In today’s fast-paced and advanced technology world, if we must wait more than a couple of seconds for something on our computers to load, we get frustrated and feel like we’re wasting our time. Good thing there are a lot of ways to make your computer run faster if you find that it’s going slower than it supposed to be. Here are few tips to try before you spend a lot of money on making your computer run faster.

Avoid software from automatically running when you start up your computer.

Remove or disable any startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots, This will prevent the program to use your computer memory and slow your computer down. While some programs, such as antivirus and firewall software, should be allowed to run automatically.

Uninstall programs you don’t use.

Brand new computers bring with pre-installed software that can take up space. To uninstall them, go into your control panel and uninstall the programs you don’t need and keep the ones you do need. 

Clean up hard disk space.

Check how much free space you have on your computer. Your computer could slow down if you have less than 15% free space. Delete old programs and files you don’t need or compress some of your files.

Save documents or pictures to the cloud or external drive.

This can free up a lot of memory space, which will also speed up your computer. Keeping them in the cloud or on an external drive, especially those old photos or important documents that you don’t want to lose can help speed up the performance of your computer as well.

Run a disk cleanup or repair.

Your computer generates a lot of temporary files each time you boot up. These temporary files, such as Internet history, cookies, and caches, take up a lot of space on your hard disk, and slow down your system. A disk cleanup/repair can clean up hundreds of megabytes by deleting temporary files. Even simply emptying your recycling bin can boost speeds.

Have anti-virus, spyware scanner, and anti-malware installed.

Your computer will run faster if it’s not spending time trying to manage bugs and viruses. This added layer of protection helps to keep your computer safe!

Install more RAM to your computer.

RAM is temporary storage memory used by your PC to run programs. The more programs you use, the more RAM you need. If you don’t have enough RAM your computer will start to slow down. You can easily install more RAM by buying an extra memory stick or external hard drive, or alternatively, you could replace or buy a completely new RAM if needed.

Update your computer’s software.

Software updates can fix bugs and glitches that slow your computer down. To check if your current software is up-to-date on Windows, click the Start Button > All Programs > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

You shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money to make your computer run faster, nor do you need to buy a new computer. As soon as you start noticing your computer is slowing down, try these tips before you get frustrated.

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