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.