How to Speed ​​Up Your Computer

Is your computer running slowly, jerking and buzzing when operating? Before spending a large amount of money to buy a new computer, you can do a few simple things to help your computer run faster, whether it's Windows or Mac operating system.

Windows operating system

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Check hard drive capacity first. Go to My Computer, right-click Local Drive, then select Properties. You'll see a pie chart showing the used and free space of your drive. If your drive is almost full, you may need to uninstall some programs and files; If the drive still has a lot of free space, there may be a problem with the operating system.

By law, you need to leave at least 15% of your hard drive space free for your computer to run smoothly.

If you feel you need more free space, purchase and install an external Hard Drive (SSD) to supplement or replace the old hard drive. They are faster and more secure than regular hard drives.

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Uninstall any unused programs. Go to Control Panel, then select Add or Remove Programs (or "Uninstall a Program", depending on your operating system) to find a list of programs. program installed on the computer. You will easily detect rarely used programs, and can remove them immediately. For programs you don't know well, learn more.

This will help you check how often you use these programs. If you right-click on the title column above the program list, you can add features to sort the programs. Select Last Used On, then a column showing the last time you used the program will appear. This helps you quickly recognize which programs are used frequently and which programs haven't been used all year.

Don't forget to clean out the trash.

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Turn off unnecessary programs that start with the computer. Some programs can start as soon as you turn on your computer, running in the background to load faster when you need to use them. Open the Start Menu, select Run and type "msconfig". Click on Startup to see the list of programs that start with your computer and uncheck those that are not needed.

You can check the taskbar to see what programs run at startup (remember to click on Show Hidden Icons so you don't miss anything).

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Change your computer's power plan to High Performance. Go to Control Panel and select Power Options. You will find a list of power plans, usually Balanced, Power Saver, High Performance. These settings control how your computer uses power - by lowering performance to optimize battery life, maximizing performance with high power consumption, or balancing the two. . Choosing High Performance can increase your computer's speed and overall performance.

This only works if you're using a desktop computer - using High Performance mode on a laptop will only drain the battery.

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Remove all unnecessary entries in the Windows Context Menu. The Context Menu is a dialog box that appears when you right-click something. Sometimes a program will ask to be added to the menu, or added automatically. To remove this program, press the ⊞ Win+ key combination Rto open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and click OK. Select HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT → * → shellex → ContextMenuHandlers. From the list, delete the apps you don't want to keep in the context menu.

Be extremely cautious when editing entries using the Registry, because any mistakes will crash the operating system. If you are not familiar with regedit, find a free software that allows you to edit the Context Menu.

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Install anti-virus software, scan for spyware, and remove malware. The fewer bugs, viruses, and adware a computer has to manage, the more time it has to run other programs.

Update Windows regularly. Not only does this help Windows run smoothly, some viruses sneak into Windows updates if they are not downloaded immediately (and therefore cannot be monitored in detail).

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Run the Disk Cleanup program. This program helps clean up hundreds of MB by deleting temporary files, and emptying the trash. Click My Computer, right-click Hard Drive, then select Properties. Select Disk Cleanup (in the General tab). A window will appear to confirm which files you want to delete. Check the items you want to delete and run the cleanup.

You should keep all game files (unless you want to delete the save game) and installation files.

If you have multiple drives or partitions, you must select the drive you want to clean.

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Run Disk Defragment. When data is divided, the computer must search for small pieces of the divided file in areas of the hard drive. The defragmentation process rearranges data and frees up hard drive space so your computer can access data at a faster speed. Click on My Computer, right click on Hard Drive. Then select Properties, Tools, then Defragment Now.

Fragmented data can be stored on a hard drive or a removable drive, such as a USB or flash drive.

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Disable visual effects. There are 20 visual effects that you can turn on and off at will. To disable these effects and maximize performance, select Control Panel, System, then Advanced System Settings. Select "Adjust for best performance".

If you don't want to lose all the features of the image, select Let windows choose what's best for my computer .

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Upgrade RAM for your computer. To check if RAM should be upgraded, launch Windows Task Manager by pressing the key combination Ctrl+ Alt+ Del. In the Performance tab, find the entry for Physical Memory (MB). If the number next to "Available" is less than 25% of the total MB, you need to upgrade your RAM.

Upgrading memory may not be necessary if you simply want your computer to run faster. However, if your computer runs slowly when switching windows and tasks, or when you often open multiple tabs at once, upgrading RAM is necessary.

You can take your computer to a store to upgrade RAM, or do it yourself at home. Please research carefully before upgrading RAM yourself.

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Remove unused utilities. Right-click on the desktop and select Gadgets. Right-click the extension you want to remove and select Uninstall.

Macintosh operating system

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Check hard drive capacity. Go to the Apple menu (Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen), then click About This Mac, More Info, then Storage. This displays the free and used space on the drive, showing the space used to store movies, music, photos, and application files.

Figuring out which types of files take up the most space is the start of choosing what to remove (including deleting or moving to an external storage device). If you find your music collection is taking up most of the space, you can quickly solve the problem by copying it to an external hard drive using your iTunes library.

Try to leave at least 15% of your hard drive space free so your computer can maintain operation.

If you always feel lacking in hard drive space, buy and install an external Hard Drive (SSD). They are sturdy and run much faster than regular hard drives, your computer will work like new.

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Use Activity Monitor to check which applications are consuming the most memory. Go to Library, Applications, then select Services. Start Activity Monitor by clicking on the item in the list. Select the % CPU column and see which program is ranked first. If it uses more than 50% then running that program will slow down the computer.

If you find that a certain program is slowing down your CPU, you can delete that program and use a lighter alternative to speed up your computer, or close all other programs to use the program. there.

Safari is usually at the top of the CPU list. Consider switching to a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome.

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Uninstall unnecessary programs. You can uninstall them manually by dragging individual apps to the trash or downloading a program that helps organize and delete them. iMovie, Garage Band and iPhoto are heavy but underused programs, you should start with them.

If you are hesitant, do not uninstall any program you do not know well: it may be important to the functionality of your computer or other applications.

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Delete, compress, or remove large and unnecessary files. You can find large files by opening Finder and pressing ⌘ Command+ F. Click the Kind button and select Other. Scroll down to the Size section and check the box to include "In Menu" and click OK. Once done, you can look for large files - try "files greater than 200 MB to begin with". Delete, compress, or transfer any files you want to save on your backup hard drive.

To compress a file, click the item while holding down the key Ctrland select Compress. Double click on the compressed file to extract it.

Open the Download folder. Make sure you view the files as a list and then click on Size so that the largest file appears at the top. Remove any files you don't need.

Movies are usually the largest files, can be up to 1-2GB. Consider deleting movies you don't watch or don't plan to watch in the near future.

Remember to clean out the trash. If you delete photos from iPhoto and Aperture, you must empty the trash in that program, otherwise the files will not be deleted.

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Turn off unnecessary programs that start with your Mac. The more programs that start with the computer, the slower the boot process becomes. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences, Accounts, then Login Items. Select any items you don't need and click the minus sign ( - ) to delete them.

Cleaning up desktop icons also helps speed up the process, since the computer has to load those icons when it starts up. Move the files on the desktop to a folder and delete those icons, and don't download everything directly to the desktop.

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Repair hard drive permissions. Go to Applications, Utilities, then select Run Disk Utility and select the starting drive. Then select First Aid and select Repair Disk Permissions. During the run, the computer will look for permission settings on the hard drive to ensure files are only accessible by the user and permission is required to access the application. Always restart your computer after running the drive repair program.

If you do not set the correct permissions, you may have some problems with the operating system, such as printing, logging in or starting programs.

It is recommended that you run this program every few months to detect problems before they affect the use of your computer.

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Remove unnecessary tools from the control panel. Even if you don't have the control panel enabled, these tools still eat up RAM as they run updates in the background while you do other things.

If you use OS X 10.4.2 or later, use Widget Manager: go to Dashboard and open the Widget Bar by clicking the icon plus ( + ) at the corner. Click on Manage Tools and uncheck the tool to disable it, or if it's an intermediary tool, remove it completely by clicking the red delete button, the circle icon with a line. guys. Click OK to confirm.

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Remove unused languages. If you use Mac OS X, download a free program called Monolingual. With OS Monolingual allows you to remove unused languages ​​to free up memory.

No matter what language you use, never delete English files. If you do so OS X may crash.

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Upgrade RAM for your computer. This can be especially helpful if your computer slows down when you have a lot of programs open or when switching between programs. To check if your device needs a RAM upgrade, open Activity Monitor (Library → Applications → Utilities) and select System Memory Memory). Observe the colors of the pie chart: if it's mostly green and blue, the RAM is still good. If the graph is mostly red and yellow, you should upgrade your RAM.

To check what kind of RAM your Mac uses, go to the Apple menu, click About This Mac, then choose More Info. In the Memory section of the Hardware tab, you can find the memory, capacity and type of RAM your computer is using.

If you choose to install the RAM yourself, search for "RAM" and your computer type on Apple's support page. Apple will provide RAM installation instructions for many devices.