Is there anything more frustrating than a computer that’s running slowly? Programs take forever to start, and you could bake a cake in the time it takes to download a video. A slow computer slows you down, too. Luckily, there are several things you can do to speed up your computer.
You might want to start by running your computer’s hard drive defragmenting program. After that, take a look at your files. Is there anything that is outdated or you don’t need to access on a regular basis? For example, consider moving your family photos to an external storage device or to the cloud to free up space. Is there software on your computer that you never use? You might want to delete it, especially if it’s hogging a lot of memory. But before you delete programs, make certain you know exactly what they are for. If you have any questions, look online or contact the staff at your local computer store for help.
If these changes don’t work, you may need to make some changes to your computer’s hardware to see measurable results. First, figure out what your machine’s hard disk capacity is and how much RAM you have. It may be that your machine simply wasn’t built to handle what you’re using it for. If the hard disk is full, you’ll need to get a bigger one. For a computer to run at its best, the hard drive should never be much more than half full at all times. If the RAM is the issue, you may be able to simply add more. Unless you really know what you’re doing, though, this is a job for the pros.
It can take an investment of time and money to get your computer in top running condition and keep it there, but it’s worth it to avoid the frustrations of a pokey machine.