My computer is slow, how do I speed it up?
Posted by Jason Williams, Last modified by Jason Williams on July 28, 2016 11:14 AM

Here are some basic things you can do or contact us about how to improve the speed of your computer.



If your computer has not been rebooted recently, make sure to reboot it before following any of the below steps.

Free hard drive space

Verify that there is at least 200-500MB of free hard drive space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the swap file to increase in size as well as room for temporary files. You can download an application called WinDirStat from the following link. 

Bad, corrupted or fragmented hard drive

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Update Windows

Make sure you have all the latest Windows updates installed in the computer.

If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow also make sure all browser plugins are uninstalled. (Contact us for assistance)

Memory upgrade

If you've had your computer for more than two years it's likely your computer is not meeting the memory requirements for today. Today, we suggest a minimum of 2GB of memory (RAM). By having enough memory for programs to run within memory your computer will not need to swap information stored within memory to the swap file. If your computer hard drive light is constantly active, it’s a good indication of your computer is swapping information between your memory and hard drive because of the lack of space in memory.

Old computer

If your computer is older than five years, come to terms that it is likely the age of the computer that is causing it to be slow. Computers progress at an alarming rate as new programs and updates for programs come out their minimum requirements increase and will cause older computers to slow down. If your computer is older than five years we suggest purchasing a new computer or just realize after following the above steps it is going to run slower than a newer computer.

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