Jan 12, 2016 | (603) Views
When your PC is running at sloth-like speeds, you have a few options, and one we urge you to refrain from is beating it Office Space-style, or even heading straight to the store for a new machine. The reality is there are easy changes you can make to speed up your computer.
So whether you use your machine for surfing the net, school or work, or even gaming, here are a few ways you can clean up an old PC to make run better again.
1. Speed Up Your Startup
Most likely your computer is not slow – it’s the dozens of programs turning on during startup that are slowing it down.
Try using the MSConfig program. To find it, go to Search or Run under Start and type “msconfig.” Under the “Startup” tab, uncheck the boxes of the programs you don’t need to run every time your computer is turned on, for instance, iTunes or your printer. If you don’t recognize a program, leave it be. Restart your computer to allow the changes to take effect.
2. Clear It Out
If slow surfing is your main problem, check your browser. Are you an Internet Explorer user? Get rid of it. Google Chrome is the best browser on the market now, known for speedy surfing. Under Chrome, go to Clear Browsing Data and check the boxes of temporary Internet files like cookies, cache, download history and browsing history.
3. Slim Down
Start with uninstalling programs you don’t use anymore. If you don't mind switching your default programs like Windows Media Player and Microsoft Office, switching them to something that requires less computing power, like free applications, while speeding up your PC and giving you additional features at the same time.
VLC Media Player is a lightweight, open source media player that rips DVDs, streams video and recognizes any unprotected media format.
FoxIt Reader, an alternative to Adobe Reader, does more than just open PDFs all while using less RAM. Edit documents, open multiple PDFs in tabs and more.
AbiWord, a free and open source word processor, and Apache’s Open Office, a free and open source full-fledge suite, can easily fill the void of Microsoft Office.
4. Automate Your Updates
Go to My Computer > Properties > Automatic Updates. Make sure this is set to Download and Install Automatically. This will allow any changes to be made to your machine to help with security vulnerabilities and also to make sure bugs get fixed that could affect your performance.
5. Make Some Upgrades
If you’re into gaming, an investment in a graphics card for your desktop might be worth your while. Caution though, you’ll have to toy with your motherboard to make this upgrade happen and it's very risky to do so and could ruin your machine. We recommend you hire a professional to help.
Finally, the most effective way to speed up your PC – which also requires messing with your motherboard, is to add more RAM (random access memory). Most machines need 4GB to run average processes. But at least 6-8GB should be given if you're doing more than standard surfing. When you go to upgrade make sure you either hire a professional, or insure that you get the right type of memory and the right sized sticks to fit your machine. Go to My Computer > Properties to find out how much you have installed on your machine.