Increase virtual memory of the system, Fix Slow PC
One of the most asked question is how to increase speed of your computer or how to Fix a slow PC, because we all want to avail the maximum speeds possible with our hardware and software configurations. There are many reasons due to which PC running slow and these can include software and hardware issues. Some of the most common reasons are – Windows options are set to high performance (which use lot off memory) – Running Out of Disk Space – Computer needs a serious clean up and perhaps a fresh reinstallation
Speeding up Computer using Software Methods
Remove Auto Start-up Programs – Open start menu and check which program is in start-up because program which is present in start-up starts with boot up, this slow down the PC dramatically which is very frustrating when one want to jump on the pc for urgent work and system laughing at you, remove unnecessary program form start-up this will increase the speed of boot-up
Clean up Disk Space – Try to remove Useless file form Disk because disk full of files works slow freeing up some room on your hard-drive , Try doing a disk cleanup to remove any unneeded files or unused desktop icons ,because with full desktop system work slowly also remove temporary internet files and things like that. Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup
De-fragment your Hard drive – It’s very useful to defragment your hard drive after every 3-6 months or so, defragmentation make all the file in order on the hard drive and all the sector of hard drove is properly working. Defragmentation is also designed to help speed up access of hard drive files. Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter **
Change Performance Options on Windows – This makes a lot of difference. These operating systems give lot of pressure on look up of system or themes of system and they totally neglect the performance. For an example even XP and Vista can run slow on some machine with full graphics. To modify your windows graphics and set it to a lower level follow these steps Right Click on My Computer and Click Properties Click Advanced and under Performance Click Settings Here you can manually select what you want windows to look like or click “adjust for best performance” It’s amazing how well this can fix a slow PC.
Increase Physical / Virtual Memory – Performance of system can also be approved by increasing the virtual/physical memory; this memory is simply spare space on your hard drive windows uses just as it would use spare memory/RAM. To adjust it right click my computer and click properties, Click Advanced. Under Virtual Memory click change and here you can select a custom size and then hit set, otherwise you can just use system managed size.
Windows Performance Settings
Here you can see performance options; you can also change virtual memory options here
Check if Virus slowing your PC – A common reason for a PC working slow is that it is infected with viruses, which duplicate with each and every click in the system most common of them are new folder.exe or autorun.ini; to overcome this problem use any of the Anti-virus to scan your system, some worm cannot be deleted by using normal anti-virus refer to Remove Exe virus Manually to remove them
Disable unused network ports or other controllers – Do you have any unused network connections that you could disable, or even any other pci slot devices that you could remove totally if not in regular use.
Run Scandisk Occasionally running scan disk to check for system file errors or bad sectors that could be repaired you can run scandisk from command line using chkdsk or you can simply right click on your drive and select properties than selection error checking under tools, and if will setup a scandisk procedure next time you restart.
Operating System Needs Update –Installing and uninstalling different component in the system and by advance use of system by certain software sometime system file in window get corrupt to overcome this problem it is necessary to update your system time to time, Sometimes an operating system can have certain bugs or need patches and updates in order for it run correctly, it’s also important to get security updates to avoid getting virus’s that slow down your computer. Its best to manually update otherwise you can waste time getting a lot of unnecessary software which is what we try and avoid.
Do not show Hidden Files –Sometimes showing hidden files is useful but it also means your gui has to load up all these random hidden files most of which are temporary ones and this can slow down your pc. you can change it from any windows click , Tools -> View -> Do not show hidden files and folders
Check what Processes and Programs are Running – Hit SHIFT+CTRl+ESC the task manager will open, then click processes to see which application is using most of your system resources, close some of processes which are taking too much CPU usage, but before closing any processes be sure about, look up the name on Google first to find out what it is. You can also identify primitive virus’s this way so keep an eye out for things that look strange. Lot of normal programs do have strangely named processes though. To fix slow pc only use windows services you actually need.
Slow PC in games Increase Speed Decrease Quality – You can also play around with video card settings to get the best smoothest gameplay while sacrificing some graphics quality. Right click your desktop and select properties. Now goto Settings -> Advanced and look for your graphics card control panel , may be displayed when your right click your desktop for me it shows NVIDIA control panel. Great fix slow PC while playing games.
Unneeded Windows Services – Turning off un-needed Windows services. Good explanation of which services can be disabled without any trouble. Beware though I wouldn’t disable any old thing some people do this and end up having to format anyway.
Speed up the Boot Sequence – There is also something you can try to speed up your boot sequence if your pc slow start it involves changing the default boot timeout value , the boot timeout is just the amount of time it waits before selecting the default operating system, this is not really useful unless you have several operating systems installed and you are not there to select the one you want straight away. But try changing the timeout of 30 seconds to 3 -5 seconds , to do this goto Start -> Run, then type msconfig and under Boot.ini you will see timeout 30 seconds change that.
ReadyBoost – Ready boost for windows vista uses harddrive space from usb devices and other external harddrives as memory to speed up a slow pc. Find out more Here
Its really time for a Format, Fresh Install – Maybe its time to do a fresh install and format that harddrive you haven’t formatted for the last 5 years. Its usually recommended to do a fresh installation every now and then. It doesn’t mean you have to loose all your files or anything like that you can make backups or just simply partition your harddrive into two and do a fresh install on a seperate partition to where all your backup files are.
NTFS not FAT32 – Remember when your formatting to choose NTFS and not FAT32 ,16 or anything else, NTFS formatted harddrives are much much faster than the older FAT32 standard.
Speed up Computer , Hardware Methods
CPU overheating , needs cleaning – A computer that’s overheating is never going to run at its best, so even more so in the hotter months your computer may be a little sluggish and this is normal. If its playing up for no reason try de-dusting your CPU and case to allow better air flow. Fix slow pc by giving it a good clean every 3 – 6 months, more often in a dusty carpeted environment.
Harddrive Dying – If you start to hear weird noises from your harddrive like the disc is not spinning inside it properly or unusually loud noises this could be a sign of a harddrive near death or overheating.
Add Some More RAM – This is an easy way to speed up your computer especially with cheap RAM prices these days, remember to check what type of RAM your motherboard supports and its usually best to stick with the same brand of RAM instead of mixing it up to avoid conflicts.
Bios Settings – Go into your BIOS and check that your computer is set to run at high performance.
Over-clocking – Very popular option to increase speed and get more out of a CPU is to overclock it , and get it to run at a faster clock speed than it was designed to. Be careful doing this as you need to monitor the health of CPU carefully and ensure it doesn’t overheat. Heat is the biggest danger to overclockers. Some motherboards allow overclocking through the BIOS , or with simple software program otherwise there are hardware methods.