A Windows computer can slow down for thousands of reasons however, one of the most common is because of software. Many people just assume that their computer is old and that they should buy a new one but even a 5 year old computer can be sped up considerably. This article outlines some of the best ways to help speed up your computer.
Have a look at the running processes - This is the easiest way of finding out what your computer is doing. You can view all of the running processors by right-clicking the taskbar at the bottom of your screen and selecting ‘Task Manager’ then clicking the ‘Processes’ tab. From here you can organize the list to see specific details such as what is using the most CPU or RAM. To organize it all you need to do is simply click a tab such as ‘CPU’. If a process is using a lot you can stop it by right clicking it and selecting ‘end process’. You can also uninstall the software to permanently free your PC from its resource hogging.
Uninstall unwanted software – Have a look at all the software you have installed. If you have lots, it’s very possible to be causing at least some of the slowdown. To uninstall unwanted software in Windows go to your control panel and select ‘Uninstall a program’. From there you can uninstall every application which is on your computer. Not only may this speed up your computer but it will also free up some space on your hard drive.
Malware – Okay, malware is often not the cause of a slow PC. This is because malware creators often want it to be silent and go by unnoticed however, with any PC slow down it’s certainly worth checking. If it is malware causing this, your computer will often display other symptoms.
Clean out your computer from dust bunnies – Dust bunnies live in your computer, clogging up fans and laying ontop of components which increases heat. If your computer get too hot, it will reduce its speed to try to cool down. The easiest way to clean a computer from dust would be to use compressed air. Sadly, it’s not free but it’s convenient and cheap. If you have a desktop computer you can open it up and give it a good squirt. A laptop is more tricky to clean but you can squirt in the vents to help loosen dust and hopefully blow most of it out. A free method would be to use household tissue and gently rub the fans and case area. It’s best to avoid actual electronics with tissue because of static, which could harm your computer. Tissue won’t work for laptops, though.
Take your hardware into consideration – Some software demand lots of resources and for some computers, especially older ones, it can require too much resources for the hardware to handle. It’s worth taking into consideration especially if you are trying to play the latest game or using the latest video editor.
Reinstall Windows – This is more advanced and should really be used as a last resource. Reinstalling Windows will remove all of your data and software, replacing it with a fresh copy. This method is different for everyone as some computer manufacturers and Windows editions have different ways of reinstalling. Before you do this you should have a look at your computers manual or manufacturer’s website.
If your computer still feels slow it may be time to upgrade your computer. Overtime software can be become more advanced and use more resources. Games are a perfect example of this as they rapidly require more performance from your computer.