If you’re wondering how to make your computer faster, read these 10 easy steps! Technology is everywhere, and for the most part, the innovations they bring are a welcomed addition to our lives. However, every so often one of our silicon friends can run amuck leaving you with nothing but frustration as you wait for the hourglass to pass. If you’re computer is feeling sluggish, rather than buying a new laptop or desktop take a look at our top 10 ways of speeding up your computer.
- Remove unnecessary programs
- Clear temporary files and caches
- Install a solid state drive
- Upgrade the capacity of your hard drive
- Remove unnecessary startup programs
- Add RAM to your system
- Run disk cleanup
- Run a disk defragmentation
- Assign a static IP to your PC
- Clean dust from your system
Remove Unnecessary Programs
If you’ve purchased your computer pre-built from a retailer then chances are it came loaded with all sorts of programs (bloatware) that you will never use. Worse yet, some of these programs run background processes which will bog down your system.
Removing these unused programs from your system will aid in freeing precious hard drive space and improve performance. To remove these programs open control panel’s programs and features menu and uninstall everything you have not used in over 3 months.
Clear temporary files and caches
When browsing the internet everything single action you do or page you load is stored on your computer. If you browse the internet like myself you can see how all of that data storage can add up. To remove these unnecessary files I recommend downloading CCleaner, a free to use program that will aid in removing all the junk files from your system in an easy to use interface.
Install a solid state hard drive
Solid state drives are much faster than their spinning counterparts. Adding a solid state drive to your computer will greatly improve restart and program loading times. The cost of these components has greatly reduced in recent years so we definitely recommend purchasing one. You can browse our list of solid state drives at the following link.
Upgrade the capacity of your hard drive
If you don’t have the funds to spring for a SSD just yet, worry not. You can still yield performance gains from simply upgrading your hard drive to a larger capacity. Before doing this be sure to check the current usage of your drive under my computer.
Remove unnecessary startup programs
This method will only effect the startup speed of your computer. Over the years or even a couple of months chances are you’ve downloaded a dozen or so programs. Each one of these programs most likely added itself to the startup folder of your computer for “convenience”. Often times these programs are not even used and just sit in the background using up precious memory and resources.
To remove them use the keyboard shortcut WINDOWS KEY + R. In the prompt type “msconfig” and hit run. Select the startup tab near the top of the window and unselect all of the programs that are not imperative to your daily operations. To finish, click ok and restart your computer.
Add RAM to your system
Your computers internal memory commonly known as RAM is responsible for storing all of your currently running programs data. Essentially this means that more RAM allows you to multitask. If your computer struggles to run multiple programs at a time, it’s probably best to look into upgrading your RAM. You can find great prices on RAM at our online store by clicking here.
Run disk cleanup
This is one of the simplest things you can do to improve speed on your computer. Head over to Start -> Accessories -> System Tools – > disk cleanup and follow the prompts. This tool searches for large unnecessary files and removes them from your hard drive.
Run disk defragmentation
Again, you’ve probably heard of this or performed once at least once in your life. This basically reorganizes the files in your hard drive in a more efficient way so that the hard drive may access them quicker. To run a defrag perform the navigate to Start -> Accessories -> System Tools – > Disk Defragment. Run a defrag on your entire C: drive.
Assign a static IP to your system
Not nearly as useful as the previous tips however setting a static IP can still improve initial network connections. When first starting your computer it takes some time requesting an IP to lease from your router. Setting a static IP will make your internal network easier to manage and improve your startup time a bit.
Clean Dust from your System
This may seem like common sense but I will add it anyway. Take some time to look at the fan grills of your computer. If they look dusty then it’s probably time to clean things before something breaks. If the PC is a desktop remove the side panel for ease of access and either vacuum dust and debris or use some canned air to blow it away form crucial components such as the CPU and fans.