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Reasons Why Your Computer is Slowing Down

Have you been noticing that your computer is slowing down? Here are some common reasons that might explain your computer’s poor performance.

1. Poor RAM

RAM (random access memory) is an integral part of a computer. If your computer does not have enough of it, then it starts slowing down. As apps and programs are becoming more technologically advanced, your computer requires more RAM juice than ever. In the absence of enough RAM, the hard drive tries to fill in for the memory gap, and that is what keeps your system from performing well.

Solution:

Increase the RAM and see if it helps.

2. Unnecessary software

Everybody loves free software that can help enhance our user experience on computers. However, most of the time the programs bloat our computers and cause them to perform poorly.

Solution:

Get rid of software you rarely use and that is not necessary.

3. Too many startup applications

When booting your computer, several applications automatically start with your PC. These applications are called startup applications and they use up system resources. While most of these applications may be necessary, they must be used only when needed.

Solution:

Press Win + R. Type msconfig. Proceed to uncheck programs that do not need to run during startup.

4. Lack of Defragmentation

A fragmented computer can often be the cause of a slow computer. Fragmentation takes place every time a file is saved, modified or deleted. Such changes are saved in small bits across the hard drive. These bits are not necessarily placed contiguously and in a logical order. When you want to access a modified file, the computer will run a search in random locations and this affects its performance.

Solution:

  • Go to Start→Control Panel→System and Security. This will you’re your administrative Tools window appears.
  • Click Defragment Your Hard Drive. The Disk Defragmenter dialog box appears.
  • Click the Analyze Disk button.
  • When the analysis is complete, click the Defragment Disk button.
  • Click Close