Here’s a situation we have all faced at least once in our lives. We have just bought a new computer, and we’re amazed at how fast and smooth it runs. Unfortunately, very soon our new machine starts to act like an old clunker, no different than the ancient P3 we have had sitting in our basement for years. What?! All that money down the drain? What happened to the ‘Best Performance’ as advertised on the box? Sounds familiar right? Well don’t worry. This computer doesn’t have to go join the P3 in the basement yet. By following a few simple tips, you can give a boost to performance and keep your computer running fast and smooth, just as it was the day you bought it. An additional plus: you can also apply the same tips on that old P3, it won’t magically turn into a Core i7, but it surely won’t be as useless anymore.
Clean out the Windows Registry
The Windows Registry is the central database that contains a massive batch of files that contain information about everything and anything that happens on the computer. Every time you do something on the computer, read a file, save something, install a new program or run an existing one, etc, new information is saved in the registry.
Sometimes, the registry saves something incorrectly, and over time, these errors can pile up and can start slowing down your PC. By removing these errors either manually or by using a program, you can greatly increase your computer’s performance.
Do Away with Unnecessary Programs and Files
You might have a couple of programs or applications you have not used in a while, or some you don’t need anymore. Now is the time to delete them to get back some valuable memory space, as these programs do little more than take up space on your hard drive. The same applies to files that you don’t want any longer.
Stay Virus Free
If you use the internet regularly, it’s probably just too easy to get infected with computer viruses. There are different kinds of viruses, some of which will slow down your computer’s performance and corrupt your files, while the more dangerous ones will complete destroy your computer’s operating system and will render it useless. Therefore, it is essential that you run virus checks regularly. Always be wary of viruses when downloading stuff online, and don’t click on strange links in email. It is also a good idea to use a firewall when using the internet.
Shut Down Safely
Never turn off the computer before it has shut down completely. Doing so could damage the hard drive or result in data loss, which would invariably affect the performance of your computer.
Remove startup items
Startup items have a big hand in slowing down the average computer. These are the programs that load right after startup, before you even open your first program. To remove startup items, all you have to do is go to System Configuration, and click on the ‘Startup’ tab. A list showing all the startup programs will be shown. Just uncheck the ones you don’t want to open with Windows, and click OK.
Back Up Your Computer
Careful as you are, hardware problems may occur more frequently that you think. Be sure to periodically back up all your data on external media so as not to lose valuable data in case of an accident.