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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, 8 and 10, you can have Windows automatically defrag your drive based on a schedule. Important note: If you have an SSD, you won’t want to defragment your hard drive. read more

Disable Search Service in Windows 7 and 8

The Windows Search Service is the service in Windows 7 and 8 that replaced the Windows indexing service from previous versions of Windows. Essentially, the search service runs in the background and scans files and folders to record information about these files and folders.  Then, when you need to perform a file search, it should run much faster due to these records of information that Windows has compiled. However, this improved file search speed comes at a cost of WSS (Windows Search Service) constantly running in the background using system resources. If your computer has enough power, I would recommend leaving this service alone. However, if you are starting to notice that your PC is slowing down, disabling this service will help you to regain some speed. read more