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6 easy ways to fix a slow computer running Windows 7, 8, or 10

Do you have a deadline and feel frustrated by the slowness of your personal computer running Windows 7, 8 or 10? You don’t have to be an IT Guru to solve the problem, by just rebooting or restarting your computer can make it faster again….

Here are six easy ways to fix your slow computer or laptop:

1. Delete temporary files

Whenever you Install a program, sometimes download a file or use Internet Explorer all your browsing history remains in the depths of your PC.

  • To get rid of all this clutter open “My Computer”, select your main drive, click the “Windows” folder then open the folder inside that called “Temp“.
  • Use your mouse to right-click on the folder, and in the “View” options, choose “Details“.
  • Once this is done, select all the files that are older than the current date and press the delete key.
  • Then go to the Recycle Bin on your desktop and empty it.

2. Uninstall unused programs

When you buy a new PC the chances are there are a load of programs pre-installed onto it. Old PCs can simply accumulate these over time. Most of these you’ll never use and some of them can often run in the background without you knowing, slowing your computer down in the process.

  • To remove these click “Start” then go to “Control Panel” then click “Programs and Features” and scroll through the list, uninstalling the ones you never use.
  • If you’re unsure what should stay or go, use PC Decrapifier – a free piece of software that recommends what is worthwhile or not.

3. Stop unnecessary start ups

Whenever you switch on your PC some programs will automatically start to run in the background. Things like Skype and Spotify are guilty of this. All the applications running will use your computer’s memory so ditch the ones you don’t need running.

Better yet, prevent those applications from launching at startup to save memory and CPU cycles, as well as speed up the login process.

On Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, there’s now a startup manager in the Task Manager you can use to manage your startup programs.

  • Right-click the taskbar and select “Task Manager” or press Ctrl+Shift+Escape to launch it.
  • Click over to the Startup tab and disable startup applications you don’t need.
  • Windows will helpfully tell you which applications slow down your startup process the most.

4. Get more RAM

Have you noticed when you try to work on several applications at once, such as email, internet, and word your computer has a minor stroke when flicking between them? This is because you don’t have enough RAM. This is memory used by your PC to run the programs and can be easily upgraded (and quite cheaply) if you know where to look.

5. Run a disk defragment

Don’t be scared by the description, it’s essentially a way to optimize your hard drive’s efficiency.

  • To do this go to “My Computer”, right-click on the hard drive and select “Properties”.
  • Under the “Tools” tab there should be an option to “Defragment Now”.

6. Run a disk clean-up

Spring clean your whole system using this built-in tool which looks for unnecessary large files.

  • To perform this click “Start” then go to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup