7 handy tips to speed up your PC

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We all get frustrated when our computers are sluggish especially when they aren’t too old so here are 7 things you can do that will make your PC run faster.

All of these tips should work for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, although the interface may look a little different depending on which version of Windows you are running.

Uninstall unused programs

This is perhaps the most obvious way to improve the performance of your PC but certainly one of the most effective.

The problem is that many of us don’t know which programs we can uninstall and which ones we need to keep.

One of the best methods is to use a third-party program such as PC Decrapifier – a non-commercial program that tells you what you need and what you don’t. Once you have established this you can start deleting!

Get more RAM

The more programs you run, the more storage you need and as the latest programs become more and more complex it is hardly surprising that your device needs more RAM.

There is no theoretical upper limit on RAM but for most people 4GB will be adequate although many choose to go for 8GB.

Prevent unnecessary start-ups

msconfig

This will affect how quickly your computer takes to startup as lots of programs may be launched at startup but continue to run in the background using up your computer’s memory.

To establish what is running go to Start > Run > type “msconfig” > hit enter.

The Startup tab should then appear. All the programs ticked are the ones which load up each time you start your computer, some of which you may not use and could be seriously slowing down your PC.

There is a good chance the list will contain a number of programs you might not have realised were running on your computer during startup, or even at all.

Defragment your disk

This is a relatively straightforward way of improving your devices’ performance and increasing efficiency.

Again, it is easy to do, just go to “My Computer”, right-click on the hard drive and select “Properties”. Under the “Tools” select “Defragment Now”.

Run Disk Cleanup

Disk clean up for Windows 8.1

Disc clean up for Windows 8.1

Windows now has a built-in tool called “Disk Cleanup” which is designed to de-clutter your machine. It clears out large temporary files and program installers.

Open Disk Cleanup by clicking “Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup”.

To find out what your IP, subnet mask and default gateway are, go to “Start” and then “Run”, and type in “cmd”. At the command prompt, type “IPCONFIG/All” and it should come up, as shown below.

Hoover out your machine


Basically, what you need to do is open up your machine and get the vacuum cleaner around it to get rid it of any excess dust that will be impeding airflow. Be careful that you don’t use too much power as this may damage any looser connections.

More hard drive storage


If all of the above fail, you can always opt for simply adding more storage. If you are recording off TV or downloading moviees you will probably want more than 1TB.

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