There are several strategies you can use to speed up a slow computer and boost your productivity at work. Problems that cause a PC to slow down often occur over time. Finding which culprits are most to blame for the slow-down can be difficult, so we’ve created the following list of speed-boosting strategies to help troubleshoot your slow computer:
How to Speed Up Your Computer
1. FREE UP RAM SPACE
Get rid of duplicate and junk files on your PC. Scan your computer for programs that take up the most space on your hard drive or RAM (Random Access Memory). Surprisingly, you may not even remember installing some of the programs, let alone use them on a regular basis.
Many computer systems come pre-installed with “bloatware” that can take up space and slows your system. When looking at unused files or software, identify rarely used programs and delete them. If you’re worried you may need to access those files or programs in the future, consider moving your data to an external hard drive or onto the cloud.
2. STREAMLINE YOUR SYSTEM STARTUP
The startup menu is intended to pre-load popular programs so you can start using the system as quickly as possible. Most users, however, don’t regularly use the programs set to automatically load during the startup.
These programs run constantly in the background – slowing down both your startup, and the rest of your time on the system. Check your Startup folder and trim it down to the essential programs that must be there for you.