5 valuable tips for breathing new life into your PC.–PC Pitstop.
5 Tips for a Faster PC
By Damien for MakeTechEasier
Is your PC moving at a snail’s pace? You could upgrade your machine with a solid state drive (SSD), but there are cheaper and easier methods for speeding up your Windows PC. More often than not, installing (or uninstalling) software updates and deep cleaning your hard drive is all you need to make your PC run more efficiently. When things start running slow, it normally means your computer is cluttered, and that’s a much easier fix than an internal-hardware problem (that’s another post for another day).
This handy MTE guide will help your Windows PC run as smooth and fast as the day you first set it up. Or, at least, it will get it running as close as it can get to brand new.
1. Update Your Software
Ensuring that your computer’s software is up to date is one of the easiest things you can do to increase the speed at which your PC operates. That said, a lot of your computer’s software could be at the mercy of third-party developers who don’t always bring their A game like Microsoft does when it comes to issuing updates.
You can check for software updates in Windows (I’m currently using Windows 7) by clicking on the following: “Control Panel -> System and Security -> Check for Updates.” Follow the onscreen steps to install the updates.
2. Clean Out Your Files
Whether you know it or not, computers have a bad habit of getting overrun with unnecessary files that hog valuable space and bog down your PC. Take some time to go through your files and get rid of any outdated files; you don’t need entire application suites you no longer use. Deleting software you don’t use can also free up some memory on your hard drive as can deleting temporary Internet files and trial apps.
You can delete any unwanted apps in Windows by navigating to “Control Panel -> Programs -> Uninstall Program.” To delete unwanted files, all you have to do is Right Click -> Delete or drag the document to your Recycle Bin. Backing up any documents, music, or pictures you have to the cloud storage server of your choice will help speed things up too.