Doesn’t it bother you when your computer starts slowing down when all you want is to finish off your work and go home for a hot cup of tea or some fresh juice? It may also happen like you are wedged at opening your ppt file when every delegate inside the conference room waits for your presentation. You end up closing down all applications except the one that you actually require, but still this box refuses to budge from its turtle like speed. Below listed are some handy little tips that would make sure that your computer keeps performing to its optimal speed thus giving you a relief from your IT worries.
- Check the fan unit on a regular basis to make sure that dust and other particles do not clog. When the cooling unit doesn’t work properly, the temperature of the system increases making the software work slow.
- In case of laptops, care should be taken not to keep it on a blanket or on any kind of soft surface, so that the cooling unit does not get obstructed.
- Install more RAM if required.
- Use external graphics card for running high end visuals.
- Clean your temporary files on a weekly basis. Temporary files are those files that get generated automatically when an application is used. These files also get stored for frequently used applications. As they eat up a lot of space in the secondary memory, it is a good habit to delete them. This can be done by clicking on
run>>type %temp% and hit enter
Follow this command with the one below:
run>>type temp and hit enter
Once this is over, the MS Office temporary files needs to be separately deleted. For this, run the following command:
run>>type prefetch and hit enter
Once these three commands are over, make sure that you delete them from your recycle bin.
- Use the defragment option of your hard disk regularly. Right click on the drive logo>>properties>>defrag
- Remove infrequently used applications from the startup (msconfig).
- Clean your registry by useless shortcuts, missing DLL files, invalid installers, etc.
- Eliminate spyware and add ware by uninstalling them from the control panel.
- Uninstall pre-installed programs that are never used by you.
- Increase the virtual memory so that RAM usage increases. This can be done by going to right click on computer>>properties>>system properties>>advanced>>
- Make sure that your computer has the “adjusted for best performance” option selected in control panel.
- Partition your drives so that performance is never hindered.
- Remove unnecessary toolbars from browser.
- Use NTFS as your file system.
- Keep firewall on, whenever you are browsing the internet.
- Maintain a periodic check over your network connectivity.
These are some of the basic points that you can follow to increase the speed of your laptop or desktop. In case, the system is very old and nothing of the above works, either you could reinstall the OS or get a new system as a whole.