My Computer is Running Slow

How to Speed Up Your Computer 

Note: This page will cover steps for an overall slow computer but does not address computers that have a slow boot up or slow internet.

It is important that your computer run at its best. Over time, regular use of your computer will build up unneeded files and clutter your hard-drive. Bad Computer habits also can contribute to a slow computer. Using multiple programs at once, or putting your computer to sleep instead of rebooting regularly are examples of things that can slow your machine down.

Here is a list of steps you can take to speed up your computer, if you are still having trouble with your computer please give us a call at: (888) 799-4777


If you have not rebooted your computer recently, make sure that you plan a time to reboot it before following the article below.

Background Programs

One of the most reasons for a slow computer is that programs are running in the background. One option is to have your disable programs that automatically start each time the computer boots.

In addition, if you have an antivirus program, or spyware protection program on your computer, make sure it is not scanning your machine in the background. If the scan is in progress, it can decrease the overall performance of your computer. If this is the case, allow the scan to complete, and the computer’s performance should improve.

Note: You can see what programs are running in the background and how much memory they are using, through the Task Manager. If you are running the current version of windows you can use the Resource Monitor to see a better breakdown of how your computer’s memory is being used.

Delete Temporary Files

As a computer runs a program, temporary files are then stored on the computer’s hard drive. Deleting these files can help speed up your machine.

We don’t typically suggest deleting these files yourself as there are some critical files that if deleted can cause damage. However, if attempting this process, yourself, we suggest using the Windows Disk Cleanup utility to remove temporary files and other files that are no longer needed on your computer.

Scan for Viruses

If your computer is infected with a virus, this can cause the machine to run slowly.

For more information on best security practices check out our Network Security Page.

Update Your Drivers

Make sure you have the latest drivers and updates available for your computer hardware. Having out dated drivers can cause an array of issues, including slow performance, glitches or display issues.

Check Hard Drive Space

Make sure that there is at the very least, 250-500MB of free hard drive space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the operations to increase in size as well as room for temporary files.

Check Hardware

If you have had your computer for more than two years, you may need more memory. Today, we suggest that computers have a minimum of 2GB of memory (RAM) installed. The more memory the computer has the more ability to compute multiple actions at the same time. If your computer is running low on memory, it may become slow when multiple windows or programs are open at the same time.

Old Machine

If your computer is more than 5-7 years old, the age of the computer could be the cause of the slow performance. As more advanced technology and software programs are released, they are designed to run on newer computers. Older computers are not able to run these newer programs, which can cause them to perform slowly. If you believe your computer is need of replacing, we can help, AZCOMP Technologies is a Dell Certified Vendor and can help get you the right hardware for your needs.

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