During the past few months we here at Seymour Computer Repair have been concerned with creating one of the most comprehensive, free guides dealing with: how to fix a slow computer. Looking back, we think that we have done a very good job. If you follow our guides, step-by-step, there is a reasonable chance that you will be able to fix your computer’s slowness by yourself (without the need for professional technical support help – we do realize, however, that this may take some time to accomplish).
Today our goal is to summarize our discussions from the past few months and create one easy to follow summary. So without further ado:
Fix a slow computer
Step 1: Remove Computer Infections
- Summary: One of the easiest ways to repair a slow computer is by removing malware from it (malware being a general heading for: viruses, adware, spyware, root kits, Trojans, and the like).
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: Download a free antivirus program (we recommend either avast!, Microsoft Security Essentials, or avira) and a free spyware/adware program (we recommend MalwareBytes and SUPERAntiSpyware).
- In depth Information: Take a look at our article describing how to fix a slow computer by removing computer infections.
Step 2: Repair Old Hardware
- Summary: A computer with inadequate hardware will often be extremely slow.
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: Take a look at your random access memory (RAM) usage as well as your hard drive usage. If either is being over utilized then you will need to upgrade these parts or buy a new computer. In general, a computer that is more than 5 or 6 years old may start exhibiting problems with newer operating systems.
- In depth information: Take a look at our article describing how to fix a slow, old computer.
Step 3: Repair Unorganized Data
- Summary: Over time, computer data becomes disorganized as pieces of software applications and user files are spread all over the place (on the hard drive).
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: Download a free defragmentation program and run it. Although there are a multitude of programs available, Seymour Computer Repair recommends Defraggler due to its ease of use and the company backing it.
- In depth information: Read our article on how to fix a slow computer whose data is unorganized.
Step 4: Repair Background Programs
- Summary: Programs and Processes which run constantly in the background can hog your CPU’s resources and lead to a slow computer.
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: It is generally advisable to open up the Windows Task Manager and take a look at the percentage of your CPU being used. If it is high, then removing startup programs (which generally start when your computer turns on and don’t turn off until your computer is shut down) can help.
- In depth information: For further information, check our discussion regarding how to fix a slow computer running too many background processes.
Step 5: Update Windows
- Summary: According to some individuals on the Internet, an operating system which is out of date (in regards to official Microsoft patches) can have problems speed-wise.
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: Simply access the Windows update facilities through the Start Menu or head onto the Internet and Google “Windows update”.
- In depth information: Take a look at our article concerning how to fix a slow computer whose Windows operating system is out of date.
Step 6: Repair Corrupt or Out of Date Computer Drivers
- Summary: Drivers, the translators between your hardware and operating system, can become corrupt or out of date. Communication problems between components of your PC can lead to slowness as well as hanging.
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: Seymour Computer Repair recommends that you attempt to update your hard drive driver if at all possible. Updating other drivers (for your video card, audio card, network card and the like) is also a wise idea if you have the time and the patience.
- In depth information: Dealing with drivers can be a somewhat complicated process, especially the first time you deal with them. If you are confused, reread our discussion on how to fix a slow computer with out of date driver.
Step 7: Repair Hardware Problems
- Summary: Problems with your computer’s hardware (oftentimes your random access memory – RAM – and hard drive) can result in a machine that freezes and acts slowly.
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: There are a variety of tools you can use to test your hard drive and RAM for signs of failure, however Windows 7 comes with built n testing tools for each. Use each of them in order to determine if hardware problems are causing a slow computer.
- In depth information: For step-by-step instructions regarding RAM and hard drive testing take a look at our discussion on how to how to fix a slow computer with hardware problems.
Step 8: Repair an Overheating CPU or GPU
- Summary: An overheating CPU (brains of the computer) or GPU (brains of the graphics card) can result in a slow computer.
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: Two free programs can be used to test for overheating. Seymour Computer Repair recommends AIDA64 to check your CPU’s temperature and SpeedFan to test your GPU’s temperature.:
- In depth information: Our article on how to fix a slow computer with heat problems discusses this topic and provides a link where you can find the optimal temperatures for various types of CPU’s. (generally speaking – you want a CPU which is less than 90 degrees Celsius).
Step 9: Repair Registry Problems
- Summary: There is no conclusive viewpoint; however, some individuals believe that a bloated Windows registry can lead to a slow computer.
- Do-It-Yourself quick technique: After backing up all of your important data, and making sure to back up your Windows registry (using CCleaner), use CCleaner to remove unused and unwanted registry entries.
- In depth information: For a more thorough discussion on how to fix a slow computer with registry problems stake a look at our in-depth guide.
So there you go; a comprehensive summary (to our comprehensive guide) on how to fix a slow computer. Although going through each step is not guaranteed to fix your PC, in most cases this is exactly what it will do. However, to fix your problems you must read carefully and follow along. For if you don’t actually engage in the solutions we provide then your computer will likely remain slow.
For the moment, we here at Seymour Computer are done discussing how to fix a slow computer (as we believe that this has been done exhaustively). However, in no way is this topic completely closed. We may, at some point in the future, add to it if we find a new common occurrence.