Saturday, 21 January 2012

Windows 7 is the fastest Windows OS, why does it run so slow on my PC?

The problem with Windows 7 is very seldom a matter of hardware, as Windows 7 is known to perform great on virtually any machine that can run XP. The software-related issues that can affect the performance are the following:

1. Programs you don't use

Although you don't use some applications installed on your PC, a lot of system resources are still consumed by them. This leads not only to lack of hard drive space, but also to system slowdown. To make matters worse, some of these programs embed themselves in automatic startup list. Too often these obvious things go unnoticed until the PC starts running slow.

Solution: Remove these programs with specialized uninstalling software. You may ask "Why do I need additional software when most programs have built-in uninstallers?" The problem is that sometimes these uninstallers do not completely remove all components of an application. They may leave junk files behind whereas specialized software removes ALL files pertaining to this application.

2. Useless files on the disk

In most cases useless files are created by the system, that's why users don't notice them. It may be cache and log files, temporary Internet files, unused language packs etc. They are needed by the applications to retrieve data faster, but their abundance leads to system slowdown.

Solution: Use a specialized cleanup tool to get rid of junk files and speed up your computer. Once installed, such tool will scan your system for files that can be safely removed, leaving the important data intact.

3. Fragmented hard drive

Normally, each file on your hard drive should occupy its own "cell". But some files are too large and therefore the system allocates their components in different "cells". Such arrangement slows down the access to these files and the system as a whole.

Solution: Defragment the hard drive with specialized defragmentation software that will bring your files in order without any harm to the system.

4. Viruses, spyware and other malicious programs

Extensive use of the Internet brings about not only benefits but also malicious programs such as viruses or spyware. They compromise your PC's security and have a negative impact on its performance. That's why your PC should always be protected against such threats.

Solution: Download an antivirus software program that will constantly take care of your PC, inform you about the threats and remove viruses.