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Apr 24

10 Tips on How to Speed up your Computer

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Now tell me: How do you feel when you have a pressing task to complete and your computer just doesn’t seem to understand that you are under pressure?  Have you noticed how frustrating it gets when you have a slow computer? Some people get frustrated to the point of doing something drastic! Some go as far as throwing the computer out the window or using a hammer on it or smashing it with their elbow. Personally, at a time I got so mad i used my fist on my computer. Hey, but calm down! I have to tell you this. It’s our fault that our computer is slow; this is because we do not perform computer maintenance on it. It is our responsibility to speed up our computer and make it run at its optimal performance. Now, I will share with you 10 tips on how to speed up your computer.

Tip 1: Delete unwanted files

When I say to delete unwanted files, I do not mean you should go around your computer and delete any file you do not want. In this case, I’m talking about the files that you have created yourself, and are totally aware of what they are. For example if you created a Microsoft word document and you no longer need it, and never will, then I suggest you delete that file. This is the kind of junk that clogs up your computer.

Tip 2: Delete hidden junk files

Hidden or temporary files are created without the user knowing. When you open files, browse the Internet, and install programs, more files are created in the background. There is so much happening in the background that most people are unaware of and do not know that this area exists.

Tip 3: Remove unwanted programs

Are you one of those people that constantly download programs and install them onto your computer? Every software program you have on your computer is taking up space. Not only is it taking up space, but it might also be checking for updates and connecting to the Internet. It also might be starting up when your computer starts up.

So, after you have removed the software program that you do not want, make sure you restart your computer to complete the process.

Tip 4: Defrag to speed up your computer

When you install programs and save files on your computer, the files are automatically saved to the closest available space on your hard drive. This means that files for your programs are fragmented if your hard disk drive is not organized correctly. This is why we need to de-frag our computer to place the files back together and to place the most frequently used files at the front for easy access.

 Tip 5: Disk CleanUp

 Disk CleanUp comes free with Windows and will get rid of the rest of the junk files that you have missed. Go to start menu>accessories>system tools>disk cleanup. You can see more information about this system tool on our blog.

Tip 6: Always pay for a virus program!

By all means, you can waste your time trying to find the best free anti-virus program, but do you really want to risk it.

Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a free anti-virus program. In fact I will recommend Avast as my number one freebie. However, even though this proved to be secure, it is safer to have the extra security features that come with the paid versions.

If you do not have a virus program installed you are risking everything! Sometimes your computer will gradually slow down when it gets a virus, and other times it will be crashing within minutes. Is that really worth the hassle?

 Tip 7: Avoid multitasking with large programs

If you’re anything like me, you will have 20 Windows open at the same time, with your Internet browser having at least 15 tabs opened as well. Yes I know it is crazy and I’m trying to reform. I have a lot of experience in multitasking and have realized that some programs cannot be open at the same time as others. For example you should not be running a large program like Photoshop or Pinnacle video studio, while running a virus scan at the same time. We all know what the right thing to do is, but we just can’t help ourselves.

Tip 8: Use an external hard drive for backup

Nowadays there is no excuse for not backing up your files! It is unbelievably cheap to buy an external hard drive or even a portable USB flash drive to store backup files on. Both these portable devices are simple to connect to the computer via a USB plug. You can use these devices to store all of your files, leaving your computer clean and free to work on.

 Tip 9: Update programs regularly

Every program on your computer must be updated regularly. If you do not do this, you will find that you will have problems, that’s for sure! Even Windows itself needs updating, along with any other applications and games, and even hidden device driver software.

To see if your device drivers are performing properly you can go to the Control Panel, click on system, advanced settings, and then you will find device manager under the hardware tab.

Most computers need a program like this because having outdated driver software on your computer can cause horrendous problems. And having the wrong driver software on your computer has been known to cause black screens, blue screens, and total computer crashes.

Tip 10: Upgrade your computer memory

When you buy a new computer nowadays it should come with a minimum of 2 GB of memory installed. This should be okay for a year or two, however as times change, you will eventually need to upgrade your memory.

Older computers are in an even worse situation. People are using old computers to do new things that these computers were not made for. Upgrading your computer memory and increasing your hard drive size can help speed up an old computer.

When upgrading your computer memory in order to speed up your computer, there are two options, to do it yourself or get someone else to do it for you.

Culled: www.tips4pc.com

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Njumoke Abiola-Oseni

Njumoke Abiola-Oseni is the Executive Director, Training and Business Intelligence at Trisat Communications Ltd. She holds a Bachelors Degree(B.Tech) in Computer Engineering with ICT Certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Project Management, MikroTik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). She currently administers all Trisat training engagements and consults for SMBs on Business Intelligence such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS), Messaging Systems and Call Center Solutions and Customised Software Application. Njumoke Abiola-Oseni is a Co-Founder of Trisat Communications Ltd.