Southlake, TX – Are you tired of a slow computer? Instead of hauling your computer to a PC repair store every time it seems to be running slowly, follow these steps from Michael Young, owner of Computer CPR.

  1. Reboot your computer. It sounds too good to be true, but rebooting your computer can actually solve a lot of problems. If Windows is running slowly, rather than open task manager and try to determine what program is using too much space, simply reboot and Windows will start fresh. The same is true if a program such as Firefox is using too much memory. Restarting the computer will also cause the program to restart, meaning when you turn it back on, it will start fresh. Resetting your computer will ensure all software resets, too, so when you turn it back on, everything will work as new.
  2. You have too many programs running at once. Your computer has many programs that run in the background – some you might not even be aware of. New computers often have pre-installed programs that you never use, and your older PC may have accumulated little or never used programs as well. Delete these to get your computer running faster. Click on “start” then go to “control panel” and then “programs and features.” From there, you can look at the list of programs on your computer and delete ones you never use.
  3. Delete temporary files. Did you know that when you browse the internet, all that history is stored somewhere on your computer? The same thing happens after you install a program. You can regularly to a disc clean-up to rid your computer of these files and increase your computer speed.
  4. Increase your hard drive space. If your hard drive is too full, it will affect the speed of your PC. Consider purchasing an external hard drive to store things such as videos and movies.
  5. Stop programs from starting automatically. Some programs will start to run immediately when you turn your computer on, whether you are using it or not. Programs such as Skype do this. Anything that’s running uses your computer’s memory, and the more memory being used, the slower your computer. Configure your programs to begin only when selected.
  6. Increase your RAM. Have you noticed that when you have multiple things open, such as the internet and Word, your computer seems to be slower? That’s because you don’t have enough Random-access Memory. The more programs you have open at once, the more RAM is being used. To increase your computer speed, run fewer programs at once or upgrade your RAM.
  7. Clean out the dust. A clean PC is important to ensure it runs properly, and quickly. Dust can clog the airflow, making your computer heat up and run slower. You can carefully vacuum dust out of your computer, or take it to a professional to have cleaned.
  8. Buy a new computer. When all else fails, upgrade to a newer PC or laptop. Prices are much more affordable today than ever before, so if you can’t get your current computer running at a better speed, check out purchasing a new one.

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