There is no reason you should have a slow computer at a good price, many people don’t know a lot about computers and buy a really cheap laptop or PC that under-preforms. Most people don’t get RAM, or HDD and end up buying any laptop that ‘look good’ this is not the way to choose a laptop. There are still ways however to speed up a slow computer for free, here are a few thing you can do:
1. Delete unnecessary files, picture, music from your PC.
You can delete the sample photos on your computer like the pictures of mountains, and flowers that come with most PCs you don’t need these and no harm will come to your computer if you delete them. You can also delete any default programs on your computer from the control panel and going to Programs. Then reset your computer after you delete a batch of files and remove everything from the recycling bin.
2. Buy some anti-virus software.
Most viruses will slow down your computer, you should buy anti-virus before you start up a new laptop, but most anti-viruses will have the ability to scan for and remove viruses anyway but as they say prevention is better than cure. Don’t fall into the trap of buying ‘free’ anti-virus programs online, many only scan your computer, tell you that your computer has viruses and ask for payment to remove them, some even create more viruses.
3. Clear your history, cache and cookies on a regular basis.
To clear these things thing from Chrome, go to: History–>Clear all browsing data–> and check cookies, browsing history and cache, you can clear the other options but most people like auto-fill data so I wouldn’t. If you only have a day or two’s worth of browsing data your computer should still perform fine but imagine not clearing your browsing data for months at a time!
4. Update your web browser.
Surprising many people still use old versions of Internet Explorer, install either Firefox or Chrome onto your computer and delete IE as it is about 10-20% slower than the other two. With Chrome you don’t even need to install updates. Chrome also comes with incognito browsing, which means browsing history will not be kept on your computer, good for people who cannot be bothered to clear history, cookies, and your cache. To access incognito browsing from Chrome go to: the tools icon in the top right of the screen–> and then ‘new incognito window’.
5. Update your operating system
Just like updating your web browser, updating your operating system can improve the performance of your computer by about 10-20%, as well as coming with better security which helps speed in the long run too. Windows 7 is a great upgrade from XP, the overall experience is faster and sleeker.
6. Install more RAM.
You can buy bigger amounts of RAM quite cheaply now a days and you should . I say a good ram is at least 4 GB but many people can do well on at least 2GB if you are only doing things like Internet browsing, and office or school work. For people who play recent games you should have at least 8GB RAM or more. You can search Google for tutorials on how to do this or YouTube it isn’t hard and will dramatically improve your PC’s performance.
7. Stop some programs launching on startup.
When you start up a computer some programs start up at the same time and will run in the background while you browse the internet, and write. These programs slow down the computer, you can restrict what programs open on start up by going to: search–> type system configuration –>click it –> click the ‘start-up’ tab. I am writing this assuming you have some computer skills but if you don’t ask someone who is good with computers to help. You don’t want to unchecked a program you may need for your computer to work.
8. Defrag your hard drive.
Defragging basically complies all of your files, clearing up all the loose ends and keeping everything tidy. Just search for defrag in the search bar in the start menu and click Disk Defragmenter. Afterwards reset your computer. Defrag your computer regularly to keep your computer speedy.
9. Get a new PC.
You may need a new PC if your PC is extremely old, or has too many viruses. One way to know you need to upgrade is if you are still using Windows 2000, it over a decade now, stop putting it off and buy a new computer. If you are worried about the price of a new computer don’t worry you can buy a laptop new for under £300/ $480 or second hand for £200/$320.
There isn’t a better time to a get a new PC, prices are only going to drop as new models come out,unlike prices on other items. Start in a physical store if you aren’t comfortable to buy online, many sites offer tips on buying laptops too so there is a lot of information out there.