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Fix Slow Computers

Computers are used to make our tasks easier and perform them in shortspan of time. However, if your computer starts working slow, then thereis no major significance of having it and using it to carry out varioustasks. Many people get frustrated with the slow performance of their PCand end up spending money by upgrading memory or even sometimes bypurchasing a new computer to get rid of slow performance. However, youcannot do it every time your PC becomes slow. You should look for amore efficient solution.

There are numerous ways to fix your slow computer without having to spend money or to carry your PC anywhere.

Computers can become slow due to several reasons. Given below are some of the possible reasons:

1. Low disk space available on the hard disk

2. Presence of excess temporary files

3. Corrupt registry entries

4. Large number of software applications installed on the computer

5. Presence of incompatible device driver in the system

6. Excess heating of computer

7. Corrupt data

8. Corrupt operating system

9. Presence of virus and other malicious software

There are various other problems which may slow down your computersystem. Now, let us highlight some important steps to fix the issues ofslow computer performance with Windows operating system. Note: Take abackup of your complete data before carrying out any steps.

1. Remove all the temporary files stored in your computer system. Thetemporary files are voracious eaters of system memory. So, the bestpractice to improve the system performance is to regularly delete thetemporary files from the computer.

2. Regain the hard disk space by launching the Disk clean up utilityprovided in the Windows operating system. If even after cleaning up thehard disk from unnecessary programs and files, the space available onthe hard disk is less, then you can uninstall old programs which arenot in use.

3. Update Windows by turning on the automatic update feature when connected to Internet.

4. Registry is a central database of any computer which maintains arecord of the activities and stores them in the form of registryentries like when you install any software application on your PC thenan entry is made in the registry about the installation of thesoftware. So, check for any registry error.

5. Install a good security suite like antivirus and antispywaresoftware and scan your system for the presence of any suspiciousprogram code installed on your computer and eating up your computermemory and remove it to make your system fast.

A computer is a machine which requires regular maintenance for showingbetter performance. Regular maintenance is the best way to improve theperformance of a slow computer.

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slow to open


Hi,
Is this slow when start up the computer or slow when you open an application?
If slow when start up the computer, the reason is your computer has too much start up programs and services. All these software, services is required to open as start up of the computer, that reduce speed of log on/ start up process. You can speed up by try these steps:
1. Start - Run: type: msconfig and hit enter.
2. The System Configuration Window will appear. Click on Selective Startup. Then go to Start up tab, untick the process that you think it not importance for start up such as Acrobat Reader...ect. 3. Then hit apply and restart your computer. You can disable all of start up services.
If slow when you try to open an application, then the reason is your computer busy work with some other higher piority process. If you think that you need this application open quicker, you can go to Task Manger and End the task you don't want it run or the task that took a lot of CPU resources.

Hope this will hellp
Thanks for reading.

Jul 20, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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my exceel 2003 slows down upon reaching my file to 12.0 MB..it takes 4-5 minutes before performing a task...what's the problem with this?


12.0 MB for an excel file is HUGE! That in and of itself is the problem and would slow down most computers. Nothing is wrong.

Feb 28, 2011 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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why does it take a long time to carry out basic task like going through emails.when getting on line would experience long delays in spite of having broad band? I have to sut down and reboot almost all the time and basic task is so very time consuming.


Assuming you are saying mostly when working on Internet you are having slow performance issues.

Causes can be from a number of sources. Are you connecting wireless to Internet? Source signal may be to weak or unstable. Preferrable to keep signal at 80% or better.

Web sites and how your connectivity navigates through the Internet cloud (server to server to server and so on) can be hampered by any point along the way.

If you are using a wireless router that is shared by mulitple computers, try isolating and removing other computers and any network devices (wireless print servers). You can also try connecting with an Ethernet cable directly to router or modem.

Oct 04, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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