Last time we advised about deleting junk from Internet Explorer, defragging your hard drive and removing unwanted programs. Here are some more simple ways to speed up your PC:
Run an Anti-Malware Program
We find that nowadays people get an awful lot more problems with Malware (software which is specifically designed to disrupt a computer system) than the more traditional virus issues. This is mostly down to Microsoft doing a better job of fixing exploits and making significant security improvements to Windows. If you’ve clogged up your PC with all sorts of gremlins, you should run an Anti-Malware program such as the excellent Malware Bytes Anti-Malware from www.malwarebytes.org. Just go to their website and install the free version, this should do all that you need to do for now. Once it has finished downloading the latest updates, run a full scan and follow the on-screen instructions. If it finds something, don’t panic - just follow the on-screen prompts once it has finished the scan.
Install more Memory
When it comes to memory (RAM) your computer will always want more. This will be the hundredth time I’ve written this paragraph and it still comes out as technobabble, so please dear reader brace yourself as I’m about to spout numbers at you! For 64 Bit versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 PC’s and laptops you need to have a minimum of 4Gb of RAM. For 32 Bit versions of 7 and Vista you should be looking at having a minimum of 2Gb. For everything to run as nicely as it can, you should realistically double the minimum amount of RAM. HOWEVER, if you’ve never done anything inside a computer before, do seek some help with regards to the purchase and installation of memory as it can be fairly complicated.
Install Windows 8.1
Windows 8 received a lot of bad press when it was first launched - some of this was fair, some was not. Microsoft got much right with Windows 8 as it is significantly faster and far more secure than Windows 7. And if you can’t get past the big chunky icons, simply install a piece of software called Classic Shell from www.classicshell.net (this makes Windows 8 look like Windows 7). Personally I stopped using Classic Shell when the Windows 8.1 update came out. But I digress. Windows 8.1 is so much faster than 7 at start-up, it beggars belief.