A computer with a combination of best RAM, Graphics Card and Processor can also sometimes not handle all the heavy multitasking that you do on it. The best specifications still need some basic tweaks to make your computer work agile. You can go through these simple guidelines to fix and fasten up your slow running-computer and ultimately save a lot of money and time. 

If you don’t want to read the detailed version you can simply scroll down and check out the attached image for a squeezed variant of this article.

Make sure to check the bonus tip I have provided at the end of this article.

Do you have a Spyware and/or Antivirus software installed on your computer?

When you install a spyware or antivirus software on your computer, the software gets loaded on your computer’s memory each time your computer boots. This helps to protect your computer from threats. The antivirus software run virus scans in background and this increases the load on your RAM. 

You can either uninstall your antivirus software or you can update the already installed version. Companies keep on updating their antivirus software to make it more efficient and work without adding extra load to the RAM. Update your antivirus software at least once a month. 

Does your work involve regular use of internet browsers?

Keeping more than 3 tabs open inside your internet browsers increases the load on your RAM considerably.

Internet browsers like Google Chrome take a lot of memory usage. If you open too many tabs at once it will eventually slow down your computer. Try closing the tabs and check your computer’s performance.  

Disk Defragmentation

Disk Defragment Window

Each time you modify a file, the newly modified one gets stored in a different location on your hard drive independent of the previous location. This creates unnecessary disk capture on your hard drive. The computer becomes slow as it needs to search for the file in too many locations to open it. 

Disk fragmentation is a system by which you can arrange your files stored in your hard drives in an organized manner. Defragmentation increases the efficiency of data retrieval and improves the overall performance of your computer.

To open the defragmentation window simply search for “Defragment And Optimize Drives” in your computer’s search option.

Try installing an SSD (Solid State Drive)

SSDs are much more powerful than HDDs. All the Mac computers have SSDs installed as their storage drives. That is why a 256GB ROM Mac computer is much more efficient than a Windows computer having 1 TB of ROM.

SSDs are costlier than HDDs but if you can afford it, get it embedded in your computer now. It will increase the memory management efficiency and eventually fix your slow computer. If you are wondering how you can install an SSD on your computer you can read this article from laptopmag.com on How To Upgrade Your Laptop’s Hard Drive To An SSD.

Flow chart on how to fix a slow computer

Click on the image to enlarge it if you find it difficult to read. 

Thanks to Crucial for sharing this image.

Bonus Tip

You can also improve the loading time by disabling some startup services from the Task Manager.

These startup services decrease the loading speed of the system as the computer needs to load them along with other Windows programs. Although most of these startup programs are not necessary at all.

It’s better not to disable some online tools like Microsoft OneDrive as these programs are cloud-based. 

For instance, if you take a screenshot, OneDrive will automatically send that screenshot to OneDrive’s folder for later access. But when you disable it, the screenshot will only be available for the next immediate paste command you will make i.e., Ctrl + V.

This method can improve your loading speed by as much as 80%. 

You must reboot the system to make the changes take effect.

Task Manager > startup > disable unimportant services from status