Any PC user would want just one thing from his computer – speed. Whether it’s playing a high graphic quality videogame, playing a HD movie, browsing through a number of webpages or even quickly scrolling through a long document, a little extra speed is always appreciated. But how does one exactly speed up the computer, when all that can be done has already been done by the manufacturer? Well the speed of the computer relies equally on the software and operating system as the hardware it’s built upon. So if you keep your operating system clean and take care of the software installed on your PC, you can see your computer performing beyond expectations in no time. So here is a quick guide to speeding up the performance of your computer.
Remove the duplicates off your system
Duplicates are not just a problem in the real world; they can cause headaches even in the virtual world as well. Most of us have the tendency to copy the most important files on to the desktop and use them and delete them, but we forget to delete the original files, which not only take up the storage space but also reduce the speed of the computer as well; and this is especially the case with photographers and other media professionals. So remove the duplicates first. Also it is highly advisable not to keep a lot of files cluttered in the desktop, as every bit of free space in the desktop leads to improved RAM memory. You can easily find the duplicate files using a number of software available on the internet.
Clear the internet cache
While browsing through the internet, the computer downloads and saves a lot temporary files on the system, called internet cache. These may not look so harmful, but these are the biggest space consumers on your computer. With regular browsing and no clearing up of the cache for a month, you can even end up 4 GB worth of temporary files on your system. And these get saved in the place where it hurts the most – the C drive. So be sure to clear them up quite regularly. You can either manually delete these files by clearing up the temp folder in the Windows system files, or you can download a cache cleaner software such as CCleaner to remove these internet cache.
Remove all the unnecessary shortcuts on your computer
Every time you install new software it asks whether you should create a new shortcut on the desktop. Though it may sound like a good idea at that time, you are actually doing nothing but slowing down the speed of your system. These shortcuts create unnecessary pathways between programs that require extra processor memory. So delete them first. You can access your program from the start menu or by directly accessing the installation folder on your system. Though it may look a bit cumbersome, it saves a lot of space on your computer memory.
Defragmentation is the way to go
It is quite understandable that you want your system to be neatly ordered and arranged with neat little labels. But your processor memory begs to differ; in fact most systems appreciate if you don’t fragment your hard disk space too much. So instead of creating separate drives for you, your wife, mom, kid and so on, keep it to a bare minimum. Have a maximum of three and no more. Not only does this make your computer faster but also lowers the booting time as well. You can find number defragmentation software on the internet that will make the process easier for you.
Remove empty installation folders off your system
Though your operating system might be quite capable of removing software completely from your system, it always leaves behind empty directories and folders of the previous installation. Now these may not look harmless to you, but the system still considers them as complete applications but with broken pathways. These can seriously slow down the speed of your computer. So make sure to remove all files when you perform an uninstallation. This can be done using a professional third party uninstaller such as piriform.
So there you go, use these methods very diligently and you shall have no slow down whatsoever with your system.
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