Every so often, your computer can seem like it is from the stone age.
Simple tasks like startup or opening new programs taking forever? Here are 7 quick ways to make your computer run a little faster…
1. Startup as slow as a snail? Download a program like Autoruns to disable certain programs during startup. Don’t want to download another program? Use Windows’ built in tool, MSConfig. Click the Start Menu, go to Search or Run, type “msconfig” Choose the “Startup” tab, and uncheck the boxes of the programs you don’t want to run on startup. Don’t recognize the program? Leave it.
2. Delete applications you no longer need or use. Click the “Start”. Open “Control Panel.” Under Programs click “Uninstall a program.” Choose the program you would like to delete and click “Uninstall.”
3. Run less programs at once. I am guilty of having literally every program on my computer running. Photoshop bogs it down enough by itself, let alone all of them running together. So, close programs that you aren’t working in. Your computer will thank you.
4. Clean up your hard drive. This will remove any unneeded system files, empty the Recycle Bin and also deletes temporary files. Click the “Start” menu. Search for “Disk Cleanup”, and then choose “Disk Cleanup.” Run the utility, click “OK” and then click “Delete Files.” Then, revel in how much disk space you have freed up.
5. Check for updates. Software updates can keep your computer safe and running healthy. Do you have your computer set to get automatic updates from Microsoft? To enable them check out this easy to follow wizard.
6. You should always be running Antivirus software to ensure you computer is kept safe. A few that we like are Malwarebytes — This is free software. It does not do live scanning, so it should be ran once a week. More is better. Glary Utilities — This is a great tool that has a lot of quick built in options. It will do all of the things above.
7. Last, but certainly not least, Defrag. Defragging scans all the files on your computer and then reorganizes them. Saving space on your hard drive.
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