All PCs can start to slow down eventually as applications are installed and the disk drive gradually fills up with more and more complex information. This article shows how to make your PC run faster without resorting to upgrades.
The goal of these maintenance techniques is to try and reduce the amount of strain that has been put on the existing hardware resources of your computer:
- Start by closing down as many unwanted or unnecessary programs as possible. Open the Task Manager and Services utility to identify which programs are running in the background and using up RAM and CPU power. Try to reduce the number of non-critical applications that are running in the background.
- Update your software applications regularly. You can check for updates to third-party software directly from the applications menus and run Windows update to get OS patches/fixes (which often include software code intended to improve performance). Extra gains can be made by using a registry cleaner and/or DLL repair software to rectify any faults with the existing applications.
- Free up some extra space on the hard drive for virtual memory. Microsoft recommends leaving 10% free for the page file to expand freely. This is easily done using the Disk Cleanup program to automate the process and also by removing unused applications.
- Use the Disk Defragmenter tool (accessories, system tools) to improve disk access times. It speeds up your PC by reordering file fragments on the disk to reduce the number of disk access calls needed when reading each individual file.
- Run an anti-virus application that has been kept up to date. Malware, adware and other types of viruses can corrupt system files leading to exceptions and performance problems so it is essential to keep scanning for these issues.
Once you know how to make your PC run faster, it is essential to do these tasks every month or two in order to keep the performance improvements that you have gained.