slow computerOur favorite question-and-answer site, Quora.com, recently posted a message from David Seidman, a Microsoft employee, on the question of why Windows gets so slow after just a year of use.

First off, he says, if you never install any software, except security updates, and leave lots of free disk space, it will never slow down. On the other hand, if you have lots of programs, you should run the “msconfig” utility to keep so many from loading at start up. In Windows 7, get to msconfig by clicking “start,” and “run” and typing “msconfig.” In Windows 8, get to the startup tab by right-clicking your taskbar and choosing “task manager.”

Seidman says that Windows 8 runs many fewer services at startup and uses less memory; so it’s less likely to suffer from programs running in the background.

Disk fragmentation can be a problem in old computers, but “defragging,” as they call it, takes place automatically in Windows XP and up. However, it still can be a problem if the drive is so full that the defragmentation process never finishes. If your computer has a flash drive instead of a hard drive, it can degrade over time. But the gist of all this is to avoid problems, don’t fill up your drive.

Some people disastrously try to speed up their computers by removing their anti-virus software. Malware and viruses can slow down a computer worst of all. By the way, our favorite free anti-virus software, Avast, is now out in a new version at Avast.com.


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