10 Simple Tweaks to Improve Computer System Performance
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10 Simple Tweaks to Improve Computer System Performance

Have you experienced a slow down in your desktop computer despite the fact that you bought it new? There are simple ways on how to regain back its speed. Here are 10 simple tweaks to your hard drive and RAM to improve system performance.

After just a few months of use since you bought your desktop or laptop computer, you may have noticed that your computer runs slower than usual or just hangs out there. Here are 10 simple steps to regain the speed of your new computer by tweaking your hard drive.

1. Defragment your hard drive. Although windows has its own defragmentation utility, a third party free defragmentation software like Auslogics can consolidate the fragmented files in your hard drive thereby increasing the speed of your computer.

2. Partition your hard drive. While your hard drive may have already been partitioned since you bought it, Easeus Partition Master makes partitioning easy. There's no need for you to reformat and partition your hard drive. Just read the instructions carefully.

Increasing the storage capacity of drive C or the root drive can prevent the computer from hanging because of more space made available for computer processes to occur. At least 10% of any drive should be free. You can check the available storage space in your hard drive by right-clicking your hard drive and selecting the properties command.

3. Free your computer from temporary files and fix the registry. Glary Utilities is an excellent tool in removing files called “cookies” stored in your computer as you surf the internet. Cookies occupy more space through time and you have to unload your computer of these files once in a while. The utility can also fix your registry, which is vital to a computer’s ability to run much more efficiently. The registry stores key data that Windows requires to work properly.

4. Transfer some files from the C drive to a partition D or E drive. By unloading the C drive of files of files that occupy a lot of space such as photos, your critical C drive will run much more efficiently. You may just cut the folders where the photos are located and paste it to the D or virtual partition of your hard drive. 

5. Clean the random access memory (RAM). Whether you have a desktop or a laptop, it’s easy to remove and clean off the RAM modules. You just need to ground yourself first to prevent damaging the sensitive components of the computer’s mainboard. You can do this by placing your hands on a metallic object with contact to the ground. Or, you may just place your hands on the metal casing of your computer.

You may refer to your owner’s manual to find the RAM. Once you remove it with care, you may use a pencil eraser to remove the oxides on the interfacing copper bus of the computer. Brush off the dirt. Replace the RAM carefully because you might break it.

Clean the RAM copper bus using a pencil eraser.

6. Install a new antivirus or update the existing one. Viruses, especially those that replicate itself and occupy space in your hard drive, can slow down your computer. Free Antivirus like that provided by Avast can help keep your computer free from viruses. It has an automatic update function.

7. Use an external hard drive. Saving all your files into an external USB hard drive will prevent file build up in the computer’s hard disk. It also ensures you of a safe storage space in case viruses proliferate in the internet. If the external hard drive is infected with viruses, you may just leave your files there for, say a month, then subject it to an updated antivirus software. An updated antivirus software can remove known viruses which have already become obsolete by that time.

8. Remove unnecessary software applications. If you are no longer using some applications in your computer, it will be desirable to uninstall them. Although windows has its own Add/Remove utility in the Control Panel, free software applications like Revo Uninstaller goes deeper by removing virtually all files associated with the software application you want to uninstall.

9. Change the appearance of your screen. If you are not particular about the overall appearance of your screen and prefer speed instead of overkill graphics, you may set the display to best performance. Click Start, Control Panel, System, Advanced, then select the best performance button. Hit OK.

10. Reformat your hard drive. This is the last option to take. Reformatting will remove unwanted files as well as undetected viruses that just occupy space in your hard drive and slow it down. Just make sure you back up or store your important files before you do it.

These simple tips will bring your computer back to speed just like when you bought it new.

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Thanks for all the great tips! I'm going to try a few that I didn't know about.