If your computer is constantly taking long to load any application or program, then it means its speed has gone down.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to buy a new computer: it shows that there are several things that you need to change in your computer so that you regain its fast speed again.
In this article, we’re going to have a look at some of the ways you can use to make your computer fast again.
14 Ways to Speed Up a Laptop/PC
1. Check Your Hard Disk Space
Many people’s standard method to keep their computer running fast is to ensure that their hard disk has 15% free space. If your hard disk is complete, you need to remove some programs and files to improve your computer speed. However, if your hard disk has plenty of room, then somehow its operating system has some issues which need to be carefully checked.
2. Organize Desktop Icons Into Folders
When you organize desktop icons into folders, it automatically cleans up your background, cutting down your computer’s RAM usage. Unorganized computers have to load each icon separately, which you had not planned for. This consumes a lot of your RAM space which again slows down your computer. When you organize your desktop icon, then you give your computer enough room to load each folder at a time.
3. Save Old Pictures To The Cloud and External Hard Drive
In case you have old videos and pictures on your computer that you might not want to delete, you only need to transfer them to your external hard drive or the Cloud, where they will be stored in case you need them in the future. By doing this, you’ll have multiple spaces in your computer, which will eventually improve its speed.
4. Close Unused Tabs
Sometimes it’s necessary to have many tabs open, especially when you want to finish a specific project in time, but if that’s not the case or done looking at a specific web page, it’s better to close it. When you open so many tabs, it limits the speed of your computer. So opening many tabs should be avoided at all costs if your computer speed is to improve.
5. Uninstall Unused Programs
Many people have some pre-installed programs, which most of the time they end up never using. These programs slow down your computer, use up memory, and waste disk space while also running background processes. However, it would help if you were careful when getting rid of some of these programs so that you don’t end up getting rid of the ones that you use. If you’re not too careful, you might also remove programs that are essential to your computer’s normal functioning.
6. Delete Temporary Files
Some temporary files like cookies, internet history, and caches occupy a lot of space on your hard disk for no good reason. By deleting them, you will be freeing up valuable space on your hard disk, which will ultimately make your computer run faster. You can also opt for a CCleaner if you use Mac OS X, helping to delete some temporary files on your hard disk. But if you’re using a Windows computer, then you can just run a disk cleanup.
7. Stop Programs From Automatically Launching When You Open Them
It would help if you saw that you stop programs that launch automatically on your computer because they play a huge role in slowing down your computer. When programs automatically launch, they take up a lot of space in your computer memory.
Suppose you’re using Mac OS X and want to stop programs from automatically launching. In that case, you need to click on the Apple icon, then navigate to the other systems’ preference, then proceed to users and groups, and finally login items. When you have successfully done this, you’ll see programs that automatically launch when you start your computer.
But if you’re dealing with a windows computer, you need to click on the menu and search for “MSConfig,” and then click the startup tab. You will notice a list of programs that launch without permission.
8. Remove Unnecessary Language Resources
For those who might not have known, each default language uses multiple resources and files that eat up free space in your hard disk. If you are using OS X, for you to remove an unnecessary language, download Monolingual. For windows computers, go to settings, then proceed to time and language, then region and language, and lastly, click to remove the languages you don’t want.
9. Update Software
Choosing to update your computer software is completely necessary if you want to improve your computer’s speed. The new software will fix glitches and bugs that generally slow down your computer. In case you want to check if your software is up to date on Mac, you need to go to Apps under the Apple icon menu and select on updates. For those with windows laptops, you have to click on the start button, then move to all programs, then windows update, and lastly, check updates.
10. Give Your Computer A Break
When your computer gets constantly overheated, that should be a red flag because the next thing, it will start to get slower. You need to cool down your computer, especially when you know you use it all the time on important matters. For you to cool down your computer, point a fan at it on a flat surface so that air can adequately flow underneath it.
12. Shut Down And Restart Your Computer
When you are the type of person who leaves their computer on, it means you’re creating room for background applications and programs to hog your computer’s memory. Shutting your computer and then restarting it will help you refresh your computer’s memory and enable important tools to do maintenance on it.
Shutting your computer once in a while will help improve its general speed.
Also, consider factory reset your laptop as it might make significant improvement in speed.
13. Remove Unused Dashboard Gadgets Or Widgets
Dashboard Widgets on gadgets Windows and Mac OS X often devour RAM space because they always run background updates even when you’re not using them. If you are using a Windows laptop, you have to click right and uninstall the gadgets you don’t use, but if you’re using Mac OS X, you can use its widget manager to delete anything taking space for no good reason.
14. Delete Browser Extensions
We all know that browser extension is a very convenient application that helps a lot. However, installing too many extensions slows down your web browsing speed. To increase your browser’s speed, delete plugins and extensions that you don’t use frequently.