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My Computer Is Running Slow Can You Help

Updated on December 16, 2013


"What can I do?"

"I need help."

Is there an easy way?"

The Defragment Utilty
The Defragment Utilty

1.DEFRAGGING :' Do this at least once a week or more if necessary.'

What happens with regular PC usage is files begin to become fragmented, just like the scattered pieces of a jig-saw and defragging organises these parts bringing them back closer together.Here is how you do it ;

a. .Click 'Start' bottom left of your computer screen,a list will open immediately.

b. Click on 'Control Panel' which will be listed in the right hand side of the list

c. Click on 'Performance And Maintenance'

d.When the next list opens select 'Rearrange Items On Your Hard Disk To Make Programs Run Faster.'

e. When the defragging page opens simply click on your windows hard drive, normally a  'C Drive',  to highlight it, then click on 'Defragment' at the bottom.

f. You will see the program begin to work.Just leave it now until it tells you it has finished, where you can view  the report if desired.

2. EMPTY YOUR TEMPORARY FILES: 'Also do this on a regular basis especially if your Internet usage is high'

It works by cleaning up files in your recycle bin, cookies,temporary files in your windows drive and Internet files

a.Double click on 'My Computer'

b. Right click on 'C Drive' and select 'properties'

c. When the little box opens select 'Disk Cleanup'

d. It will present you with a list of files to clean, then all you do is simply click on the files you want to clean.

e. Allow it then to work,sometimes it takes a little time

3.CLEAN-UP UNNECESSARY DESKTOP ICONS'Don't clutter your desktop'

You will find that on your desktop you have unwanted icons to programs already listed in your start menu.

a. Click on Start, bottom left on your screen and if the programs you have listed on your desktop are already in the list that pops up in the list displayed remove them from your desktop, by deleting them.

4.IMPROVING PERFORMANCE:   'Adjusting performance levels to boost speed'

There are many settings you can change on your PC to boost overall speed without affecting performance in any way

a. Once again go to your 'Control Panel', as described in defragging.

b. Once 'Control Panel'opens select 'Performance And Maintenance'

c. On the following screen select 'System' on the bottom right

d. A' System Properties' box will now appear. You cant miss it.

e. Click on 'Advanced' on the top right of the box in the headings displayed.

f. When the next box opens it will present three different 'settings' boxes one under the other. Make sure you click on 'settings' directly under the 'Performance' heading. That is the one we want for now.

g. Now click on 'Adjust For Better Performance' (Your windows may not have such a bright colour after choosing this option, which is noticeable on your menu bars and the task bar, but it is a small price to pay for increasing speed)

Cleaning temporary files as mentioned in step 2
Cleaning temporary files as mentioned in step 2
The Control Panel page selection
The Control Panel page selection

5. TURN OFF INDEXING SERVICE :   'Turning off unwanted running tasks'

a. Click on 'Start' on the bottom left of your screen

b. Click on 'Administrative Tools' which appears on the right side of the pop-up menu.

c. While holding your mouse on 'Administrative Tools' slide it further to the right and another sub-menu will appear of that heading.

d. Choose 'Services'  with your mouse click

e. Scroll down the list that appear until you see 'Indexing Service'

f. Right click on 'Indexing Services' and click on 'propertie's.

g. Look for the service status. It will tell you whether it has started. If it is running click on stop.

Note where I have placed the numbers 1,2 and 3 on the keys.These are the keys needed to access Task Manager. For more details read below
Note where I have placed the numbers 1,2 and 3 on the keys.These are the keys needed to access Task Manager. For more details read below

6.TURN OFF UNWANTED PROGRAMS IN TASK MANAGER : 'Often there are programs running, offering no benefit at all, all adding to a slower performance on your PC'

a. To open 'Task Manager' refer to the illustration above where I have marked the three keys necessary to open this utility. The three keys are on the left side of the keyboard are CTRL, ALT, and on the right side of the keyboard Delete. These three keys need to be held down at the same time for 'Task Manager' to appear.

b. Once 'Task Manager' opens look at the list of whats running under processes.

For more experienced users simply click on the program you want to stop running and at the bottom right-hand of the box select 'End Process'.

*Please note only turn off a task if you are able to identify it, as turning off your more critical programs, in which Windows needs to run, can damage the stability of your computer*

7. Remove Unwanted Programs : 'The more programs you install on your PC the more work it has to do by loading them all up when your PC starts, and adding more processes running in the background constantly thus slowing it down.'

You need to ask yourselves at times, do I really need all these programs I have accumulated on my PC ?

If So.......

a. Remove any unnecessary programs by clicking on 'Start', bottom left of your screen once again.

b. Once again select 'Control Panel'

c. Now select 'Add Or Remove Programs'

d. When that list opens choose the programs you want to remove and windows will then do the necessary work of removing the program for you.

"This All Seems So Hard and time consuming."
"This All Seems So Hard and time consuming."

'Don't be despaired if it takes awhile to polish up your skills.

Practice the steps I have given you as often as you can and you will get there.

The more you practise the easier and faster it becomes.'

Further Help From Your PC :

Don't forget also how valuable the Help section is on your computer. Having troubles with something, well Help And Support can certainly help you out.

Access Help And Support by clicking on 'Start', once again on the bottom left of your screen. When the menu appears click on 'Help And Support', which appear on the right side of the list on your screen.

In the 'empty search box' that appears on the top left of the Help Page, type in either a 'keyword' which describes your problem or 'query' in the form of a few words describing your problem..

Instead if you like choose a heading of already listed on the page, appears in many categories on the 'Help And Support Page.'

'Lastly don't allow yourself to get too frustrated and give up if you cant get something to work for you.'

I never had one single PC lesson in my life but now I build computers from scratch, get called to fix some one's PC broken down, plus I have a huge knowledge of all aspects of computing, wow, pretty good for a chick you must admit.!!!!

'How did I get this far.?'

About 4 years ago, being completely illiterate on the computer,there was so many things I didn't understand, it totally frustrated me.

This spurred me in determination to read everything I could on every subject I could on computers. I would spend hours in the 'Help Centre' reading everything on everything.I would browse the web for hours if I had to until I found the answers I sought. I wanted to better than everyone to prove I could do it.

Remember you are your own best teacher. Good luck in following this guide.

© Deb Murray 2009

© 2009 blondepoet

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      rcmz 7 years ago

      Many people encounter the following computer problems: take a long time to start up, load websites or run programs. Recently I find the functional software which can fix all these problems just with one click: tuneup360, maybe you guys could have a try.

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      THanks heaps mythbuster oh you just reminded me, I need to defrag badly too. Have a terrific day and thanks heaps for stopping by my humble hub.

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Loved the last cartoon there about the geometry assignment lol Thanks for sharing great PC tips. I need to start at step 1 - Defragggggggggggg Day today.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Thanks so much 777inks I am so glad my advice helped you out.

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      777inks 8 years ago from West London

      Thanks, that was good advice. I have now sorted out my computer.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hey there Cal yes PC's can be so frustrating lol. Really glad to see you dear buddy. xx

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      Callum 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi honey have had to that before with my computer lol :) what a dilemma it was lol but its fine now xxxx

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hiya blake bring it on cowboy hit those buttons. Woo hoo!!!!

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      Blake Ford Hall 8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      I think you got it right...I guess we will have to reboot your whole system. But I don't think this is the time or the place. Control alt delete...

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      LMAO Blake does that mean I have it right or wrong? Oh you sure know how to confuse a blonde these early hours of the morn lol.

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      Blake Ford Hall 8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      I would lay down my life, and body for a woman who knows what defragging her hard drive means. But she could be a keeper if she ever said indexing service aloud to me, especially if she just finished uninstalling her unwanted downloads...all she'd have left to do is let me put some cookies in her temporary folder, and I would restart her operating system day and night. LOL

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      Brandon E Newman 8 years ago from North Texas

      For editing your photos, try the Gimp. -No advertising here, the Gimp is totally free, and an awesome app. It will do anything that you can imagine to an image.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Thanks so much ninja glad you liked my hub :)

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      ninjacraze 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Very helpful information thanks blondepoet

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Thanks a million Abteodoro :)

      Hi there Cleanclover thanks heaps yes they are some great points it is pretty basic skills and that is all it takes

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      Cleanclover 8 years ago from Piece of land!

      Whenever my laptop becomes slow i usually clean the drive with ccleaner and fix registry with registry editor. It works everytime. I have learnt some new things here like turning off indexing. Thank you very much for that

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      ABTEODORO 8 years ago

      Great advice. nice work!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Aww thanks Mark that means a lot. :) :)

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      Mark Rafferty 8 years ago

      I'm so glad to have read such informative content on this page. Brings a smile to my face to see people getting what they need in order to understand a slow computer.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Lol someoneyouknow that is why they are here so they will know. You have to start somewhere. (hugs)

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      someoneyouknow 8 years ago

      It's just because you don't know how to use it moroner.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Lol thanks soooooooooooooo much QS just as I suspected, so many people have said their programs never worked the same with it. Thanks heaps for the tip.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease do not touch vista, if you do, you will surely play the lead role in that cartoon above! :)

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Hi there QS that certainly is my advice I have come fractions from bringing that cartoon to life I can tell you LMAO. How do you find Vista do you think it is better than XP am wondering whether I should give it a whirl. xo

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      The cartoon at the end ... is that also part of your advise? Does it work?

      LOL! I use Vista so you know what I mean!

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Good Hub. Running an adware removal program once a week also helps to remove the tracking cookies.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      That's a great one mtsi1098 I must add that one when I edit, thanks. :) :)

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      mtsi1098 8 years ago

      if you have not covered it already...getting rid of unnecessary start up items will help the boot process

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      blondepoet 9 years ago from australia

      Thanks heaps PB, yes I realised that one after I published it, I have intended to add it, just kept forgetting. :)

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      Om Prakash Singh 9 years ago from India, Calcutta

      Yo man, good advice. There could be innumerable such advice but for a non-tech guy this is good. I think you missed (or maybe you purposefully did not put it here) the deletion of Internet temporary files, even that make the speed go slow. Overall this Hub is good for a beginner

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      blondepoet 9 years ago from australia

      Hi raymondphillipe yes that is a great point. I agree 100%. Thanks heaps for stopping by

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      Raymond Philippe 9 years ago from The Netherlands

      It's a great help too if you have your anti-virus and anti-malware software as these helps clean up your pc from unwanted and malicious data. Malwares and viruses are the main culprit of destroying your programs as well as your windows.

      Great hub you got here!

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      blondepoet 9 years ago from australia

      Hiya ftclick thanks so much for the great comment.It is amazing to open your task manger and see what doesn't need to be running or what should not even be there.I have caught some good bugs in there too.

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      ftclick 9 years ago

      Good Hub...

      especially points 5 & 6. You don't see those particular tips very much.

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      blondepoet 9 years ago from australia

      Hi C.C Riter you are looking wonderful tonight.Yes P.C's are something there is always something new each day to learn about.I always value you stopping bye,thankyou :)

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      C. C. Riter 9 years ago

      Wel, well. So you are a fan of pcpitstop too. How about pcworld? I also went throguh many tutorials and forums and help centers for advice and to learn how to maintain my expensive new toy. I'm glad I did too. I still do for it is always changing. One of these days I need to replace it with a new one, or buy a new OS. Good sound advice here. thanks

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      blondepoet 9 years ago from australia

      Hi jGaunt I know its incredible what runs.As soon as my computer turns on before I even do anything I always open Task Manager and turn off about five programs.It's amazing that a lot of them are running even though you aren't using them,and it can really slow you down.

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      jGaunt 9 years ago from London

      Wow turning of a few programs in the task manager really seemed to help. Amazing how many programs where running in the background.

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      blondepoet 9 years ago from australia

      Gee thanks again Constant.Yes, great tip deleting temporary files,I totally forgot to add that one and yes its pretty important.It's amazing how many you get,they pile up in your temporary folder like ants.Good one.!

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Great advice. I also delete the temporary files daily. Tools> Internet Options> click Delete in Browsing history> Delete All at bottom of new window and Yes.

      Few people think, or know, to do this, and every website we visit piles cookies onto out computer.


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