If your computer is completely old, then you’re better off buying a new one instead – seriously. Remember that the maximum life span of any desktop or laptop computer is five years, that is with regular use. Some desktops and laptops can last longer but at some point at around six years the machine will really slow down.

However, if you’re still saving money to buy that ultimate new office or gaming model run by the latest Microsoft OS, there are ways to optimize your aging machine and make good use of it (for the time being), until you purchase your dream machine.

Streamline your startup

If your computer is chugging, too much software booting at system start may be to blame. Before you take more drastic measures, clean up your startup by opening the Startup tab of Windows Task Manager, or typing “msconfig” and opening its Startup tab. While you don’t want to disable Windows processes, eliminate anything else that you can identify if possible. You wouldn’t want to prevent your antivirus from launching at startup, but there’s no reason for Steam or Adobe Reader to hog your system resources except for when you really need them.

Spring cleaning your hard drive

Maybe it’s time to try some deeper cleaning and eradicate any programs you don’t actually use. Run a security sweep as well in case malware is slowing down your system. Defragging is also another effective way to clean your hard drive. And while you’re at it, delete old files you don’t need such as old photos, music, wallpaper, etc. The more space you free up in your hard disk, the faster it will run. Spring cleaning also includes opening up the casing and blowing out the dust that has accumulated inside that can overheat the PC, making it run slower.

Perform regular maintenance

You might want to regularly troubleshoot your machine and make sure it isn’t being slowed down by something. If you find that its ailment is just plain old age, make sure you do regular maintenance on your machine. It won’t make it run super-fast, but it will make sure that it’s running in tip top shape all the time. Every little bit counts when a computer is particularly old.

Speed up your browser

If your browser’s running slowly, make sure you pick one built for speed, then make it even faster by regularly cleaning up its history and getting rid of unnecessary browser and toolbar add-ons. Of course, also make sure you haven’t slowed it down with lots of extensions and plugins as well.

Increase your RAM

If you only have 1 or 2GB of RAM, upgrading your RAM to 4GB is a sensible upgrade. When programs and files in current use fill up your available RAM, the computer processor has to read data from the much slower hard disk.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:28:22 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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