4 Easy Steps to Speed Up Your Computer

Does your computer seem to be running slower than usual? Do you find yourself waiting for what seems like an eternity for programs to load or files to open? If so, it might be time to give your computer a tune-up.

In this blog post, we'll discuss how to speed up your computer -- the video below walks you through the steps!

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4 Easy Steps to Speed Up Your Computer

1. Uninstall Unnecessary Programs

Unnecessary programs can slow down the computer and take up valuable hard drive space.

The following will help:

  • Search for Add/Remove Programs
  • Take note of the when they were were installed as well as their size by using the Sort by drop down
  • Uninstall any programs you no longer need or use, or any that appear to be taking a lot of space (higher the MB or GB, the more space they're taking)

2. Disable Unused Startup Programs

Startup programs can slow down your computer's boot-up time as well as utilize precious RAM (your computer’s breathing room) and can affect performance.

To disable unused startup programs:

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on the keyboard to open the Task Manager.
  • Click on the "Startup" tab.
  • Right-click on any programs you don't need at startup and select "Disable."

3. Adjust Visual Effects for Performance

Windows comes with a number of visual effects that can look nice but can also slow down your computer. To adjust these settings for better performance:

  • Go to the Control Panel and select "System and Security."
  • Click on "System."
  • Click on "Advanced System Settings."
  • Under the "Performance" section, click on "Settings."
  • Select "Adjust for best performance" and click "OK."

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4. Upgrade to a Solid State Drive (SSD) hard drive

If you're still not satisfied with the speed of your computer, you may want to consider installing a solid state drive (SSD). SSDs are faster than traditional hard drives and can significantly improve your computer's performance. To install an SSD:

  • Purchase an SSD that's compatible with your computer.
  • Install the SSD into your computer's drive bay.
  • Clone your current hard drive onto the SSD.
  • Replace your current hard drive with the SSD.
  • Enjoy faster performance!

This step will likely require a computer technician, so be in-touch!

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