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How to Improve Your Computer’s Speed with Five Easy Steps
Posted by kantreal on October 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Here at C&O IT Solutions we like to empower our clients with great and simple tips to improve their computer experience. Take a look below on some simple steps to improve your computer speed.

Check memory and processor performance

1.     Press the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys.

2.     From the options, select Start Task Manager.

3.     From popup window, select Performance tab.

4.     Check CPU Usage and Memory Usage. If CPU usage rates above 50%, or if memory usage appears high (the horizontal line that runs across the grid is closer to the top of the grid than the bottom) an application may be slowing down the computer.

5.     To end a process, select Processes tab.

6.     Look at the Memory column for any application that has an abnormally high number when compared to other applications and close it down by using the end process button.

7.     Reselect the Performance tab and see if CPU usage and available memory have improved—if not, then repeat the proceeding steps again.

Check hard drive for fragmentation

1.     From the Start Menu, select Computer.

2.     Right-click the C Drive and select Properties.

3.     Select Tools tab.

4.     From the Defragmentation section, select the Defragment Now button.

5.     In the new window, select the Analyze Disk button.

6.     The computer will analyze if there is enough disk fragmentation to slow down computer performance.

7.     Follow computer’s recommendation to defragment if necessary.

Delete cached and temporary files

1.     From the Start Menu, select Computer.

2.     Right-click C drive and select Properties.

3.     Select the Disk Cleanup button.

4.     From the computer generated files to delete list, check all files listed, select the okay button, and reboot the computer.

Check for application and operating system updates

1.     Open Internet Explorer.

2.     Go to www.update.microsoft.com and check for Microsoft updates.

3.     Download and install all available updates and then reboot computer.

4.     Check for non-Microsoft specific updates. Often, the task bar will have a notification message that informs of new updates. For other applications, open programs and select the help button. From that menu, select Check For Updates, follow prompts, and then reboot computer.

Scan computer for viruses

1.     Open the antivirus application installed on computer and follow directions to manually initiate a virus scan. If computer is infected, call your IT support staff for further advice. And If you don’t have an antivirus software, GET ONE!

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