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Speed up your PC

If you are frustrated with the speed of your computer, there is one very important question you need to ask:  Is it my computer that is slow, or is it my internet that is slow?

The distinction between internet issues and computer issues is very significant, and if you are not sure which one is running slow, the best option is to arrange for an experienced technician to call out to your house and diagnose the problem.

System slowdowns have too many possible causes to list, and most of them can not be fixed by a program you download off the internet.  Some common causes are outlined below:

  • Not enough memory.  Our recommendations are:
    • Windows XP:                At least 1GB
    • Windows Vista and 7:    At least 2GB
  • Compressed or faulty hard drive
  • Slow anti-virus

There is a commonly held misconception that moving your files to an external hard drive will speed up your computer.  Unless you are down to 15% free space or less, deleting files off your primary drive will not make any difference to the speed of your computer.

If you are not running low on free space, put your portable drive to good use as a backup drive.

Check your memory

To check how much memory is installed in your computer, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Open your start menu & right-click on "Computer" ("My Computer" in Windows XP)
    Win7 Start Menu
  2. Look for the word RAM in the system properties window you just opened.  Beside this will be the amount (in GB or MB) of memory installed in your computer.
    Win7 System PropertiesWinXP System Properties