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3 Lesser Known Hacks to Fix Your Slow PC
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3 Lesser Known Hacks to Fix Your Slow PC

There is nothing more frustrating than a slow computer. Slow to boot, slow to open apps, browser crashing, folders not responding, makes you want to break your computer into pieces. But, beware, breaking your computer won't fix your problems, but following these three hacks will.

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Delete temporary files

Temporary files are the residues that have been accumulated over time as a result of regular computing operations. These includes files cached when running an app, an app update, or the update of the Operating System in general. Most times these files remain undeleted. And one way you can fix the sluggishness of your computer is by deleting these temporary files.

The quick way to do it is to type 'run' into the search bar to open the Run command window. There type in %temp% and hit enter to open the temporary files folder. Select all and delete to get rid of them. Additionally, you can use a program preinstalled in Windows called Disk Cleanup to delete these temporary files.

Delete Prefetch files

The Prefetcher is a component of the Memory Manager that can speed up the Windows boot process and shorten the amount of time it takes to start up programs. It accomplishes this by caching files that are needed by an application to RAM as the application is launched, thus consolidating disk reads and reducing disk seeks. Similar to clearing temp files, you can delete prefetch cache by typing prefetch into the Run command window.

Control startup programs

Startup programs are the programs that are designated to start alongside Windows and these are one of the main culprits in slowing your PC down. In most cases, these includes the anti-virus programs, cloud services such as OneDrive and Dropbox, Google Chrome and other applications. In the latest versions of Windows, you can access the list of Startup Programs from opening Task manager and Startup tab. From there, turn off the apps and service you don't need to start with Windows such as iTunes updates, Adobe Reader update, Manufacturer installed apps etc.

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