Five Tips to Fix. A computer progressively running slower and slower than usual, is probably one of the most frustrating experiences you can have. It drives you nuts, razes your blood pressure and soon you want to chuck it through a window. Right?
Definitely, but not necessarily your only option. Before you yank out the power cord, control your breathing, calm down, have a cuppa, and consider alternatives. Amazingly enough, there are some quite effective remedies you can try. And often they can save you hundreds dollars. Let’s look at a few:
1. Clean up your computer’s Desktop.
I’m serious! A cluttered desktop can be a killer to computer performance. One of the most senseless things I’ve come across, is when you do upgrades to installed programs – some large vendors (Corel for one) will download the upgrade to your desktop, from where you run the installer. This will have a massively large file residing on your desktop. Check for that (and other partially downloaded installers), unused icons, and other junk and DELETE them. (Windows have several wizards to do this, depending on the version.)
2. Run Windows Task Manager.
(Depending on the Windows Version, pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del will give you access.) With Task Manager open, select different tabs to check on “Running processes”, “Applications”, etc. See if you can identify some old programs that you no longer use, but which are still actively running. Uninstall them – minimizing the number of processes can free considerable computer resources.
3. Run a Defragmentation Program.
Installing and uninstalling programs and other large files over time, will leave your hard drive in a terribly fragmented state. A good defrag will do it a world of good. (A very good practice is to run defrag after each and every new install/uninstall you do – it will keep the program files in a contiguous state.)
4. Registry Cleanup.
Easier said than done! There are a host of registry cleaners available on the web, but this is one occasion you want to be extremely careful – the “registry” is vital to running your computer. Your registry holds all the information for your PC’s operating system to run. This includes preferences, software product keys, information and serial keys; program install/uninstall information and installed hardware; etc. Over time (often quite a short time!) the Registry becomes a massive file, and needs cleaning up. A word of sage advice: In choosing your Registry Cleaner, you want to walk like a cat around offers including the word “free.” It just might be the occasion you are forced to learn about things like “Registry Backup”, “System restore” and other stomach-clenching concepts…
5. Hardware Problems.
Sad to say, this is also a likely cause, and this is where you learn to run Hardware Troubleshooters. If you’re lucky, the culprit will be a computer component that can be replaced. Nevertheless, nine out of ten cases, one or more of the options mentioned above will lead to a significant improvement of your computer’s performance.
Computer Running Slower. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could run across a software suite that cannot only identify all the problems mentioned above, but fix it reliably? Now that would be bliss! If you search diligently and with proper care, it is possible to lay your hands on a serious, reliable and effective product – they really are out there – Happy hunting