If you want faster computer performance, you don’t necessarily have to be a tech geek in order to get it. Today, we’re going to show you 12 of the best tips and tricks that will speed up your PC.
12) Delete files that you no longer need: I’m not talking about temporary internet files or other files that your computer collects automatically. I’m talking about files that you have downloaded to your PC but no longer need. HD videos take up a lot of space, for example, and you may have the same picture files in multiple locations. This takes up space and decreases system performance.
11) Uninstall unwanted programs: There are probably programs on your PC that you no longer use. These can take up a huge amount of space, which is why it’s a good idea to delete them.
10) Defragment your hard drive: One of the most overlooked areas of PC maintenance is hard drive defragmentation. Over time, the files on your hard drive become fragmented, increasing access times and drastically decreasing your system’s performance.
9) Disk cleanup tool: Every Windows PC has a small application called Disk Cleanup. It scans your hard drives to find any files that you no longer need, and is an easy way to free up a few gigabytes of space on your computer.
8) Backup your files to an external hard drive: Many people think that hard drive failure and other problems will never happen to their PC. People like this often leave their computers unprotected, which puts all of their files at risk of being permanently lost. To be safe, invest in an external hard drive (they’re not expensive) and use it to backup all of your important folders.
7) Update your programs and drivers: Some programs automatically check for updates, while others do not. To be sure your computer is staying up to date with the latest technology, be sure to check for driver updates on a regular basis. Video card driver updates are particularly important to gamers, for example, and motherboard manufacturers may also release an occasional patch to repair a common problem.
6) Organize your computer: The more organized your files and folders are, the more productive you will be on your PC. You can have the fastest computer in the world and still be unproductive while using it: it’s all about how quickly you can locate the programs and files that you need. Take a few minutes every week to optimize application placement on your desktop, and you should notice a significant improvement in your productivity.
5) Upgrade your RAM: Any time somebody talks about computer slowdowns, the idea of a RAM upgrade almost always gets brought up. Upgrading your RAM is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the performance of your PC. And, with a simple instruction guide, it’s incredibly easy to install RAM in either your desktop or your laptop.
4) Change your Windows settings: Windows 7 and other operating systems are filled with settings that only a few PC users will ever need to use. You can safely disable these settings in order to increase system performance. Go to your Control Panel and customize your computer according to your needs. One of the best places to start is the Appearance and Personalization tab, and you may want to fiddle with the System and Security menu as well.
3) Limit the number of programs that are open at any one time: This step is fairly self-explanatory, but if your computer is having performance issues, then the best thing to do is limit the number of resources that are being used. Close down any programs that you’re not using. To be extra careful, go to your Windows Task Manager and look for any programs that are using a large number of resources. Disable these programs if they’re unnecessary. To prevent them from ever starting up again, type msconfig into your Windows 7 search bar and open that application (or type msconfig into a command box in previous versions of Windows). Using that tool, you can pick and choose which programs you want your PC to load when it starts up.
2) Buy a registry cleaner: The key word here is BUY. Free registry cleaners can often cause more harm to your PC than they’re worth, and in some cases, free registry cleaners are designed specifically to lure people into giving up their personal information.
1) Buy a good antivirus program: Just like with a registry cleaner, it’s always a good idea to pay for an antivirus program. The people who design viruses and malware aren’t stupid, and they know that most people will download free antivirus software. For that reason, they design their viruses specifically to get around the scans performed by these free programs. This is worse than leaving your PC unprotected, as a free antivirus scanner gives users a false sense of confidence regarding the security of their computers.