How to speed up a slow computer

August 13, 2015 Ryan Cooper

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If you’re asking yourself, “why is my computer slow?” then you’ve come to the right spot — you’re in good company.

And yes, you don’t have to stress over a dragging computer or have to be a tech nerd to know how to solve the problem.

Today a lot of troubleshooting solutions are made with a few simple clicks of a button and MCR Rental Solutions proves it.

Below we highlight 10 easy ways you can instantly speed up your computer today.

Good luck!

Clean Browser

Clean your browser regularly. Whether it be every day or once a week, all of the data stored impacts overall computer speed. To clean the Google Chrome browser, navigate your cursor to the top right corner, click its three bars icon, find ‘Tools’ then hit ‘Clean Browsing Data,’ then tick off history boxes, cookes, and cached items and you’re good to go.

Change Browser

The fastest browser on the web today, as suggested by PC Advisor, is Google Chrome. The next fastest is Mozilla Firefox then Internet Explorer. If you’re looking for a faster web browsing experience, you’ll want to use or download Chrome or at the very least use and download Mozilla Firefox.

Delete Temporary Files

Remember: temporary files are collected on your hard drive when ever you navigate to or from a web page. Delete all temporary files by navigating to the Start menu, run a search on your computer search bar and type ‘temporary files’ and follow instructions from there.

Update Software

If you feel like your computer has slowed down, you may want to check whether or not you missed an update. Many of us ignore our software updates and sometimes wait until we hear any sort of negative backlash from the early adopters. The beauty about new updates is that it’s geared to help you fix bugs and normally operates at a faster speed then its former.

Disk Cleanup

Speed up your computer and use Windows Disk Cleanup. This helps you automatically find deletable files; including, temporary files, program installers, and so forth. All you need to do is run a quick ‘disk cleanup’ query in your computer search bar and click to begin.

Uninstall Programs

A great way to help improve computer speed is to go through your existing programs list and uninstall the programs you rarely use. To uninstall computer programs visit your ‘Control Panel,’ hit ‘Programs and Features.’ From there you’ll discover a menu of programs; peruse and uninstall.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

Improve startup time and disable automatic startups for unnecessary programs. Some programs are automatically launched upon startup. This means it’ll take longer for your computer to setup and it also means more programs will run in the background all day. Improve your computer speed and drop some of your automatic startups. To do so type ‘msconfig’ in the computer search bar from the Start menu. When the System Configuration box appears, navigate to the Startup tab, click and disable the programs you do not want to start automatically and you’re set.

Hard Drive Storage

You’ll notice your computer slowing down when your hard drive reaches 85% capacity. If you’re the type to download music or movies or other large files, you’ll want to invest in buying an external hard drive and maintain high-speed functionality. Or you can delete more temporary files or existing larger files that you feel you don’t need anymore.

Defrag Your Computer

Is defragmenting your computer necessary? Defragging your computer is a maintenance task performed by or to your hard drive. Now if your computer uses a Solid-State Drive or if you use Windows 7 or 8 then defragging occurs automatically. However, if you’re using a regular hard drive, you’ll want to defrag. To defrag your computer you’ll need to navigate to the Start menu, type ‘defrag’ in the search bar, open up Windows’ Disk Defragmenter and click Defragment Now.

Add More RAM

RAM stands for random-access memory and this is essentially the temporary storage memory used by your computer, which allows you to access and run different programs at the same time. If you use a lot of different programs and find that your computer freezes or slows down then it’s best to invest in additional RAM. You can buy a RAM memory stick and physically insert it into your computer for an affordable price.

Summary

And there we have it folks: 10 easy tips on how you can instantly speed up your computer at home today. If you feel like we left out an important tip or know of other creative ways to speed up a computer, let us know and leave a comment below or on our Facebook fan page.

Until next post!

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