Speed up your PC

Posted by Dennis August 26th, 2011

A slow PCI see lots of ads and products that claim to speed up your PC.  A slow computer is one of the common complaints that I resolve for my clients.  I can tell you that THERE IS NO SINGLE, SIMPLE solution to this.  BUT there are lots of things you can do/check.  First, make sure it’s not just psychological.  Did you recently get a new PC at home or office that is really fast?  Otherwise, did it suddenly get slow?  You might have a ‘critter’ of some kind, so run virus and malware scans.  Check the Task manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL) performance tab to see if your CPU is working hard.  If so, it’s busy doing something in the background that you may not know about.  Click the process tab to see which program is so busy.  You can also run MSCONFIG to remove software that runs when windows starts.   Otherwise, if it’s hardware, you need to find the one thing that’s slowing it all down.  See, the slowest piece will limit the chain of events, kinda like the rate limiting reaction in chemistry.  The windows 7 performance index is a good place to nail this down.  The lowest scoring hardware is your rate limiter.  Be aware that anything internet related should also include your BANDWIDTH, or internet speed, in the analysis.  You can test your internet speed here.

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