Computers are integral parts of our lives today. We all use computers at our homes and offices. Most of the computers we use have Windows installed as primary operating system. It is a known fact that speed of Windows decreases over time. No one wants to use slow computers with sluggish performance. Don’t worry, there are things that you can do to increase the speed of your computer and bring it back to its former glory. Here are some of those tips :
Remove Unnecessary Programs
We install lots of different programs to our computers over time. Some of these programs automatically start when Windows boots up. There are cases that which we never use some of these programs. Each program which adds itself to start-up starts each time you turn on your computer and works at the background. That means they occupy some memory even if you don’t use them. This decreases the overall performance of your computer and makes it slow down to crawl. There is a very simple and efficient way to prevent this situation. You can just uninstall the unnecessary programs from your computer. This will also help you to save you some hard disk space as well.
Another solution is to use msconfig. Msconfig is a small program comes bundled with Windows operating systems. You can use msconfig to adjust many features of Windows operating system. You can adjust the programs which run at Windows start-up with msconfig as well. First of all you should run msconfig. You can do this by pressing windows key + r, type msconfig and press enter. Then you will see a tab which is called “Startup”. You can see the list of all programs which run at startup. You can check the list and uncheck the unnecessary ones. This will leave some free memory and give your computer a performance boost.
Be Careful about Viruses
Viruses, trojans and spywares are most problematic issues for many computer users all over the world. They cause serious security issues for computer users. Aside from the security problems, they are one of the main causes of performance loss in personal computers. An ordinary virus or spyware works silently in the background and use your computer and uses your computer’s processing power to harm your computer. So it is vital to remove any existing viruses or spywares from your computer to increase the performance of your computer and ensure your computer’s security. How can you do that?
First thing to do is to install a good and reliable antivirus program. Microsoft offers “Microsoft Security Essentials” pack for free for every licensed copy of Windows. You can easily download the security suite from internet easily. After installation, it will update its virus databases automatically if you have proper internet connection. After this step, you should make a full scan of your computer. This process will remove all unwanted and harmful software like trojan, spyware and virus.
Scan Disk and Defragment
Another source of a computer performance loss is problematic hard drives. Sometimes these problems occur at hardware level and sometimes in software level. To diagnose the real source of the problems, you should scan your disk regularly. If you are a Windows 7 user, you can use a special program which comes bundled with the operating system which is called CHKDSK.
By using this tool you can scan and check your disk against any type of errors.
After a reasonable period of using your computer, fragmentation problems on your hard disk starts. Defragmenting your disk is the only way. You can use “Disk Defragmenter” to defragment your disk. This will cause a reasonable increase in overall speed of the computer.