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5 Ways to Speed Up Your PC (from easiest to hardest)



1: Restart your PC regularly- Heck, restart your PC now.

When you are using your PC for an extended period of time, a few things happen that can really affect your PCs performance. Often times programs that you use and close do not fully shut down, these programs will constantly leech small amounts of computing power in a process known as memory leak. Similarly, your computer’s RAM becomes bogged down after long periods of time, and the easiest fix to both of these issues is a regular restart. Once a week is a good general recommendation for regular use.





2: Keep your program count low

Your PC has a limited amount of processing power, and open programs, tabs, games, and documents still require processing power even if you are not actively using them. Underutilized hardware always performs better that over-utilized hardware.




3: Check your Windows updates

Having the latest Windows updates is really imperative in today's world. Not only will this make sure your operating system is running at top shape- it will also make your PC much more secure against outside threats. To check if your version of windows is up to date: click on the windows logo on the bottom left of your screen, click on the gear icon to open settings, and open "Update & Security".


4: Uninstall programs and delete/relocate any unnecessary files

It can never hurt to slim down your data and programs. Oftentimes applications and pictures take a huge amount of your hard drive’s available storage. If you have files or pictures that you will not need to access, it is great practice to store them on a separate USB drive or external hard drive. Removing programs is a bit tougher, but follow the steps below:

1: Click on the windows logo on the bottom left of your screen

2:Click on the gear icon to open settings

3:Choose “Apps”

4:When you find an application that you would like to remove, select it and it will give you an option to uninstall





5: Increase your RAM, and replace your traditional hard drive with an SSD

This last step is an oddball as it is the only step on this list that deals directly with hardware. It is also strongly recommended that you have an experienced technician performservice on any PC that you are not prepared to throw away in aworst-casescenario.That being said, in many cases adding RAM and replacing your traditional hard drive with an SSD can make your PC feel brand new, and get you back to working the way you want to.

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