There is not much that is more frustrating than trying to conduct work on a slow computer. For many people, sitting there watching their mouse spin on the screen is enough for them to kick their computer to the curb. If you are at your wit’s end, trying to get your job done on a computer that is slower than caramel in January, then try these four quick fixes to get your computer back to running at an optimal speed.
- Put the Kibosh on Unneeded Programs
Many computers are purchased pre-installed with all kinds of programs that you will not use. Some of these programs, along with a few that you may download yourself, automatically run when you start up your computer. Taking the time to uninstall any of these unneeded programs will help speed up your computer when it restarts.
To uninstall these programs on a windows computer, find your control panel by searching for it in your search menu. Then click on “Programs and Features” to find and uninstall any programs that you do not need. Be careful not to uninstall any necessary programs that your computer needs to operate. A PC Decrapifier is a great tool that you can use to distinguish between programs that are junk to you and programs that your computer needs to function.=
- Delete Unnecessary Documents
Similar to how unneeded programs will slow down your computer at startup, unnecessary documents that you keep saved to your computer will bog down your computer’s search abilities. Deleting any unnecessary documents will assist your computer in finding items faster when you search for them in your search menu and File Explorer. Be sure to check all your folders for these old files, including Documents, Downloads, Desktop, Pictures, Videos, Music, and any other folders listed under “This PC” in your File Explorer.
- Adjust Your Visuals Effects
Some visual components to your computer are unnecessary and tend to slow your computer down. You can reduce these effects by doing the following:
In your File Explorer, right-click on “This PC” to open your properties. Then go to “Advanced System Settings” and click on the Settings button under Performance. In the Performance Options window that appears, set the visual effects to “Adjust for best performance” and then click “Ok” to close out of the windows.
You may immediately notice some small changes to the look of your File Explorer such as the look of the text and the elimination of shadows that were previously there. You may also notice a change in the look of your program windows as you move them around on your screen. By eliminating these unnecessary features, you will help your computer work smarter, not harder.
- Give Your PC a Spring Cleaning
It may sound funny, but your computer needs a good deep cleaning every so often, just like your home does. Dust collects inside of the machine, clogging it up and causing it to overheat. Using a Keyboard aerosol spray can you can blow out the buildup of dust inside of your laptop through the vents on the side. For a desktop computer, you can open the tower and suck out the filth with a small vacuum. In both cases, make sure that you take the machines outside to avoid any plumes of dust in your office space and be sure to verify that your computer is completely off and unplugged before you start.
Billington, J. (2013, December 18). 10 ways to fix a slow computer. Retrieved from Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/10-ways-to-fix-a-slow-computer