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Computer Running Slow?
If you have an antivirus scanner on the computer, spyware protection program, or another security utility, make sure it is not scanning your computer in the background. If a scan is in progress, it can decrease the overall performance of your computer.
Remove Temp Files
As a computer runs programs, temporary files are stored on the hard drive. First, we suggest using the Windows Disk Cleanup utility to delete temporary files and other files no longer needed on the computer.
Disk Cleanup may not delete every file in the temp directory. Therefore, we also suggest deleting temporary files manually. To do this, open the Start Menu and type %temp% in the path field. Press Enter and a Temp folder should open. You can delete all files found in this folder and, if any files are in use and cannot be deleted, they can be skipped.
Scan for Viruses
If your computer is infected with one or more viruses, this can cause your computer to run slow. If your computer does not have an antivirus program installed, we recommend Webroot.
Make sure you have all the latest Windows updates installed on the computer.
If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow, make sure all browser plugins are up-to-date.
Make sure you have the latest drivers for your computer hardware, especially the latest video drivers. Having out-of-date drivers can cause an assortment of issues, including slow performance.
If you have had your computer for more than two years, you may need more memory. If the hard drive light is constantly active, it can be an indication the computer is frequently swapping information between your memory and hard drive.
Determining how much RAM is installed and available.
How much memory or RAM should my computer have?
What type of computer memory to use in a memory upgrade?
Hard Drive Upgrade
One of the biggest bottlenecks of a computer is the hard disk drive. Upgrading from a hard drive to a Solid-State Drive (SSD) can significantly improve the performance of a computer.
We normally do not recommend Registry cleaners. However, if you have followed all of the above steps and your computer is still slow, try running a Registry cleaner on the computer.
CPU or Computer Overheating
Make sure your computer and processor is not overheating. Excessive heat can cause a significant decrease in computer performance because most processors automatically reduce the speed of the processor to help compensate for heat-related issues. Dust, dirt, and hair can also constrict proper airflow inside your computer, which can cause a computer to overheat. Make sure your computer case is clean and fans are not obstructed.
Wipe and Start again.
If none of the above solutions resolves your issues, another option is to either reinstall Windows or erase everything and then start over.
Erasing everything and starting over can increase performance by getting rid of old software or drivers that may be on the computer and causing the computer to be slow. Installing a fresh copy of Windows, software programs, and the latest drivers help verify there are no software related issues causing your computer to be slow.
Finally, if your computer is still slow after trying all of the above recommendations, there may have a more serious hardware related issue, such as a failing component in the computer. Examples of failing hardware could include a failing or bad hard drive, CPU, RAM, motherboard, or another component.
If your computer is more than five years old, the age of the computer could be the cause of the slow performance. As more advanced software programs are released, they are optimized to run more efficiently on newer computers. Older computers are not able to run these new programs as well, which can cause them to perform more slowly. We recommend that you consider purchasing a new computer or accept that your computer is not going to be as fast as a newer computer.
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