How to Speed up the Computer on Start-up

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

It’s necessary to maintain computers, although it might be quite difficult. It helps to be aware on causes of poor computer performance. Using your computer’s utmost capacity would give fairness to the money you spent on buying it.

Materials Needed:
- RAM (optional)
Step 1
Disable Start-up Programs. Go to Start button, choose Run, type Msconfig, click OK. This will show you the System Configuration Utility. Choose the Start-up Tab. Uncheck the programs which are unnecessary for start-up. This would disable the programs the user does not need. Click OK after unnecessary programs have been unchecked. The user will then be asked to restart the computer for the changes in system Configuration to take effect.
Step 2
Add RAM. If your computer has numerous files it would be good to get a powerful Ram to boost up its performance. Adding up RAM could also solve the problem. On the General tab of Properties of My Computer the user could figure out how much RAM the computer is provided with. At least 2GB RAM would more likely be compatible for a computer that is filled with today’s new programs.
Step 3
Perform a Disk clean up. Go to Start button, Programs, Accessories, choose System Tools, Disk Clean up. Before defragging the hard disk, the user needs to clean up the available drives. This eliminates the unnecessary files. Choose the drive to be cleaned. Most temporary folders are found in drive C. Allow the computer to calculate the space of your disk. After calculating, check the folders which contents need to be erased. Do this to all the drives available on the computer.
Step 4
Defrag hard drives. Moving files from folder to folder could leave some disk space occupied. Defrag your hard disk to access files faster. After the disk clean up, Go to Start button, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter. Choose the disk to defrag. Allow the computer to analyze the disk space, after analysis, click on Defragment. This may take a few minutes to complete, depending on how often it is performed.
Step 5
Get a registry cleaner. This helps clean up the computer registry and enables the computer to run better and faster. When installing programs it is not recommend allowing the program to launch on start-up unless the program will be used regularly on start-up.
Step 6
Perform a system restore: This step is found in programs, Accessories, System Tools. The System restore allows the user to choose an earlier time when the same computer worked well. The computer would then attempt to restore its capability on the given date. Follow the wizard to perform this.
Step 7
Anti-virus Update. Get an update for the anti-virus installed on the computer, doing this would allow the new viruses and spyware to be detected and deleted.