How to Speed up Your PC – For Real
How many times have you come across an ad for a program that claims it can speed up your computer by 30 or more percent? Yes, way too many. If you are an inexperienced user, you might have given the aforementioned software a shot, and then come to regret it because it’s a scam. Of course, the best and the most obvious way to boost the performance of your PC would be to get more powerful components. However, there are ways you can get more out of your existing configuration. Small tweaks and settings can go a long way toward making sure your computer works as fast as it did when you first bought it. Interested in more? Keep on reading.
Task Manager Is Your Friend
No matter how much RAM you have you are going to find yourself in a situation where you will run out of memory sooner or later. When that happens you can either stop whatever you were doing, save your work, and restart your computer, which is a major pain in the butt, or you can start digging through Task Manager.
We recommend the latter, because you might have a problem with a process that is taking up a lot of resources and not doing much. To access Task Manager, you can do the old Ctrl+Alt+Del combo, or right-click on the taskbar, and then select Start Task Manager from the menu. Locate the Processes tab. There you will be able to find out which program is running the process that’s taking up most of the resources. You can choose to shut down the program or end the process directly. After this, your computer will work much faster.
Perform a Spring Cleaning of Your Startup
If your PC takes ages to boot up, you might have to streamline the startup sequence. Your computer will boot up with a ton of various programs which might be more or less useful, but you might not need them right away. You can go that extra mile and get a program that is designed to manage your Startup, but it’s always better to use Run, which you can find in your Start Menu.
Type in “msconfig” on the dialog box and once the window has opened, locate the “Startup” tab. It’s basically a list of all the programs that will run as soon as your PC boots up. Uncheck those which you don’t need, restart your computer, and watch it fly. If you don’t recognize the name of the program, or what it does, it is better to just leave it alone. Otherwise, you can land yourself in trouble.
Use Less Demanding Software
Using the most popular software has its benefits, but those programs can often be large, slow and clunky, so it’s worth taking a look at some of the alternatives. For instance, instead of using Windows Media Player to watch movies or play music, try something faster, like VLC Media Player, whose interface might not be as shiny, but it’s much more powerful and versatile. Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of the programs that has been known to drive users crazy, and FoxIt Reader might just be the solution.
Try some of these tips out and get your PC to run faster.