May 28th, 2009 4 comments
It happens to everybody when one of those days just when you need to get things done quickly over with your computer but alas your beloved system just crawl at a snail pace and sometime even freeze for no reason. What would you do? You maybe tempted to throw your unit out of the window and just get a new computer.
Here are 10 simple steps which we normally perform at home to lighten up the computer.
- Remove unwanted files
When the last time you did housekeeping or check your files. Do you really need all of them? I can bet there are some files have been sitting there since you first got your unit and never even open. Just remove unwanted or redundant file.
- Defragment your drive
It is good to defragment your drive from time to time but not too often. This will rearrange all your files in order to improve loading time.
- Open only needed program
Yes, limit the programs to be open simultaneously. The more you open, the more it consumes your system resources. This will lead to slower response time.
- Scan for virus or spyware
Both virus and spyware will cause system malfunction and drain system resources.
- Make your virtual memory page file permanent
All windows XP and Vista come with auto configure page file. This will sometimes cause system to slowdown when it is readjusting the size. It is a good idea to make it permanent with the right size. Rule of thumb; make it 3 times your physical memory size.
- Reduce background process
Turn off background process that is not needed as it will free up more memory for your main application.
- Get a 2nd hard disk
Split your system files in primary unit and the rest on the secondary hard disk. 2 channels is better than 1. Data can be process faster as the throughput is increase.
- Increase the RAM (optional)
Bigger size means more programs can be loaded and process simultaneously resulting in performance increase. RAM module is now fairly cheap and is one of the best investments you can get to improve the speed of your computer.
- Processor upgrade
If your unit is 2 years or more maybe you can consider this. There maybe better, faster and reasonable price processor that is compatible with your system. Upgrade it.
- Install only needed program
Sometimes when new programs available, we install them without realizing they belong to the same group of application. E.g. Internet Explorer and Firefox, 2 or more antivirus software installed, etc. Remove the extra application.
note :**input from hubby