10 Steps to Bring That Old Sluggish PC Back to life

1. Do you have more than one anti-virus program installed? In this case two are definitely not better than one. Having two AV’s will cause conflicts and fights between the two and use up all you precious system resources. Choose the winner and remove the offender

2. Having space on your hard drive is important for performance, its best practice to have at least 15% free. To easily check this go to “Computer, right click on your C:\ drive and go to properties, there will be a pie chart showing your free space vs used space.

If your hard drive needs additional space a good place to start is a disk clean-up, its capable of deleting hundreds of megabytes of temp files even gigabytes if there is

temp update files hidden too.  If you still require additional space you can recoup it by deleting old unnecessary files and folders. The easiest way to find the larger files quickly is by using TreeSize Free by Jam Software https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/ search and destroy the space huggers. Oh and please empty your recycle bin!

3. Remove old software that you forgot you had! Go into your control panel > Uninstall a program. A list of all installed software will appear, some will catch your attention as being useless straight away others you will have to do some research on. Arrange your applications by date by clicking on Installed on and work your way up from the bottom. Do not delete anything you are unsure of if you go on a rampage of deletion chaos and then your computer no logner works as expected it will be determine what went wrong.

4. Prevent needless software starting upon boot. The more software your computer loads when first started up the slooooower your PC will run. Do this by reviewing your start-up list via MSConfig. Open your start menu and type in run in the search box and hit enter, a small box will appear in the bottom left corner of your screen, in there type MSConfig and click ok. Uncheck the programs you do not want starting at boot time.

5. Run a disk defragment. A disk defrag will arrange data in a continuous order for extreme productivity. Go to computer and right click on the C:\ and choose properties, go to the tools tab and click Defragment Now

6. Check for any errors on your disk. Errors on your disk will be the bane of your PC’s struggle to keep you satisfied with your need for SPEED! Go to computer, right click on the C:\ and click on properties, go to the tools tab and click Check now under the error checking section. When the next windows opens up be sure to check both boxes and click OK. If you get dialogue that windows can’t check the disk while it is in use click on Schedule Disk Check and then click OK, it will run when you next restart your PC.

7. Clear out your prefetch folder. Windows is a horder! it will collect files of the
programs you use to try and make it start faster, while this is good for the
programs you use regularly the once in a lifetime ones make your PC a slow poke

Open
notepad and type
del C:\Windows\Prefetch\*.* /Q Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

save it as makemefaster.bat on your desktop <- make sure you have all files
selected

Now go to your desktop and run the file, a command prompt will appear and disappear,
your programs should run quicker now, thank me later.

8. Turn of indexing on your C:\ drive, go to computer and right click on your C:\ drive > properties, untick index this hard drive and click apply.

9. Add RAM to your computer. To check to see if you require more RAM press the old
infamous CTRL + ALT + DELETE, go to the performance tab and check the physical
memory usage, if the free amount is hovering around 0 you will need to take
your PC in to get more RAM added

10. Replace your old conventional hard disk with a solid state hard drive. Unlike conventional hard disks SSD’s (solid states) have no moving mechanical parts; this is a significant advantage as most system bottlenecks are at the mercy of the conventional hard drive. I will list some reasons why a solid state drive is an outstanding choice

  • • Your boot up times will drastically improve, turn it on and you will be working in no time
  • • Punch through file searches, that lost email will be found without the dreaded wait
  • • Copy your files fast, you’ll save time and beat the peak hour traffic
  • • Start applications fast
  • • Master multitasking, SSD’s can handle multiple applications with minimal fuss

A SSD will give you the best bang for your buck.



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