It is an awesome experience when our computer is newly installed with an OS. It is lightning fast. But as time passes by, the feeling of awesomeness is gradually decreasing. It is getting chuggy and laggy as time passes by. This is pretty normal for all of us unless you have a very powerful machine that you don’t realize slow down. But for us mid-level computer users, we need to always check our computer speed. If there is indeed a slowdown happening, what to do now? Don’t resort to hardware upgrade immediately, there are still ways to check and do before we end up with that resort.

  1. Scan your PC for Errors – An operating system is a collection of files that performs different functions. It is very possible that as time goes by, one or more of these files become corrupted. If this really happens, your system speed might decrease. Scanning your File System will find and correct problems it finds.
  2. Scan for Spywares, Viruses, Malwares and Adwares – Every computer is vulnerable to viruses most especially the Windows operating system, the most used OS of today. These viruses are nasty little programs that cause major and minor problems to our computer. Spywares and Adwares are programs which are created by companies to find out more information about their customers. These are not created for malicious purposes like Malwares but they reduce performance when too much of them are loaded. Scanning them with a good Anti-Virus Software frequently is a good way to stop them.
  3. Uninstall Unuses Programs or Applications – Uninstalling programs which are not anymore used is a good practice. These unwanted programs often bloat the hard drive and even if they are not run, they still create connection to the system. They can still slow down your computer performance.
  4. Adjust Visual Settings for Better Performance – Operating Systems use eyecandies for the user to enjoy the environment or GUI. But what suffers here is the performance. If you just want doing your stuffs and doesn’t mind the eyecandies, then it is better if you turn them off. It gives you a big boost on processing power.
  5. Remove Programs from Automatic Startup – Unloading programs from  Windows startup gives speed and boosts your computer and its performance.
  6. Defragment – Defragging checks files which are in any chance, identical. The possibility of being the same is big as it could range from tens-hundreds of files which are the same. Defragmenting the hard drive places all information for each file in one place. The result can be a faster computer experience.
  7. Reformat and Reinstall OS – If none of the ways above works, then you are better of reformatting your HDD and reinstalling your OS again. This clearly erases every errors or bloatwares from your PC. Just don’t do the same mistakes again.
  8. Upgrade Hardware – If reformatting and reinstalling your OS still don’t work, then the problem lies on your hardware. Replace the faulty hardwares and upgrade them with a better and faster one.