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VERSION 2.0! I have run the entire guide through Microsoft Word's spell checker, and went through the whole Instructable checking for errors. It should be a lot easier to read and sift through the information. You may notice some new steps as well ;) Enjoy!

In this Instructable I will show you a few tips to make your computer run a lot faster. The great thing about this guide is that everything you'll see is free! This can also benefit you in more ways than one. Each step is a separate way to clean up your computer. These are all great ideas and I hope that you take the time to read them. If you have any suggestions for new topics, feel free to leave a comment and I'll research it!

PLEASE don't be scared by the amount of steps or excessive wording in the Instructable. Each step is one way. For example: All step 1 is saying is to dust your computer. I am just putting more information on it for those who are wondering how or why it works. This seems like a lot to do, but is actually not that much. A lot of the steps at the end may not even apply to you. Once you get started, it will be a breeze for upkeep.

I update the Instructable pretty much every time someone leaves a suggestion in the comments, as you can note with many of the steps featured. Please check back every now and then for something new and update your rating if you see fit. This Instructable will never be 'closed' so express your interest and input!

One more thing: If you have a really old computer, and therefore a very small hard drive, do everything that does not involve installing a program first, and then try the programs if your machine is still sluggish.

Just a note for the steps about the programs that are advertised: this is the program that I use that is free and seems to work great for me. I would suggest using these, but feel free to research into another program and let me know if you found a better one!

Please excuse if there are any steps under construction. If you have any suggestions that would help me, please leave a comment! I am working to get them published in the near future.

Now, let’s get started!

Step 1: Dust off and clean your Computer

Dust is a major killer of speed if you haven't cleaned it up in over a year. This can block filters, and prevent air from flowing through the computer. It causes the machine to overheat. It also affects disk drives and can even block USB ports and interfaces. Dust also acts as an insulator which can add to the heat buildup. More importantly, dust can also cause a short in circuit boards and integrated circuits causing computers to crash and, in some cases, even catch fire!

Be careful when removing the dust, use caned air to blow it out & a vacuum to get the lose clumps around the computer that is NOT INSIDE IT. NEVER use a vacuum to clean out a computer, as it will cause electrostatic shock. Companies sell special vacuums designed for computers. Only use compressed air for the computer, vacuum for the area the computer is in.

Also make sure that you touch the outside case before you start working to discharge your body static. You can damage the computer boards if you cause a spark! The main thing that needs to be cleaned regularly is the CPU fan. Dust on the CPU fan is the number one reason for overheating and slow performance. Also, lots of dust between pins and connectors can short the circuit, so it’s always a good idea to clean the PC regularly. It’s most important to do this before installing any new hardware.

After you are done cleaning up the inside of your computer, be sure to also clean up your mouse and keyboard. I would definitely dust off your computer at least once every 6 months.

For those who are more wary of sparking the system: You should never open your case without being correctly “earthed” with a conductive strap and bonding point. You can look into purchasing them, and can see a picture below. They aren't very expensive.

A Quote from a commenter: "The reason you should not use a vacuum cleaner is that this can (and has been shown in many cases) to cause a static discharge through the components. It is fine to use a small vacuum on the keyboard (not on a laptop) but not on the case. The problem faced is that many people believe that they have not caused damage, because their PC often keeps working. The problem with static discharge is that it only occasionally causes critical failure of parts. The OS often error handles problems caused by damaged components, as (to an extent) the components themselves do. The side effect of this is a slower, less efficient system. To place static electricity damage in perspective - when sitting still at a desk, your body generates approximately 100 times more static electricity than is required to damage computer hardware. A vacuum cleaner and the flow of air creates a huge amount more."

<p>Dont use a disk defragmenter if you have an SSD.. it will kill the SSD drive</p>
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<p>PC speed is determined by three things: the CPU, the memory and the disk drive(s). The primary reason a disk slows down is fragmentation. Fragmentation is essentially little bits of data or information that are spread over a large disk area causing the hard drive to work harder and slower than previous. Disk fragmentation is a natural occurrence and accumulation of each and every time a computer whenever it is used. When files are saved in small pieces scattered across the hard drive, the system must work harder to locate the exact data. With the help of the <a href="http://www.reimagerepair.us.com" rel="nofollow">Reimage Repair tool</a> you can increase the performance of your PC it helps in defragging the disk easily with 1 click. Reimage not only scans your operating system for problems, but it also keeps an eye on your hardware to identify whether it has any problems.</p>
<p>The PC can be slow of several reasons. Older files <br>can create enough mess on your hard drive and this can make your system slow <br>and lessen the efficiency of your device. So, you need assistance from any <br>certified professionals to remove all unwanted files for optimum speed. You can <br>also visit: <a href="http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html</a> <br>for fasten your PC speed at best prices. </p>
<p>The PC can be slow of several reasons. Older files <br>can create enough mess on your hard drive and this can make your system slow <br>and lessen the efficiency of your device. So, you need assistance from any <br>certified professionals to remove all unwanted files for optimum speed. You can <br>also visit: <a href="http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html</a> <br>for fasten your PC speed at best prices. </p>
<p>The PC can be slow of several reasons. Older files <br>can create enough mess on your hard drive and this can make your system slow <br>and lessen the efficiency of your device. So, you need assistance from any <br>certified professionals to remove all unwanted files for optimum speed. You can <br>also visit: <a href="http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html</a> <br>for fasten your PC speed at best prices. </p>
<p>The PC can be slow of several reasons. Older files <br>can create enough mess on your hard drive and this can make your system slow <br>and lessen the efficiency of your device. So, you need assistance from any <br>certified professionals to remove all unwanted files for optimum speed. You can <br>also visit: <a href="http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html</a> <br>for fasten your PC speed at best prices. </p>
<p>The PC can be slow of several reasons. Older files <br>can create enough mess on your hard drive and this can make your system slow <br>and lessen the efficiency of your device. So, you need assistance from any <br>certified professionals to remove all unwanted files for optimum speed. You can <br>also visit: <a href="http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html</a> <br>for fasten your PC speed at best prices. </p>
<p>The PC can be slow of several reasons. Older files <br>can create enough mess on your hard drive and this can make your system slow <br>and lessen the efficiency of your device. So, you need assistance from any <br>certified professionals to remove all unwanted files for optimum speed. You can <br>also visit: <a href="http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.askpcexperts.com/speed-up-computer.html</a> <br>for fasten your PC speed at best prices. </p>
<br> Those <br> temporary and messy files slow down computer and it affects the overall PC <br> performance so we need to clear those messy files in order to get back the <br> earlier speed of a system and there are so many tools like CCleaner and Ninja <br> TuneUp which we can utilize as defragmentation tool. You can download trial <br> version from <a href="http://www.ninjatuneup.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.ninjatuneup.com/</a>
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DO not get the windows (&quot;updates&quot;) they will kill your computers speed!!!<br /> instead, get a security system like norton or kapersky security. i'm pretty sure they will do the same think protecting wise as window updates&nbsp;(please correct me if im wrong, from past exp. i have found the windows updates will slow down your comp.)<br />
I would have to say yes and no. Microsoft released a SP1 that increased speed and disk space quite a bit for all users of Vista a while ago. I would have to say that the risk of a security breach is too great for the minuscule amount of slowing that comes with an update. I haven't noticed any in my experience.<br />
Also, don't use kasperkey or norton. <br><br>instead use:<br><br>Spybot search and destroy<br><br>and <br><br>malwarebytes <br><br><br>With those two you can get rid of virus.
i use avast, it is light unless play games 4 10 hours cuz it to scan temp files,play bf4 it on no frame drop
the reason your computer down is unsufficient harddrive space because system tasks on ram flush to harddrive at shutdown, get a ssd drive or a faster harddrive, or the middle sshd
System updates are what help keep your computer safe. No antivirus can do it alone. ALWAYS update your computer if you have the option to.
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<p>Try below video tutorial to make your computer faster. I think its very useful :)</p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/dFpvmzk49Ic" rel="nofollow">http://youtu.be/dFpvmzk49Ic</a></p>
<p><strong>To clean up your Computer and to <a href="http://www.pcerror-fix.com/fix-computer-errors-easy-make-run-faster" rel="nofollow">Boost Your Computer's Speed</a> you need to</strong></p><ul><li>Scan your <br>hard drive with updated Antivirus software<li>Clean up <br>the space on hard drive<li>Uninstall <br>useless programs that are rarely and not in use<li>Download <br>and install anti-spyware programs<li>Defragment <br>your Hard Drive<li>Increase <br>you RAM</ul>
<p><strong>To clean up your Computer and to <a href="http://www.pcerror-fix.com/fix-computer-errors-easy-make-run-faster" rel="nofollow">Boost Your Computer's Speed</a> you need to</strong></p><ul> <br><li>Scan your <br>hard drive with updated Antivirus software<li>Clean up <br>the space on hard drive<li>Uninstall <br>useless programs that are rarely and not in use<li>Download <br>and install anti-spyware programs<li>Defragment <br>your Hard Drive<li>Increase <br>you RAM</ul>
<p><strong>To clean up your Computer and to Boost Your Computer's Speed you need to</strong></p><ul><li>Scan your <br>hard drive with updated Antivirus software<li>Clean up <br>the space on hard drive<li>Uninstall <br>useless programs that are rarely and not in use<li>Download <br>and install anti-spyware programs<li>Defragment <br>your Hard Drive<li>Increase <br>you RAM</ul>
<p><strong>To clean up your Computer and to Boost Your Computer's Speed you need to</strong></p><p>Scan your hard drive with updated Antivirus software</p><p>Clean up the space on hard drive</p><p>Uninstall useless programs that are rarely and not in use</p><p>Download and install anti-spyware programs</p><p>Defragment your Hard Drive</p><p>Increase you RAM</p>
Link to &quot;sys.info.org&quot; is dead. Can you repost a current link to this list? Thanks!
got the same mobo ... Dell Dimension 1100 ... Socket 478 3.4ghz Single core... Happy to see that there's still someone using those kind of computer except me xD
Though CC Cleaner is good choice to get your registry cleaned, but sometimes it either takes too long or stuck while optimizing cleaning. Therefore, i have recently switched to a new registry optimizer named <a href="http://www.registryrecycler.com" rel="nofollow">Registry Recycler</a> which for me is quite an excellent registry optimizing software. It is fast and free. <br> <br>
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Advanced System Care comes with a ram booster. (it is in the toolbox, under optimize)
for some reason turning off extrenal hard drives speeds mine up :D
I don't know if it's possible to replace the processor in my laptop... it's a bit old, but I can replace the RAM and I'm planning to do so soon... I'm using a Dell - Latitude D600
to late, i already vacumed mine ! &gt;.&lt; it still works but thank you soooooo much for warning me! i wouldnt want to break ma pc! =(
I've done about 5-6 of these steps, and already I'm noticing it's speed. Thanks a million.
Very detailed and helpful guide! You must have spent a lot of time putting all this information together well done! Also learned about some software i never heard of before, thanks!
Could someone on instructables make a Mac or Linux edition? That would be AWESOME for all of us Macintosh users! Thanks! (Not trying to sound annoying here!)
cant you reinstall windows without your freeware programs as well?
So what would happen if i plugged my 500 GB external drive in???
Your forgetting who found the holes, hackers!!!!<br />
He also refers to all hackers as being bad. In fact, hackers are the ones that fix the problems. Crackers, are the ones you should look out for.
also go to services and abolish themes service.
Defragging makes no noticeable improvement on SATA hard drives. It helps a lot on older PATA drives, especially the 33 and 66 class PATAs.<br><br>NEVER defrag an SSD. I have 6 of these. The manufacturer states that the flash technology will access any data in any location at the same speed. Repeatedly writing data (as happens in defrag movements) will decrease the life expectancy of the solid state itself.<br><br>I believe this step should be removed due to the PROBABILITY of readers misapplying the instructions to the wrong media. It should only be for PATA drives.
Their was another Tip that would help all these Step and it was missed or ignored. How about keeping the Computer itself Cold/Cool? Im looking for affordable options to that. everything else mention in your guide get done Bi-weekly. so great work man.
actualy it does not matter if the bits from the ram are cleared or not the only thing thats important is if the operating system thinks that part of the rams is filled. it sees every thing else as meaningless noise until it puts something there. how ever turning off the computer is helpful because off a bug called memory leak. this happens when a program does not tell the operating system that it is done with its data. causing the operating system to keep that space reserved for the program. over time this can take up massive amounts of space. oh course proper memory management will mitigate this problem. but that require part of the operating system to be rewritten which is out side the scope of the user. so basically if the developers did there jobs right your would not need to restart your computer to free ram. for example my computer (running ubuntu) only needs restarting to install certain updates. i never have to restart my computer to free up space in my ram. however i do have to restart my dads windows machine once a week due to memory fragmentation, but not because of memory leakage.
While deleting user accounts may increase speed, it can also pose a security threat. I would recommend at least 1 extra user account with non-administrator privileges. Malicious programs will not be able to access and make changes to your computer without your permission on this new account. Do consider the advice of the commenter below me and disable multi-user logins.

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