Why Your Computer Is So Slow?
Frustrated by a slow computer?Before you throw it out the window, there might be something you can do to revive that once trusted hunk of electronics.
Computers are enigmatic things, and sometimes a few tweaks here and there can make all the difference. Check out the suggestions below that have been known to help many a frustrated user in the past.
Defrag that Hard Drive
When you store something on your hard drive, your operating system will fragment the data if there is not enough space. Retrieving said data will then require that it be put back together again, thus slowing down hard drive retrieval times.
Defragging will put all those pieces back together again, ensuring when you retrieve a file, it doesn’t need to be reconstructed. As fragmentation will inevitably build up again, it’s good practise to defragment regularly.
Remove Unused, Space-hogging Programs
Unused programs not only take up space but may also be running in the background without you knowing. To identify any obsolete programs, go to you control panel under Programs and locate those you are certain to never use. You can also see your background processes by pressing ctrl + alt + delete, but make sure to research certain processes before removing them.
Streamline Your Startup Processes
If your computer is taking a long time to boot up, cut back on unnecessary startup processes. Some programs will automatically add certain functional processes to your boot up sequence, such as iTunes with their “helper program” which is designed to detect plugged-in devices automatically.
To view these startup processes, type “msconfig” into the start menu and disable processes you find unnecessary.
Make Your IP Static
Another way to improve your start up times is to create a static IP address for your computer. Your computer is assigned a new IP address upon startup from your network, but this process is not instant and can lag your computer.
Go into your “network and sharing centre” and locate your router. Under properties, you should be able to set a fixed IP address in the IP Version 4 option.
Give Your Computer a Spring Clean
Overheating is a problem with many computers, but a noisy fan is not the only concern you should have. When a component becomes overly hot, its performance suffers and, as a result, slows down loading times for even the simplest tasks.
Cleaning out any dust built up over the years can make a huge difference to airflow throughout your computer. A can of compressed air is the ideal option for safely cleaning dust out from every nook and cranny.
Remove Temporary Files
Lastly, a quick clean of your hard drive using a program such as CCleaner can get rid of those temporary files that can build up and clog your hard drive. Regular fibre broadband users will benefit from this solution, as browsers will often store images, cookies and other data on your hard drive for every site you visit.