Five Tips to Fix a Computer that Runs Slower Than Usual

A computer running slower and slower than usual, is probably one of the most frustrating experiences you can have. It drives you crazy, crashes your blood pressure and immediately you want to throw it through the window. Right?

Definitely, but not necessarily your only option. Before you unplug the power cord, control your breathing, calm down, have a cup of tea, and consider alternatives. Amazingly enough, there are some pretty effective solutions you can try. And often they can save hundreds of dollars. Let’s look at a few:

1. Clean the Desktop of your computer. I’m seriously! A cluttered desktop can be a computer performance killer. One of the most absurd things I’ve come across, is when you upgrade to an installed program – some major vendors (Corel for one) will download the upgrade to your desktop, from which you run the installer. It will have a very large file residing on your desktop. Check that (and partially downloaded installers), unused icons, and other junk and REMOVE it. (Windows has several wizards for doing this, depending on the version.)

2. Run Windows Task Manager. (Depending on Windows Version, pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del will give you access.) With Task Manager open, select another tab to check “Running processes”, “Applications”, etc. See if you can identify some old programs that you no longer use, but are still actively running. Uninstall it – minimizing the number of processes can free up considerable computer resources.

3. Run the Defragmentation Program. Installing and removing programs and other large files from time to time, will leave your hard drive in a very fragmented state. A good defrag will do it a world of good. (A very good practice is to run a defrag after every new install/uninstall you do – this will keep the program files in a contiguous state.)

4. Registry Cleaning. Easier said than done! There are a number of registry cleaners available on the web, but this is one opportunity that you should look at with extreme caution – the “registry” is essential to getting your computer running. Your registry stores all the information to run your PC’s operating system. This includes preferences, software product keys, information and serial keys; installation/uninstall information of installed programs and hardware; etc. Over time (often a fairly short amount of time!) the Registry becomes a large file, and needs to be cleaned. A wise piece of advice: In choosing your Registry Cleaner, you want to walk like a cat around offers including the word “free.” Maybe you’re forced to learn things like “Registry Backup”, “System restore” and other confusing concepts…

5. Hardware Problem. Unfortunately, this is also a possible cause, and this is where you learn to run the Hardware Troubleshooter. If you’re lucky, the culprit will be a replaceable computer component. However, in nine out of ten cases, one or more of the options mentioned above will result in a significant increase in your computer’s performance.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could run a software suite that could not only identify all the problems mentioned above, but also fix them reliably? Now it will be happiness! If you search diligently and with the right care, you can find serious, reliable and effective products – they really are out there – Happy hunting!

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