Does your old computer’s performance make your face twitch and your hand reach for a hammer? Are you seriously considering shelling out a few hundred or a couple of thousand dollars for a new computer? Don’t do it just yet! Windows 10 is scheduled to be officially released sometime in 2015, and it just doesn’t make sense to buy a Windows 8 computer now when this operating system will become outdated within months if not weeks. Read this article in its entirety, and it will help you save money or at least wait out the months or weeks left before Windows 10 is released to the general public.
Despite what a lot of people may believe, an old computer doesn’t necessarily have to run slow. It slows down from the stuff that gets stored on it or is set to run in the background, from the dust that accumulates on the inside and a number of specific factors, most of them easily curable with proper tools. What are the things you can do to try and revive your old computer? Here is a quick list of the easiest fixes in the order they should be applied.
Control Startup programs
If your computer is running slower than ever it could be because of Startup Programs using up system resources. As the name implies, Startup Programs are the programs that start automatically every time you turn on your computer. Some of these startup programs will be visible in the System Tray (lower right hand corner of your computer).
Many startup programs, particularly malicious Spyware and Adware will not be visible in the System Tray. Instead, the Startup Programs will be running in the background eating into your system memory and causing your computer to run slower. Many Startup programs are critical to running your computer – don’t disable them unless you know for sure they’re not necessary.
Run Explorer efficiently
Windows Explorer can run each Explorer window in a separate process, so if one window crashes then it won’t bring down the others. Sounds reasonable, but in our test it uses at least an extra 10MB of RAM for every Explorer window you have open.
If you’re running an application then it’ll inevitably consume RAM, but there’s a way to reduce the amount: minimize it. If the app isn’t doing any work (it’s just a browser with several tabs open, say) then when it’s minimized Windows will reclaim some of its memory to give to other applications.
Clean up your PC frequently
Here I recommend a totally free one to you, which is called UPCleaner. It is a permanently free Windows PC optimization tool that blitzes clutter and unwanted files from your computer, leaving it in tip top condition and faster than ever.
UPCleaner clears memory to keep your computer at peak performance on real-time, cleaning your RAM and enhancing the performance of your system. You can release memory with a single tap to speed up your computer.