Best 10 Tips to Make Your Computer Run Faster

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Best 10 Tips to Make Your Computer Run Faster

We all know how frustrating it is when our computers run slowly. In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, if we have to wait more than a few moments for something to load on our computer, we get frustrated and feel like we’re wasting our time.

Not surprisingly, Business Wire reports that 66% of Americans say one of their biggest frustrations is waiting for a system they know should be faster.

More importantly for businesses, a study conducted in the UK showed that a slow computer can cost an organization 5.5 days of lost productivity each year.

Fortunately, if you find that your computer is running slower than it should, there are ways to make your computer run faster.

Whether you have a Mac or a PC, here are 10 tips to try before you hit your computer with a hammer:

Prevent programs from running automatically when you start your computer.

This is one of the main reasons why computers run slowly. Many computers automatically run programs in the background, which can take up computer memory and slow down your computer.

While some programs (such as antivirus and firewall software) should be allowed to run automatically, you can close others (such as iTunes or Microsoft Office) until you really need them.

Remove/uninstall programs that you do not use.

Many new computers come with preinstalled programs that take up space and automatically run background processes.

Go into your control panel and uninstall the programs you don’t need, being alert  to keep the ones you do.

Clean up hard disk space.

Check how much free space you have on your computer. If you have less than 15% free space, your computer may slow down.

Delete old programs and files you don’t need or compress some files (especially large ones).

Note that if your computer is running slowly and your storage space is not full, there may be a problem with your operating system.

Save old photos or videos to the cloud or to an external drive.

This frees up a lot of memory space, which also speeds up your computer. Saving them in the cloud or on an external drive is also a great way to back up old family photos you don’t want to lose.

Run Disk Cleanup or Repair.

Your computer generates a large number of temporary files every time you start and/or use an application.

These temporary files, such as Internet history, cookies, and cache, can take up a lot of hard drive space, further slowing down your system.

Disk Cleanup/Repair can clean up hundreds of megabytes by deleting temporary files, unnecessary system files or even just emptying the Recycle Bin.

Change the desktop computer’s power plan to High Performance.

Computers have different power plans (usually Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance) that control how the computer uses power.

Some settings optimize battery life by reducing performance, but High Performance increases your computer’s speed and performance.

Note that this only works on desktops, as high performance settings on laptops can drain the battery.

Make sure you have an antivirus, spyware scanner, and antimalware installed.

Your computer will run faster if you don’t spend time trying to manage bugs and viruses. It’s also an extra layer of protection to keep your computer safe!

Run Disk Defragmentation to optimize the efficiency of your hard drive.

When data becomes fragmented, your computer must search for file fragments that may be scattered throughout your hard drive.

Defragmentation organizes your data and frees up space so your computer can access data more quickly.

Add more RAM to your computer.

RAM is the temporary storage memory your PC uses to run programs. The more programs you use, the more RAM you need; if you don’t have enough, your computer will slow down.

You can easily add more RAM by purchasing additional memory sticks, but you can also replace or buy brand new RAM if necessary.

Update your computer software.

Software upgrades fix bugs and glitches that slow down your computer.

To check that your current software is up to date on Windows, click the Start button > All Programs > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

On a Mac, go to Applications under the Apple icon menu and click About This Mac.

You shouldn’t go out and buy a new computer, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it run faster.

Once you start noticing that your computer is slowing down, try these tips before you get frustrated and lose patience.

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