Tech Minute: Speeding Up A Slow Computer

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over time, your computer starts to slow down, so what can we do to speed it back up?

Denise Shirley Carter from Hudson, Wis. wrote our Tech Minute folks on Facebook and wanted to know how to “clean up your computer when it’s getting slow.”

There are so many options out there to clean up a slow computer; here are a few suggestions that are fairly simple.

First, so many of us store files on our desktop, which computer service technicians say is a bad idea. Instead, put those files into organized folders. Experts said that will help speed up your computer.

Over time, unneeded files are also stored on computers.

“As your using your web browser and your applications, there are cache files and temporary files that get created,” said Tom Schmidt a service technician at First Tech in Uptown. “(Those files) accumulate and every once and a while they may need to be flushed out.”

For Mac’s, Schmidt uses OnyX to clean it up. For PC’s he uses CCleaner. Both programs are available free for download.

Schmidt said computers should have at least 2GB RAM to stay fast. If you do graphics or multimedia work, you’ll want 8GB. On your hard drive, Schmidt said you should keep at least 10 GB free.

If you try all of this and your computer is still slow, then you may want to take it in to a professional and get it looked it. You may have a hardware problem.

Comments

One Comment

  1. X-Puffer says:

    I recommend “Advanced System Care 5”
    They also have a free version and this program is outstanding. Very easy to use.

  2. BJBoxcars says:

    “As your using your web browser and your applications, there are cache files and temporary files that get created,” said Tom Schmidt a service technician at First Tech in Uptown. “

    Are WCCO professional writers? “As your using…..” How about You’re!!!

    1. Gusto says:

      BJBoxcars: Thanks! It isn’t all that difficult…
      you are = you’re
      your => think of “our”
      there => think of “here”
      their => think of “heir” as in heir to the throne
      they are = they’re
      to => use “to” if the sound can be like “tuh”. I am going to (say tah) the store
      too => use “too” when you can’t say “tuh”. That is too much (“Tuh” doesn’t sound right)
      two => double u, maybe a stretch
      hear => think ear

  3. xxx says:

    or just stop visiting “those” sites…

  4. d0 d0 says:

    don’t go to porn sites,,,, just download this instant fix and we will do it all for free…..YES….FREE ….. down load here, just click on the zero….. ” 0″

  5. Tc Kelly says:

    Use ccleaner.

  6. AntiTeabagger says:

    Use Tune-Up Utilities much better and even the new PC Optimizer from AVG is good too.

  7. Sharaline says:

    Use Registry Cleaner, free scan your problem and then clean it up all unwanted registry.

    http://www.comtips.net/go/perfectbooster.php

  8. Clyde says:

    I would say, follow a regular Back-Up routine, quit running with administrative credentials, read careful what you are installing so as not to inadvertantly install “extra “junk”, keep your security software up to date, run disk clean-up and disk defrag ocassionally, also, if possible have a minimum of 2 gigs RAM (4 is better). Or even better, VIRTUALIZE with back-ups for quick easy restoration without affecting the base machine!

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