Over the past decade, technology has evolved dramatically which has allowed us to live is an almost instant world. We now expect everything to be available now and we want it at our fingertips in seconds. When we then find that our reliable computer can’t keep us with us we go into meltdown.
The new year is the perfect time to clear down our computers and get them in perfect running order. Here are a few tips to help you get your computer running faster in time for the new year.
1. Uninstall unused programmes
Most PCs now come with many existing programmes that you would never touch, you might not even know they exist. Programmes can also run in the background of your computer which will slow everything down.
“To remove all these pointless programs, open the Control Panel’s Programs and Features page, and have a trawl through the list of installed software. Uninstall those that you do not need, while being careful to leave programs your computer’s hardware needs (typically their publisher will be listed as the PC maker’s name or as Microsoft)”.
2. Delete temporary files
The longer we have had a computer the more temporary files we accumulate. These files which will usually come from everyday tasks will remain on your hard disk and can slow your computer system down. Also remember that your internet history can slow everything down and this should also be cleared.
To clear your files down open “My Computer, and select your local drive (usually C:\). Select the “Windows” folder and then open the folder titled “Temp”. Use your mouse to right-click on the folder, and in the “View” options, choose “Details”. Once this is done, select all the files that are older than the current date and press the delete key. Then go to the Recycle Bin on your desktop and empty it.
This should give your more hard drive space and help to speed up your computer.
3. Install a solid state drive
Not having enough space on your hard drive is one of the biggest culprits to slowing down a computer. By using a solid state drive you can remove a lot of files and free up some space. “While they are not cheap, installing a solid state drive, which have extremely fast read times, can speed up your startup considerably”.
4. Hoover out the dust
Dust is a computers nemesis. “It can impede airflow, which is vital to keeping your computer’s temperature down, and if your computer is overheating, it is likely it will slow down its performance to cope”.
Give your computer a quick dust or hover and this will hopefully help stop your computer from overheating and running slow.
Hopefully, the above tips will help your computer to run more smoothly just in time for the new year!
For more tips and advice click here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/computer-slow-10-ways-make-run-faster/