Category Archives: PC Speed Tips

9 Free Ways to Fix a Slow Computer

So, your computer is running slow and it is really starting to get on your nerves. This can be a very frustrating situation if you are trying to get important work done. If you are able to, it is definitely worth setting a few minutes aside to try to fix your slow PC. In this guide, we take a look a 9 Free ways to fix a slow computer.

1) Defragment the Hard Drive

This is one of the easiest things you can do to regain some speed. If the hard drive is fragmented, it can lead to poor performance. To defrag, simply open up “my computer” and right click on the drive you wish to defragment. Then, click properties, click tools, and click defragment now. Just follow the instructions from here in Windows. In Windows 7 and 8, you can have Windows automatically defrag your drive based on a schedule. As you can see, my computer auto-defrags every Wednesday at 1 AM.

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Speeding Up a Computer that Boots Slow

Do you find yourself sitting around for a long time waiting for your PC to boot? It can be pretty annoying dealing with a computer that boots slow. This is especially true if you are constantly on the move and it is your laptop that is booting slow. In this guide, we look at a few ways you can speed up your computer’s boot times.

Cut Back on the Number of Programs/Services that Auto-Start

If you have had your computer for awhile, there is a good chance that you have installed a ton of programs and services that are now auto-starting when Windows starts. One quick way to improve your boot times is to stop these programs and services from automatically starting. I am sure you can find quite a few programs that you just don’t use all the time. You can use MSConfig to disable these programs and services. To access MSConfig, simply click the start button and type “MSconfig” into the search box and click enter. This will bring up the System Configuration Manager. From here, you can disable the programs you don’t need right when Windows starts. You can view a more in depth guide on doing this here.

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Why is My Computer So Slow?

This is a question I recently got to my email account here at DomsTechBlog.com. This question makes for a great topic for a post. The simple answer is there are many things that can be making a computer run slow. Let’s take a look at the top reasons why your PC could be running slow and ways to remedy each problem.

Not Enough Memory

If your PC has less than 2GB of memory, than this is likely the cause or at least one of the causes of the slowness. Luckily, adding memory to your computer is a pretty simple thing to do. When it comes to buying the memory, I would recommend using the Crucial Memory Scanner since it will help you get the correct RAM for your PC. The RAM from Crucial is solidly made and their prices are reasonable as well. Here is a guide for installation as well.

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Best Free Programs To Clean Up Your Computer

As you use your PC more and more, it can really start to accumulate some junk. There are many things that can clutter up a computer such as registry errors, a virus, spyware, junk files, or hard drive fragmentation. This clutter can really cause your computer to run much more slowly than it should be running. In this article, we look at a few of the best free programs that you can use to help clean up your computer.

Ad-Aware

Spyware and Adware can build up on your computer over time. Spyware can cause your computer to run a bit slower. Along with the performance issues, you probably don’t want spyware on your computer for privacy reasons. Ad-Aware by Lavasoft is a free program that you can use to find and eliminate spyware, adware, and more. It works great and you will be surprised of how many issues it is able to find and fix.

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Virtual Memory Overuse Can Lead to a Slow Computer

If your computer is short on the random access memory (RAM) needed to run a program or operation, Windows uses virtual memory to compensate. Virtual memory essentially combines your computer’s memory with temporary space on your hard drive. When you run low on physical memory, virtual memory moves data from RAM to a space called a paging file. Moving data to and from the paging file frees up RAM to complete its work. However, if your computer has to use virtual memory often, it could lead to a slow computer.

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