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How to speed up a slow computer?

Well, my computer is a few years old. Now when i even play simple flash game, it literally freezes up, and i cant do a thing, it lasts probably about a minute, but it happens very often.Ive tried Defragmenting and it didnt make a difference. What should i do? ( Besides getting a new computer -_-)

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14 Responses to “How to speed up a slow computer?”

  1. juxtapose said :

    Option 1: Reformat it
    Option 2: Get a new computer

    I would start with option 1 beacause it’s likely that a bunch of crap has just built up over time that’s bogging things down. You can uninstall unwanted software and kill unwanted processes taking up resources on your machine, but I wouldn’t suggest it if you don’t know what you’re doing.

    Option 3 is to update your machine, but it’s not something I would suggest either. If it’s just flash games giving you problems (especially since its only been acting up recently), it’s likely not something a RAM or graphics card update would fix.

  2. idk said :

    well you can either factory restore your computer which means your computer will delete all out its data and ill be like a brand new computer,or you can buy a better R.A.M for your computer or a better graphics card.

  3. balu said :

    To speed up Internet connection only.
    If you have windows xp pc, try this , you can see difference doing speed test before and after installing

    If its slow loading applications then upgrade hardware, delete temp files and disable startup items.. try this Start —>run and type msconfig and click ok

    go to tab start up and disable all except your firewall’s and anti-virus, if you don’t care those you can click disable all button

  4. TTcC said :

    Maybe you have a downloaded game that takes up a lot of space?

    You should disk defrag every week and disk clean up every time you get off the computer

    Also, when you play your flash games, you should right click it and lower the quality, or if there are any advertisements, right click and lower their quality too.

  5. debbs_lfc said :

    Might just be a case of adding more memory. Make sure display drivers are upto date.

    Oh and the usual, if your not using anything get rid of it, to free up space etc, might also want to check whats running when your trying to play games etc. Press ctrl, alt, del at same time to bring up task manager, this will show you how many processes are running and how much memory is being used. If you have a lot of progs that startup with windows this will slow things down too, I use ccleaner to clean up unwanted temp folders etc, but the latest version also allows you to see what is starting up with windows, remove any you dont need, but be very careful and make sure you dont need them first.

    Hope this helps

  6. John said :

    Even Microsoft recommends wiping the harddrive every 2 years and re-installing the operating system. Before you do that you need to
    A. Write down exactly what video card, audio card, NIC (internet) card you have installed.
    B. Backup your personal files.

  7. Sky said :

    Most computers actually run slow because of a hidden part of your system, which is constantly being used by Windows. This part of your PC is called the “registry” and is the central database for Windows, which stores everything from your latest emails to your desktop wallpaper. It’s one of the most important parts of Windows and can easily make your PC run slow.The more corrupt registry files your computer has, the more it struggles to read them.The files which makes it run slower and slower. To fix this, you simply need to use a registry cleaner . These are small software tools which actually work by scanning through the registry and fixing any bad files that are in there. This then allows Windows to read as many files as it wants, when it wants to.

  8. Dominic A said :


    There are quite a few things you can do that may get your speed back.

    1) Run a spyware check.
    2) Download CCleaner and have it clean up your registry.
    3) Empty your recycle bin
    4) Free up some more hard drive space if you can
    5) Defragment your hard drive again
    6) Run a Virus Scan
    7) Check to see if upgrading your memory is a cheap option.

  9. Peacemaker said :

    First, backup all your data to an external medium.

    Then, if you have no hardware problems, 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. 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.

    You do not need to clean out the registry or mess with the registry in ANY way whatsoever. Deleting a wrong key from the registry can damage your operating system.

    Good Luck!

  10. **LeN** said :

    Some folks would recommend you go out and buy upgrades or a completely new system. If you have the money then go for it. If you don’t, then why not try to fully optimize your current system? Often times this will solve the problem and turbo charge your system. Scan your computer for free and get a full diagnosis at:

  11. Rain Girl 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.

  12. ISS said :

    To fix a slow computer you can go to
    Download reg clean for free.
    It can clean your computer and restore your system to optimum performance.
    It works very well for me.
    Hope that can help you.

  13. Table said :

    Go to
    With pc optimizer pro you can safely clean, repair and optimize your computer.
    It will help improve your system performance.

  14. sanny said :


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