Ways To Increase PC Performance

by Rod Dunne on December 27, 2010

in Articles, Performance

Increase PC Performance | Simply Ways To Increase Computer Speed
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Trying to increase PC performance is one of the principal areas of computer repair and maintenance that users of old PCs, and new PCs like, are constantly attempting to improve. In this article, we’ll take a look at four main ways to increase computer performance along with detailing some of the software utilities you can use to automate the process.

How to increase PC performance – 4 main ways

  1. Upgrading your RAM memory – If you take your PC to a computer repair shop then the number one way they will recommend to increase PC performance is to add more RAM memory your PC.If you have less than 1 MB installed then you are definitely going to be struggling to run modern applications. Adding RAM increases the amount of processing commands that can be completed at one time. It is easy enough to install RAM yourself by following the directions provided from your computer manufacturer.
  2. Disk space and virtual memory - Many users will be surprised to find out that maintaining enough free space on your hard disk can actually help increase computer performance. This is due to the fact that the Windows OS uses empty space on the disk to let the paging file expand. The page file is used as virtual memory when running applications to process commands, so the more space that is made available, the quicker commands can be processed.The general guideline is to always keep 10% of your hard drive left free for virtual memory and the paging file to expand. You can do this by un-installing any unused software or by using software to safely clear down temporary files and cached information.Tools: Winclear – Advanced data cleaning utility for clearing free space on PCs and securely wiping internet history.
  3. Getting rid of viruses - Most viruses result in some form of corruption to the files on your operating system that lead to error messages or exceptions. However, a malware or Trojan virus can also lead to performance issues on your PC. Malware applications can corrupt registry settings causing third-party applications or hardware device drivers to under-perform. Likewise, Trojan applications can be running in the background on your PC using up valuable resources.
    Keep your anti-virus application up-to-date and scanning for viruses on a daily basis if possible.
  4. Running applications - Understanding how to increase PC performance really comes back to working out what applications are putting an undue strain on your existing CPU processing and RAM memory. You can use the Task Manager application (processes tab) to identify which applications are using large amounts of RAM memory. These applications should be then closed down, replaced or checked for updates in order to improve the overall performance of the PC.

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