If you are a Microsoft Windows user the chances are you have experienced a slow computer. Here are some simple steps you can use to help speed up your PC. Of coarse if you are not comfortable carrying out any of these steps you can call Compufix.ie for help.
Reboot you computerFirst of all do a full reboot. Most computers nowadays use sleep mode rather that start up and shut down.
Background programsOne of the most common reasons for a slow computer are programs running in the background. Remove or disable any startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots
AntivirusIf you've got an antivirus scanner on the computer, spyware protection program they decrease the overall performance of your computer. However, having up to date is a must!!
Free hard drive spaceMost computer people recommend at least 500mb of free space. However, if you only have 500mb of space left on your computer it is too full. Movies and Pictures are usually to blame. Pick up an external hard drive to store them and keep your computer free of clutter
Scan for malwareToday, spyware and other malware is to blame for most slow computers. There is loads of good free scanners to help clean down your PC.
Update WindowsMake sure you have all the latest Windows updates installed in the computer.
If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow also make sure all browser plugins are up-to-date.
Hard drive upgradeOne of the biggest problems we see is the hard disk drive. For anyone with a slow computer or just looking for something to upgrade in the computer to improve overall system performance going from a traditional HDD to a Solid State Drive (SSD)will significantly improve the overall system performance.
Run registry cleanerWe do not recommend cleaning the registry unless you know how. However, if can dramatically improve a computers overall performance if done correctly
Dust, dirt, and haircan also constrict a proper air flow on your computer, which can also cause a computer to overheat. Make sure your computer case is clean and fans are not obstructed.
Steps on cleaning your computer.
Erase computer and start over
If none of the above solutions resolve your issues, it is recommended that you either reinstall Windows or erase everything and then start over.
Finally, if your computer continues to be slower than normal after going over each of the above recommendations (including erasing and starting over) it's possible that your computer is experiencing a more serious hardware related issue such as a failing component in the computer. This could be a failing or bad hard drive, CPU, RAM,motherboard, or other component.