Five Tips to Make Your Windows Computer Run Smoothly

September 22, 2015 by Alex Collins, IT Services Consultant

Windows_DesktopIs your Windows computer starting to feel sluggish? Do you long for the days of a faster machine? At All Covered, the molasses-like Windows machines we've fixed have convinced us that the great majority of such cases can be solved with minor tweaking that can be done in a few hours or less. Before calling us, try these five tips out: these will likely put the spring back in your Windows computer’s step.

1. Remove Unused Programs
Is your computer full of video games you’ve grown bored of, productivity applications you’ve found better versions of, or programs you only needed for completed projects? Get rid of old programs you no longer use. These programs can take up hard drive space and run background tasks that slow down your computer.

2. Scan for Viruses Often
Not all viruses are the obvious, system-destroying kind. In fact, malware that isn’t obvious can pose the greatest danger to your system. Some viruses work insidiously, slowing down your system and gathering valuable data. Make sure your system is covered by a quality antivirus program and scan once a week for malware. If your antivirus refuses to run, don’t give up – this could be a sign of a serious virus and should be looked into ASAP.

3. Upgrade Your RAM
Your computer has two kinds of memory: the hard drive, which stores data such as photos and documents you have created; and RAM (random access memory), which handles data for programs that are currently open. The more programs you run, the more RAM you’ll want in your system. Luckily for you, RAM is usually really cheap and easy to install. If your system slows down as you open more programs, consider adding more RAM.

4. Know Your System Temperature
If you’re using a laptop or running heavy software like video games on your computer, it’s important to keep the system cool. Not only is an overheated computer slow, but extended high temperatures can permanently damage your computer, shortening its lifespan. See if your computer has an internal thermometer and find software that can check that temperature. If your computer is overheating, consider a cooling base for laptops or liquid cooling for desktops.

5. Close Background Programs
Programs don’t need to have open windows to be using up RAM and processor power. On Windows systems, background programs are usually shown on the right side of the Start menu bar. If you’re not using programs you find there, close them and open up the space. Just be careful not to close your antivirus software by mistake – you always want this running.

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