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Struggling with a slow computer? Find out why your PC is so slow and discover a few ways to speed it up

A slow computer can make even the simplest of jobs feel like a real hassle. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to speed up your PC and improve its performance.

Why is my computer slow?
Your operating system has to manage the resources of your computer (memory, drive space, processing power) between all the programs that are running on it. There’s a huge number of things that may be reducing your computer’s performance, but they usually boil down to your PC’s resources being used inefficiently.

Here are some of the things that slow down your computer:

Running out of RAM (Random Access Memory)
Running out of disk drive space (HDD or SSD)
Old or fragmented hard drive
Too many background programs
Too many startup programs
Falling behind on Windows or driver updates
Malware or viruses
Special effects and visual features
If your computer is running slow, read on for ways to fix each of these issues.

Background programs
One of the most common reasons for a slow computer is programs running in the background. Remove or disable any TSRs and startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots.

Memory upgrade
Computer memory aka RAM
If you have had your computer for more than two years, you may need more memory. Today, we suggest computers have a minimum of 2 GB of memory (RAM) for a 32-bit system and 4 GB for a 64-bit system. By having enough memory for programs to run within memory, your computer doesn't need to swap information stored in memory to the swap file. If the hard drive light is continuously active, it's an indication the computer is frequently swapping information between your memory and hard drive.

Hard drive upgrade
One of the biggest bottlenecks of a computer is the hard disk drive. Upgrading from a standard hard drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD) drastically improves the computer's performance.