How to Boost You PC’s Performance

Tips to Speed Up Your Computer’s Performance

 

When a computer is new, it works superbly well. However, overtime, its performance starts to slow down, and things can get worse from there. There are lots of factors that contribute to slow performance on computers, but the most common culprits are in the adware, spyware, and other threats that we unconsciously download with other contents and programs online. The thing is, you don’t need to download hundreds of movies and MP3 files to get these problems, and no computer is immune to these issues. Fortunately, there are things you can do to save your computer and boost its performance – some of the best strategies are outlined below.

 

Get Rid of Unnecessary Files

Each time you turn on your computer and click your preferred internet browser to get online, temporary files are always generated. These temporary files are only needed once; but they don’t appear on their own. Rather, they accumulate over time, until they clutter the file system of your computer and cause problems on its performance. While you can remove the files yourself one by one, it is far easier and quicker to use PC cleaning tools made for this purpose. Do this at least once a week and keep your computer clean from unneeded files.

For Windows 7

For Windows 7, click Start button and type in Disk Cleanup in the search box. In results list, click ‘Disk Cleanup’.

In Drives list, click the hard disk drive that you want to clean, hit ‘Ok’.

In ‘Disk Cleanup’ dialog box, on ‘Disk Cleanup’ tab, choose the check boxes for the types of files you wish to delete. Hit ‘Ok’. A message will appear, click ‘Delete files.’

 

For Windows 8

For Windows 8, move the cursor on the right button and click the search box. Type in ‘Disk Cleanup’ and then click ‘Free and Disk Space by deleting Unnecessary Files’

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Click the drop down arrows and choose the drive. You can choose any drive you want to clean up.

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The cleanup will then start scanning to calculate the available free space.

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Then, click the files you want to be deleted by clicking the check box and hit ‘Ok’ button.

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Click ‘Delete Files’ to confirm deletion.

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The computer will start the ‘Disk Cleanup’ and remove the unwanted temporary files stored.

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Remove Unnecessary Programs

More often than not, you have downloaded and try out some programs each month that you don’t usually use. Getting into the habit of uninstall unneeded and unused programs can help keep your computer’s system in good shape. The lesser the clutter, the more optimized your PC gets. Use Add/Remove programs of your PC to get rid of these unneeded programs. The location of Add/Remove file varies from one operating system to another, but you should be able to find it somewhere in your Control Panel.

 

Clean Your Window Registry

Errors in Windows Registry are the usually the biggest cause of slow and sluggish computer performance. Adware, Spyware and various threats directly targets the registry, causing damages or misplacing its important files inside. In terms of PC maintenance, Window registry cleaning should be on top of your priority. The common mistake people do in cleaning their registry however, is they do it manually. By doing so, they miss out the major errors that could possibly cause errors on their PC’s operating system. Thus, it’s important to invest in a high-quality Windows registry cleanup tool and set it to run once a day – you will be amazed of the difference it can make to your computer.

 

 

Clear Out the Recycle Bin

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We all know that deleting files or programs through by clicking ‘delete’ doesn’t immediately get rid of the file or program. Rather, they sit in a purgatory in your PC called the Recycle Bin. As you delete more stuff, they pile up in the Recycle Bin, which can cause your computer to show irritating problems. Some of the most common symptoms include sluggish startups and frequent crashes. Thus, make sure you delete files in your Recycle Bin and clean this folder fully, and make it a habit. This strategy may seem small, buy you will be surprised of its huge benefits.

 

Implement Disk Defragmentation

Windows is not very effective in storing files. As a matter of fact, it splits files up, and stores them in to whatever spaces available; the farther these pieces from each other, the harder for your computer to make them run. This is why they have the Windows disk defragmentation system in its tune-up utility – to piece these files back together again. This process may take hours, but only needs to be done around three to four times a year. Set your disk defragmentation to run automatically every three month. This maintenance technique will keep your files intact and your computer in good running condition.

 

Defragment on Windows 7

To defrag a Windows 7 PC, click Start button > All Programs > Accessories. Choose System Tools and click Disk Defragmenter.

You may need to put in your administrator password. Then click ‘Defragment Now.’

The Defragmenter may take a while, even hours to finish. You can use your PC throughout the process though.


Defragment on Windows 8

For Windows 8 users, you can schedule your computer to defragment itself regularly through Optimize Drives. If you have not changed any settings in your Windows 8 computer, then there’s no need to set anything. If you’re not sure and want to check the status of your computer, or you want to defrag manually, go to Search (press Windows+Q or swipe your touchscreen computer from the right and open Search Charm). Type in ‘Defragment’ on the search box and you will get ‘Defragment and Optimize your Drives’ as result. Select this option.

Follow the instructions. You only need to defragment your PC if it is at least 10% fragmented. If any of your computer drives is 10% fragmented, click the drive to be fragmented, click ‘Analyze’ then select ‘Defragment.’ Again, this may take several hours, but you still can use your computer throughout.

 

Prevention is better than cure. And when it comes to your computer, small and regular maintenance is always the best to keep your computer in tip-top shape. No matter how careful you, there will be times where you can lured and accidentally download malicious software from time to time. Basic tune-up tools, Windows registry cleaning, file-cleaning maintenance, defragmentation, and various PC optimizing techniques will keep your PC in the best condition for a lot longer.

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