How to Speed up Old Computer

“It is dead slow”, “it gets heated up so easily”, “there is just not enough space for all my stuff”, “it got attacked big time by virus” – do these phrases sound familiar to you? If yes, then you might be having an out of date computer that either due to some sentiment or financial constraint and you still have it on your desk. Besides the obvious solution of dumping that four pointed screen into the trash or sending it off for recycling, there are actually some things that you could do to speed up and give a new life to your old computer.

Get Rid of Temporary Files

speed-up-computerFirstly, it is the deletion of temporary files on a regular basis. Let us first understand what these temporary files are? These are those windows files that are left out from any installation of application or those files that are needed by windows to perform a certain task better. Over a period of time, these files get accumulated and occupy a huge chunk of your hard disk. These files can be deleted by going to run, typing %temp%, selecting all the files and then hitting enter. Similarly the MS Office temporary files can be deleted by typing the word prefetch. After doing this, make sure that you remove those files from the recycle bin too.


Another useful trick is to defragment the hard disk at least on a weekly basis. Defragmenting the computer allows you to organize all your documents and applications in a systematic and efficient way thus increasing the speed and efficiency of your system. Manually partitioning the hard disk is also an effective way to enhance the performance.

If the system is unbelievably slow during start-up, it could be due to the fact that many unnecessary applications, some of which you might never use and they begin during boot up itself. To make sure that those applications do not prolong the boot up process, go to run and type msconfig, which will bring up the application list from where you can uncheck those that are not required.

Hardware Pampering

On a hardware level also, there are a couple of points that you should keep an eye on, to increase the longevity of your system and maintain its speed and performance to its optimum. The cooling unit which comprises of the fan accumulates dust particles frequently which cause the system to keep up very frequently and in a short span of time. And this leads to slowness in the system. To tackle this, monthly cleanup of the fan is highly recommended. If that is not practically possible, care should be taken to ensure that a desktop is not kept in a place with direct sunlight while a laptop should not be placed directly on a soft surface like a bed or blanket.

By following the above mentioned steps, your system’s speed and performance will be much better than before. Of course, if the hardware components are no good, then getting a brand new one might be a better option for you.