There is one thing every computer user dread: slow computer. It will make you work inefficiently. This article outlines some general computer maintenance items you should do on a regular basis to speed up your computer.
Make sure Your Hardware is Sufficient
Above and beyond everything you can do with software to optimize the function of your computer, making sure you have the proper hardware to support Windows is critical.
Stop all unused applications.
In the right side of the Task Bar appears a group of small icons, collectively named as the “system tray”. Each of these icons represent a program that has been in the right side of the Taskbar appears a group of system tray, which presents a program that has been at least partially started or is running “in the background”. Regardless of state, each causes a reduction of available memory and processing power, or resources. Closing, exiting or canceling any unused icon returns those resources to the system, and becomes available for use by the application(s) started specifically by the user. Go to your task manager and click on the Process tab. End all process that you can.
Turn off unneeded Desktop Features that try to make things look better.
The fancy rounded window corners, the way the menus fade in and out, and the 3-D button styles on modern Desktops all require some computing power and can overwhelm older machines.
Scan for Viruses, Spyware and Adware
Spyware and viruses are leading causes of computer slowdown because you may have several spyware cookies or trojans that are taking up your processor time for reading and storing and reporting your activity to several spy databases.
Periodically scanning and removal of Viruses, Spyware and Adware is a great way to improve computer performance and avoid data loss (Also see how to recover lost data).
Spyware, viruses may also cause computer crash. If you are suffering such a pain, you can click here to see how to fix computer crash.
Run “Error Checking” on all hard drives.
Right-click a drive icon in “My Computer” and select “Properties” followed by “Tools”. Choose “Error Checking” to let the utility scan the drive for damaged files that can contribute to slow drive access speeds. This process may take several minutes or more to complete.
The more information and programs you have on your computer, the more it is likely that Windows has placed parts of the same file in different locations on your hard drive. It may do this for hundreds of files and programs, depending on how much space is available. Defragmenting the hard drive places all information for each file in one place. The result can be a faster computer experience.