Often, your PC starts to slow down after you’ve had if for a while, and this necessitates action so that you can continue using your PCs for work or for your home needs. The following are some of the things that you will be able to do in order to keep your computer working nice and fast until you eventually decide to replace it.
As you would with any other piece of technology, you are going to want to make sure that you keep your PC in good physical condition on the outside and the inside. This means that cleaning the PC and using canned air to remove dust is a good idea. Cleaning the computer with canned air at least once a month will help to remove dust that can get down inside the computer and cause it to heat up. With too much dust, the fans might not be able to do their job and keep your computer cool.
When you use the canned air to clean your computer, make sure that your computer is off and unplugged. This is a simple thing to do, but it can add life to your computer and make sure that it doesn’t overheat and shut down on you in the middle of work. It might surprise you as to how many offices neglect this easy step.
Remove Programs You Do Not Use
If you have a number of programs on your computer that you are not using, it is time to remove them. With too many programs, chances are your computer is going to start slowing down, and if you aren’t using them, they are simply taking up space on your computer. Removal is very easy. You can go into the Control Panel and then click on Add or Remove Program. This gives you the option of removing a program from your computer, and in most cases, removal takes only a few seconds.
Remove the Junk
If you have files on your computer that you aren’t using, then you can be sure that they are taking up space and slowing your computer down, too. Old photos, documents, videos and other items that you might have on your computer will make it run slowly. In some cases, you can simply delete the files that you do not want or need. When you find items that you do not want to delete, you can always move them to an external hard drive. This lets you keep your files, but it gets them off your computer.
Use Security Programs and Keep Your Computer Safe
Sometimes, viruses and malware could be causing performance issues for your computer. Having updated security software and virus software can help you keep viruses and other problematic items off of your computer. You never want to connect to the web with your computer if you do not have virus protection software up and running first. Make sure that you have a quality program. In addition to software that can handle viruses, you want to have some software that will be able to remove spyware programs.
Turn Off Applications in the Task Manager
In your Windows Task Manager you will see all of the main programs that run constantly. You can turn off the ones that you do not need to reduce the strain on your computer. In addition, you can turn off some of the processes that you do not need.
Clear the Registry
Clearing your registry is another good idea. This is where Windows keeps program information, and it can grow jumbled. This means that it takes longer to initiate and use some programs that you run. Your best option for this is to choose a registry cleaner tool to install and have it do the work for you.
Defragment the Drive
Defragmenting your drives can help, as well. When you have a severely fragmented drive, you will find that you are wasting space, and that your computer is not running optimally. You have defragging options on your computer already. Just go into the Control Panel, then System and Security. Double Click on Defragment Your Hard Drive under Administrative Tools and follow the onscreen instructions.
You should also make sure that you always update your drivers so that you do not have any trouble running your programs.
Windows receives frequent updates, as well. These little tweaks can help keep your operating system up to date and protect your computer. Windows usually lets you know when an update is available, and it is generally a good idea to download them.
Upgrade the Hardware
Over time, your computer is not going to be able to keep up, and none of the above fixes is going to help. It might be time that you upgrade some of your hardware. A new drive and upgraded ram can help. Of course, you will eventually need to upgrade to a new machine.