Lesson 31. How to speed Up a Slow Windows 8, 8.1, 7 or XP Computer

When your computer becomes slow you feel as if the whole world around you has become slow. It leads to lot of frustrations as if the things you were doing in seconds are taking ages to accomplish. Managing things with a slow computer is really irksome and you have to find out what is wrong with your computer and why it is not working as fast as it used to. There are a variety of reasons why your blazing computer refuses to pick up speed and the most important among them is virus or malware infection.

Being the owner of a Windows based computer you become the target of hundreds of viruses and malware and your computer gets infected with some of them easily. At any point of time there are chances that your computer will be having many such malicious programs that spoil the routine of your computer slowing down its performance with their unintended operations.
So, when you feel that your Windows computer has become slow all of a sudden you have to see if there is a serious virus infection and take steps to remove them from your system completely. Even after virus removal and complete scanning of your computer your computer has not got the speed, and then you have to look for the following to get back the speed of your computer.
Here are some of the most important things you have to do to speed up your computer:

  • Delete all the unused programs: The programs you have installed on your computer take up space on your hard disk as well as on your memory and this is sure to make your computer short of resources making it tough to give faster performance. It is usual for us to install many programs and leave them idle on our system. Now go to the control panel, and then to the Add or Remove programs option and see the programs that you have not used during the last month. Remove them from your system. This will free your computer resource helping it to gain speed.
  • Get rid of unnecessary start-up programs: It is usual for us to keep more programs in our start-up folder and they start each time a user logs in or you start your computer and they run in the background whether you use them or not. This makes your computer slow down as more number of these programs you do not use consumes a major portion of your memory space and leave a small portion of it for the programs you are using. This slows down your system and to speed up your computer get rid of unwanted and unnecessary start up programs and free up computer resources used by them.
  • Use other alternative programs for bulky and resource intensive programs: We find that many of the computer programs that we use regularly are bulky and consume most of the computer resources while we are working. With constant development and availability of lighter, more efficient alternatives get them to do your day to day work with them so that your computer is able to accomplish more with less resources and this is one of the ways to speed up your computer.
  • Reboot your system often: If you are a person who keeps your computer on for longer periods of time, you have to reboot your system to free memory spaces that are occupied by programs that you have closed. This will help your computer get more resources and this will add speed to your computer
  • Always see that you have enough free space: Your computer needs a certain amount of free space on your hard disk for working efficiently and once your hard disk becomes more cluttered, your computer becomes slow and if you want to speed up your computer then you have to move data to other storage devices or delete unnecessary data to free up space in your hard disk.
  • Check and fix hard disk errors: Hard disk errors are one of the main reasons for reduction in the speed of the computer and when you feel that your computer has slowed down you have to check for errors on your disk and fix them so that your computer gets to the usual speed of operation. For this you can use the chkdsk /r in the Command Prompt as the administrator of the system.
  • Repair and restore Windows system files: As you keep on using your computer it is normal for the important system files to get damaged or get corrupted especially if your system has just recovered from a virus infection. This negatively impacts on the performance of the system and for fixing the damage to the system files run sfc/scannow command as administrator from the command prompt.
  • Disable visual and sound effects: The visual and sound effects that add to the look and feel of your computer are resource intensive in nature and can eat up more resources and hence it is better to get rid of unwanted visual and sound effects to speed up your computer.

Never run more than one antivirus program: All antivirus programs take up more resources and hence never run more than one of them at any time and if you have to run more than one at the same time, disable one and run the other and this will make your computer respond faster.

  • Keep your Windows System files up to date and have the latest drivers: Updating your system files and installing the latest drivers is necessary to get the best and optimized performance from your computer and you have to take care of this if you want to have a fast running computer that is safe and secure in all respects.
  • Remove all Temporary files: Lot of temporary files are created with the operation of your computer as well as when you browse internet. These files occupy more space as time passes and you have to delete these temporary files regularly to free up space on your disk. This is one of the good ways to speed up your computer.
  • Check the power Scheme: The power scheme that you are using may slow down your computer and if you are running the latest versions of Windows like Windows 7 or 8 this is very important as there are many in built power schemes that are used to conserve power and when you run your computer at the lowest power factor this will bring down the level of performance and to get back to good performance you have to switch on to a higher power scheme.
  • Make sure that the computer is not getting overheated: An overheated computer is slow in speed to safeguard the processor from getting burnt out. If the cooling fan is not working properly it may lead to overheating and the later versions of Windows has indications for the same and you will be notified about this. So, if you find that your computer is overheating find the reasons and take corrective action to speed up your computer.

Thus, these are some of the most common causes for slowing down of your computer. If these do not make your computer run faster as it is used to you have to get more RAM for your computer. Expanding the physical memory present in it makes your computer perform faster and gives the speed you want to achieve.

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