PC Speed Up | Top 5 Tips

by Rod Dunne on September 23, 2010

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By doing some regular PC maintenance, you should be able to retain computer performance speeds on even an aging PC. This article describes my PC speed up tips using computer maintenance programs and Windows utilities to make the most out of Windows.

Add more RAM. Upgrading the RAM memory on your PC is the most popular and effective way to speed up PC performance. Many modern software applications are dependent on computers having minimum specifications of CPU and RAM. If you have an old computer, or slow PC, then make sure you have at least one megabyte of RAM installed to facilitate these modern applications.

Current chip prices make this very cost-effective way of speeding up your PC too. If you have Vista or Windows 7 installed then you can also consider using non-volatile Flash devices that are Ready Boost enabled to augment the amount of RAM available to the operating system (without having to open up the PC to install RAM). I have been able to speed up my laptop performance considerably by upgrading the memory as well as utilizing the extra Ready boost RAMand is strongly recommended especially if you have less than 1 GB of RAM installed.

Check for and repair virus damage. Running a scan for viruses or malware should be something that is done as often as possible. If these bugs can get onto your computer then they may cause damage to your system programs and registry file, leading to computer errors, blue screen exceptions and slow performance on some occasions.

Clean up the hard drive. Clearing the hard drive of files and programs you do not require may not immediately seem like a way to fix a slow PC. However, this PC speed up tip helps performance by letting the paging file expand on the hard disk to use this empty drive space. The paging file is used as virtual memory by Windows when running applications and system programs. The simplest way to clean up the drive is to use the Disk Cleanup program (accessories/system tools).

Tools:

  • Winclear – Advanced data cleaning utility for clearing free space on PCs and securely wiping internet history.

Improve disk read write access times. All programs on your computer need to access the hard drive to read and write files to disk. If the files are dispersed around the disk then this will slow up disk access times. Therefore, run the Disk Defragmenter tool to reorganize data fragments and speed up PC performance in general.

Repair bad sectors on the disk. Hard drive memory can develop faults over time called bad sectors. These problems can cause a slow disk access times, and some occasions may even result in data loss if not treated. Windows provides its own error checking tools for analyzing and repairing these types of faults.

The tool is not located in the Control Panel, but in the properties dialog for a drive. Open up a Windows Explorer window and browse to a hard drive you wish to analyze. Right click on the folder and select properties. In the properties dialog, go to the tools tab and hit the Check Now button to begin the scan.

You will be given the option to scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors; you should enable this check-box when running an initial scan. There is an additional check-box to automatically fix file system errors which should only be checked if you believe that there are bad sectors on the disk.

My PC speed up tips can help make some initial gains and speed up PC performance. However, for best results you should really do these tasks on a regular basis. Certainly, disk defragmentation should be done every four weeks and check for bad disk sectors on a weekly basis if you use your PC regularly.

Related Posts:
Windows XP speed up tips.
How to increase computer speed – All OS types.

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