How to Breathe New Life Into an Old Computer

Written by Johann Taylor Monday, 27 June 2011 12:00

This slow computer needs a tune-upIt happens to all of us eventually.  The computer that only a few years ago was blazing fast, has now slowed down to a crawl.  The shiny new computers at the local electronics store look more and more tempting every time you wait an eternity for a new program to open.  Unfortunately, in today's economy, few of us can afford to buy a new computer every few years.

Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to breathe life into an old machine, and many things will cost you little more than an afternoon of your time.




*Resist the urge to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, unless absolutely necessary.  A newer version will not increase speed, but will usually significantly decrease it.  Avoid downloading and installing programs carelessly as this slows down the computer and is a good way to get infected by malware.  Also, avoid registry optimizer and computer optimizer programs like the plague.  At best, these are just modern snake oil, at worst, they can make your computer unstable or infect it with malware.  It is better to just stay away.



If anything here seems too difficult to do on your own, most of what we have covered is included in our Basic Tune-Up & Optimization package. Please give us a call or see our main website for more information.


DISCLAIMER: Use the information in this article at your own risk. CompuClinic LLC takes no responsibility for any damage to hardware, software, or data as a result of following the advice above. While we do our best to be thorough, if you are not comfortable with anything described above, please contact a qualified technician for help.