Upgrade to a Faster Computer

Over time, your computers can slow down, and act sluggish can often be attributed to an adequate hardware. There are some steps that you can take to help speed up your computer’s performance when it seems like its running slower than when it was new.

RamFirst step you can do and the cheapest are adding more RAM to the computer. Check to see if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit computer. The 32-bit maximum RAM is 4 GB, the 64-bit maximum RAM is 192 GB on a Windows 7 computer, nobody uses that much on a computer only servers, 8 to 16 GB is fine on the computer upgrading to an 8 gigabytes more RAM is about a hundred dollars. This can give your computer a second wind and is considered a cost-effective investment.

However, since the installation involves messing with the hardware a little, and it’s easy to get confused when choosing between different types of RAM, it’s best to leave the installation to an expert or repair person.

SSDThis next step you can do is upgrade to a solid-state disk (SSD) drives, use non-volatile flash memory. Because there are no actuator arm and read/write head like on a hard disk drive (HDD), they are faster in reading and, in most cases, writing data.

Solid-state disk (SSD) drives, cost about 3x the price of a hard disk drive (HDD), so if price is not an issue sacrificing storage capacity for speed and performance is a good trade-off.

For spending a little bit of money you can increase the performance of your computer and keep the computer for a few more years..

 

Speeding Up Your Computer

lightningThe first thing I will install or run portable is Crystaldiskinfo, to make sure that the hard drive is healthy and has no errors, because if the hard drive is healthy and will continue doing the next steps, if the hard drive is in caution state I will stop, making an image of the hard drive and restore it to a new hard drive before continuing.

You should perform this temporary file cleanup, a lot of uses don’t know about this and can lead to the computer slowing down. Over time running the computer could add up to hundreds or gigabytes of temporary files that need to be freed up on the computer that hasn’t seen regular maintenance.I recommend using a program like CCleaner.

CCleaner also features a built in registry cleaner, which I recommend for the next step. Simply run the registry cleaner by “scan for issues.” After this is completed, simply click “fix selected issues.” You can also check the option to backup the registry before applying the fix.

Next step you should perform is to remove unwanted programs, toolbars, coupons, etc… that was installed by mistake when installing programs. Also properly read the installation text when installing a new program and uncheck the unwanted programs that comes with this installation. Be careful not to remove any program that your unsure of or need because this can lead to programs that no longer work on the computer. The program I use is Revo Uninstaller.

Another task is your virus and malware programs, make sure they are up-to-date and are set to run automatic or manual scans. The program I use for virus detection is Microsoft security essentials it’s free, because the paid versions cannot guarantee removing viruses why pay for it. And for malware detection I used two programs Malwarebytes that I pay for the Pro version that will run in the background and stop the malware from coming in to the computer, and the free version of SuperAntiSpyware.

For added security I use Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

The last step I do is defragment the hard drive. The product I use is Auslogics free, I usually run defrag and optimize (Places system files to the faster part of the disk, minimizing the time needed for the hard drive to access them).

All together they can fix pretty much most basic speed problems, but still want a little more speed the next step is to upgrade the hardware to finish the upgrade.

Three Computer Maintenance Tasks You Maybe Forgetting About?

Computers do not take care of themselves; they rely on users for maintenance. If you want your computer to perform at its best, chances are you’ll need to do a better job at maintaining it. It’s time to start taking care of your computer. These three PC tasks require minimal work for maximal results.

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1 – Defrag Hard Drive

Defragmenting your hard disk is a great way to increase the performance of your computer. Defragmentation is the process of locating the noncontiguous fragments of data file may be divided as it is stored on a hard disk, and rearranging the fragments and restoring them into fewer fragments or into the whole file that take up less space. By doing this, you’ll lessen the work load of your hard drive, quickening the pace at which files are read and written to the disk. Defragging disks is especially essential to Windows PCs. I use a third-party defrag program called Auslogics Disk Defrag, which is better than the one provided by Microsoft. Defrag process may take hours to do, due to the speed of the computer. I defrag every month after patch Tuesday.

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2 – Computer Backup

It’s only a matter of time before your computer crashes, the hard drive fails and all your data, pictures and music is lost forever. This will never happen if you backup your computer with an image of your hard drive, I use ShadowProtect Desktop which is paid software to back up to an external hard drive for daily and weekly backups there’s also EaseUs todo backup free software you can use. You can also use cloud storage to store your data, I use Carbonite to store my loose files in the cloud it backs up automatically every day. You can backup your computer at least once a month or sooner depending on how much data is installed on your computer.

Clean Computer

3 – Computer Cleaning

The final task is the simplest and most physical of the bunch is cleaning. Cleaning the keyboard of sticky keys and dusting your monitor is to start. Computer cleaning will help to lengthen your PC’s lifespan. You will need to take apart your desktop or laptop computer and visually look inside the computer and check for dust. You can use compressed air, a small leaf blower; I use Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster 120-Volt to blowout the dust. This will help keeping the computer or laptop cooler and running longer. At least once a year or sooner if you’re in a dusty or smoky environment.