Here are several tips on how you can tune-up your personal computer, so that it would run faster and be able to handle the latest software products. It is a great way to improve the performance of your machine without having to pay to a specialist to look it up and/or make expensive hardware upgrades.
- The first step to tuning up your PC is to remove all unnecessary software from it. It can considerably slow down even a new computer system and specialists often refer to such sort of programs as “bloatware”. Check out the Uninstall pane in your Control Panel and remove any software that you do not use and would not need in the future. It will free up space on your hard-drive, but will also prevent unnecessary use of the process and the RAM memory.
- Check up your OS for updates. The latest versions of operating systems, especially Windows, do a very good job at optimizing the way the software actually uses your hardware resources, so it is crucial that you keep your system up-to-date. Furthermore, a batch of updates will probably fix any bugs that your current version is having, and which make your system far less effective.
- Free up additional space on the hard drive by removing unnecessary files. Those might be documents and software that you have no use for, but there is more, like temporary files made by your browser, as well as other system files. You can use the built-in Disk cleanup utility of your Windows for that purpose.
- The next step is to run an anti-virus scan on your computer. There are tons of free anti-virus software available today, but naturally, we would advise you to invest into a paid-for version because they have better algorithms and frequent updates that will do a better job when seeking malicious software on your computer. Furthermore, paid anti-virus software usually comes with perks like a firewall and online browsing protection that helps you protect your system in real-time while you are on the Internet. If you are inclined to use free software, the best choice would be the Microsoft Security Essentials, though it is a viable option only if you are running a Windows OS.
- If you want to improve the performance of your computer, you should not forget to frequently defragment your hard-drive. The thing is that the more files you delete and the more software install/uninstall from your computer, the more fragmented your hard-drive becomes. Thus it takes more time for the OS to find the files you are looking for and want to run on the computer. Frequent defragmentation fixes this common problem and effectively speeds up the computer.
- If you want to make sure that your computer is running properly and have the peace of mind that even if things go badly you will be able to bring them back to a position that would suit your needs, then you should definitely make restore disks. A restore-point is a term that describes the state of your system at a time that it was stable and everything was running smoothly. Even if something goes wrong, e.g. if some program/virus makes your system crash, you can recover your computer to the last point when everything was running smoothly by creating a restore disk. Windows has a built-in feature that enables you to make restoration points, but there is also tons of software – both free and paid – that are going to do the job. You can create a recovery DVD of your entire system with several simple clicks, so do not hesitate to make that step.