Computers have been part of our everyday life. In the fast world of computer technology, monthly, weekly, or even daily, we are introduced to new software programs, games, and even new ways to download music and videos through the internet and a lot more. Of course, the companies that produce these also have very good marketing strategies that tend to make the consumers try out and even buy their product – may it be a game, a new photo editing software, music converter, and what-not. Consumers, meanwhile, tend to enjoy these programs or files but do not realize that they have accumulated so much of them over a period of time – too many that it eventually slows down the computer. Originally, we use a computer to speed things up. But with all the new downloads we get every so often, is the computer still doing its main responsibility?
Computer speed is a vital characteristic of a good and reliable computer. May it is at work, at school, or even at home, one cannot waste a minute or even just a few seconds waiting for the computer to load. Nor can you afford it if it hangs. We have deadlines to meet, calls, and online conferences to attend, some research to do for a final paper, etc. But having a “crowded” computer makes these things impossible to achieve. Consumers now have to realize that the key to making computer faster is by choosing, sorting, and cleaning or deleting software programs and files which are only necessary for them to get things done (plus a few extras won’t hurt).
Going over your “My Computer” is the best place to start. If you have several drives or hard disks, you may start with the default disk drive then go over the others alphabetically to be organized. Browse through all the programs installed and all the files stored and then think: for the past few months, which programs and files have I used for only once or twice? Which are necessary to do my everyday tasks and which are not?
Writing these down will help you save time later on when you delete all those which belong to “the programs and files which I have only used for only once or twice”. This way, not only will it make the computer faster, but it will also aid you in organizing or re-organizing all your programs and files.
To make computers faster, make sure to remove or delete as many files and programs as possible. For your files, check the date you last opened each file to identify which files to delete and to keep. Make a folder for the “never to be deleted” files, which, as the title indicates, contains files that you need for a long period of time. Files such as resumes, soft copy of your IDs, certificates, contracts, etc. Make separate folders for the rest of the important files, and delete the others.
For software programs, there is actually a faster way to sort them. By going to the Control Panel and then to Add/Remove Programs, you will see all the programs installed on your computer and a column where you will see the frequency you use a particular program. Through this, you may now delete the programs you rarely use.
Just a tip: you may also sort the programs according to size to check if you have programs that are just taking up too much of your disk space which you can already delete or replace with a lighter version of it. Also, there are programs that you rarely use but are still necessary for a task to be done. Make sure to keep those.
For some, letting go of some programs and files may be a bit harder, especially when they have too many programs and files they’d love to keep using. For some files, such as photos and videos you cannot delete, you may always burn them in a high-quality CD or DVD for storage. Just keep in mind that you have to do it and just tell yourself “I need to make the computer faster”!