- Hibernate instead of shutting down: When it comes time to stop using your computer, you can opt to put it under hibernation rather than shut it down completely. This works for both laptops and PCs, although sometimes it may be referred to as the “sleep” function. What does it do? Basically, the computer goes into a sleeping state; it uses little or no energy and can be turned on again simply by pressing a key on the keyboard. This is quite useful for when time is of the essence, or you simply do not feel like going through the old way.
- Clean out your font library: Get rid of any fonts that you are not using. It may not seem like having a large collection of fancy fonts will cause too much trouble, but the computer needs to load every one of them on start up; and that takes time. Go through them and ponder over the ones that you could do without, then either manually remove them or use a special program to do so. Remember, they can always be downloaded again at a later date; you may even be able to save them to a disc or USB drive.
- Do a scan for spyware and viruses: These are notorious for messing with a computer’s networking and causing slowness, freezing screens, and so on. To maintain your computer’s health, make sure to purchase or download an anti-virus scanner. Scans should be performed once a week, if not more. This is very important, and taking this step should be done before expensive repairs, or even complete replacement of the computer, is needed.
- Uninstall software: As with fonts that you have not used in a while, you should also delete and uninstall any software programs that you are not using. This can also slow down the start up process, simply because there is so much to read.
- Reduce Startup Programs: After you uninstall programs you no longer use, it’s time to clean out any programs that start automatically and run in the background. It’s easy to do this. Go to Start, then Run and type msconfig and click OK. Select the Startup tab and then uncheck any programs you don’t want to run when your computer boots. This can massively improve boot speeds.
Computer ownership is not necessary an easy process; many things can happen to it, even when you believe you have cared for it to the best of your ability. From accidentally dropping it, to somehow acquiring a virus, the list is seemingly endless. When it comes to wanting your computer to start up faster, there are many things that you can do, and all of them should be considered. Take care of what you own, and it has to potential to last a long time.
Guest post by: James is an in-house technology writer and analyst working for a supplier of HP cartridges based in the UK where he reviews hardware such as the HP 351XL. He also posts on their blog when time permits.