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How do I speed up a slow computer?

I have a really slow computer. I read a lot of things on the internet about speeding it up, but I want to know if there is one that works.

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12 Responses to “How do I speed up a slow computer?”

  1. Spilt F said :

    Add more RAM if you can, upgrade the processor if you can.

  2. Roman said :

    A lot of those things do work. Install more RAM, Get a bigger Hard drive, Upgrade your Processor if Possible, Uninstall Unused Programs and keep it in a cooler place might work too.

  3. Aijaz said :

    Download and install Tune up utilities… It has a one click maintenance feature…. it works great… It will remove registry errors, remove temporary files, remove file system errors and defragment your hard drive….

  4. mike j said :

    go to this website its awesome and best of all everything is FREE!

    it has all the programs needed to make sure your computer is running at its best. It has explanations of problems with your computer and what programs you will need to download. check it out….!!!

    don’t forget to thank me later…

  5. rasor said :

    Scan for spyware and viruses. I recommend AVG abd Spybot. But dont run two different virus programs as they can hog resources and cause problems.

    Reduce the number of items on your startup list.

    Uninstall all unwanted programs and remove junk from the drive.
    Use CCleaner or DiskCleanup to clear out the temporary files, internet cache, recycle bin etc.

    If you HDD is overloaded and cluttered with fragments, everything including startup will slow down. Fragmentation especially when its been ignored for a long time, causes performance deterioration by increasing file access time and drive activity. There are good automatic defragmenters like Diskeeper which you can set to run in the background as you go about using the PC. Its also said to defrag even if you have less than 15% free space. Here is a free trial version.

    How much RAM do you have? Atleast 1 GB is good if you have a lot of programs running.

  6. Blue said :

    You can use a registry cleaner to clean up your computer and then make your computer faster,Why?the reason is that there may be some registry errors and remnant,corrupt files and temp files in your computer to cause “computer slow”.
    Every time you install and uninstall software on your computer and surfing online you create junk in the computer registry.over time, the registry can grow to enormous proportions, especially if the various programs you’ve installed do not do a good job of deleting and/or updating it’s Registry entries.You need to scan and clean your computer with registry cleaner to make it fast.Good Registry Cleaner will improve your computer and Internet performance dramatically!
    There are some comparison and review of TOP 5 registry cleaners.
    You can download and scan your computer for free.

  7. opraus said :

    Follow the steps at
    Includes links to freeware utilities

  8. Shader_57 said :

    Follow these steps and your computer will be up and running smoothly again.

    1. Check your Anti-Virus system, if it isn’t “AVG” then I would recommend getting that here:
    Then uninstall your other one and install AVG.
    Oh and don’t forget to open AVG.

    2. Check your computer for viruses, “Spybot: Search And Destroy” is by far the best utility for this, get it here:
    Just install it, run a scan, and let it fix each of your viruses.

    3. Get “CCleaner”, here:
    Install and Open it, then click on “Run Cleaner”.
    After this your computer should operate a lot faster.
    Then at the left, click on “Registry”, and choose “Scan For Issues”.
    Just wait till the scan is finished, then more to the right click on “Fix Selected Issues”, and choose “No” when it asks for Back-Up.

    I would recommend running Ccleaner (not the registry, only the cleaner) once every one or two days to let your computer run fast again.

    If you want better performance for games, and a lot of better performance, then get more RAM (Memory).
    Just run the scanner and it will show the upgrades, you can then choose your country and the site can send it to your house.

    Ok Cheers.

  9. Peacemaker said :

    Assuming you have no hardware issues, do this:

    (1) Run a FULL anti-virus scan with a good virus scanner. Get free editions of Avast or Antivir. Use the latest virus definitions file. But don’t install or run more than one anti-virus at the same time.

    (2) Run anti-spyware scans with Super Anti-spyware and malwarebytes free editions.

    (3) Ensure all Microsoft security updates are applied.

    (4) Run disk cleanup to delete old temp files and other junk

    (5a) Run chkdsk once to scan for file system errors.

    (5b) Run a thorough disk defrag. Use a good defragmenter for this, and also run a boot-time defrag to fix the MFT and page file if they are fragmented. You can check out Diskeeper 2009, which is widely acknowledged to be the best defragger around. Their website has free 30-day trial versions.

    (6) Disable unnecessary background processes and services that take up memory.

    (7) Make sure all the hardware components have the latest and most stable drivers. Video card performance in particular is strongly dependent on drivers.

    Good Luck!

  10. doubledowntrent11 said :

    When is the last time you cleaned your registry and fully optimized your computer? This is a frequent causes of a computer being slow. It is simply overwhelmed with useless and problematic files and programs. I would recommend giving your computer a jump start by performing a diagnostic test. You can get a free scan at

  11. SpaceBoy360* said :

    Add RAM, here is an excellent website where you can buy it. On that website you can also scan your computer and you’ll see what will be best for you.

  12. Mickey L said :

    If your virus/spyware free, there are a couple things you can do get your computer working faster. If you using your computer for normal stuff and not gaming. You don’t always need more RAM you just need to perform a few maintenance task.

    First, if you haven’t cleaned your registry in a while. This is necessary. Your registry holds all the information regarding updates, installs, un-installs etc. Each one of those events produces a key. That key needs your PC’s resources and free space. So, if you clean your registry, you make more resources available for speed. Do a registry scan if you got more than 20 errors you should clean it.

    2. Clear your Windows cache files, this is your temporary file. It can grow up to a large volume and stop your computer from using RAM properly. In a sense slow it down by preventing it from using free space.Here is how:

    1. Quit Internet Explorer, Firefox, or any other web browser
    2. Click Start, click “Control Panel”, and then double-click “Internet Options”.
    3. On the General tab, click “Delete Files” under Temporary Internet Files.
    4. In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the “Delete all offline content” check box , and then click OK.
    5. Click OK.

    3. Manage your startups. Your excess CPU usage is due to too many programs running in the background. You can cut these to barebones by alter your msconfig. Here is how:

    1. Open your Start menu.
    2. Click Run
    3. In the command screen type “msconfig.exe”
    4. In the “system configuration utility”,click either “service” or “startup” tab
    5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.
    6. Click “OK”


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