As users of computers we can all take a few simple steps that could greatly improve the sluggish speed of any existing computer. I will try to explain how to do it on a PC with a Windows operating system since it is what I am familiar with. Some are fairly standard and use up very little of your time. The first is to defragment your hard drive. From daily access through regular use your hard drive stores and relocates files using an algorithm that tells the system where to place each file sometimes having to store a portion of a file where there is room and fragmenting the file and placing the final portion at another location. The defragmentation software finds the fragmented file and places it in a new location speeding up future file access. To access defragmenter software on Windows PC simply click on “Start” button, go to programs, move right to accessories, system tools and scroll down to “Disk Defragmenter”. Click on this and a new window will appear. Once you have selected which drive to defragment, which defaults to C, you just press the activation button. The program will run automatically. By pressing the “analyze” button before you activate it will tell you if the drive needs to be defragmented.
A Simple Second Step Should Give You Some Noticeable Speed Increase
Simply follow the same steps to select the disk defragment command only this time select the disk cleanup command located just above it. A small window will open with default drive C selected. Selecting OK will open another window and in a little while display an estimated disk space you will save after the “disk cleanup” operation. You will be given options. In some cases your disk memory saving will be substantial.
This Final Speed Tweeker Is A Little More Time Consuming
Though there are many ways to incrementally increase the speed of your computer such as replacing your present hard drive with a faster read/write access or increasing your computer base clock speed, this may require changing the motherboard at an extra cost. In both cases a professional computer repair house is recommended. I do not recommend this approach. Probably the safest and least expensive approach is to remove redundant software such as dual virus programs. Choose the best one and dump the other by going to your “control panel” and selecting “add or remove programs” command. The following may not apply to you but if you download videos or music removing unwanted ones will help the system speed. One other disk space consumer is a digital photo collection. I had personally accrued several thousand over the years. Most were top quality, but some were redundant and blurry. I have since “deleted” them. By the time all the junk has been discarded from your system, you should be humming along, at least until you begin downloading freebie software again. Depending on your daily computer use it is wise to run disk defragmentation along with disk cleanup programs on a regular basis.