4 Ways to Fix Slow PC Performance
Slow PC performance can be frustrating especially when you are not sure what is causing your PC to slow down. There are many different factors that can contribute to a slow PC however, the good news is that there are many different fixes you can try to identify the problem through process of elimination. If you have already performed the common fixes such as defragmentation, disk cleanup, cleaning the registry, and running an antivirus and antispyware program, here are a few solutions that you can try to continue to narrow down the problem.
Increase PC Memory
If you have a PC that is upgradeable you should consider increasing the Random Access Memory or RAM. Upgrading the memory is a very easy process and it is inexpensive. It will also speed up your browsing activity and the performance of other applications on your PC. Increasing the memory in your PC is as simple as removing the cover and installing the memory card in the slot by snapping it into place.
Clean the Fan and Cooling Vents
Over a period of time your PC will develop dust and debris in the fan and cooling vents. This causes your PC to overheat and slow down. If you have a desktop PC it will be necessary to remove the panel on the console to access the fan. You can clean the fan with rubbing alcohol or if the dust accumulation is mild you can use a can of air which is available at most office supply stores. Apply the same cleaning methods to all of the cooling vents before placing the console cover back on the unit.
If you have a laptop PC apply the same cleaning methods by removing the back cover of your laptop to access the cooling fan. Clean all of the cooling vents and then place the cover back on your PC. You can also place a laptop cooler under your PC to keep it running cool at all times.
Hibernation is used to conserve energy but it can also occupy a large amount of disk space which results in slow PC performance. When your PC enters hibernation mode it records all of your settings and applications you used prior to hibernation mode. Once the contents are recorded they are stored on the hard drive before your PC shuts down. The next time you use your PC all of the programs and applications you were using are restored so you can easily resume computing tasks.
You can disable hibernation mode by entering cmd in the search command on the Start menu. When the command prompt box opens simply type in powercfg –h off, press the Enter key, and then type in Exit to close the command prompt window.
If you are using the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system you can remedy a slow PC by using Ready Boost. This is a feature that operates via a USB flash drive by reading the content from the device. It should not replace a memory upgrade but it can enhance the performance of a slow PC.
To use ReadyBoost the USB flash drive should be about the size of your PC’s primary memory. When you insert the flash drive the operating system will automatically recognize it and prompt you to choose ReadyBoost. Once you click on OK your PC will reserve a space on the USB flash drive for operating system speed.
Hopefully these methods will help you to narrow down the issues which are causing slow PC performance. As you research the topic you will find additional methods for enhancing the speed of your PC as well.
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