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How to make my computer go faster

Is your computer running way too slow? The PC is an indispensable and necessary piece of equipment both at home and at work. But it requires some minimal maintenance to stop it from going slow. Here are a few tips to always keep your PC is in top form.

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Uninstall any programs that you don't use. Start Menu> Control Panel> Add or remove programs. Select the program and click Uninstall or Remove.

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It is also good to run a Windows Disk Clean-up to remove temporary files. To do this, simply find the folder on your computer and delete all its contents. You can normally by going into the C: Windows folder, and click on the 'Temp' folder. In this folder, select all and delete. Below is where you should find the temporary file location is in the personal folder of each user. Go to C:> Users> user name> AppData> Local> Temp. Delete everything in this folder too.

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Delete temporary internet files. Open your search engine and go to File> Tools> Internet Options. In the first option 'Temporary Internet Files', click 'Delete Files'.

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You can also help your programs run faster by keeping your computer free of any unnecessary files. The program 'Cleaner' (download it from Softonic here) is one of the best. Run it from time to time to remove useless files from your system.

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Install a good antivirus program that won't take up a lot of memory, such as ESET NOD32 (to download from Softonic click here). Programs like Norton or McAfee take up a lot of space.

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One of the reasons why your computer may go slower over time is due to the fragmentation of files, which makes the hard drive have to work harder. To fix this, you need to defragment the hard drive. It usually takes about two hours so don't defragment when you're in a hurry. To do this, firsts close all programs. Then go to: Start> All Programs> Accessories > System Tools> Disk Defragmenter. Once there, click 'Defragment Now'. For Windows Vista, the easiest way is to go to Computer, right click on the hard drive. Click on Properties> Tools> Defragmenter. Once there, click 'Defragment Now'.

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Install a 'lighter' operating system. If you have Windows Vista, go for XP. If you have XP, go for Windows 2000, which has almost the same performance. If not, you can also choose Linux.

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If after all these steps your computer still going slow, you can also put more RAM, a type of memory that computers use to store data and programs that need quick access. So, the more RAM a computer has, the faster it goes.

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  • If you decide to add more RAM to do more complex processes, see an expert to avoid having problems with your files, data, etc.
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