How to fix a slow computer?
low your whole system down, so if you’re willing to compromise, have a basic plain one instead!
2. Update your hardware drivers as frequently as possible. New drivers tend to increase system speed especially in the case of graphics cards, their drivers are updated by the manufacturer very frequently!
3. If you want to use several programs at the same time then minimize those you are not using. This helps reduce the overload on RAM.
4. The ‘starting Windows 95/98’ message on startup can delay your booting for a couple of seconds. To get rid of this message go to c:\ and find the file Msdos.sys. Remove the Read-Only option. Next, open it in Notepad or any other text editor. Finally, go to the text ‘Options’ within the file and make the following changes: Add BootDelay=0. To make your booting even faster, set add Logo=0 to remove the Windows logo at startup.
5. Restart only Windows: When restarting your PC, hold down Shift to only restart Windows rather than the whole system which will only take a fraction of the time.
6. Faster Start-Menu Access: Go to the Start menu and select Run. Now type Regedit and hit Enter. The Registry Editor will appear on the screen. Now, open the folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. You should see a MenuShowDelay value. If you don’t then do the following: right-click on a blank space in the right pane and select New\String. Change the name in the new value to MenuShowDelay. Now that we have the MenuShowDelay value, double click on it and enter 0 in the Value data field. This sets the start menu to delay to 0 milliseconds.
7. Turn off Active Desktop: win98.jpg Go to your Display Properties and switch to the Web tab. Uncheck View My Active Desktop As a Web Page. Since the Active Desktop option under Windows 98 uses a lot of system resources, this option can have a dramatic effect on the speed of the whole system.
8. Refresh the Taskbar without restarting: If you in some way change the taskbar, either in Regedit or elsewhere, you can refresh the taskbar without restarting. Hold down Ctrl Alt Del, and double click on Explorer. Say Yes to close Explorer, but no to closing Windows. This will refresh the Taskbar and system tray.
9. Windows can be slowed down when programs run on startup. To eliminate this, check your Startup folder. You can access it from the start menu: Start, Programs, Start-Up. Another way to eliminate programs from loading even before Windows actually starts is by doing the following: Click on Start, then Run. Type msconfig. It will take quite a long time for this program to load, but when you finally see it on your screen.
My computer running so slow, what can I do to fix?
I understand that you experiencing issues regarding slow performance of your Windows 7 machine. I will certainly help you in getting this issue fixed.
I would appreciate if you could help me with more information:
- Is your computer running slow while using programs or while accessing internet?
- Did you make any software/hardware changes to the computer prior to this issue?
- Which security software is installed on your computer?
This issue might occur due to multiple reasons like: virus on the computer, software conflict or system file corruption. In order to diagnose the issue, let’s follow below mentioned steps and check if that helps:
Method 1: Disable Anti-virus software because it might be creating some software conflict.
Important Note: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you shouldn’t disable your antivirus software. If you have to temporarily disable it to install other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you’re done. If you’re connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.
Step 1: Boot the computer in Safe Mode and check if the issue persists.
In Windows, we can start the computer in different advanced troubleshooting modes to find and fix problems on the PC. One of such troubleshooting mode is Safe Mode. Here we start Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. Please refer to the steps given in this article to boot the computer in safe mode:
Step 2: Perform a Clean Boot and find out which application/service is causing this issue.
A clean boot helps to eliminate software conflicts and to determine what is causing the problem. To perform a clean boot, please refer to the section “How to perform a clean boot” and follow the instructions for “Windows 7 and Windows Vista” from this link:
You may please note that performing a clean boot does not fix the actual issue. It just helps us in identifying the root cause of the issue.
If the issue does not occur in clean boot, then you may determine which application/service on the computer is causing this issue. This can be done by following the instructions for “Windows 7 and Windows Vista” given in the section “How to determine what is causing the problem by performing a clean boot” from the same given link.
Important: After you have finished troubleshooting, refer to the section “How to reset the computer to start as usual after clean boot troubleshooting” for “Windows 7 and Windows Vista”, to reset the computer to start as usual from the above link.