There was a time when people expected their computers (and those pesky dial-up internet connections) to run slowly, but those days are long gone—the modern PC experience is all about speed. However, just because your computer can or should be fast doesn’t mean it always is. Sometimes computers can run slower than molasses.
There are various things that can block a speedy computer experience, but luckily most of them are easy to both fix and avoid. Here are some tips on how to keep your computer on the fast track so that you can avoid the annoying speed bumps that hinder an efficient and enjoyable PC experience.
One way you can make sure your PC stays fast is by ensuring that you are working with the right hardware. Do you have the right kind of processor? Do you have enough RAM (operating memory) and hard drive space? If you want Windows to run as efficiently as possible then you need to be certain that you have the hardware to make this happen.
You don’t expect your car to drive fast (or at all) without a transmission, right? If you don’t have the proper hardware to support the Windows OS, you won’t be getting anywhere in the computer world fast.
Another way to speed up your computer is by scanning for and eliminating viruses and other malware. These predators attack many of your PC’s apps and programs and cause it to run slow or occasionally not at all.
Download a good antivirus program and scan your computer frequently for bugs so that you can catch them before they become a major speed trap.
Have you ever thought about how many programs and applications are on your computer that you never ever use? Probably not. Most people don’t realize how much space is wasted on their hard drive by old, useless programs.
Computer maintenance is about keeping your computer clean and free of things you don’t need. Uninstall the programs that you don’t use if you want to keep your computer operating at a fast pace.
Registry cleaners are also a good way to take your PC experience from turtle speed to warp speed. Registry cleaners are software programs that scan your computer’s entire Windows registry for useless or harmful files to your computer. Once the registry cleaner has identified the files that are slowing you down, it will eliminate them for you.
Registry cleaners are an extremely time-efficient way of going through the complexities of the Windows registry, but they are to be used with caution. There are many registry cleaners that are unreliable or prone to deleting filed from your computer that are vital to its ability to run core PC programs.
Additionally, some free registry programs are nothing more than malware or viruses in disguise, so be judicious about selecting a registry cleaner—pick one with a good reputation.
You can save space on your computer’s RAM (and thus speed up your computer) choosing not to start programs on your PC automatically. Allowing too many programs to start automatically means that it takes more time to load your setting every time you turn your computer on, and in some cases this can be the difference between waiting 30 seconds and 10 minutes to start using your PC.
Be efficient with how you use your computer if you want it to run faster. Are you one of those people who constantly has 10 to 15 programs running at any given time? If so, then you are overworking your CPU (central processing unit) and causing your computer to slow down. Only run programs that you are using or absolutely need—otherwise your PC will get stuck in the computing quick sand.
When all hope seems to be lost and nothing seems to get your computer from moving slower than a herd of snails, then it may be time for you to either defragment your hard drive or reinstall your operating system (or both). Again, this is a last ditch effort after all the aforementioned strategies have been tested.
Defragmenting your computer means cleaning out all the old and fragmented files and folder on your PC’s hard drive. It reorganizes all of these files and folders so that they are in the right location and thus will run faster and more efficiently. In order to defragment your computer you should go the “System Tools” option on your Windows-based computer and check out the defragmenting options for your version of the Windows OS.
If defragmenting your computer doesn’t do the trick, then you may want to consider reinstalling the entire Windows OS. It sounds like a major headache and the truth is it is. This should be your absolute last resort on the speedy PC express. You will need to make sure that you back up everything on your PC on an external hard drive as reinstalling the Windows OS requires that you wipe your hard drive clean.
Reinstalling the actual OS is not that difficult provided you have kept the original disks that came with you computer when you purchased it. Again, this should be a worst case scenario solution—you want to avoid reinstalling your OS as a method of speeding up your computer unless you have completely exhausted all other options.
The truth is that in this fast-paced day and age nobody likes a slow PC. Nobody wants to have to sit around waiting for websites and programs to load. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure that you don’t get stuck in the slow computer swamp. If you are a proactive PC user with a little bit of common sense then you can easily keep your computer junk free and safe from external virus or malware attacks and reap the benefits of a speedier computer experience.
You can also enlist the services of software designed to clean and speed up your PC, like registry cleaners, or even give your computer a totally clean slate by reinstalling the OS (but as mentioned before, this should be a last resort). However you decide to keep your PC running at a fast pace, it is good to know that there are many tricks that you can use along the way to help you reach the finish line of an optimal user experience.