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ave you ever noticed that your computer feels sluggish? You may think it's just an age thing, and that older computers are naturally slower than newer ones. But the truth is that any computer can get bogged down by too many programs and files, causing it to run slowly. Luckily, there are solutions to this problem—and they're easy enough for anyone to do at home.

1. Uninstall old programs

The first thing you need to do is uninstall old programs that you no longer use and don't benefit from anymore. If you're not sure if an app is important, ask yourself:

  • Do I use it?
  • Does it serve a purpose?

If the answer is yes and no respectively (and especially if the answer is no), then uninstall that program!

Uninstalling programs is one of the simplest ways to speed up your computer because it frees up space on your hard drive by deleting unnecessary files that may be clogging up your computer's memory or slowing down its performance. If you're having trouble with an older version of an application that seems to be running slowly, consider uninstalling it and trying out newer versions instead!

Once you've uninstalled the old programs, reboot your computer and then run a virus scan to make sure everything is clean. If there are still problems after uninstalling everything, try restarting in safe mode (which operates without third-party software) and running another scan.

2. Analyze your startup applications

Is your computer running slow? It might be time to analyze your startup applications.

That's right—just like you'd need to clean out the backseat of a car before it starts getting clogged up with garbage and becomes unusable, your computer can get bogged down with all sorts of useless stuff that slows it down. For example:

  • You might have lots of apps that you don't even use anymore sitting in your "Startup" folder, taking up space and making your computer run slower than it should.
  • Your antivirus software might be scanning every single file you open, which means that every time you open a new application, it has to go through this process again—and if you're opening lots of apps at once, this process can take a long time!
  • If there are any viruses on your computer that are constantly scanning for other viruses (which is pretty common), this will make things even worse because they're constantly looking for threats instead of just doing their job and keeping an eye out for new threats as they arise.

3. Don't forget to update your software

Updating your software is the simplest way to make sure you have the latest features and security updates for your favorite programs.

How do I update my software?

It's easy! You just need to do a little bit of research on what kind of software you have, then follow the steps below:

  • Find out if there are updates available for your software. To do this, go to the website where you purchased the software (if it was purchased online) or go to their support page (if it was purchased through a store). Look for links that say "downloads" or "support." If they don't have any links like those, try searching for the name of the company that created the software.
  • Download and install the updates on your computer. This may take some time, depending on how long it takes for them to download from their servers onto yours; however, once they've finished downloading, installation should be fairly quick and easy!

How does updating my software help me?

Updating your software helps keep everything running smoothly--it protects against viruses, makes sure no one can access anything private on your device without permission (which is especially important.

4. Update your drivers

Drivers are the software that allows your computer to communicate with the hardware inside it. They are an important part of how your personal computer works, and they're always being updated. When you have outdated drivers installed on your system, this can cause performance issues and slow down your computer.

5. Clear out temporary files and defragment your hard drive.

To make sure temporary files aren't clogging up your system, use CCleaner. This free app will scan your computer for unnecessary files and clean them out.

Then, you need to defragment the hard drive using Windows Disk Defragmenter (or any other defragger you prefer). This is a good way to make sure that all of your computer's components are working efficiently together by ensuring they're arranged in an orderly fashion on the hard drive.

In conclusion, if you can’t get your computer to run as fast as it used to, and these simple fixes don’t help, then it may be time for a new machine. But before you go out and spend money on something else, make sure you at least give the above solutions a try first!

To learn more tips and tricks on how to revive your computer,

check out this video by Guide Kevin: Revive Your Old Computer.

Posted 
Jul 1, 2022
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