Slow running PC is a common problem which is faced by almost every PC user nowadays. Irrespective of the brand and make of the PC, the users often face this kind of problem when their PC begins responding slow to the inputs of commands and operations to irritate the user. The worst happens when the computer gets stuck or freezes and finally becomes unresponsive to the keys and commands. At majority of the occasions, minor negligence, virus infection, unnecessary startup programs etc are responsible for the slow speed of your laptop or desktop PC.
If your PC is running slow and applications and programs are taking longer than the usual to load and execute then probably there is something wrong with your PC but you shouldn’t worry at all as there are many ways that can get you rid of this problem. In this article you will get information and guidelines about how to speed up your PC.
Below mentioned are the 5 things that you can do to speed up your slow running PC:
1. Ensure that the hard disc has enough space
As per PC experts you must have 15% of the hard disk always free to ensure the smooth running of the PC. To know about the free space on your hard disk you have to simply click the ‘My Computer’ icon and then right-click on Hard Drive icon and then go to ‘Properties.’ The system will show you a pie chart of the free and used space on the hard drive. If your hard disk is nearly full then you should free up some space by removing or deleting unnecessary or redundant programs. It will instantly improve the speed and performance of your PC.
2. Remove or delete redundant programs
The next way of improving the speed and performance of your PC is to remove or delete the programs that are no longer in use. To remove or uninstall a program you first need to go to the ‘Control Panel’ and then ‘Add or remove programs.’ Here you can find the complete list of programs that are installed on your PC. From this list you can choose the programs that are not in use to delete or remove them.
3. Prevent unnecessary start up programs from starting while the PC boots up
More the number of startup programs during boot up, slower the speed of your PC. If you have many startup programs then your PC might become slow and less performing. It starts taking longer than the usual in running or opening applications and programs. Therefore, you are suggested by PC experts to revise your startup programs by changing your system configuration via MSConfig.
4. Protect your PC with an anti-virus program, spyware scanner and an anti-malware
Online threats such as bugs, viruses, adware and others are also responsible for the slow speed of your PC. To manage such threats, the system has to devote resources that pull down the speed and performance of the computer. So the ideal process is to keep your PC protected from viruses and malware so that these threats don’t find ways to enter into your PC. Furthermore, you should also keep your Windows up-to-date so that all the security loop holes are plugged. Viruses and malware look for security vulnerabilities in the OS and exploit these loopholes to infect important programs on the PC to make the system slow.
5. Run a ‘Disk Cleanup’ periodically
To remove the junk of temporary files which pile up to occupy hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes of space on the hard disk need to be cleared by running a disk cleanup periodically. You require running a disk cleanup especially if you are running your PC on operating systems (OS) such as Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
So if your PC is running slower than the usual or the apps or programs stored on it are taking longer to open and run then the tips mentioned above can surely help you fix the issue. The above discussed are some most reliable tips to resolve slow running PC problem. Apart from these, you can also use some other tips and tricks such as disk defragmentation, OS update, removal of prefetch folder, addition of extra RAM etc. in order to improve the performance and speed of your PC.
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