My Computer Is Running Super Slow

By Elvis Michael

Have you ever wondered why a new and efficient PC loses its performance over time? Generally, it occurs due to a lack of maintenance. Just like many other electronic devices, a computer can become slow in a matter of weeks if not properly maintained. However, Microsoft Windows offers various techniques which can assist you in increasing your computer's speed one step at a time.

Optimize Virtual Memory

Step 1

Optimize virtual memory usage if your computer lacks insufficient Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM is used to process computer data, but if an insufficient amount is present, virtual memory kicks in to compensate. Click "Start," right-click the "Computer" applet and launch "Properties."

Step 2

Click "Advanced System Settings." Go to "Settings" from the "Performanc"e field, select "Advanced" followed by "Change."

Step 3

Specify a desired amount of memory (in megabytes) into the "Initial Size" and "Maximum Size" fields. Such memory is taken from your overall hard disk's capacity, so be sure to assign a reasonable amount.

Step 4

Click "Set" followed by "OK" to save your changes and exit the menu at hand.

Organize Hard Disk Data

Step 1

Organize all hard disk data through Windows Disk Defragmenter. Go to "Start" and click "All Programs." Click "Accessories," then select "System Tools" and launch the "Disk Defragmenter" utility.

Step 2

Click the hard drive you wish to defragment (organize) and press "Analyze Disk" to have Windows inspect its fragmentation level.

Step 3

Press "Defragment Disk" to initialize the procedure. Allow Windows the time required to finish, which depends on your hard drive's capacity and how your data is scattered throughout your hard drive.

Perform a Disk Cleanup

Step 1

Remove all temporary data collected from setup log files, recycle bin items, temporary Internet data and more. Go to "Start" and launch the "Computer" applet.

Step 2

Right-click your primary hard disk (usually known as the "C:" drive) and select "Properties."

Step 3

Press "Disk Cleanup" from the General tab. Enable all files listed and click "OK" to effectively remove them from your computer.

Disable Optional Programs

Step 1

Disable unnecessary processes and services from launching simultaneously with your system. Go to "Start" and type "Msconfig" from the Run/Search field. Press "OK" to launch the System Configuration utility.

Step 2

Browse to the "Startup" tab. Disable any third-party applications that you can launch manually such as "Windows Live Messenger" and any additional programs.

Step 3

Click "OK" to exit the System Configuration utility and restart your computer for all settings to take effect.

Repair Hard Disk Errors

Step 1

Run the Check Disk (Error-Checking) utility to repair damaged system files and hard disk errors. If any of these are damaged, you may experience a decline in computer performance when taking everyday actions, such as opening or saving a file. Go to "Start" and launch the "Computer" applet. Right-click your primary hard disk and launch "Properties."

Step 2

Go to the "Tools" tab and click "Check Now" from the error-checking field. This will launch the "Check Disk" utility, which attempts to fix damaged system data and poor hard disk sectors.

Step 3

Enable "Automatically Fix File System Errors" and "Scan for And Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors." Click "Start" to initialize the process. Once done, Windows will give you a report of every sector or file successfully repaired.