How Can I Speed Up My Computer?
I have been working with computers for more than a decade and two of the most common questions I get from friends and family is either ‘How can I make my computer run faster’ or ‘how can I speed up my computer.’ There is no one answer to those questions because so many factors must be considered. First, you must figure out why the computer is running slower than it should, and sometimes it’s not the computer’s fault at all. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the many ways in which you can improve your system performance.
Add More RAM
The standard answer for most people wanting to know how to speed up their computer is to add more RAM, but there is a limit as to how much you can effectively install. 32-bit operating systems like Windows XP and Vista can only use about 3.3 Gigs of RAM, so installing anything more than 4 GB is a waste because the OS won’t use it. Windows 7 32-bit is the same way, although the 64-bit version of Windows 7 will support much more memory. Just because your computer can physically allow more than 4 GB does not mean installing more than that will make any difference if you are using a 32-bit operating system.
Computer memory comes in a variety of speeds and sizes, so you must be sure to buy the right kind for your computer. The easiest way to determine what you need is to visit a site like Crucial.com and download their browser plugin to analyze your system and tell you exactly what kind to buy and whether or not you need to install the RAM in pairs.
Buy a New Hard Drive
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