How do I speed back up my PC?

  Staglemon 15:34 15 Jan 2015

I built my computer for my first time a few years ago. The specs were good enough to last me a few years and seeing as I only play 1 or 2 computer games the graphics card is suitable for what I need.

However my issue is it's speed. An I mean speed for everything. Loading up on start up, loading when I open a program and whilst I am running the games or programs. It seems to slow down like a lag then speed up and catch up with everything I have done whilst it slowed down.

My specs are: Processor - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Processor 3.10GHz, RAM - 4 GB, Operating system - Windows 7 64-bit, Graphics - ATI Radeon 5770, 500GB harddrive with 302GB free.

Any information on how I can speed back up my computer to how it should be please let me know. Many thanks.

  Ian in Northampton 15:52 15 Jan 2015

If I were you, I'd do a fresh install of Windows. It was certainly true of XP that, over time, it collected so much crud that slowed it down that the only solution was to do a clean reinstall of the operating system. That would be pretty much guaranteed to restore your PC's performance to how it was when you built it. Windows 7 is better from that point of view, but not immune to similar issues.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:44 15 Jan 2015

Slow PC / Laptop

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware Free Antivirus software Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in CCleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. see

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the +) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab. If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at 7">[click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives (DO NOT DEFRAGG A SOLID STAE DRIVE) -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 convert your system drive to the NTFS file system, if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. 7">Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Staglemon 12:16 16 Jan 2015

I am going to and am in the process of doing all that Fruitbat advised. I will update with my results. Many Thanks so far posters!

  Staglemon 18:07 21 Jan 2015

Hi. Well I tried most the things advised and the ccleaner did clear up alot of garbage but its not really made much difference. I tried buying a powerline adapter for my internet which is great but simply loading programs is horrendous.

I will most likely be purchasing some more RAM after my RAM check, however I feel a bit agrieved at having to do this because my Dell laptop only has 2BG RAM and my PC 4GB and my laptop is still alot faster at loading any programs, even games being played on an integrated graphics card.

I would like more RAM so if that doesn't work I will have to wipe the computer and start again. So annoying...

Thanks for everyones help so far.

  catpwss 08:25 23 Jan 2015

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