I get asked a lot to speed up people’s computers. So this is a subject I know quite a bit about. Below I will provide most of the step you can take to speed up your own PC and keep it running nice and fast.
Before I start you should understand why your computer slows down in the first place. There are three main reasons why computers slowly grind to a halt. (This applies equally to PCs and Macs.) They are the build-up of Temporary files, too many programs running and disk fragmentation. This is a normal and to be expected with any computer and will occur over time. If your computer slows down suddenly then you may have a Virus or Malware and you should read my other blogs for guidance.
Whenever you view a web page or open up an App or program your computer produces a temporary file. For instance if you use Word to create a document the Microsoft will create a hidden temporary file to log your changes and to auto-save. When surfing the Internet, every picture, word, and piece of code has already been downloaded and stored on your computer. These ‘caches’ of temporary files can get very large and slow your computer down.
When Microsoft writes the software to run your computer (Windows) they try to make every feature and aspect of your computer work. These bits of code that form the Operating system are known as Services and they all start up when you turn on your computer. There are nearly 150 Services built into some versions of Windows and your computer will start to struggle if you run around a two thirds of them, especially when you probable only need to run around 40. In a similar way all software producers want their products to run straight away when you boot up and also want to ensure their software stays upto date. So guess what…they produce a Service or a Start up that takes up even more of your limited amount of memory and processor ability causing your computer to sloooow right down.
Generally, computers store your data and system files on the same drive. So when you open up a program such as Word by clicking on one of your documents your computer has to scan and find all of the system files it needs on your hard disk and then also find your document; this all takes time. Now the inside of your hard drive actually resembles several record players stacked on top of each other and the information your computer wants could be on any number of up to 8 disks known as platters. Now imagine if the files your computer needs to run Word were scattered throughout the array of platters instead of being neatly stored next to each other. Its going to take your computer a long time before you’re to work, this is scattering of data is known as disk fragmentation.
So now you know why your computer gets slower and slower every time you use it and install new software.
This guide is not a complete and exhaustive list of ways to refresh your computer and some of the steps may not be suitable or relevant to your device or situation. But by using some of these tips should improve the speed & reliability of your computer. They are applicable to all version of the Windows Operating Systems. Get in touch if you need assistance.
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