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5 Ways To Speed Up Your Slow Computer

Slow Computer

 

Fast food.  The fast lane.  High-speed Internet.

Instant coffee.  Instant rice.  Instant download.  Overnight delivery.

You and I have come to expect nearly everything in our lives to be immediate.  Our tolerance for waiting and delays is almost non-existent.

It couldn’t be more true than with your computer.

How many times have you rolled your eyes in disgust or exhaled an impatient sigh as you waited to use your computer after pressing its power button?

I hear the complaint many times every day – “My computer runs slow.”

It’s true that your computer does operate less quickly over time.  So how can you speed it up?

Perform regular maintenance

Neglect to change your car’s oil or air up a deflated tire and you’ll experience major problems.

Your PC is very much like your car.  You have to perform periodic maintenance on it to keep it running optimally.

At least once a week, you should delete the junk and temporary files that accumulate on your computer.  These files are the normal residual buildup from browsing Internet sites and using programs.  If they’re not removed, they cause your computer to operate slower and slower.

An excellent free, easy-to-use program for removing the junk and temporary files is CCleaner.  It can be downloaded from our website at www.calibreforhome.com/free-tools.

As awesome as technology is, your computer gets lazy.  Just like your husband or kids who can’t seem to put things back where they found them.

Each program on your computer consist of dozens of files stored in various places on the hard drive.  When you open Microsoft Word, for example, your computer pulls out the necessary files for Word to work more quickly as you use it to write your letter.

If your computer were responsible, it would put the files back where it found them when you closed Microsoft Word.  Keeping your hard drive neat, tidy, and fast.

But it doesn’t.

You need to manually clean up the mess by performing what’s called a defragmentation on your hard drive.  This process puts related files close together on your hard drive, so your computer doesn’t have to search for them the next time you want to use them.  This makes doing things on your PC much faster.

An excellent free program for defragmenting your hard drive is Auslogics Disk Defrag.  It can be downloaded from our website at www.calibreforhome.com/free-tools.

Use a faster web browser

If you experience slowness when on the Internet, it could be because of your web browser.

Every PC comes with Internet Explorer installed.  So it’s what most people use to browse the Internet.

But Internet Explorer takes longer to display websites than other web browsers.

Google Chrome is a faster, safer web browser, which I recommend you use.  

Add more memory

The more memory available to your computer, the faster it will operate.

Many store-bought computers come only with the bare minimum required to let the computer function.  This is done to keep the price cheap.

For most versions of Windows, 8 gigabytes of memory is recommended.

Adding more memory is typically inexpensive, especially if you have a relatively newer computer.  It’s also the easiest way to speed up your slow computer.

Get a better hard drive

If you truly want to see a significant increase in the speed of your computer, upgrade to a solid state hard drive.

The faster speeds result from the way solid state hard drives function.  It can reduce your computer’s startup time from three or more minutes to less than 45 seconds.

If you have a laptop computer, a solid state hard drive uses less power and gives you longer battery life.   

Although the prices have dropped considerably in recent months, solid state hard drives are more expensive than regular hard drives.  But if speed is what you’re looking for, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

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Tired of annoying Windows 10 pop-ups?

Say No to Windows 10

No doubt you’ve been annoyed by the constant pop-ups from Microsoft on your Windows 7 or 8 computer urging you to upgrade to Windows 10.

All you want to do is relax by playing a game of solitaire, catch up on the day’s news, or see what friends have posted on Facebook.

Instead, you’re forced to close the window that takes up more than half your screen before you can enjoy using your computer.

It’s like malware

Microsoft is becoming more and more aggressive and intrusive with their notifications. 

  • A pop-up appears every time you power on your PC.
  • An icon displays in the bottom right corner of your desktop.
  • It takes over your manual Windows update options.

This behavior simulates that of virus and malware infections.

Microsoft’s questionable tactics

Did you know that these forced “ads” significantly slow down your computer when you first power it on?

It does.

Windows 7 computers, for example, take 20-30 seconds longer to fully start background programs and services because the Windows 10 notifications must load first.  This forces you to wait before your PC is ready to use.

Did you also realize Microsoft steals your precious hard drive space by secretly downloading the Windows 10 installer files to your computer?

I’ve seen on client computers as much as 6.2GB of hard drive space filled with Windows 10 installation files.  Files my clients did not download nor give permission for them to be downloaded.

Watch where you click

Besides the intrusiveness, the biggest problem with the incessant pop-ups and notifications is the risk for you to accidentally click the wrong button and install Windows 10 on your computer.

This “oops” can cause major problems and cost hundreds of dollars to fix.  We’ve seen dozens clients experience this.

One client didn’t understand the changes the upgrade would make to her computer – until after she had clicked “yes” on the pop-up and Windows 10 installed.  When her computer rebooted, she couldn’t find her programs or files.  And her favorite game – solitaire – was no longer on her PC.

Another client’s laptop became a useless doorstop after she accidentally approved the Windows 10 upgrade.  When her laptop rebooted, neither her mouse nor keyboard worked.

Last week, a client brought her desktop in because her grandchildren clicked the “upgrade now” button in the pop-up, which installed Windows 10.  She, too, was very frustrated by the changes.

Put a stop to the madness

Microsoft doesn’t want you to keep your Windows 7 or 8.  They’re doing everything possible to annoy you into upgrading to Windows 10.

They figure you’ll get tired of closing the pop-ups, so one time you’ll finally click the “upgrade now” button to be done with it.

They don’t care if you like Windows 10 or not.  They’re not concerned that your computer may not be able to handle the new operating system.  It doesn’t bother them that you can’t play your favorite solitaire game because it’s no longer part of the operating system.

You’re smart – you won’t upgrade to Windows 10.  I’ve written before about the problems it causes.

But you don’t have to forever suffer with a slower computer, stolen hard drive space, or the annoying pop-ups.

There is a quick and easy way to stop Microsoft from bugging you with the upgrade notifications.  It also deletes all the unnecessary Windows 10 files from your computer.

It can keep you from accidentally clicking the wrong button and save you headaches and hundreds of dollars.

For more information about how to put an end to the Windows 10 notifications, send me an email at support@calibre-cs.com or call me at (812) 386-8919.