As computer technology progresses, PC speed and performance constantly improves. This can make your older machine seem slow and out dated. However, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Today, we’re going to show you how to increase your computer’s speed by changing system settings and improving your hardware.

Remove spyware

One of the most common factors contributing to computer slowdown is the collection of software known as spyware. Spyware is a malicious type of program which is downloaded from the internet without the user’s consent.

Unfortunately, spyware can be found on almost any computer connected to the internet, and most of these malicious programs will not be seen by the user. Spyware downloads occur when people visit untrustworthy or dangerous sites, they can also occur as a result of clicking on strange links or pop up ads.

Spyware software is designed to run in the background, which means that you will not see any indication that the program is running. In spite of that fact, spyware is constantly monitoring what you do on the PC. It also uses your system RAM and resources. RAM dictates your computer’s speed; it provides memory for the computer to perform calculations, run programs, and do all the other things you use your PC for.

Change initial Start-up Programs

A computer’s speed can also be negatively impacted by the number of programs associated with the start-up process, as each of the programs requires RAM to run. Some programs that you install or have installed will default to starting themselves during boot up. Some might ask you to choose whether or not you want the program to run at start-up, while others may not.

The fewer programs you have running at start-up, the faster your machine will run. For the most part, you will not need a lot of programs to run at system start-up. To edit which programs run at start-up, go to the run program dialogue (found under your Start Menu in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7). Or, if you use Vista and Windows 7, simply type msconfig into the search box.

On the window that opens, click on the tab labelled startup. You should take caution in choosing which programs you choose to stop running, as it may be a critical program. Always err on the side of caution when removing programs you are unsure of.

Hardware Changes

There are many different ways to speed up your computer by changing settings or preferences, uninstalling older programs, or cleaning up your system. However, all of these changes will not physically increase the speed of your computer.

If you truly want to increase the speed of your computer then you will need to upgrade some of your computer’s hardware, most often the RAM. There are several varieties of RAM available, and they are not universal. In other words, different types of RAM will not work together in the same machine. You should consult your computer’s manual or your motherboard’s manual for more information on the type of RAM that your computer uses.

If you are unable to find exactly which type of RAM can be used in your computer, then your best option is to look inside your computer. If possible, remove the RAM and look at the labelling on the side. There should be an identifying number like: DDR3 PC3-10600. Try to buy RAM that matches those numbers.

When operating on internal components within your machine you should use an anti-static wrist band or similar device. If you do not own an anti-static device then try to ground yourself by touching something metal or even the side of your computer case. If you feel uncomfortable with installing the RAM by yourself then you should consult with a professional. In fact, many stores and retailers will offer to install the RAM you buy from them for a fee.

Whether you want to speed up your laptop or desktop computer, these tips will help you get the most out of your PC’s performance. Good luck!

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