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How to - make your pc run faster


How To - Make Your PC Run Faster

A Step by Step Guide

There are simple and advanced methods in PC maintenance.

This guide will walk you through three basic and two advanced procedures.

Always be sure to save your work/back up your files prior to performing system modifications. You should always where eye and hand protection.

The first basic method:

Dust and debris collect on the cooling fan and internal components. This can cause the Central Processing Unit (CPU) to overheat and run slowly. It may also cause peripheral (USB or Serial) devices to malfunction or become slow to respond. The fix is to:

  1. Purchase a can of compressed air from Wal-Mart for $5.

  1. Be sure to shut down Windows then unplug the power supply. Unplug all the outside peripherals and move the PC to a well-ventilated area. Remove the cover to the case, but be careful not to touch any of the components.

  1. Take care with the can of air because when tilted it will spray liquid. Getting that on the PC components would be bad. Spray the inside of the PC out, ensuring you are not blowing the dust back inside the PC.

  1. When you are satisfied replace the cover and plug in all the devices. Finally power on the PC.

The second basic methods:

  1. Uninstall unused or unwanted programs.

    1. In Windows Control Panel there is a section called Program and Features. Listed will be all your programs. The traditional rule is, if you are unsure don't delete it.

    2. Optionally you could Google the individual program to see if your computer needs the program or not.

    3. To remove a program simply left click to select, then Right Click and Uninstall.

  2. Disk cleanup removes most of the junk you collect while surfing the web as well as Windows temporary files no longer needed.

    1. Run the disk cleanup tool from the Control Panel under Administrative Tools or search for Disk Cleanup from the search bar.

    2. It will list items that need to be removed all you have to do is check the boxes next to the item and hit OK.

    3. Depending on the amount of data this could take awhile

The third basic method:

Imagine that you have a deck of cards that you tossed in the air. As they fall they land out of place from the nice neat stack you had prior. If you were asked to locate a particular card out of the pile it would take longer than if you were asked while they were organized by number and suite.

This is an example of what happens on your PC. Running Disk Defragmentation is the equivalent of reordering that stack of cards.

  1. Located in the Control Panel under System Tools or simply search for Disk Defrag.

  2. Allow the program to run its course as it might take a few hours.

The first advanced method:

Purchase more Random Access Memory (RAM).

If you have ever watched a YouTube video then you already have an idea as to what RAM does. While watching a video there will be a bar slightly ahead of the progress bar at the bottom, this is the buffer bar. The higher the buffer the less chance you have of the video skipping or stalling. It is essentially the same idea with RAM.

RAM act as a buffer between the slow Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and the fast CPU. If you do not know which or the amount of RAM your PC supports refer to the owner's manual. If you do not have an owner's manual go to the manufacturer's website.

If it's a Dell go to their website or use Google. Check the hardware compatibility list (HCL).

When in doubt, consult a technician.

The second advanced method:

Purchase a Solid State Drive (SSD) in place of the traditional HDD.

With a traditional HDD there are moving parts which when used frequently will get hot and over time fail. The SSD has no moving parts and therefore will not get as hot or fail as fast. The speed increase is well worth the amount of money. Just buy one and discover for yourself.

There are many different brands and sizes measured in Gigabytes (GB). Most people will purchase a small SSD to install Windows on then put all their pictures, documents, video and audio files on the traditional HDD.

I hope this guide has helped or at least informed you on PC terminology. If you'd like more information, or just to thank me you can contact me via email below.


Written by: Robert Adams Jr
Feb 17, 2015
1&0 Computer Care
Festus, Missouri 63028