Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to Make a Computer Faster and Save Your Sanity

As computers get older they tend to get slower. Sometimes this is caused by the software getting more and more complicated as time goes by. Do you remember the days when you could load a program on to your computer from a floppy disc which contained just 1.4 Megabytes of information? Now a typical word processor program requires 2000 Megabytes of disc space available before you can install it!

Newer versions of software packages usually take up more computing resources than the old versions of the same package, so one of the simplest ways to make a computer faster is to downgrade to older versions. The disadvantage is that you will inevitably lose some functions, and if you've got used to having all the latest toys you may not want to.

The other main options for improving performance are increasing the power of your PC or making it work less. Increasing computing power is going to cost money - more memory or a faster processor will require actual hard-earned cash to be spent. Fortunately it's not always necessary to take such drastic action!