12/12/14 14:44 Filed in: Tips
Every now and again your computer needs a little TLC. Most creaking computers are slow not because they have a slow processor but because they are full of junk files and haven’t had routine maintenance run on them. Here are some simple ways to speed things up.
1. Delete junk from Web Browser.
Temporary files are continually being created by your PC, mostly by the web browser you are using. The reason is that should you ever return to an internet page, it doesn’t have to download the pictures again. These temporary files are easy to remove - simply click on the Tools cog icon within the web browser, select Internet Options, then click on the Delete button. Just ensure you read all the options and that you are happy with your choices (the default options are normally fine).
2. Defrag your hard drive
When you keep data (pictures, music and documents are all types of data) on your PC, it is stored in little pigeon holes on your computer’s hard disk. Each time the files are accessed, they grow and shrink in size and sometimes have to be broken apart and thus end up fragmented around the hard disk. When this happens (and it always happens), your computer has to spend more time putting all the pieces of the file back together when you next need it. To defrag within Windows 7, go to the defrag tool located in Start Menu\Accessories\System Tools\Disk Defragmenter. Within Windows 8.1 type Defrag. This will bring you to the tool and all you then do is “Analyse Disk” and it will tell you if it needs to be done or not.
3. Remove unwanted programs
If you’re one for installing hundreds of different programs on your PC before finding the right one, that’s fine, but if you don’t use it, uninstall it. Some programs will often have a launcher program waiting in your dock to fire up just in case you decide to play a file. These programs take up valuable memory and processing time and can be a major cause of slow PC’s. Go to Add/ Remove programs in the control panel and get rid of the ones you don’t use anymore (IMPORTANT: make sure you installed it and it wasn’t installed by the PC manufacturer as this could cause lots of problems. If you are not sure, leave it alone).
There will be more speedy tips in a fortnight.