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Slow Computer? DIY Computer Repair Advice
If you came here specifically to repair a slow computer, then you came to the right place. The primary goal of Slow-Computer-Repair.com is to help you to fix your own PC.
Why is my computer so slow?
There are many things that can cause a slow computer such as registry errors, a virus, spyware, a lack of memory, or hard drive fragmentation. Luckily, all of these are fixable problems. Most of the issues can be fixed for free. Only a few of the problems listed above need any type of investment in software or hardware.
6 Steps to a Quicker Computer
Generally speaking, 90% of computers will be sped up noticeably by completing ALL of the steps below, assuming you don't have a virus. You should run a virus scan first to see if you have a virus. Also, you will probably notice odd behavior if your computer is infected. The 6 steps below are aimed at the most basic computer users and the guide shouldn't take too long to complete.
1) Defragment the Hard Drive
To Defragment your hard drive, open up "My Computer", Right Click on C:, Click properties, Click the "Tools" Tab, Click "Defragment Now", Click Defragment, click ok. Here is more info from Microsoft on this.
2) Add Memory
Generally speaking, a memory upgrade will be the best bang for your buck hardware upgrade for you. Buying and installing memory is pretty easy as well. Here is a guide talking about the installation of memory.
3) Remove Spyware
Spyware can build up on your computer and slow your PC down over time. Download and Install Ad-Aware, a free anti-spyware tool and then use it to remove all spyware that is on your computer.
4) Remove Unused Programs, Files, Folders
Do you have any files, programs, pictures, music, or videos that you no longer need or use? Can you move some of these files to an external source? If so, deleting these will free up disk space which will increase the speed of your computer. To remove programs, go to the control panel -> add/remove programs (or uninstall programs) -> click on the program you want to uninstall -> click "uninstall". If you were able to find any programs to remove, make sure you clean the defragment again after you removed the unneeded programs.
5) Turn down Windows Graphics
If you have the Windows graphics at high settings, you may be able to regain speed by turning the graphics down. You can find these in the Visual Effects Tab under Performance options which is located in the Control Panel.
6) Optimizing Windows Startup Programs
After you remove unneeded programs, you can also optimize the Windows Startup process so programs you don't use often don't start up automatically when Windows starts.
My Computer is Slow Still, Now What?
If your computer is still slow, then you can check out computer speed up tips here.
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