A computer being slow is just about one of the most common problems there is in the business world today. Your browser takes an age to load pages or opening applications like Microsoft Word seem to make your computer completely stop what you need it to do. You may do one or more of the following to get it to work again:
- Holding control Ctrl + Alt + Delete;
- Blankly staring at your screen for some time (as though by doing so something would happen);
- Sweet talking it;
- Shouting and screaming at it;
- Restarting the whole system;
- Threatening to throw it out of the nearest window!
So, the question is, what or where is the problem?
A Large Cache Of Temporary Files
Every time you go online or open up applications to handle any one of the many tasks that you do on your computer, a temporary file for it is created and is stored on your computer’s hard drive. As the number of created files grows bigger, the more space that they take up, which drains your memory and consequently lowers your computer’s speed.
To erase this problem, go to your computer’s C: drive and click on the Windows folder. Within this folder, you should see a folder named ‘Temp’. Open it and select all the files within it by pressing and holding Ctrl + A and send all of them to the recycle bin.
Too Many Unwanted Applications Running on Start-Up
Like us, computers are able to multi-task, but the more commands they are given the longer it will take to do them.
Over time, as you start up your computer, certain applications open up and automatically start to run. In most cases, these functions are usually unnecessary and will contribute to the draining of your computer’s resources, slowing the overall essential operations.
To minimize the number of applications on start-up, open task manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del. Click on the tab saying ‘Start-Up’. On older Windows versions, this option can be found by clicking on ‘Start’ then typing ‘Run’. Once it opens, type ‘msconfig’. This opens the start-up tab.
Once you are in the start-up tab, you will see a list of all applications that automatically run. If you see any that are unnecessary and want to disable them, simply click them. However, be very cautious when doing this as some apps like your anti-virus are important and it is essential to leave them active. As for apps that you do not necessarily require and which you can open when needed, like entertainment programmes, should be fine to disable.
Ultimately, if you have been using your computer for several years now, it is likely that you have used up a good proportion of its memory. Basically, the more the memory being used, the slower your system is going to become. As such, it would be advisable that you consider giving your machine more storage and memory.
By adding an extra hard drive, you will potentially increase your computer’s internal memory. Another alternative that would work well would be to consider using an external hard drive in which you can store larger media and files, easing the pressure from your computer’s internal memory.
Too Many Unwanted Programmes
Another thing that may drain and strain a computer, causing it to have performance issues, is having too many unwanted and unnecessary programmes installed on it.
Often, especially when using the internet, we tend to download stuff with the greatest intention of using it. Invariably, most of the stuff we download never gets used again as we discover we didn’t need it or we don’t understand it. Whilst they are harmless, their presence still contributes in the draining of your computer’s performance.
The best thing to do is uninstall such software or programmes by going to the ‘Control Panel’ where you will find the list of all programmes installed on your system. It is in here that you have the power of simply clicking on an unwanted programme to uninstall it from your system, but be warned about uninstalling cyber security software.