It happens to everyone. Your computer slows down over time. After months, or even years of use, your computer’s speed has slowed to where it’s very noticeable. I’m here with some tips and tricks on how to make your computer faster.
First Steps to Fix a Slow Computer
The first thing we need to do is make sure your computer is not infected with any virus’ as those can not only slow your computer to a crawl, but they can do some serious damage to your computer’s integrity. Start your anti-virus program and update it as many times as it will let you update. Then do a full scan on all of your hard drives.
Basic Computer Maintenance
Though Scan Disk and Disk Defragmenter are considered basic maintenance, most people don’t know to do them, or that they need done on a regular basis. Once a month is usually often enough. Unless you add and remove programs often, then do it every two weeks.
Scan Disk scans your hard drive for bad sectors, and Disk Defragmenter works like a secretary organizing a filing cabinet. If you don’t use Disk Defragmenter, your files are scattered and fragmented, which takes your computer longer to get the information it is looking for, and thus slow speeds.
- Go to your Start menu
- Choose Accessories
- Choose System Tools
- In XP, you will have to select Scan Disk. Then when Scan Disk is through, go through steps 1-3 again to select Disk Defragmenter. In Windows Vista at this point, all you have to do is pick Disk Defragmenter at this point. Scan Disk is built into Disk Defragmenter in Windows Vista.
- Let Disk Defragmenter run without you using the computer at all. I suggest going to bed and letting Disk Defragmenter run while you sleep as it can take hours. If you use your computer at all while Disk Defragmenter is trying to run, it will restart.
My Computer is STILL Slow, Now What?
So you are clean of virus infection and you have done basic maintenance, but your computer is still slow. Your computer has registry errors. Registry errors are any error in the core programming code of your Windows operating system. To fix registry errors, I suggest getting a good registry cleaner. Registry cleaners are programs written to go into your registry, look for errors, then fix those errors. All in a matter of a few minutes.