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Is your old laptop or desktop computer running slowly? You may be able to speed it up without replacing the device! Check out these tips from In the Moment Computing to speed up a slow computer

Note: these tips are primarily for Windows PC’s. For help with an Apple device, give us a call.

How to speed up an old computer

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Computers slow down as they age. Some of that is a result of older hardware. However, there are some great free¬†tricks to speeding up your computer. If you’re tech savvy, you may be able to do them yourself. But if you don’t want the hassle feel free to give us a call.

1. Stop Running Non-Essential Programs

Take a look at the programs that you are running. Do you have lots of programs that boot up when you start your computer? We recommend stopping all non-essential programs. This will free up memory and help speed up a slow computer.

2. Replace RAM

If you can afford it, we recommend upgrading your computer to the maximum amount of RAM. RAM (RAM) is a form of computer memory that your computer uses to store and access data. The more you have, the faster and more efficient your computer can be. If you’re computer is on the older side, the RAM will probably be affordable. And you’ll notice a difference in the speed of your slow computer.

3. Do a Full Shut Down

Is your computer always running? If so, you should completely shut it down and power it back up again. Some programs do not release the memory they store when you close them. By doing a complete shut down, you may find your computer runs faster than before.

Note: if you’re computer is acting really strangely or like it may have a virus, give us a call first before shutting down.

4. Empty the Recycle Bin

If you’ve had your computer for a while, you may have a lot of files hanging around. Empty your recycling bin on a frequent basis to free up space on your computer. Always review the contents before emptying, just to be safe. By emptying the recycling bin, your hard drive will be able to allocate space to the things you care about keeping – and speed up your computer.

5. Install an Anti-Virus Software

Sometimes a virus or malware can be the cause of a slow computer. If you notice your computer slow down suddenly, you may have a virus. That’s something you need to take care of immediately. A top notch anti-virus software can help you identify and remove malware. We can recommend and install an anti-virus software for you, or clean a virus off your computer.

How to Speed up a Slow Computer

These are the most user-friendly ways to speed up a slow computer. For other tips or questions, feel free to leave a note in the comments or contact us directly. We have lots of experience in coaxing new life out of a slow computer.