Hey… You are reading this most likely because you are frustrated with your slow computer and want to learn how to clean up your computer so it runs faster without using any software and without spending any money. And your thinking to yourself, is this even possible? Yes. Its very possible, and as long as you keep reading you will learn how to clean up your computer so it runs faster within minutes!
Most people who encounter slow computer problems don’t realize just how easy it can be with the right knowledge to get your computer running smoothly again and all without spending a dime. And if your in any way doubting your technical ability or think you may be slight computer alliterate, don’t worry this guide is easy to follow!
Before you go running off to the geek squad or Best Buy to buy software, try spending some time to learn about what you can do to clean up your computer so it runs faster, way faster.
The following steps will get rid of all the junk and miscellaneous stuff hidden in your computer which may be significantly slowing down the daily computing operations down under the hood.
Step 1: System Configuration Utility
Launch the Start Menu and click on [Run…] or use the keyboard short-cut [Windows Key + R]. Type in ‘msconfig’ to launch the System Configuration Utility window and then click on the [Startup] tab at the top.
What To Do…
Deselect programs and services (as long as you know what it is) that you may not want starting up with your computer. Keep in mind that deselecting a program or service does not remove it from your computer, it simply stops it from launching when your computer is first starting up.
Result: By taking control over which services and/or programs are allowed to start up with your computer, you can significantly decrease the time it takes your computer to start up or restart. Usually you have to wait for a PC to finish loading all the services and programs before you can use your computer at its maximum speed, so if you can limit the number of services and programs required to start up with your computer your almost guaranteed a significant boost in speed.
Step 2: Free Up Disk Space
If your computer is running low on disk space you should take action to free up some space immediately. Many people just get stuck at this point because they are scared to delete files or programs they may need later in life, but even if you don’t want to remove programs or files you use you can still free up enough space to speed up your PC.
This free tool inside of every version of Windows, which is called Disk Cleanup, will delete only temporary and miscellaneous files that could free up many gigabytes of space on your computer such as temporary internet files, deleted files and miscellaneous unneeded temporary program files.
To access this tool, you can navigate to Accessories >System Tools >Disk Cleanup within the Start menu or you can search for Disk Cleanup in the Start menu (Windows Vista or later only).
Step 3: Run Disk Defragmenter
Hard disks store data onto different rings divided into different sectors each storing a respectable amount of data. The Disk Defragmenter moves all your data on the hard disk into sectors and rings that are closet to each other. When data is scattered throughout a hard disk in many different sectors, it takes the arm longer to reach the different sectors causing slow performance when trying to load data from the hard disk.
I recommend setting the Disk Defragmenter to run on a schedule of at least once a month or every other week. When setting up a schedule, choose a time when your sure your not going to be on your computer so the Disk Defragmenter can run without disrupting you.