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What to Do When Your Computer is Too Slow

It seems daunting when your computer begins to slow down, become unresponsive, and takes a long time to load the files. Fixing a slow computer may seem a hard task in the beginning, but this is not necessarily the case.

There might be apps that use a lot of your system resources. Many of them start automatically in the background. This makes software use more RAM in the background, so you need to identify these programs and remove them from your system.

How programs use up your resources

Resources are required by a program to run on the computer. Many programs require little or few resources when they are idle. If a program is using the internet for updates or working on a task, this can make the program use more processing power and RAM storage. 

This makes fewer resources left for other programs to use. This causes the computer to slow down, as switching between programs becomes slow and the computer does not run smoothly.

How to remove unnecessary programs

To know which programs are using maximum resources, press ctrl+alt+delete. After that click on the task manager option that shows up. Then click on the processes tab, the items that are currently running or are open are visible on this window. You can also check the CPU and memory each program is using. 

You need to close all the programs that you are not using and reallocate the resources to the running programs.

Disable startup programs

Many times, programs and applications that you have on your computer, automatically start when you boot your computer. Also, many programs are required in the initial startup of the computer but aren’t required afterwards. 

So you need to disable startup programs by going to task manager, then opening the startup tab, the items that are set to start automatically will show up here. You can disable the items which you find you don’t need when you boot the system.

Defragment your hard disk drive

Data on disk is stored in the form of pieces on the hard drive before they are moved to RAM to run the program that can access them. Defragmentation decreases the time it takes for your system to find each price of data you run the apps and programs.

If you have a traditional hard drive (HDD) the data is stored in small chunks in different places on the disk. These chunks of data are spread on the disk. As these spread all over the disk, it takes more time to access each piece of data. Defragmentation speeds up the process of accessing these data chunks.

You can easily do this by searching for disk defragment in the start menu. Click on defragment your hard drive. You can run this process at regular intervals by scheduling. Or you can follow the above steps and defragment the disk immediately when required.

Update your hardware

You need to identify the hardware that requires to be updated, to make the computer more fast and responsive. Upgrading can be the alternative and most cost-efficient in terms of purchasing a new computer. 

There are two main hardware components in the computer that are required to be updated with time. These are your storage drive and your memory (RAM). Having little memory can slow down the computer even with defragmenting the hard drive.

Upgrade your HDD with SSD

Computer storage is the most important thing that makes your daily work things accessible to you, such as your operating system, your documents, your programs, and your software.

The performance of the computer decreases when the HDD becomes out of date and relatively slow.

You can replace your hard drive with an SSD. The main difference is about the technology that the SSD uses. In the HDD storage disc, the actuator arm moves mechanically to find each portion of data but in contrast to it, SSD accesses the data digitally with flash memory chips that are inside it. This makes SSD comparatively very fast and makes data retrieving also easy and fast.

Add More RAM

RAM is something that makes the processing speed of your computer very fast because it accesses the data in a random manner. It is not like the storage drive but it is the memory on which the programs are run. This makes the tasks to be performed quickly. Every time you use operations like moving your mouse for opening tabs or surfing in between the internet browser or typing an email, you are using your RAM. It is always preferable to add more memory to your computer.

Why you should add memory to your computer

Having more memory is always beneficial as it makes the computing speed fast. It helps in retrieving the data more quickly. Adding extra RAM into your computer is a very straightforward way to increase the ownership of your computer. You should only add RAM that is compatible with your system.

The final call

The experience of working on a slow computer is always frustrating and time-consuming. You can fix your computer with small changes that you can do on a software level. But if the hardware is out of date and slow in speed then software changes can’t make a big difference in the speed and performance of the computer. 

Therefore updating your hardware is the best option that you can go for if you don’t plan to spend so much money on buying a new computer. These hardware updates whether it’s about installing SSD on your system or increasing your RAM, are highly appreciated to increase the performance and utility of the computer. It solely depends on you, to choose what makes your computer perform better.

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