Over the years, your computer decreases in speed for many reasons; the main one being congestion. Solving these issues directly will fix most of these problems for you and return your machine to the speed it had in its early days.
You must follow these instructions step by step to get optimum results. This post is for Windows and Mac operating systems BUT if you have an Apple system you cannot complete ALL steps with just this post. Read on and you will see what I mean.
1 – Tidying up
This may seem pointless but it really does affect speed. The first thing you must do is clear up your desktop; anything you don’t need – remove it. You must arrange any pictures, music or videos you have into folders and keep the number of folders to a bare minimum. Having files all over the place makes your computer do unnecessary work to locate other files by having to sift through them to get to where it needs to be, so putting everything away into folders saves that little bit of work – every little helps.
2 – Removing Programs
Next, open the “control panel” then “add or remove programs” or if you have Windows 10 you can type “add or remove programs” on the search bit on the task bar. Once you have the window open remove every single program you do not need, there is always a few and some may be big files which tend to take up absorb speed which you can otherwise have.
NOTE: Please google how to remove programs for Macs if you are an Apple user as I have no idea.
3 – Download CCleaner
Run the installer as you would when installing any program. Once installed, open this program and you should arrive at a screen that looks like this:
Click on “run cleaner” and allow it to remove any unwanted files. Please note any personal files will not be affected and you will not lose anything important.
Once that is done click on registry and you should get a screen like this:
Now click on “scan for issues” then “fix selected issues”.
When this is done click on Tools, then Startup as follows
You must now disable all programs you do not need to startup when you launch your computer. You may find that you have disabled something you may need so make a note of them and restart your PC to see if anything is affected. If anything is affected then just re-enable and everything will go back to normal. Note that by restarting your PC at this point you will notice a significant change in speed already.
Once you complete the above, close CCleaner and restart your computer if you have not already done so previously and you are ready for the last and longest step.
Please note that after you complete all these steps, you should run CCleaner at least once a week to keep your machine as clean as possible so that it remains fast.
4 – Defragment PC
Defragmenting your computer is like organising an incredibly messy library. Imagine that there are books everywhere and you are looking for a specific book. Chances are it will take you a while to find it especially if books are where they shouldn’t be for example on the floors and what not.
Computers work in the same way. The older the PC gets the more disorganized it gets just like if you left a library for a long time with no one reorganizing it, it gets messy and people stop being able to find their books.
Defragmenting your PC is like putting the books back on the shelves and in the right places thus making it a lot easier to find exactly what you are looking for hence why doing this to your computer is arguably the best thing you can do to restore its speed.
Download and install Defraggler (only for Windows) from this link:
For Apple users, please google a trusted Defragmenter and install it. Use YouTube for a tutorial on how to use this program if you would like.
Back to Defraggler; once you have installed this program, before opening it you must close EVERY running program in the background and by that I mean anything you can get away with closing. This could include Skype, Dropbox, CCleaner, iTunes and so on, then launch Defraggler.
You are ready to defragment your hard drive.
Since setting up this program may be difficult for some, please watch the video below from 11:27 onwards to get it going.
Restart your PC and there you have it!
If you have any questions, leave them below and until next time, take care.
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