How to make a computer run faster – A rookies guide



Hello everyone! Have you been having trouble with your computer lately? For instance, you boot your computer and it takes ages to load; you try to save a document in your word processor and your computer stops responding; or your computer frequently crushes. If any of these scenarios reflect your experiences, then you’ve, like lots of other PC users around the world, must be looking for a solution on how to make a computer run faster.

Anyway,  I have great news for you because you are certainly in the right place. In this post, I would like to share with you some tips and tricks that will take you out of the nightmarish experience with your computer.  I feel your pain. I understand the kind of frustration a slow computer can cause. Especially when your working on a busy schedule.

The issues I present here are from my own personal experiences as well as solutions raised by other computer users on other blog site. In this post I concentrate on the following:

  1. Putting out the trash
  2. Defragmenting
  3. Keeping updated
  4. RAM up – increasing memory
  5. Call the exterminator – keeping viruses in check
  6. Total Make over – Buy another computer

Putting out the trash

I have always been a movie lover. If ever had a chance to checkout my hard drive you’d be amazed at my movie collections. I have also been in the habit of keeping software installation files that I think I might need in the future, you know, just in case the zombies attack or something, LOL. This habit is one that I share with quite a number of people, maybe even you, dear reader.

A few months ago, my old i3 Core laptop was under the  severe strain of an overloaded hard drive. It wasn’t long before I noted a considerable drop in my device’s performance. I thought the poor old thing had seen better days. Frequent crashes, trouble booting, you name it. It was as slow as a snail.

From my experience, one of the major reasons for a computer slowing down is due to a flooded hard drive. Think of it this way: your hard drive (with all your stuff on it) is like a shopping mall parking lot on Christmas eve. You know how it is. You try to find a parking space and it takes you’ve a half hour to find one. Same is with your computer trying to find a space to place a document you’re trying to save on your PC. It will take time. No wonder, it takes so long for your PC to save and load documents.

Deleting files that you’ve don’t need and uninstalling software that are only there to decorate you PC is one option you’ve can consider on how to make a computer run faster. This of course, would include emptying the Trash Bin where your deleted files are usually held, just in case you change your mind.

Freeing up disk space in this way will surely help your PC speed up a little. Of course, it will depend on how much content is removed. However, if you’re a fun of pressing the Delete button, then you could always consider buying an external hard drive. Amazon has lots these in stock and they can surely save you a fortune of data.


Let me start by defining what fragmented data is. Fragmented data is data that has been broken up and stored in various locations on a single hard drive or disk. This is like breaking your car apart so it can fit into your garage. It does the job but it surely leaves a mess.

This is an inefficient way in which your computer stores data. This can result in poor performance of your system and keep your banging your fist on your monitoring hoping something will click.

Well luckily your PC comes with a handy tool for the defragmentation process. Here is a quick way to go about it.

      1. Go to Control Panel→System and Security. The Administrative Tools window appears.
      2. Click Defragment Your Hard Drive. The Disk Defragmenter dialog box appears.
      3. Click the Analyze Disk button. …
      4. When the analysis is complete, click the Defragment Disk button. …
      5. Click Close.

Once defragmented your computer should able to perform its processes faster equals faster speed for you.

Apart from the default defragmenter that comes with you windows PC you might also wish to try PC Optimizer softwares that will also make your life easier.

Keeping Updated – your software issues

A friend of mine had a PC running a Window 8.1 operating system. Being in a part of the world where internet access was not really available, he eventually started having issues with his PC. Now the question would be, “What went wrong?”

Your personal computer, like yourself needs constant upgrading. Think of it in line with the way you go and buy a new shirt once your old one really isn’t in style anymore. You computer has various pieces of software that make it function the way it should. However, if these are not kept up to date then you may experience your computer lagging.

This brings me to my third tip on how to make a computer run faster which is updating. Oftentimes updates come with bugfixes that can help improve the overall performance of your computer. So if you’re are looking for a way how to make a computer run faster, then try performing a system update. The following simple steps: can help you do this:

      1. Open Settings.
      2. Click on Update & Security.
      3. Click on Windows Update.

RAM up – increasing memory

Random Access Memory (RAM) plays a crucial role in the speed of you’ve computer. In essence, RAM temporarily stores information your computer is actively using in its operations for quick access. Computers are good at multitasking but in order to do this efficiently, they need faster RAM. The more programs your system is running, the more memory you’ll need.

RAM is an essential piece of a complex puzzle. If some solutions suggested above do not seem to work, it is always possible for your to increase the amount of RAM.

Usually the latest PC models come with RAM ranging from 4 to 8 GB to carter for faster processing. But don’t feel doomed if you’ve are using an older model because RAM expansion is also possible whether you are using a laptop or a desktop computer. You can be able to purchase RAM from the following online merchants such as Amazon.

Call the exterminator – keeping viruses in check

Computer viruses are probably the single probable cause of your computer slowing down. If your computer is infected by viruses then it will most likely freeze, crash or just slowdown.

Some computer viruses have the habit of stealing your storage space and using some of your other resources to do who knows what. They may also replicate files or folders. The action will result in your PC slowing down.

Making sure your antivirus software is up to date is the first step you should take. Note: do not install more than one antivirus software on your computer as this can also cause your computer to slowdown. Of course making sure you have a good antivirus software such as Avast, McAfee or Kaspersky which you can readily purchase online is another important factor to consider.

Once you run your anti-virus and your system is free of infection you’ve should be able to see a notable difference in performance. That’s one way on how to make a computer run faster without having to have any technical expertise.

Total Make over – Buy another computer

This probably should come as a last result. Though this is probably a very efficient, though costly, way of making sure you have a fast computer, I would only opt for this if my PC had reached its ‘retirement age’.

Buying a new computer is a big decision and getting a good one requires adequate information which is available online. I would refer you to one of my previous posts which introduces you’ve to the Intel Core i5 laptops which are readily available on Amazon at very competitive prices.

Here is a link to my post on cheap intel core i5 laptops.


Well all said and done, you deserve to have a good and fast-running computer. I hope that this article on ‘how to make a computer run faster’ will help you have the best experience out of your PC.

So what are you waiting for? Go for it. Make that computer do the ‘Usain Bolt’ thing.


Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Please understand that once you click on those links I am earning commissions to help me earn an income as a blogger. Yet, that doesn’t mean I’m recommending crap. Because I don’t. Thank you so much.

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