- Check to see what’s starting up. Many programs when installed, decide to put themselves in the Startup folder and takes up resources as it sits in residence, waiting for commands. Unless you intend on using it regularly, shut it off and start up as needed. You can use MSConfig to do this.
- Run maintenance programs. Your Windows operating systems has two main programs that are useful; Cleandisk and Defragmenter. The Cleandisk will clean out useless files that fill up the hard drive over time, while the Defragmenter will sort the files so they are found faster and allow the system to run more efficiently.
- Update and run your Antivirus program. Whatever anti-virus program you own, be sure to update the files and program, as well as scan the entire system periodically. I prefer the AVG-antivirus because its free but also works the best out of the anti-virus software I’ve used in the past. Check here for advice on how to do this.
- Check your computer memory. Computer memory, also known as RAM (Random Access Memory), allows the computer run with speed but also functions to let more than one program run at one time. Low RAM will lend to computer slowdown, if not lockups and even the ‘blue screen of death’. Click here to find out how much you have.