It is very common that most computer users either desktop or laptop find it hard to keep their device fresh and smooth functioning for a long time. After a certain period of buying it the performance of the system gets dull and slower in loading than it was earlier. It takes ages to load the required applications and programs as the system gets dull and slower in its memory (RAM) and CPU.
Here I will explain about the major causes of why a computer system becomes slower and dull as it gets older. Please note that – I personally prefer to use only Microsoft Windows Operating System, started from Windows XP to the latest Windows 8.1. Therefore, these tips and tricks are to be suitable ONLY for Windows users. I have tested Linux in the past, but I did not like it due to its slow behavior and could not use many applications as much it is possible with Windows. Moreover, upto today Windows is the most preferred OS used all over the world, followed by Apple’s Macintosh, then Linux and few Android OS devices.
1. Customization: When you buy a brand new computer in these days, it probably comes with a preloaded OS (such as Windows 7 or 8, Linux). It has all the default settings and features in active mode, which is not much satisfactory in term of its performance. Most of the available features are set in running mode, including those which you don’t need to utilize. All these unnecessary features make the system slow and dull to perform their assigned functions. This is when you need to begin customizing all of the features accordingly with your preferences. The more you customize the features, the better your system will give you satisfying results when you use it.
2. Disable all the unnecessary startup programs: I have noticed almost in every computer that many unnecessary processes run in the background. It is due to many programs are enabled in startup manager which are not really required to run automatically right from the time your system has been switched on. You can manually start those programs only when you need them. If you still have doubts about this – right click on a blank area of the taskbar and select Start Task Manager. Under the Processes tab you would notice many processes are running in the background of which you are not really aware of in time. However, even though you may end or shut down these processes manually these will automatically start again the next time you switched on your computer. Besides, it is always risky to end system processes if you don’t know about them in details, or else your computer might never start again.
To disable all the unnecessary processes or programs, start the Run command and then type – msconfig. Now a window of System Configuration will open up, and select the Startup tab. Under this tab you will find all the programs with checked in the boxes to automatically start. Here you can disable all the programs by unchecking in the boxes, and later you can manually start them only when you want to use them. I bet you would notice many programs are actively checked in the boxes and running in the background.
3. Disable all the unnecessary services: After background processes, the second features which make the computer slower are the background services, some of which are not necessarily need to be set in auto enabled mode. When many services are set in, enabling mode, the computer becomes slower. It is because all of these are using more memory without any importance. Therefore, it is always a wise step to manually disable them one by one, and enable them ONLY when you really need these services.
Once again, click on an empty area on the taskbar and select Start Task Manager. Now in this window, click on the Services tab under which all the running and stopped services are listed in details. Click on Services box at the right bottom corner to run the Services window. It will provide a list of all the Windows services with their detail information. You can find easily find out which are user services (manually able to start), and which are system services which cannot be disabled at any stance. If you forcefully disable any system service, your computer will fail to start after shutdown. Thus, I strongly advise you to be cautious while disabling any service by visiting this link to know which services are safe to disable.
If you want to disable any service you have to double click directly on the preferred service from the long list, then click on the Startup type in the middle area. It will provide 4 options – Automatic (Delayed Start), Automatic, Manual and Disabled. If the service is listed under safe to disable services list you can completely set it to Disabled mode, or else Manual mode in order to start it on your own need.
4. Regularly remove temporary files and folders: Believe it or not, one of the most useful methods to keep the computer running faster as ever, is to regularly remove temporary files or folders which were created while running various programs on their needs. Temporary files and folders are those which are completely unnecessary for running a computer safely and you can surely remove them permanently. Here regularly does not necessarily mean to perform the task every day, but it is wiser to follow it at least once a week. By removing these wasted files, it makes the disk space free from occupying space, and keeps the system running at its peak.
There are numerous applications available to remove unnecessary files and folders, one of which is CCleaner, which is very handy to use and easy to install and run. Here is the link to download CCleaner.
5. Scan Windows Registry on a regular basis: Just like removing unnecessary files and folders, it is advised to clean inactive registry settings from the Windows Registry at least once in a fortnight to improve the performance of the system. Registry is the location in a Windows OS which registers every details information and settings are after a new software is installed. This makes easier for the system to recognize which programs is set to run according to its assigned type. When many unused registry settings have remained after the uninstallation of an application it takes longer time to load other programs, overall making the system run slower than normal.
6. Upgrade RAM: The amount of RAM is the most important part in running a computer faster. When you find the physical memory is running above 50% it is advised to upgrade the RAM slot with higher quantity, as it will noticeably increase the performance of the system. It is almost impossible to upgrade a RAM in most of the laptops beyond its limit, whereas for desktops it is convenient to upgrade with much higher capacity.
7. Buy a computer with high speculations: I strongly advise you to buy a computer with high speculations, such as high capacity of RAM, latest and fastest CPU, high graphic card values and the latest Operating System. All of these will make your computer run like a healthy horse.
If you need any assistance for solving your computer and software related problems you can always contact me @ - firstname.lastname@example.org for help and guide.