The specs of a computer (e.g., processor, RAM, hard drive, etc.) determine the potential for performance. For example, an expensive Windows laptop with high specs (e.g., 8GB RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor, 7200RPM hard drive, etc.) has a higher ceiling for performance than a budget Windows laptop with modest specs (e.g., 2GB RAM, Intel Celeron processor, 5400 RPM hard drive, etc.). However, if the more expensive one is bogged down with tons of bloatware running in the background at all times, it is quite possible that it can be outperformed by the more modest one.
Most computers are bought from retail stores. They often come with free trials of antivirus and dozens of other pieces of software pre-installed – software that you never asked for and don’t want. Each time you start up your computer, these pieces of software start in the background. They take up your computer’s resources but don’t yield any benefit to you. They just slow down your experience. When you do want to open a program, you have to click and wait.
Luckily, there is a solution: get rid of the junk!
Ideally you would do this by first formatting your hard drive and then installing a fresh version of your operating system and all the drivers that your computer needs to run. However, that is a bit advanced for many users. Accordingly, this article will point you in the direction to clean things up without needing to be a computer nerd. It won’t be quite as effective, but it should make a huge difference. Here are some links to help you:
Microsoft’s Tips for Speeding Up Windows 7
TechRepublic’s Tips for Speeding Up Windows 7
MakeUseOf’s Tips for Speeding Up Windows 8
HowGeeksView’s Tips for Speeding Up Windows 8