How to speed up your old computer machine
My laptop had slowed down a while ago, and with the specs I have, that made me a wee bit anxious. I have 6 GB RAM, an Intel Core i5-3210M CPU @2.50GHz processor, and a 2Gb Graphics Card in my machine. I did a bit of research and a few of my techy friends even told me its time I upgrade. They told me ITS TIME I UPGRADE.
After completing my research I found out that I could speed up my computer without putting a hole in my pocket. And today, I will teach you exactly that. Here are 5 steps that you can take to turn your computer back into the mean machine it was when you bought it:
- CLEAN IT OUT!- Remember all that software you installed over the last few months…let me ask you honestly, do you even use them? Well, after looking deep inside of yourself, the answer will come out to be NO. Uninstall all the random software you don’t need, because if you didn’t need them for the past year, you won’t need them in the coming days either. Make sure you uninstall all those extra useless toolbars in your browsers. They are generally the root cause behind your slow browsers. Another piece of advice is to delete your history and cookies from your browser. You can do that in the browser itself. Make sure you delete your temporary files on monthly bases as well. To do that press start, and search for run. Once it opens it will ask you to type the name of the program, folder and blah blah blah you want to open. Type “%temp%” in there and hit enter. This will open all your temporary files, which you can delete. Here’s a fun thing to do, press Ctrl+a, to highlight all those files and see how much space you can empty out.
- Disk Defragmenter- Sounds cool eh? And the best part is that there is no need to install it. Why? Because it’s already on your machine! You can find it in the Accessories Folder->System Tools Folder. You might be wondering what it does so, to put it in simple terms, it organizes and rearranges files and folders in your hard disk for faster access to them, thus increasing system performance. It is advised to run the Disk Defragmenter at least once a month, but please don’t run it on a daily bases. It’ll only wear out your hard disk even more.
- Update your Antivirus- Its time you update your antivirus software, and let it do a full system scan for heaven’s sake. I know it might run for a while, a few hours maybe, but let it run. It’s important you keep your computer away from Viruses, and Malware that could be tracking and collecting data from you. Those wicked things could crawl into your Program Files, and meddle with them. And we all know how important our Program Files are now…
- Disable Startup Programs- Startup programs can take a lot of processing power, which will ultimately increase your boot time. Some software automatically adds itself to the Start Up program’s list making it longer for your system to start. To disable start up programs, search for “msconfig.exe” and press enter. This will open the System Configuration window, from which click on “Startup.” Now it’s time to pay close attention here, because I don’t want you unchecking any useful program like the Microsoft Security Client or anything else. Only uncheck the programs you are familiar with, and you are sure you don’t need them at the time of start-up.
- Disable the Aero Theme- I know that it looks pretty and all, but tell me the truth, does the way your windows look outweigh faster performance? I thought so. To me it is all about speed and performance. To disable your Aero theme, right click on your desktop and click on Personalization. You will notice that the Aero Theme is selected, scroll down and select Windows 7 Basic, or if you’re like me, then go ahead and select Windows Classic.
These 5 steps saved me from spending my pocket money, but if these same 5 simple and cost free steps didn’t work for you then I will have to tell you what a few of my friends told me “Its time you Upgrade!”