A list of three tips and tricks to help boost your PC’s performance for free.
Tired of waiting five minutes after you turn on your computer? Thinking about throwing your monitor out the window every time you just wanna check something on-line? Don’t waste your time with those dumb commercials claiming they can fix your PC’s speed problem. Some of the programs advertised can actually cause your PC to be at a higher risk of viruses and spy-ware. Take a look at these simple yet effective tips to boost your PC’s performance.
NOTE: You may want to create a system backup before attempting these steps in case anything happens to go wrong during the process. (A system backup will restore everything back to the way it was before you started making changes to the system)
1: Un-installing Unused Programs
After a while the amount of programs you’ve installed builds up, am I right? One of the most simple steps to speeding up your computer is to delete or un-install some the programs you stopped using months ago. An easy way to do this is to click the “Start” button and open up the “Control Panel”, after that select “Add or Remove Programs” from the list. This will open up a list of all your installed programs. It even tells you how often you use a particular program and when the last time it was used was! Could it get any easier than this? The less programs you have installed, the faster your system will boot up.
2: Stop System Start-up Programs
If you have to wait for what seems like forever when you turn on your computer because of all the endless amounts of programs that have to start-up once you login, there’s a way to stop that! First of all your going to need to click your “Start” button and click on “Run”. After you do this a little box should pop-up. Type “msconfig” in the text box, without the quotes and then hit enter. The “Systems Configuration Utility” should pop up. Click the “Startup” tab along the top and scan the list for any programs you don’t want to start right when you login. This will help load times by a bunch.
3: De-frag Your Hard Drive
If you have the time, this will help a ton with program load times and overall speed and performance. First off head over to your “My Computer” folder and right-click the Hard Drive you want to de-frag (Generally the main hard drive is the “C:” drive) and select “Properties”, click on the “Tools” tab and select “Defragment Now”. Once the window pops up click on “Analyze” to check how much the drive is fragmented. Once the analyze process is done click “Defragment”. Be patient, this process will seem endless but it will eventually end, i guarantee it.
Hopefully this guide of simple tricks helped max your PC speed and load times.