When you buy a new PC, you’re very satisfied with its speed and performance. Well, not for long. Installing new applications, creating and deleting files and with other daily use of software, your computer gets sluggish, files get corrupt and most annoyingly it hangs a lot.
One such PC annoyance is the apparently never-ending boot up time. A faster PC naturally requires more memories – both physical (RAM) and virtual (reserved hard disk space). But that’s not the only issue you need to address for making a PC run faster. Buying a larger RAM may boost your PC’s speed but you have more important and obviously less expensive methods of making your PC speedier.
Here are few important tips you need to know for re-gaining the speed:
Over a period, the files and folders in your hard drive get fragmented. This reduces the efficiency and speed in accessing the files and loading the applications. As a routine maintenance practice, you should de-fragment the hard disk. You may use the default Windows Disk Defragmenter or any other de-fragmentation software available on the internet.
Clean up start-up programs
When you install different applications, some of them load in the system memory as soon as your PC boots. Other than some security related (like anti-virus or firewall) software, you don’t really need them to load and take away a large chunk of system memory. Consider removing them either from the start-up folder, from the application’s settings or from Startup tab of the System Configuration Utility (Start>Run>Type msconfig>OK).
Un-clutter your desktop
Many of us like desktop wallpapers, themes, animated icons on our desktop. They may be decorative but they take away a good amount of system memories. If your PC is annoyingly sluggish, consider using a cleaner desktop.
Registry is what we can call as the Window’s black-box. Corrupt registry or invalid registry entries bring the performance down and severely slows down the PC. Consider using a registry cleaning software regularly to keep your PC in good shape.
Get rid of unnecessary fonts
When Windows boot up, it loads the installed fonts. Too many fonts will therefore reduce the speed of boot up. Installing newer fonts is somewhat tempting but considering the speed you need, you should reconsider their actual requirement. Many of us install a font and never use it again. Uninstalling fonts will improve your PC’s speed to a great extent.
Speed is a universal need for all PC users. If you follow the above tips, chances are, your Windows will load much faster and your PC performance will see a positive change.
-Mohammad Yousuf is a freelance article and web-content writer.