There is several things that can be done to increase your computer speed. We will examine a few free things you can do, then what can be done for a hundred dollars or less. From removing programs you don’t use to defragmentation of the hard drive, you can do these little tricks monthly to help your computer run more efficiently. If you don’t understand how to do these steps, let a professional do the speed up tricks.
First lets look at the hard drive. You need to go to My Computer in Windows and right click the C: drive icon, or which drive you boot up on. Left click properties. This will tell you how full the hard drive is for Windows users.. On average 15% or more free space is good. If your drive has less free space there is the disk cleanup button you can click on. Wait while it checks out your system and suggests items to clean off your hard drive. Usually this will erase unused web pages, stored on your hard drive along with other unnecessary junk.
Now that you’ve started, go to control panel in windows and remove any programs you know you have installed only to realize you don’t want to use it. Do this by clicking Start, and control panel in Windows XP. Once these unnecessary programs are deleted, go ahead and empty your recycle bin if it has anything in it.
Check your Start up folder to delete from here any programs you know you don’t regularly use. Click Start, All Programs, Startup in Windows XP. Deleting the icon, does not uninstall the program, it simply keeps it from loading in the computer’s memory when you start Windows.
Next Defragment the hard drive when you can ignore your computer for over four hours. Left Click Start, Left click My Computer, Right click the drive to defragment (which must have enough free space to move programs around). Left Click properties. The tabs on top of the window, include one named Tools, Left click here. Before running defrag, check the drive for errors, and let the system reboot if necessary. Once the drive is error free, go through these steps again and this time click defragment now. Don’t bother waiting, just ignore the computer for many hours, until the program is finished.
With a cleaned hard drive, it is time to address fixes that cost money. If you have a full hard drive, and room for another with cables, power and bay space, a Terabyte drive is often less than a hundred dollars. And Memory is cheep enough. Two gig usually is a bit over fifty dollars, depending on your source.
To get to the memory chip, you need to know how to open your case, and what a memory stick looks like. If you don’t know, please have a professional do this before you totally destroy your computer. Sims and DDR memory is most popular.
Turn your system off and unplug the computer before even thinking of opening the case. Grounding yourself with a grounding strap is preferred, but at least touch some grounded metal, like the metal part of the computer case before unplugging it from the wall to remove any static electricity from yourself. With the system unplugged, open the case. The memory chip comes out by pressing outward on the tabs holding the chip in. If you have an open slot then, while grounded, take out the chip. Or if you have two chips less than a gig, remove both, to replace with at least 2 gig of total memory.
Either take the chip with you to the store, or write down all the numbers on it and trace the bottom where it plugs into the mother board, to get the slot location. Each style of chip has a slot in a different place, so the chip you get must have the slot in the right place.
Install the chip by first lining the slot with the slot in the mother board. The chips only install one direction. Firmly and gently press down until the side tabs come up to lock the chip down. If you flex the mother board too much, it will crack! Be careful, because it does take firm pressure to lock down the chip(s).
Plug in the system before putting the cover back on he computer, and boot into the system configuration menu. Most common is F1 or F2. Save and exit, which updates the Bios to be able to tell the system your new memory size. If it does not show the proper size, most likely one chip is not installed completely. Re install the memory if necessary. Once the memory size is right and the system boots up, put the cover on.
You should notice a difference in the time it takes to boot up your system.