This is one of the most common issues that many computer users face. There are a number of different reasons for a computer to run slow. Hence, diagnosing the exact cause could be really difficult at times. Yet, there are some basic troubleshooting steps that one can follow to resolve this issue of “PC running slow”.
1. Perform a Scan Disk or Disk Defrag process
To perform a Scan Disk on your computer:
To perform a Disk Defrag process on your computer:
2. Check the Free Space on the hard drive
This is the most basic step and should be checked first as less amount of free space on the hard disk lessens the room for temporary files. Also, it restricts the paging file to increase and thus overloading the RAM, which could slow down your computer. Ensure that you have at least 200-500 MB of free space on your local drive.
3. Modify the Startup Items
A number of unknown applications running in the background can also slow down the computer significantly. To check for the unnecessary applications that load upon startup:
4. Check the RAM size
RAM size, to some extent matters in the performance of your system. It is because it defines the memory capacity of your system and on this depends, the ease with which the system will be able to perform complicated or heavy tasks. Minimum memory size required in modern day computers is 1GB.
5. Check for Overheating of the system
With a number of processes running on the system, the computer is bound to get heated. If the system temperature is rising significantly, your computer will automatically become slow to compensate for the rising heat. Hence, it is necessary to run the computer in cool conditions, have the system fan working smoothly, and avoid dust particles blocking or piling up the fan or its case.
6. Re-deploy the OS
This should ideally be considered as the last option as you do not re-deploy the entire Operating System for every minor issue getting created in your system.
7. Faulty hardware
If none of the above solutions work, then there are high chances that there is some hardware problem in your computer. It could be a problem with your Motherboard, Hard disk, RAM or some other component.
For Users with an IDE Hard disk
All the troubleshooting steps listed above, covers most of the scenarios in which a computer runs slow or the scenarios that causes a computer to run slow. Apart from these, if there are any more useful steps, do post your suggestions.