5 Ways to Speed up Computer for free

Are you frustrated with the speed of your computer? You might have done fresh installation or but the it becomes slow after a month and so. Installing windows repeatedly can kill your Hard Disk. You might also have tried some rubbish tools to make it fast. Nothing happens using these applications; rather they install some creepy ad-ware and malware. I’ve compiled a list of ways which can really help to boost up the computer speed.

Steps to Boost up your PC performance:

  1. Hardware should be Sufficient

Before doing anything, make sure that your hardware is capable of handling your Operating System and other software’s. Whether you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should know that what are the minimum hardware requirements to support your operating system. Find below Windows 7 minimum system requirements

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Click here for detailed and additional requirements to use certain features

Checking Computer information for Windows 7 : Right Click on My Computer –> Properties

Windows 7 : Right Click on My Computer --> Properties

Windows 8 minimum system requirements

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver. Click here for detailed and additional requirements to use certain features.

Checking Computer information for Windows 8 : Search –> PC info

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In addition, if you are using your PC for gaming or 3D videos, you should have good processor, graphics card, memory etc.


2. Clean the Mess

Is your desktop full with files and folders? Is your taskbar full with application shortcuts? Do you have many applications installed which are no longer required or you haven’t used them at all? Below are some of the tips to clean the mess from your computer:

–          Clear all unused files and folders from your Desktop. Don’t keep any big size files on your desktop.

–          Clean all unused and unnecessary shortcuts from your Start-up and Taskbar.

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– Uninstall all the unnecessary and not required applications from your computer. Some applications have processes running in the background and they can consume quite a big amount of your memory and make your computer slow.

Win 7: Control Panel --> Uninstall a Program

Control Panel –> Uninstall a Program

– Clean out your Recycle bin regularly. Sometimes we delete alot of data, but we forgot to delete it permanently. You need to permanently delete the data from recycle bin. Right Click on Recycle Bin –> Empty recycle bin

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–  Delete all the temporary files from your computer. Sometimes temporary files store huge amount of data, which is in actual not required at all. It makes read/write process slow. Double click C drive –> users –> username –> AppData or C:\Users\your username\AppData

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C:\Users\your username\AppData


3. Regular Scanning of Viruses, Adware’s and Spywares

Antiviruses are very important and must for the security of your computer Operating System. Make a schedule and scan your computer for viruses, adware’s and spywares. They can make your computer very slow and can cause very small to very big harm to your computer. Choose your antivirus wisely, because some of the antiviruses are even very heavy. One of the best anti-spyware is Malwarebytes and it is mostly use to remove Adware’s and harmful spywares. Click here to check 5 Best free Antivirus programs in the World.

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 4. Install good Computer Cleaner:
There are many programs available to clean the junk from your computer and will fix errors from your registry too. This indeed enhances the speed of your computer. My personal favorite is CCleaner. It works smoothly flawlessly and makes your computer faster by cleaning up unused or temporary files. It also fix errors from the registry too. Other famous applications are RegClean Pro, AVG PC Tune up, PC Optimizer etc.

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5. Use Windows Built-in Tools:

–          De-fragment your Hard drives: Run Disk Defragmenter to speed up the read and write capability of your computer. There are many free tools available for this purpose too, such as Smart Defrag 2. But I would suggest you to run Windows defrag tool first and see the difference. Not Required in SSD.

Windows 7: Start --> Disk Defragment

Windows 7: Start –> Disk Defragmenter

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Right Click on C drive –> Properties –> Tools

–  Power Plan: If you are a Laptop or portable device user, then choose ‘High Performance’ as your power plan. This also helps for desktop users, but laptop users will have advantage by using it.

Control Panel --> Power Options

Control Panel –> Power Options

–          Error Check: Error Checking is Windows tool to scan and fix damaged files in hard drive. These damaged files cause slowliness in accessing files. Not Required in SSD.

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–          Adjust Desktop for Best Performance: Either its animation, aero peek, slide menu settings, thumbnails, icons, visual styles etc or any other 3D styles, don’t let your windows to decide what’s best for you. Do it yourself and select ‘Adjust for Best performance’. Then select what you want and what you don’t.

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