No matter how fast or shiny computers might be when they are new, they all seem to get slower over time. That state-of-the-art PC you bought last year might not feel like such a screamer after you install a dozen programs, load it with antispyware and antivirus tools, and download untold amounts of junk from the Internet. The slowdown might happen so gradually you hardly notice it, until one day you’re trying to open a program or file and wonder, "What happened to my poor PC?"
Whatever the cause, there are a lot of ways to help speed up Windows and make your PC work better—even without upgrading your hardware. Here are some tips to help you optimize Windows Vista for faster performance.
1. Keep regular update
Update Vista regularly to install new changes and fixes to the operating system that may allow Vista to work better. Click the "Windows Update" icon on your computer's task bar to view and install the latest Windows Updates.
Clean up utilities monthlyRun the Defragment and Disk Cleanup utilities on your computer at least once a month to optimize your computer's hard drive.
3. Delete the useless programs
Delete programs that you do not need or use. Navigate to the "Programs and Features" tool on the "Control Panel" to see programs installed on your computer. Highlight the program and click "Uninstall" to remove unused software.
4. Upgrade your computer's RAM memory. While Vista requires at least 1 GB of RAM to run, installing 2 GB or RAM or more will allow your computer to run more processes at the same time with less slowdown.