Tips to get your computer running at full speed

Tips to get your computer running at full speed

Suffering from slow computers?

Unfortunately, all PCs are bound to run slower over time. But if you’re holding off on buying a new one, there are still a couple of ways to give your machine a speed boost.

#1. Cut down on startup programs

Some programs automatically run in the background as soon as you turn on your computer, resulting in a longer boot time. And once the boot-up process is done, these programs continue to use your machine’s memory, slowing it down.

While programs like anti-malware and firewall software should be allowed to run upon login, you should disable non-critical startup programs such as browsers and streaming apps.

Customize your startup programs by following this step-by-step guide:

  • Windows 8 and 10 – Press Windows key + X. Select Task Manager > More details > Startup, then right-click on the programs you want to remove and select Disable.
  • Windows 7 and older – Click the Start button, then search for System Configuration. Go to the Startup tab, then uncheck the programs you don't want to load when the system boots up.

#2. Run regular security scans

Malware can significantly slow down your computer. For example, viruses commonly install malicious programs that hog the system’s memory, while ransomware takes a lot of your PC’s resources to encrypt data.

To combat malware, run a full scan of your PC with an up-to-date anti-malware program. It’s also best to set up regular scheduled scans and enable automatic security software updates.

#3. Uninstall programs you don’t use

Most computers come with pre-installed programs that take up space and run in the background automatically. These commonly include free trials of random programs, games, and services that you will never use.

Free up memory and storage space by removing these unused programs along with redundant programs that you rarely use or don’t need. Here’s how to do it:

  • Windows 7, 8, and 10 – Click inside the search box on the taskbar, then type “control panel” and click the Control Panel search result. Go to Programs > Programs and Features, then select the software you want to remove and click Uninstall.

#4. Run a disk cleanup

Every time you access a webpage or open a document, your internet browser and computer both store temporary files. These files take up valuable hard drive space and clutter your computer’s memory, slowing down your system. Clear them out regularly by running a disk cleanup:

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 – Type “Disk Cleanup” in the search bar and press Enter. On the Drives list, select which drive you want to clean, choose the files you want to delete, and then click OK > Delete files.

You can also use third-party system cleaners like CCleaner to erase unnecessary junk files in the Windows OS itself, the Windows Registry, and other programs that collect cache files like web browsers.

Disk cleanup frees up more hard drive space, which prevents the drive to be pushed to its limits constantly, thus improving your system’s performance.

#5. Upgrade your random access memory (RAM)

RAM is the temporary storage memory that your computer uses to run programs. The more programs you use, the more RAM you need. If you don’t have enough RAM, your PC will slow down.

To see if you need more RAM, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Windows Task Manager. Under the Performance tab, click Memory. If your memory usage is constantly over 75%, then you need to add RAM. You can do this by buying an extra memory stick, but you can also replace or buy a completely new RAM if necessary.

Let the professionals handle your IT concerns

Unfortunately, there’s a chance you might lose your files or applications when making changes to your software or hardware. You might also irreparably damage your computer if you don’t add or remove hardware correctly.

To ensure that everything goes smoothly, hire IT professionals like Leverage IT to fix your slow computers. We’ll make sure that your computers are running at their optimal speeds without endangering your files or your hardware. Get expert help today!