Simple Ways to Improve the Performance of Your Existing Computer Hardware

August 30th, 2012

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A lot of people look to buy a new computer at the first sign of troubles with their old one, but often you can speed up your existing computer hardware system and have it running like new with just a few simple steps. The following are some of the ways you may be able to give your computer hardware’s performance a new lease on life.

Add memory

One of the single best things you can do to improve the performance of your computer hardware is to boost its memory capabilities a little bit. The more memory your computer has, the easier it will be to keep everything organised, accessible and running smoothly. If your hardware seems to be struggling to keep up with your software of late, perhaps a memory boost will do the trick.

Clean your desktop

Having files scattered all over the place on your desktop will slow your computer down and make it difficult for it to be able to locate and utilise everything you want it to. Get rid of any of those old documents and files you no longer need. Even just organising your documents into folders can make a big difference, so make an effort to clean things up on your desktop, and you will often notice a significant improvement in your computer hardware’s performance.

Scan for viruses

Viruses can seriously hamper a computer’s ability to run at anything close to full capacity, so make sure you are running regular checks for viruses, spyware and adware, and are removing anything you find. Many antivirus programs are free, and even just by conducting a scan once a week, you will vastly improve your computer’s ability to thrive.

Remove software you don’t need

Software programs can take up a lot of space and resources, making it important that you only ever have software on your computer that you actually need to be there. If there are programs on your computer you don’t use, remove them, because this will almost always mean a huge boost in the performance of your computer’s hardware systems. If you are unsure how to remove software that has been installed on your computer, you can usually find directions on the software company’s website. Otherwise, blogs and forums can be a wonderful source of information on everything from removing software to conducting server maintenance and finding additional network support.

Don’t run so much at once

Just like with people, computers can sometimes have a hard time doing more than one thing at a time, so if your system has been struggling to pick up much speed of late, consider closing down a few of those applications and asking a little less of your computer hardware. Listen to the radio instead of tracks from your computer’s music library, or pick one football match to follow instead of three, because the less you are asking your system to do, the more efficiently it will be able to perform the tasks it is doing.

Empty the trash

This simple act can help out your computer a lot, especially if you don’t empty your trash regularly. Emptying your trash at least once a week will mean you never have a build-up of trash taking up precious space and slowing your computer’s hardware systems.

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