How to Make Your Slow Computer Faster

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A slow computer can be very frustrating, to the point where you don't even want to use your computer anymore unless you absolutely have to. Fortunately, you can take measures to speed up your slow computer to make computing a pleasure once again.

  • Clean up your computer. Windows comes with a utility called Check Disk. This program will scan your hard drive and clean up any errors it finds, which can speed your computer's performance. To run the program, click "Start" and then "Computer." Right-click the drive you want to clean and select "Properties." Click the "Tools" tab and then click the "Check now" button in the Error-checking section. Click to check both scanning options and then click "Start."

  • Close programs that run in the background. If you are scanning your computer for viruses or burning a DVD, these things can slow your computer down. Shut down programs in the background that you don't need at the time and start them later.

  • Defragment your hard drive. Your hard drive sometimes stores large files in pieces. Defragmenting the drive will put the pieces together and make the computer run faster. To do this, click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and then "Disk Defragmenter." Click to select the disk you want to defragment and click the "Analyze disk" button. If the scan reports errors, click "Defragment disk" to clean the disk.

  • Stay updated. Ensure that you have automatic updates turned on. To do this, click "Start," "All Programs" and "Windows Update." Click "Change settings" on the left side of the window and click the radio button next to "Install Updates automatically (recommended)." Click to check the option in the Recommended updates section and click "OK." This will make your computer faster after being updated.

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