Anyone who uses Windows has probably experienced this one time or another, a PC that seems to bog down over time. Your programs open sluggishly, web browsing seems stagnant, apps are lagging and your computer start up time is not as fast as it used to be.
Shelling out big bucks for a new computer isn't necessarily the answer. Try these tricks before kicking your computer to the curb. They could save you money and ease your mind.
1. Restart Your Computer Regularly
Sometimes the easiest procedure can get the job done. As simple as it seems, restarting your computer at least once a week does wonders for your system. It flushes out the RAM and ends processes and services that did not close out gracefully. Restarting may be a hassle sometimes but it might be the only thing you'll need to speed up an abnormally sluggish PC.
It may sound like a joke but your IT guy may be on to something when he says "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
2. Declutter Your Desktop
Cleaning up your Windows Desktop can help speed things up. Operating memory is used every time Windows is started.
If you have dozens of files on your Desktop, they could be using lots of operating memory. This will cause the computer to run slower because there is less available memory. That can bog the system down as information gets swapped out from operating memory to the hard drive.
One solution is instead of keeping files on the Desktop, put them in the My Documents folder.