My computer is running slow, what steps can I do to fix it?

2019-06-29 13:02

My computer is running slow, what steps can I do to fix it?


Below are steps for Microsoft Windows users that can help speed up the computer or at least determine why the computer is running slow.

(1) Reboot

(2) Background programs

One of the most common reasons for a slow computer are programs running in the background.

Remove or disable any TSRs and startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots.

(3) Delete temp files

As a computer runs programs, temporary files are stored on the hard drive. Deleting these temp files can help improve computer performance.

(4) Free hard drive space

Verify that there is at least 200-500MB of free hard drive space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the swap file to increase in size, as well as room for temporary files.

(5) Bad, corrupted or fragmented hard drive

  • Run ScanDisk, chkdsk, or something equivalent to verify there is nothing physically wrong with the computer's hard drive.
  • Run Defrag to help ensure that data is arranged in the best possible order.
  • Use other software tools to test the hard drive for any errors by looking at the SMART of the drive.

(6) Scan for viruses

(7) Scan for malware

Today, spyware and other malware is a big cause of many computer problems, including slower performance. Even if an antivirus scanner is installed on the computer, we recommend running a malware scan as well. Use the free version of Malwarebytes to scan your computer for malware.

(8) Hardware conflicts

Verify that the Device Manager has no conflicts. If any exist, resolve these issues as they could be the cause of your problem.

(9) Update Windows

(10) Update your drivers

(11) Reboot the computer again

(12) Run a registry cleaner

We normally do not recommend registry cleaners. However, if you have followed all the above steps and your computer is still slow, try running a registry cleaner on the computer.

(13) Memory upgrade

(14) Hard drive upgrade

One of the biggest bottlenecks of a computer is the hard disk drive.

Upgrading from a standard hard drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD) will drastically improve the performance of a computer.

(15) Computer or processor is overheating

Make sure your computer and processor is not overheating. Excessive heat can cause a decrease in computer performance because most operating systems automatically reduce the speed of the processor to help compensate for heat-related issues.

(16) Increase or upgrade processor speed

Increasing the speed of the processor, or CPU, can help improve your computer's performance.

(17) Erase computer and start over

(18) Hardware issues

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 the hard drive, CPU, RAM, motherboard, or other components.

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