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What can I do for my super slow computer?

I have a desktop and it is 5+ years old. I cannot afford a new one, but it runs ridiculously slow. Every 15 minutes an error report pops up and every so often it will shut down randomly and reboot. Are there any minor things I can do for it that don’t cost a fortune?

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5 Responses to “What can I do for my super slow computer?”

  1. John D said :

    get a gb of ram that should speed it up it cost about 40-80 dollars but it is worth it trust me i had to

  2. Jay R said :

    It would help it we knew what system you are using. The first thing to do is get rid of all the icons on your desk top that you can, every thing that loads at start up slows it down. The next thing is to use a different anti virus {PC Tools) it’s free. McAfee really slows it down. You can open programs and go to maintenance and there is helps that will help you make it run better.Just take your time and read the helps real well and understand what it ask. Good luck

  3. 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”

  4. victor said :

    You can try the following-

    1) Scan for viruses and spyware , I recommend AVG and Spybot. But dont run two AV programs at the same time.

    2) Reduce the number of programs loading at startup. Have only the ones absolutely necessary.

    3)Uninstall programs you may never need and also run a diskcleanup and chkdsk. CCleaner is a great diskcleanup program, its free.

    4) Defragment. Check your HDD free space. The built in defragger needs atleast 15% free space. But better programs like Diskeeper defrag with as less as 5% free space. Whats more, it can be set to run in the background automatically. You can download the free 30 day trial version here-

    5)Ensure that your PC has enough RAM, if not upgrade. 1 to 2GB is the bare minimum nowadays.

  5. HardW said :

    There are MANY reasons for computer slow downs:
    not enough memory
    too many programs starting up with windows at boot up time
    too many junk files
    too many restore points

    Clean windows registry can speed up the computer.
    Over time, you install new programs, uninstalled unimportant programs, update software’s, install new devices,
    download files from the web, etcetera, hence embarking all records in the registry system.
    This is normal, but it is not wise to leave it untouched.
    Once in a while, you have to check and remove files that are no longer in use to maintain the speed of your PC.
    Clean registry make pc faster.


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