As a computer user, there is one problem that plagues us all at one point or another: a slow running PC. From a slow startup, programs loading slowly (or not at all) and slow internet browsing – it’s aggravating and it really diminishes our productivity when we’re trying to work. Thankfully, there are a few ways that we can speed up our computers, and that’s what we’re going to touch on here.
Tip #1: Improve your computer’s speed by defragmenting
This is a super simple tip that you can use to speed up your computer, though it’s amazing that many computer users don’t know about this pre-installed, yet completely necessary tool.
When you use your computer over time, files get saved and moved and stored in different locations on your hard drive and they become “fragmented”. By running a defragmentation program you will be cleaning up your hard drive and improving the efficiency of your computer.
To access the defragmentation tool on your Windows PC, just:
- Click the start button
- Double click on “My Computer”
- Right click on “Local Disk” (usually C:)
- Choose Properties >> Tools >> Defragment now
Tip #2: Speed up your computer by using a registry cleaner
Your computer’s registry is the go-between for nearly every program that you run and every process that runs in the background on your Windows computer. Over time, your registry will become filled with outdated and even errant information; a registry cleaner will remove the excess and invalid entries, which will not only help to speed up your PC, it can help to prevent problems in the future.
Unfortunately Windows does not include a registry cleaning tool, but we recommend RegCure’s registry cleaner because it’s easy to use and it’s what we use to keep our computers running smoothly.
Tip #3: Clear your web browser’s cache and histories
When you’re browsing the internet, your Windows computer stores the web pages you visit, images and URLs on your computer. Over time, these files can take up an exorbitant amount of space and even slow down your web browser. By removing these excess files you may be able to speed up your overall PCs performance as well as improving your web browsing experience.
Because different web browsers have different methods of cleaning temporary files and web histories, there is not a stand-alone instruction guide that will work for all web browsers. However, generally you should look on your browser’s toolbar menu for Tools >> Options and in the majority of cases, you will find an option to clear your cache and browsing history.
Now, this list is hardly definitive, but by using the three tips outlined above, chances are you will be able to speed up your computer quite a bit. And, these tips are easy to implement – so regardless of your experience level, you should be able to see a noticeable difference in your PCs speed right away.