Is your computer slowing down and freezing often? If you have been using your computer for months or years, its performance might not be as good as it was when you first brought it home. This happened to one of my old laptops as well. Sometime it gets so sluggish that you might bang your head or pull your hair and say “How to make my computer run faster??”. You’ll find effective ways which answers that question.
After applying almost 100 tweaks and nearly destroyed my laptop, I found that these 5 tips are the easiest and most effective ways to speed up computer. It works for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Once you apply these tips to your PC, take a look at these 5 free tools which may further help to increase computer speed.
Tip 1: Remove visual effects
Windows’ visual effects are graphic effects that make your windows looks pretty visually. These effects include shadow, fading, smoothing edges and much more. If you want to speed up your computer within seconds, just turn off these visual effects. Your computer will run just fine without these effects.
Removing visual effects is quite easy. Just follow the steps:
Right-click ‘My Computer’
Left-click ‘Advanced system settings’ (for Windows Vista and 7 only)
Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab
Click on the ‘Settings’ button under ‘Performance’
Choose the option that says ‘Adjust for best performance’
Click ‘Ok’ button
Tip 2: Adjusting display properties
By doing a few tweaks on your display properties, you could reduce the burden of your processor and speed up your computer within seconds as well. These tweaks include removing background, changing the theme of your windows to Windows Classic and reducing the color quality from 32bit to 16bit.
Tip 3: Remove spywares
Spywares could slow down your computer because they run in the background stealing information from your computer. With free and good anti-spyware such as Super AntiSpyware, you can remove spyware and speed up your computer. The Antispyware can be downloaded from download.com.
This step might take a few minutes because you need to scan your entire computer for spyware and remove them.
Tip 4: Cleaning
Cleaning your computer by removing unimportant and unwanted files is one of the oldest yet effective ways to speed up computer. If you have too many files in your hard disk, your computer will take a long time to find and load files.
However, this step might take days to do especially when you have lots of files in your hard disk. There are 3 shortcuts for this step:
First shortcut is to empty your recycle bin. If you have never empty your recycle bin in the past, you probably have few GB of junk files in your recycle bin. To empty recycle bin, just right-click your recycle bin and choose ‘empty recycle bin’. Before that, make sure you have nothing important there.
The second shortcut is to remove temporary files. These temporary files are automatically generated by your computer and the total size of these files can be as huge as 3GB. You can delete all of them with a free tool called Disk Cleanup. It is included in your Windows at Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. Check the files you want to delete and start.
The last shortcut might cost some money. Instead of deleting them, I move all the big files to an external hard disk. This will free up your hard disk and help your computer run faster.
Tip 5: Disk Defragment
Disk Defragment is another popular method people use for speeding up their computers. Disk defragment allows you to organize your files on your hard disk in such that your computer could run faster. If you dislike downloading software, you can use the free Disk Defragmenter that comes together with Windows which is located at System Tools.
If you are looking for a better tool for disk defragment, you can use a free tool called Smart Defrag. It is available at download.com and it is faster and more effective in my opinion.
About Author : Alex Edison is an enthusiast in tuning computers for better performance and has helped lots of people to speed up their computer. He has been providing tips and sharing his experience on Twitter and his website.