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Boosting The Speed Of My Slow PC

Apr 12, 2008
With the growing popularity of computers and pcs, it will seem almost impossible to even imagine the possibility of living without them. Computers make our human lives much easier. Without them, we could not efficiently do some of the common tasks that are needed in everyday life. Knowing this, we can clearly see the insatiable need to not only make human life easier, but to also bring instant gratification.

With this almost instantaneous access to information we've become a bit spoiled. We look back ten to fifteen years at the computers we used at the time and think "what dinosaurs those were". We didn't mind waiting for a new page to load, it was a good excuse to get that second cup of coffee. Nowadays when a task we are waiting for the computer to perform takes more than a few seconds, we become uneasy, impatient, or downright upset. We've come to rely on the computer for many facets of our life: work, school, communicating with friends to name a few. We get a little impatient when our PC starts behaving like a slowpoke.

In this article, we will observe three well known ways to improve or increase the speed of your personal computer.

1. Upgrading Your RAM

One of the quickest ways our computers date themselves is by not having enough RAM. As new products are released onto the market, the hardware requirements increase. With heavier graphics and processing requirements, theses programs need more RAM (the short term memory of your computer) to keep the program running smooth. RAM (random accessed memory) is one of the easiest upgrades to do your self and will show the best improvement in performance for time spent.

2. Do Some Housecleaning - In This Case Your Computer's Registry

Just as you need to shake out a dust cloth occasionally to keep it functioning well, you need to clean up your computer's registry from time to time. Your computer processes a massive amount of information over time and in the process collects "things". The registry keys in your computer tell your computer how to operate but over time these keys become clogged, or more exactly, corrupted. Corrupted registry keys will cause you computer to slow down and at times do other strange things as opposed to what you want it to be doing. It's a good idea to clean up the registries periodically. Most PC's come with the software to do this but you still may have to initiate the action yourself at times.

3. Run One Program At A Time

We get rather proud of ourselves at times on how much multitasking we are capable of doing. Computers can do this as well and often multitasking is used as a selling point. The fact is though that multitasking generally slows the computer down. It's sometimes an advantage to have your computer working on a task in the background. However, some applications are not totally compatible with one another in the sense that trying to run them both simultaneously will degrade your computer's performance. The best approach here is to find out from experience what works and what does not so that when you feel a need for multitasking you'll know what to expect and if performance is degraded you'll understand why.
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