It is an indisputable fact that computers slow down. It is just what they do. Thinking about it, though, can you blame them? They go through months, even years of daily use can cause slowdown, both through accumulation of files (and the subsequent reduction in available storage space) and degradation of hardware.
The hordes of pop-up ads are ample evidence that there always have been and always will be people out there claiming to offer a quick – and, more invitingly, free – downloadable tool to speed up your computer, but as the vast swathes of viruses and adware that almost universally accompany these downloads can attest to, such offers are, in practice, little more than snake oil. So what can we, as responsible computer owners, do to keep everything running smoothly? I have outlined a few approaches below.
The Hardware Approach
First is the solution that I feel should be top of everybody’s computer to do list – upgrading the hardware. Replacing the parts under the hood is a sure-fire way to increase your computer’s performance – primarily through installing a better processor. In terms of your CPU it is pretty cut and dry – the better the processor, the smoother the performance. However, this is not always a viable approach – top-of-the-line CPUs can set you back a fair amount of money, and so they are often simply not an option. Failing this, installing additional RAM can offer a similar (if less noticeable) boost for a fraction of the cost. The only other real downside to the hardware approach is that, sadly, it is not always possible – many prebuilt systems can be difficult (or downright impossible) to supplement with better parts and owners of such machines may have to consider the alternative.
Spring Cleaning & Faster Broadband
If modifying your hardware were not an option, then it would be wise to look at making some simple tweaks on the software side to increase your computer’s speed instead. Although defragmenting your hard drive (re-ordering split files to reduce read time for your mechanical hard drive) won’t help as much as it used to, it’s still something that should be done fairly regularly just to keep everything in check (unless you have a solid state drive, of course). A task requires virtually no effort on your part, and might just result in that smoother performance that you have been craving. Additionally, providing you live in an area that supports it, fiber broadband is definitely something to consider. Fibre optic broadband is becoming more and more widespread with each passing month, and you never know – lightning-fast loading times when surfing the web could be just what you are looking for.
So there you have it – a few relatively straightforward tools for helping to keep your beloved computer running to the best of its ability. Get out there and give them a go! You – and your computer – can thank me later.