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How to Make Your Computer Faster: a Step-by-Step Guide

Updated on July 23, 2013

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"How can I make my computer faster?"

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"Can I make my computer faster?" is a question a computer technician hears every day. People get so frustrated by their slow computer that they seek professional help or even get a new laptop. However, in most cases it's unnecessary - all they need to do is look after their PC in a proper way. In this article, I'm going to provide easy to follow advice that will help you speed up computer performance without spending a cent.

Remove viruses

Eight out of ten times computers become slow because of virus, malware and spyware infections. PC infections can steal your bandwidth, alter Windows settings, and make your life a nightmare. So, even if you have an antivirus installed, the first thing to do when your computer slows down is to update your antivirus and give your PC a good scan. In addition to that, check your computer with reliable anti-spyware software.

Fix PC Errors

Another thing you should do is scan your computer for junk files and registry errors. Both are a by-product of daily computer activity, so there is very little you can do to prevent PC errors from accumulating. That's why it's good to clean your computer at least once a month. To do that, run Windows Disk Cleanup tool (click on Start and type disk cleanup in the Search bar, then select the Disk Cleanup Tool). Scan your computer with the utility and let it clean up the junk.

However, fixing PC registry errors is not that simple without a third-party utility. Registry errors usually appear because of improper software uninstalls and various crashes. The registry is the main database within Windows. So the more registry errors you have, the less stable your Windows is. To fix that, you need to run a registry cleanup tool at least once a month. There are some good free registry cleaners, like CCleaner. However, you will be better off investing in a paid program that includes a registry defragmenter as well. Defragmenting the registry is an essential part of computer maintenance because it frees up RAM and makes your system more stable.

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Defrag Your Hard Drives

And last but not least, remember to defragment your hard drive once a month. Defragmentation will assemble file fragments together, which will greatly speed up application launch time and make your files open faster. Windows has a built-in disk defrag utility, but it has limited options. That's why I always recommend Auslogics Disk Defrag or Defraggler - both are free. On top of that, Auslogics Disk Defrag has advanced options, such as disk optimization and system files smart placement.

Remember to keep your computer well-maintained and it will keep running fast for a long time.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      Thank you for this... Oh boy, I have some work to do. ;-) great guide.

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      Amber522 5 years ago

      There is nothing more annoying than a slow computer. Thanks for this Hub. I am going to bookmark it to use in the future when my computer starts slowing down. Voted up and thanks for SHARING!

      Great Hub!

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      plinka, thanks for your comment. I'm glad that you found this hub useful. Let me know how things go. If your computer is still slow even after you follow the steps described in this hub, I'll provide additional speedup advice.

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      plinka 6 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Hi Snurre, great hub. I've bookmarked it. My computer is extremely slow. It is a shame, but I'm usually lazy to clean up my computer. I like postoponing such things, but this is a good step-by-step guide so I think next weekend I will give it a try. Anyway, I have not heard about that I should defragment the hard drive once a month. I don't think that I have ever done it. :-)

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      @icciev, Thank you!

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      really thank for this nice hub and tips, voted up

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      @Kadmiels Thank you! I've written a few hubs on computer optimization, but will write more. Stay tuned :)

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      Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

      those are some common issues with computers you could expand this into a whole seris of hubs good job !