Here are some tips and free advice
for fixing that bogged down PC:
There are several causes for
windows to slow down. If you can remember a time when your PC ran
faster, it is most likely due to program build up over time. A lot
of software, especially the kind that is downloaded, like to run "in
the background", meaning that every time you boot your system, it
starts up. And this is not just trojans or spyware, but "legit"
software like QuickTime or RealPlayer. This inevitably leads to a
slow computer. Just like you give your car an oil change to keep
the engine healthy, your computer needs maintenance as well.
"Program buildup", "fragment buildup" and "file buildup" eat up your
system resources. Here are some things you can do to help your
First of all, and this is rule #1.
Be very wary about installing more software to speed up your
computer. Because it is software that bogs down a computer, you
should be very hesitant about installing yet more in order to help
it. Only install programs that you absolutely trust.
Clean out your internet temporary
Search for and delete all temp files on your hard drive "*.tmp"
Double click the “My Computer” icon
and run a defrag on your hard drive. Make sure your drive is not
compressed (this increases time to read/write files)
Cleanup your disk by using: Start/All Programs/Accessories/System
Boot into safe mode (press F8
during the boot up) and disable unwanted services that may be
starting up with Windows.
Open up the programs that run when
windows starts, and look for a place to disable them from startup.
Some applications may say "run in taskbar", this is what you do not
want them to do.
Add more memory. While this is
certainly an option that costs money, it is by far the best thing
you can do to increase computer hardware performance for minimal
cost. Adding RAM is the best "bang for the buck" you can do when it
comes to improving hardware.