard drive and copy all data across to the new drive.
In many cases the memory (RAM) can be doubled or quadrupled dramatically improving performance.
2. Clean Your Desktop
A cluttered desktop not only can slow down the PC but also can take longer to find items you want to use.
With Windows 7, 8, & 10 you can pin items you are regularly using to the taskbar at the bottom and only one click is need to launch them.
Unless changing the default settings all items on the main desktop require a double click to launch.
Try to avoid putting documents, downloads, pictures and music files on the desktop as there should be filed in their relevant folders. If you need a quick link to your pictures etc. make a shortcut on the desktop.
Keep similar items on your desktop in specific folders (e.g. printers, Programmes).
3. Scan Your Windows System for Errors
From time to time it is worthwhile checking your hard drive for errors or possibly damaged sectors.
Using the run command in windows type in chkdsk c: /f (or your drive letter) and let it scan your PC.
During the scan the software looks for software errors and fixes them whilst also checking for damaged sectors and moving data off there and marking as damaged.
At the end you will get a summary including bad sectors. Watch this number if increasing whenever you scan drive failure may be imminent.
4. Scan for Viruses, Spyware and Adware
With over 8,000 attacks every second the need for PC security has never been greater.
All products are exposed to attack whether it be a Windows PC, an Apple PC, An Android tablet or indeed any mobile smartphone. Over 10 Million Android phones were infected in July 2016.
For maximum protection have an anti spyware programme like Spybot or Malwarebytes to cover those areas not picked up by your anti-virus programme.
To date there is no one product that protects against viruses, spyware, malware etc.
5. Uninstall Unused Programs
Most modern PC’s come bundled with loads of programmes that you may never use.
On average only a couple of percent of installed programmes are ever used, but every user may use a different selection of programmes so take care when removing if used by multiple people.
Extreme caution should be observed if considering removing any Microsoft programmes as most interlink with each other.
If not sure what to uninstall call in a specialist.
6. Adjust Visual Effects for Better Performance
ClearType text which makes a PC easier to read can in some cases slow it down. Try setting it back to standard text to improve speed.
In most cases the default settings are best for performance so think carefully before changing settings like font, font size etc.
For example Aero is a display setting that gives opaque effects in certain programmes and this can also make your PC slower because you are putting additional strain on the graphics card.
7. Don’t Automatically Start Programs
With over 100 programmes running in the background at any time some of them are not essential for the smooth running of your PC.
You can manually adjust what is loaded at start up on your PC.
However there are programmes available like System Mechanic from IOLO that not only help to keep your PC running in peak condition but also advise you of what programmes can be removed from the start up with guidance on what most users choose.
8. Defragment Your Hard Drive (After you have tried everything else)
There is no point in defragging a PC that is full of temporary files, cookies, programmes you never use etc. Clean your PC first by using Disk Clean or a programme like CCleaner.
Uninstall unwanted programmes (extreme caution).
Once cleaned all that space needs to be made available by using either the inbuilt defrag programmes or using a programme like Smart Defrag from Iobit which improves the speed of your PC.