How to fix a slow computer …

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You can have a variety of pieces of kit to accelerate a reluctant or laptop PC. Illustrator: Emma McGowan

Probably the most common reason why people ditch your old computer and buy a new one is not as old somehow broken, but that is only slowly. There are a lot of things online and pay for goods, to correct for the slowness. Many of them make little difference, and some may make the problem worse. There are some important things that are worth a try before you give on your PC or laptop trusted Windows (and many of them will work for Mac), but before you try anything, it is important that you back up your files.

Virus and Antivirus

The virus or malware on your computer is very likely to slow. If they. Taking control of your computer before you in, they can hide your antivirus kicks One answer is a virus scan online from CD or USB memory can be run independently of Windows – Sophos or Kaspersky are possibilities. There are also free, reliable and easy as Avast antivirus programs available. Note that the grieving antivirus programs can cause extreme slowness. If you have changed the antivirus software, be sure to uninstall the previous programs.

Background programs and start

After purification of the virus and to ensure that your antivirus program to run and regularly updated, the next thing to consider if you have not used or installed all running background programs. You can do this from within Windows to do, but it is easier if downloaded the free version of CCleaner and run it. Click the Tools tab on the left and select Uninstall.

If you are using Adobe Reader, you can download an easy alternative like Foxit Reader or PDF SumatraPDF to view files and uninstall the Adobe deal. The same is true of video players. Media Player Classic is a lightweight alternative to Windows Media Player.

Resist the temptation to hit your computer with a baseball bat or drop kick through the nearest window. Illustrator: Emma McGowan

If still, you should experience with Opera or Chrome, which are the fastest browsers available, and can perform significantly better on older hardware.

The programs started with Windows and browser plug-ins that can really slow down your computer. The start button on CCleaner shows these startup programs. It is difficult, specific advice on what you can turn to give, but learning more about things you do not recognize and get rid of what is not necessary. And if you from those pesky toolbars in the browser you are a bit on the road, picked up, you can also turn off.

Hard Drives

A tired or entire hard disk can slow down a computer. To keep your computer running smoothly, you need 10-15% of your hard drive. If you run out of space, consider unnecessary programs or files that you. An external hard drive no longer in motion

Modern hard drives can from poor performance before a failure fully to suffer. Diagnose the health of your hard drive with software like SpeedFan, you can give more information than Windows.

A simple and inexpensive way to increase the speed of some operations on the computer is to upgrade to a Solid State Drive (SSD). This can reduce the time to load the operating system and the time required for loading the files and software and access. Make (Windows XP is about to do something), make sure your computer supports SATA hard drives with a plug, and use an optimized operating system for them.

Reinstall the operating system – or migrate to Linux

If all else fails, then the "nuclear option" to install Windows and all the programs and data are usually help. You may also need to install more memory: 512 MB is the minimum for Windows XP, 1 GB for Vista, Windows 7 or later. However, if you are still using XP, then you are living dangerously. Think about the use of Linux, a free operating system and open source – there are versions that run happily from the last century, even on an old laptop.

First, it is well to consider what kind of "flavor" you want. Want more Windows-like experience? Consider Linux Ubuntu or Xubuntu. Like the look of Mac OS? Linux Mint could be of interest to you. If you are lighter and less resource-hungry to your old hardware actually want to fly again the system, Lubuntu and Puppy Linux are two very small and effective ways. Most Linux distributions are designed to be run directly from CD or USB memory as "live installation". In order to install the operating system before they tested.

Philip LERICHE is a security consultant and software developer in retirement information and Ben Skidmore is an electrical engineering student. Both volunteer with the reboot project, a social enterprise based in London, which encourages and enables people to keep their electronics longer. Ugo Vallauri is start a co-founder of Project New.

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