I know that feeling. Sitting in front of your old computer, which is trying to boot up desperately. It eventually does but then you realize: The booting up process was way easier a few years ago. So you ask yourself:
Why? What have I done wrong and how can I make my computer speed up again?
Well, actually, it is a really simple procedure.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you exactly how to make a computer run faster again. Before diving into the details I want to emphasize that there are 2 main reasons why a PC is going to slow down over the years. These are:
- Hardware Degradation and Failure
- Software Related Issues
Hardware Degradation and Failure
Hardware degradation and failure is an inevitable fact as computers get older. Eventually, all hardware dies at some point. However, there are certain things everyone can learn to do, which will slow down the degradation of Pc Hardware. Here are some guidelines which can prove useful:
1. Clean your Pc at least once every six months
This is one of the most important steps. In order for a computer to operate effectively, it needs decent airflow in between its components. If good airflow is not there the components will overheat and fail because heat is the number one factor which causes hardware failure (ok except water, never sprinkle water upon your PC it is way worse than heat). Heat is caused by the accumulation of dust inside your rig which leads to bad airflow. By cleaning the inside of your case you ensure that your workstation is operating optimally.
To clean up the inside you just need compressed air and non-alcoholic PC wipes to clean off the remaining dust on your components. Start by using compressed air inside of your case and then clean the remaining dust with the wipes. Never use a vacuum cleaner as electrostatic pressure can build up and cause unexpected hardware failure. Always be cautious and gentle when operating inside of your case and ground yourself first.
2. Replace corrupt or failed hardware
There is a probability that the dust mentioned before has caused hardware failure. Many times the PC fans are not working due to all the dust they have accumulated and many times even cleaning it off doesn’t help. In this case, they need to be replaced to ensure that the PC runs cooler again.
Many times even other parts like the graphics card or the RAM need to be replaced too. Just check that everything inside your case is working as it should. If not, just replace the hardware that’s causing the problem.
3. Put your computer on a surface that ensures good airflow
Often times, people put their PC on the ground due to the fact that it suits them or simply because they like it better this way. When you put your PC on the ground, however, you accidentally turn it into a dust accumulator which, in turn, increases heat and hardware degradation.
Always make sure that you have your computer positioned on an elevated surface like a desk, for example. If you don’t have space on your desk or you don’t have a desk at all, putting some books under your case so it doesn’t touch the floor can decrease the accumulation of dust and improve airflow, which is critical for your hardware’s life expectancy.
4. Get an SSD
Probably your windows are loaded on a Hard drive.
By switching your windows onto an SSD you make your Pc at least 5x quicker because SSD’s have insanely faster writing and reading speeds than traditional hard drives. I will be making a follow-up post to explain all the differences between traditional Hard Drives and Solid State Drives.
Software Related Issues
Having explained how hardware can cause problems with the speed of a computer, I am now going to tackle possibly the main problem for the most PC users out there. Software issues.
But, first things first: What do we mean by the term software?
Well, actually, every program that is installed on a computer, like Windows, programs, images, videos etc. Many times software gets corrupt or contains a virus or simply piles up massively and causes the PC to slow down.
Just like our house or the car needs to be cleaned from time to time, our PC needs a proper cleaning too. So, how do we do that? Here are a few steps on how to achieve that:
Scan your PC for potential viruses using Anti-virus software
In order to make sure that your computer runs properly we need to get rid of potential viruses within our system. There are a number of Anti-virus programs on the web to choose from, both free and paid editions. Personally, I use Avast Premier and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
to scan for potential viruses and threats in my system. Don’t worry you do not need to pay for them as the free versions are doing an excellent job, too. Be careful not to use multiple Antivirus software simultaneously as it may cause conflictions. You want to be using one or two maximum to ensure maximum safety.
2. Remove unnecessary junk files
There is a great chance that unnecessary junk files are causing your system to slow down dramatically. You need to get rid of them as quickly as possible. This can be done easily by going into My Computer<Right click on hard drive C:<Properties<clean up disc. This will show up all the junk files accumulated in your system. You don’t need to worry as to deleting anything important because it will just delete files that you don’t need.
Another great way of cleaning up files is by using CCleaner, a great, free tool which will clean up junk files for you, clean up your registry and even let you delete unwanted programs, which leads to my next step.
3. Delete unwanted programs
There is one rule. Just install and use programs you really need. Sometimes all these different programs pile up and slow down your system. By deleting them you are doing your computer a great favor. To do that (Windows 10) just right click on your windows 10 home logo in the down left corner and then right click on the program you want to uninstall and click: Uninstall.
Alternatively, you can use CCleaner to do that by clicking CCleaner<Tools<Uninstall and simply choose the program you want. This is the way I personally deleted unwanted programs.
Here is another important tip: when installing programs on your PC always be cautious because many unwanted programs are included within the installation of your primary program. Never use recommended settings when installing a new program but custom settings because by installing one program you may end up with a bunch of different programs which will only make your computer slower. You don’t want that.
4. Turn off startup programs to make your PC boot faster
There is a high possibility that your PC boots with way too many programs which slow down the boot-up process drastically. However, there is a fix for that, too. By ensuring that your system boots with as little programs as possible you make the whole boot-up process a lot easier.
To do that hold down CTRL+ALT keys together and then press the DELETE key. This will pop up a window with certain tabs. Just click on the tab: Startup and disable all programs except your Anti Virus which you want to be enabled when your system boots.
In order to investigate a little further you can click on the Search< type in msconfig, go to services<check hide all Microsoft services(important) and then uncheck any program you want. After that, you just need to reboot.
5. Clean install your operating system
When all these steps haven’t gotten you far then it’s inevitably time for a clean installation of Windows. This process wipes out everything installed on your system and leaves you with a light and an empty operating system where you start all over from scratch. Take into consideration that this may be the most time-consuming way to deal with a slow computer, however, it is the most efficient and practical as you eliminate any possible obstacles by removing everything.
Keep in mind that if a clean install doesn’t work then your problem is 100% hardware-related.
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