PC Running Slow

There are many reasons a PC will run slow: low available hard drive space, overheating, malware, aging components, damaged components, etc. Try these steps to see if you can speed up your machine:

  • Reboot your PC if it has been a while since the last restart
  • Uninstall any programs you are not using, and will not use for a long time
  • Clear up any hard disk drive (HDD) space, using the Disk Cleanup Tool, or by deleting any files you can (pictures, music and video tend to be large culprits, here)
  • Close down any programs you may have running in the background
  • Run a malware scan by using your primary anti-virus software and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
  • Generally as a last resort, you can try replacing some components of hardware:
    • More RAM will tend to help, but be careful. There’s only so much RAM that can be of any use. The “sweet spot” tends to be around 8 GB of memory for most home users.
      • Also be sure to check compatibility. Types of RAM are not cross-compatible. For example, if your system uses DDR2 memory, you cannot put DDR3 sticks into it without also replacing the mother
    • Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are hard drives with no moving parts. They do not need defragmentation, and are considerably faster for file access times than regular platter-style hard drives.
    • Lastly, you can replace your CPU. However, this should be the last possible step, as it almost always requires an upgrade to the motherboard itself – which is almost an entirely new computer. And usually, Windows will stop being “Genuine” as a result. So plan this carefully!