Advanced Tips To Increase PC Speed… Guaranteed!
Below we’ll discusses key concepts in computer science. This will include several advanced PC speed tips designed to teach anyone how to increase PC speed, stability and security…
You don’t have to be an advanced computer user to understand the methodology — I’ve tried to make this as easy as possible for anyone and everyone who owns a computer to understand!
That being said, it’s important that you read this page from start to finish as each step builds on the previous.
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1. Clean Your Hard-Drive(s)
Clean up your hard-drive(s) by typing “cleanmgr.exe” into the run menu to access Disk Cleanup. This is that “search programs and files” box that shows when you hit the Windows Start icon, usually in the lower left of most screens (although you can move it to any part of the screen).
Click here to get my list of the most effective tools for this big job!
2. Clean Your Browser
Regardless of your browser, you should clean it out regularly. To clean Chrome, click the three bars icon in the upper right corner, then click “Tools,” then “Clean Browsing Data,” and then check the history boxes, cookies and cached items.
Click here to download a tool which does a great job on the five top browsers, registries and Windows, overall.
3. Switch From Internet Explorer to Chrome or Firefox
If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) as your Web browser, it is time to upgrade. Make the Google Chrome download the last thing you do on it. Chrome and Firefox are generally faster and have fewer bugs than IE 11. (Sorry, IE users.)
4. Remove Programs You Don’t Use
Along with preventing every app on your computer from starting with Windows, you should also review which programs you no longer need and remove/uninstall them. Access the uninstaller tool from your control panel and use that to uninstall programs you don’t use, want or need.
Click here to get my number recommended tool for the job!
5. Streamline the Startup
Often when a program is installed for the first time, it will add itself to the Windows Startup so that it is automatically loaded each and every time you turn on your computer. Having frequently used programs launched at startup is convenient, but too many programs launching at Startup can not only deplete resources (CPU and/or RAM), it can also have a severe drag on the time it takes your computer to finish booting, again causing PC lag, hanging or PC freeze. By removing some startup programs, you can reclaim resources and shave seconds — or even minutes off your boot time, to increase PC speed.
Click here for help improving your Start-up and shut-down time!
6. Regularly Scan for Spyware and/or Malware
Malware is “malicious software, a program or file that is designed to specifically damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus, worm, Trojan horse." (Source: www.awbank.net) Malware is also interchangeably used with the term “Spyware."
Malware often overrides regular system functionality in order to take control of the users’ experience; in doing so, the system becomes bogged down from the extra activity. For example: some malware can monitor keystrokes (actual keys you type on your keyboard!) and serves ads to your PC based on words you type. Now you can see why this might cause pc lag and screen freezes.
It is not uncommon for a system to crash or “hang" periodically from a malware infection. As such, it is recommended you scan for malware / spyware as part of your regular system maintenance to maintain a faster PC. To avoid being infected with malware in the first place, I recommend using only the best anti-spyware protection.
Click here to discover the best security tools that will remove and prevent even the most stubborn infections (viruses, adware, spyware, malware, trojans, hackers & keyloggers) to fix errors and maintain your PC’s performance.
7. Optimize the Windows Registry
The Windows Registry is one of the most important components of the Windows Operating System. Like a warehouse, The Registry is database that stores everything about your computer, including: all your installed applications, hardware drivers, program settings, and the like. When a program is installed to Windows, its details are added to the registry. When a program is removed, its details are *supposed to be* removed from the registry.
The problem is that not all programs are installed or uninstalled properly — and this is usually the fault of the software developer. To resolve this issue, you should use a registry cleaner to search for and remove defunct / obsolete / incorrect registry entries. Doing so optimizes the registry and decreases the chance that your computer will attempt to retrieve incorrect or outdated information — again, this has to do with hard-drive access time, not necessarily to increase PC speed. Furthermore, incorrect registry information can produce strange error messages, cause system stability issues, or even crash your computer on rare occasions.
Click here to optimize your Windows Registry (and clean the hard-drive effectively)!
8. Update Software Drivers
A software driver is a program responsible for controlling a hardware peripheral via the operating system (Windows). For example: a printer driver is software used to configure / operate a printer. Software drivers are released on a regular basis by manufacturers: often the result of optimization or bug fixes. Some bug fixes can be severe and it is not uncommon (especially for video drivers) to be unstable and cause pc lag, pc freeze and/or crash your system. It is therefore recommended that you update your drivers regularly to ensure pc speed, optimization and stability.
Software drivers are usually available from the hardware manufacturer’s website. If you are unsure what hardware components are inside your computer, I recommend you download and install Belarc Advisor (100% free) by clicking here
Click here to scan, check and update your old out-of-date drivers on your entire system (free software and resources)
9. Upgrade to a Larger Hard-drive
If you are constantly running out of space on your hard-drive, then it also makes sense that your files are also likely fragmented because you are likely deleting and adding new files constantly. To avoid fragmentation altogether, you need lots of available space on your hard-drive. Therefore, upgrading to a significantly larger hard-drive can increase PC speed by simply and effectively speeding up file access… This is because the hard-drive will likely never have to segment files in multiple locations in the first place (because of the available space).
Click here for help changing/upgrading your hard-drive!
10. Buy More RAM
RAM stands for Random Access Memory and is a key hardware component inside your computer. The rule of thumb is: the more RAM you have, the faster your computer can access recently used data and therefore process information faster.
Using a word processing document as an example, this is how your computer processes data:
- A document is stored on the hard-drive.
- When you want to make changes to the document, it is retrieved from the hard-drive and loaded into RAM (memory), along with the word processor program.
- As you make changes to the document, it is processed by the Central Processing Unit (CPU) or “processor" .
- Changes to the document are made in “real-time" via RAM (memory).
- When you save the document, it is read from RAM and written back to the hard-drive.
In simple terms, RAM acts like a buffer between your hard-drive (the “C" drive) and your processor. The more RAM you have, the more “stuff" that stays buffered (in memory) for longer periods of time improving pc speed. Because computers rely heavily on accessing related information or doing the same thing over and over again, RAM is therefore crucial to overall computing performance and/or to increase PC speed.
In terms of data acquisition / access time / speed, RAM is ultra fast compared to hard-drives — by about 1000 times. If your computer does not have enough RAM to process a task (for example: the loading of a document), the hard-drive is used as a temporary dumping ground to offload what was previously in RAM in order to free up additional resources. This is where a PC can start to crawl, as the result of access time differences — including file fragmentation (described further down).
Here is a very general rule of thumb for the amount of RAM you should use with a Windows PC:
- Windows XP: min 512 MB of RAM (2GB+ recommended), max 4GB (XP Pro).
- Windows Vista/7: min 1GB of RAM (4GB+ recommended), max 4GB (32bit) / 4-16GB (64bit).
- Windows 8: min 1GB of RAM (4GB+ recommended), max 4GB (32bit) / 4-128GB (64bit).
- Windows 10 Home: min 2GB of RAM (4GB+ recommended), max 4GB (32bit) / 4-128GB (64bit).
Click here for help discovering, ordering, upgrading and installing RAM Memory!
11. K.I.S.S. — Keep It Short & Simple!
The K.I.S.S. principle states that design simplicity should be a key goal and unnecessary complexity avoided. It serves as a useful principle in a wide array of disciplines, such as software development, animation, journalism, photography, engineering, and strategic planning. Common variants of the acronym include: “Keep It Simple, Stupid!" and “Keep It Sweet & Simple" (Source: wikipedia.org)
K.I.S.S. is probably one of the most overlooked “simple" rules you can follow. In terms of software installation, using only the best and most essential tools will not only keep your desktop uncluttered, it will make using your computer that much more easier, efficient, less prone to file / registry fragmentation, pc lag, pc freeze, screen freezes, crashes, malware attacks and not having to figure out how to repair and/or fix Windows errors.
So do yourself a favor — Keep It Short & Simple!