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10 Simple Ways To Speed Up Your Computer Yourself

Updated on June 15, 2015

Does your computer run so slow that you have considered buying a new PC or laptop and dumping your old set? Is opening a program sometimes so difficult that you have to restart your computer again and pray that it opens faster this time? Or is booting so time-consuming that you tend to doze off until the screen comes alive with its saver? Wait, don't lose heart and dump your computer yet! There are some simple computer fixes that can rid all problems and make it work just as new. There are in fact ten of them! The best thing about them is that you can do all of them yourself without ever having to call an expert. These are simple, so simple in fact that you will start wondering why you had never thought about them in the first place!

First Fix-It Yourself

The first thing you need to do to make your computer run faster is to get rid of unused programs. Most PCs come preloaded with programs that you are not even aware that they exist! They simply run in the background, though you do not use them at all.

To uninstall them, just log on to the Control Panel and then go to the Features and Programs menu. Browsing through the page will show up programs that are unnecessary. Simply go ahead and uninstall them. Take care though not to uninstall hardware-associated programs with links to their publishers, since these programs are vital to run your computer.

The Second Step-Get Rid of Temporary Files

Temporary files take up a lot of space and unnecessarily slow down your computer. Every time you open a site, these temporary files accumulate in your computer. Clearing up cookies and internet history also helps. It is absolutely simple to get rid of them. Open up the My Computer icon and then go to the C drive. The Windows folder in the drive will have a Temp folder. Right click the mouse on this folder and choose the option of Delete. Empty the Recycle Bin to rid the computer of these files permanently.

The Third Fix-It-Add a New RAM

RAM or random access memory stores temporary memory. It gets really busy when various tasks are run by programs. Logic says that more programs requires more memory in RAM. If there is insufficient space, obviously the computer is going to slow down. The solution is simple! Just open the computer cover and see if there are spare slots for fitting in a new RAM stick. If a slot is available, then just add another stick. If all are taken, then just buy a new stick with more storage capacity and replace the old one-as simple as that! That should solve the problem.

The Fourth Element-Clean Your Disk

Run Disk Cleanup periodically. Log on to the Start button, then go to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and press Disk Cleanup. This searches the computer for large and unnecessary files, and deletes them from the system, declutters disk space, and makes the computer run faster.

The Fifth Fix-It-Reduce IP Address Search Time

A lot of time is spent by the computer to search for its IP address from the network upon booting. Giving your computer a static IP address solves this problem. Go to Network and Sharing Center, then to Change Adapter Settings. Right click the mouse on the local adapter and then go to Properties. Internet Protocol Version 4 should be visible, then click the Properties button. Enter the correct subnet mask, IP address, and Default gateway corresponding to the network. To get these details, press Start menu, then Run, and then in the run box type in 'cmd'. Use command prompt IPCONFIG/ALL to get details that can then be entered in the Properties button above. Validation of settings before exiting is necessary so that publisher software can detect any problem associated with the address.

The Sixth Step-Defragmentation

Defragmenting your disk should also help. Click My Computer, select a drive, and right click the mouse on that. Go to Properties and then the Tools tab. The Defragment Now menu will be visible, just click on it, and the process will be initiated. Defragmentation reconfigures the way hard disk drives keep information, and creates added space in the drives.

Solid State Drives-The Seventh Solution

Installing solid state drives may help in speeding up your computer. Hard disk drives are primarily responsible for slow booting, and speedier starts with solid states always helps, though computers with these drives are quite expensive compared to hard disk options.

Increase Hard Disk Storage-The Eighth Fix-It

Increasing your hard disk drive storage capacity will help. When the disks become around 85% full, the computer slows down considerably. This is especially true if you record movies or do videos. In such cases, it is advisable to get drives as high as 1 TB, or alternatively fitting an additional external drive.

Do Away With Unnecessary Startups-The Ninth Solution

Try to do away with start ups that are not required. There are many programs that start as soon as you switch on your computer. They continue to run in the background and continue to deplete memory. To get rid of them, go to Start, click Run, and in the box type 'msconfig.' After that, simply press Enter. The Startup tab should now become visible, and show all programs that start automatically as soon as the computer is switched on. Simply deselecting the programs that you do not want as startups should solve the problem. Deleting the fonts that are not necessary upon publisher software loading should also help. Go to Start and look for the folder containing fonts. Hiding unnecessary fonts that are not required by you will also speed up your computer.

Clean Your Computer To Make It Run Faster-The Last Fix-it

Lastly, vacuum clean your computer periodically. Dust tends to obstruct airflow, which is absolutely essential to keep the computer well ventilated and keep its temperature down. An overheated computer will slow down its performance, and at times will simply not open certain programs like Skype.

How To Make Your Computer Run a Lot Smoother and Faster

Try these simple ways that you can do yourself. They are sure to speed up your computer a great deal! Of course, softwares are also freely available to do the same job, but remember adding software takes up disk space, Thought it benefits on one hand, it is fraught with the disadvantage of occupying disk space that it has helped clean up in the first place!

If you can clean disk space yourself without using a software, why bother on buying one? Just do the steps above, and you will have your computer sprint like a cheetah through the wilderness of the virtual world like it once did when it was new and without the baggage of clutter within its confines!

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    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      MacKeeper has a cheaper package at $59 annually where they don't provide 24x7 online services or calls. That is ok since once you have the MacKeeper installed you won't need to talk with them or seek their advice anyway. Please check the Apple Apps store for various options.

      FYI Bronwen (Blossom).

      Best,

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Mary. I'm sure you are going to experience much speedier computing experience after you change your RAM.

      Happy HP hubbing meanwhile!

      Best,

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for coming back and giving me that link to getting more RAM on my laptop. I'll check it out.

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for the advice. I'll follow that up.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Mana for reading this. I was plagued by slow PCs for a long time and decided to get a Mac which I use these days. My frustration with the earlier PCs led me to this discovery path, though it is redundant after the Mac. I thought of sharing these invaluable tips with people still using PCs using hard disks.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Bronwen (Blossom) for reading this.

      I have a Mac too, but that is not supposed to be slow since it has a solid state drive unlike other laptops that use hard disks. If your has got slow, check for viruses. Have you got the MacKeeper installed? That should offer protection. They have a package at $89 which offers help and other supports in addition to protecting your system.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Flourish for reading this. I am sure you can speed up your computer by deleting cookies and unnecessary programs that run in the background. These come preloaded from the factory, and run without your knowledge even though you don't require them in the first place.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      Crucial.co.uk will tell Mary how many slots she has. It will also give her the right memory to buy. She simply need to google them, add her computer details, then follow the prompts.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      A great Hub and some true selfless service. I do most of them from time to time. Lots of love, Bro

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Useful advice - is it the same for Macs?

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      What welcome advice to speed up a new-ish computer that acts older than it is.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Dana for reading this. I appreciate that you have considered the hub useful and have bookmarked it.

      Thanks again,

    • Dana Tate profile image

      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Very useful tips you have added here. We have all come to rely heavily on our computers. I will definitely have to book mark this hub for future use. Thank you for sharing. I'm marking this hub as 'useful'.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Mary for reading this.

      I can give you a detailed step-by-step process to change the RAM card of your laptop, but a better option is to aid the instructions with corresponding visuals. Please log in at http://www.wikihow.com/Upgrade-Your-Laptop's-RAM-M... This gives you an easy way of doing that.

      Trust this helps.

      Thanks again,

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      My laptop is getting slower and slower! It's about five years old. I don't know how I could add more RAM, but that is probably what I need. I delete cookies and browsing history every time I start up in the AM, though.

      Can I add RAM to my laptop??

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