If you have had your PC from new, you will probably remember the time when it used to run at lightning speed. These days, you might curse it because it’s just so slow at doing anything! It seems that the curse of slow computing will attack all PCs at some point. In fact, the one you are using now won’t be immune from it.
Some people take the seemingly easy option and just buy a new computer. Others struggle on and “make do” with the best of a bad situation. Well, I’m here today to tell you that there’s something you can do about your snail of a computer!
By following the tips I’m about to share with you, it’s possible to make your PC faster than it was when you got it from new! Intrigued? Keep reading to find out more!
Does the inside of your PC look like the photo above?
If the answer is yes, it’s a miracle you can even use it at all! One of the issues that plague all computers, regardless of whether they are PCs, Macs, desktops or laptops is dirt and dust.
As soon as you turn your PC on, some fans start spinning and will stay on until you turn the computer off. Over time, those fans will attract dust and dirt. This unwanted detritus acts as a thermal barrier, and will eventually cause your PC components to overheat.
That’s bad news, especially for the CPU. If your PC runs too hot, it will automatically shut itself down to prevent terminal failure because of excess heat. The first thing you need to do is open up your PC case and vacuum away all the dirt and dust build-up inside of it.
I recommend using an air duster at the same time. That way, you will shift any dirt lodged in hard-to-reach places like underneath interface cards.
Have you got enough air going into your case?
If the answer is “no” there are two things you can do about it. First, install some more case fans. They will suck more air in the case and draw the hot air out. Doing so is a brilliant way of keeping everything cool.
The second is to buy a new PC case and transfer the internal parts to it. Issa Asad suggests buying a case from sites like Alibaba and eBay. That’s because you are more likely to get a better quality enclosure for less money than you would from a local store.
Do you update your software and operating system regularly?
The primary benefit of doing that is to fix any security holes in your software. Malware is a common cause of PC slowdowns, and can often happen without your knowledge.
Also, you should also install some antivirus security software too. There are other things that you can do to make sure your software is running as it should:
- Defragment your hard drive. It isn’t necessary to do that if you are using an SSD (solid-state drive);
- Empty your web browser cache. Temporary Internet files can cause your Web browsing to slow down to a crawl; and
- Uninstall unwanted startup programs. The more software you have running at the same time, the slower things will get.
Once you’ve followed the steps above, your PC will run at lightning speed once more!