This is a guide to show you how to speed up your pc. I will cover software changes as well as hardware changes.
1. Recycle Bin Right-Click on your recycle bin and select empty recycle bin.
2. Uninstall any unwanted or unused programs. Hint: Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Then start your task manager. Go to the processes tab. From here you can see programs are using your CPU, Memory, ect.
3. Windows Update Download the latest update from Windows update.
4. Defragment your hard drive Windows has a built-in disk defrag. To use it follow this path: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools. Then select Disk Defragment. This may take a while depending on the size of your hard drive.
5. Disk Cleanup You will notice right above the Disk Defragment there is a program called Disk Cleanup. This will only take a few minutes.
6. CCleaner This is a free program you can download ,and it will take the place of what Disk Cleanup does and more. The main reason to get it is because it has a Registry cleaner. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this program. There is always a feature it has that will block processes at startup. This can help if you have a pesky background process, that you do not need. It will also delete index.dat files if you run the cleaner. Index.dat files are saved data of all the sites you have been to, you would't even know they were they existed, but they do. It was and still is a controversial feature built-in Windows. Also when running the Registry Cleaner it will give you the option to save a back-up of your registry if something blows up, but you shouldn't have to worry about that.
7. Anti-Virus Believe it or not your anti-virus can be slowing your PC down. One of these I'm not saying to uninstall your anti-virus, but you may want to look into a different A/V.
8. Virus This is a given, but if your computer is acting strange or different, especially if you don't have A/V then you may have a virus.
9. Memory/Ram This is probably the best way to speed up your PC, but it requires basic hardware changes. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Then start your task manager. Then go to then performance tab. You can now see how much CPU/ and RAM your computer is using.
If you are running XP you should have at least 1GB or RAM, 3GB will run XP VERY well. With Vista/Seven you should have at least 2GB, but I would recommend 4GB. BTW- Unless you have a 64-bit Operating System then your computer can only use 3GB or Memory. Most XP versions are 32-bit which can only use 3GB or Memory. To get more RAM/Memory for your PC, you should first Google your computer model #. You should be able to find some RAM/Memory Specs. You will find things like PC2400 or DDR2 or 240-Pin. From here you can find the correct RAM for your computer. Also you want to make sure that you have open slots for any RAM you might be adding. I am going to recommend not going down to Best Buy or Office Max, instead I would go to and online site called Newegg. It's a huge computer supply company, with great customer support, and their prices are much lower then retail stores. You can key in your RAM type in their search box and should bring in some good results. I will also recommend some brands, Crucial, Coirsair, and Gskill. Don't just get the cheapest one check out the reviews before your make a decision.
I hope this helps. If have any other problems or w.e feel free to ask me for advice.
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