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If you came here specifically to fix a slow computer, then you came to the right place. The primary goal of this site is to provide guides and articles and so you can solve the problem yourself.
There are many things that can cause a slow PC such as registry errors, a virus, spyware, a lack of memory, or hard drive fragmentation. Luckily, all of these are fixable problems. Most of the issues can be fixed for free. Only a few of the problems listed above need any type of investment in software or hardware.
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5 Steps to a Faster Computer
Generally speaking, 90% of computers will be sped up noticeably by completing ALL of the steps below, assuming you don’t have a nasty virus. These 5 steps are aimed at the most basic users and the full 5 step guide shouldn’t take too long to complete.
1) Defragment the Hard Drive
This task is very simple. To Defragment your hard drive, open up “My Computer”, Right Click on C:, Click properties, Click the “Tools” Tab, Click “Defragment Now”, Click Defragment, click ok. Here is more info from Microsoft on this.
2) Add Memory
If your laptop or desktop is starting to become dated, a memory upgrade will be the best hardware upgrade for you. Buying and installing memory is easier than you think. Here is a guide talking about the installation of memory.
3) Remove Spyware
Spyware can build up on your system and slow you down over time. Download and Install Ad-Aware, a free anti-spyware tool and then use it to remove all spyware that is on your PC.
4) Remove Unused Programs, Files, Folders
Do you have any unneeded programs, pictures, music, or videos? If so, deleting these will free up disk space which will increase the speed of your system. To remove programs, go to the control panel -> add/remove programs (or uninstall programs) -> click on the program you want to uninstall -> click “uninstall”.
5) Optimizing Windows Startup Programs
After you remove unneeded programs, you can also optimize the Windows Startup process so programs you don’t use often don’t start up automatically when Windows starts. You can check out our guide for optimizing windows startup programs for more help.
My System is Still Slow, Now What?
If your system is still not up to speed, then you can check out our full 11 step guide here for more ways to speed up your PC. You can also find a ton of other speed tips here.
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