By Pritesh Kumar
More often than not, we face the problem of a slowed down PC . With time data in the hard disc piles up and the PC becomes super slow. This problem is more pronounced today as we have hard discs with 1000 GB space.
In this post, we will be discussing some of the proven tips to boost PC speed. You may try some or all of these.
1. Delete Unwanted Files and Programs
Over time, the hard disc becomes similar to the storeroom of our houses in which we just throw away all the junk (in hope that we may need them in future). And this is not a good habit as apart from taking valuable space it causes significant slowdown. So, remove all the unwanted files.
Also uninstall any unnecessary programs in your PC.
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Alternatively, you can move some of your data to the cloud like on Google Drive or Drop Box. This will not only free some space (and improve searching speed) but also you can retrieve it anytime.
2. Defragement the drives
The word fragment means “in pieces”and Fragmentation is the phenomenon when a file is stored in several separate areas of memory scattered throughout a hard disk. It increases the work required to allocate and access a resource . For example, on a hard drive or tape drive, sequential data reads are very fast, but seeking to a different address is slow, so reading or writing a fragmented file requires numerous seeks and is thus much slower, in addition to causes greater wear on the device.
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When the hard disc is new, this doesn’t happen but as memory fills up, data is more often fragmented. Windows has an inbuilt tool to do this regularly. But you can override this and do yourself anytime.
3. Error Checking
Over time, hard discs may have some file system errors and this may be sometimes be fatal. So if your PC is behaving abnormally, be sure to check your hard disc for errors.
4. Change indexing Options
When you search something for the first time, it takes time. Next time when you search it, time is significantly reduced. What Windows does is that it creates an index of the searches performed.
We can use the indexing feature to improve searching performance.
Open Search Box and Search Indexing. Click Modify and add the locations you wish to be indexed.
5. Change Startup Options
When Windows boots up, there are a number of programs which start concurrently. Many of them are OS programs while others are User programs. The OS programs are necessary for the system and hence must not be altered.
The User programs compete with each other for resources(Processor, RAM etc) at Startup , ultimately slowing the Startup process. Hence, they can be disabled at Startup using the Task Manager.
6. Perform deep PC scan
Perform a deep scan of your PC to find out any viruses and malwares which may be hogging resources silently and ultimately slowing the PC. You should do this regularly if your PC is constantly connected to the internet.
Now I hope your PC should be faster. If not then its high time that you upgrade it to increase your productivity.
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