In this day and age, speedy devices are preferred by all users. But upon regular usage, the basic functions performed by these devices may slow down with time. However, a slow computer does not always mean that it has become too old for use.
A thorough cleaning of unused files and folders or some easy fixes here and there can speed up your computer comparatively. These tasks usually take just a couple of minutes.
How managing your RAM and hard disk drive help the computer to speed up
At least 10-15% of hard disk space should be left free for the virtual memory and temporary files. In some older computers, this percentage might have to be a little higher for more efficiency.
Transferring media to different storage
Old and rarely accessed media stored on the hard disk should be transferred to cloud storage or an external hard drive to save more memory space.
Uninstalling unused programs
Devices often come with pre-installed programs which are never really used. It is best to delete them since they unnecessarily take a lot of memory and disk space, even bearing down on the battery as they keep running in the background. At the same time, one needs to be careful not to remove a necessary application responsible for running the computer’s functions.
Organizing desktop icons
Desktop icons can be organized into some folders to reduce background application running and RAM usage. Each icon needs to be loaded every time the computer is started, but if they’re in a folder, then only the folders will be loaded.
Closing unused tabs
In order to speed up your computer functions, it is advisable to close all the unused tabs. Otherwise, they take up a lot of memory.
Deleting temporary files
Internet history, cookies, and cache occupy considerable disk space. Deleting these files helps the computer to perform better.
Removing unused language resources, dashboard widgets, and gadgets
Computers come with some loaded default languages that need a large number of resources and disk space. Dashboard widgets and gadgets run updates in the background, taking up a lot of memory. They can be removed from the respective OS settings.
Other non-technical ways for a computer to run faster:
A computer’s software updates may take a lot of time to complete, but they can fix bugs and glitches that may disrupt the smooth running of functions.
Continuously using any device makes it overheated, and repeated instances of this can make it slow down. The computer should be allowed some ventilation by placing it on a flat surface and pointing a fan at it.
Shutting down or restarting the computer at least once a week helps the device to refresh its memory. In this way, background applications are closed, and other tools can run a maintenance check.
Deleting browser extensions and plugins
Too many unnecessary browser extensions and plugins make the web browser lag. Therefore, it is best to uninstall them.
Unnecessary applications, browser extensions, and data files should be cleared to speed up your computer. Regular maintenance and careful usage will keep the computer healthy so that it can perform well for a very long time.