Aug 092013
 

Everyone wants a faster PC or laptop. It is really frustrating if your computer runs slowly. There are many options for speeding it up. Below, we show you some of the best tips for speeding up your PC.

1. Speed Up Your Startup

It may take you one or two minutes to boot up your computer, but it can seem like forever. It’s time to speed up your boot time. Try to turn off startup programs, MSConfig. To find it, go to “Search” or “Run” under “Start” and type “msconfig.” Under the “Startup” tab, uncheck the boxes of the programs you don’t need to run every time your computer is turned on, for instance, iTunes or your printer. If you don’t recognize a program, leave it be. Restart your computer and watch it fly.

2. Clean up Unnecessary Files on Your Computer

Clean up useless files on your PC: temporary files and log files created by Windows and programs; files you have deleted without emptying the Recycle Bin; temporary files, cookies, download history, form history generated when browsing the Internet.

3. Slim Down

This involves more than just uninstalling programs you don’t use anymore. If you’re not totally committed to the usual suspects, like Windows Media Player and Microsoft Office, switch to something that requires less computing power. Free applications can easily replace go-to programs, while speeding up your PC and giving you additional features at the same time.

4. Automate Your Updates

Updates are annoying. It’s easy to click “remind me later” and avoid the notifications, until you’re so frustrated with your computer that you finally set aside an entire afternoon to update everything.

Let’s solve this. Go to My Computer > Properties > Automatic Updates. Make sure this is set to Download and Install Automatically. To completely cover your bases, find out if any programs need to be updated manually by downloading Update Checker from FileHippo.com. The fast and free program scans your computer and reports back with any available updates in seconds.

5. Make Some Upgrades

If you’re into gaming, a $150 investment in a graphics card might be worth your while. Forewarning: You’ll have to toy with your motherboard to make this upgrade happen, but there are a lot of online tutorials you can follow.

Finally, the most effective way to speed up your PC – which also requires tinkering – is to add more RAM (random access memory). You can find 4GB of memory for under $50 online. If you have less than 2GB (go to My Computer > Properties to find out), an upgrade should be in your future.

 

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