Windows 7 operating system is one of the most popular and efficient operating systems released by Microsoft. With regular use, you will notice the Windows 7 running slow, and it can be due to accumulation of data in the hard drive or improper maintenance. Nevertheless, it is never desirable to work on a slow computer, as it can hinder the running of programs and consume more time on your part to complete tasks. Given below are some of the common causes why you may find Windows 7 running slow, and tips on how you can fix them.
Programs in the background
If you have a number of programs running in the background, and there is not enough RAM memory, it will affect the performance of the computer adversely. To fix this, either upgrade your RAM or terminate programs consuming much memory from the Task Manager.
Programs that startup when you power on the system can also affect its performance. To disable such unnecessary programs, access the Run command from the Start menu and enter msconfig. In the window that pops up, choose the Startup tab, which will show a list of programs that start on boot up automatically. Uncheck the names of programs that you wish to disable.
Corruptions in the Windows Registry can also cause the computer to go haywire. Windows registry entries become corrupted due to improper program un-installations and multiple programs using the same key. However, there is no internal registry cleaner program available in the Windows OS. Hence, you need to make use of a third party registry cleaner for the purpose. Open the program, scan the registry and fix the issues found. You will also be able to get rid of invalid registries using registry cleaners.
Spywares and Viruses
Presence of viruses and spyware can also affect the speed and efficiency of the computer much. Moreover, at times, you would be able to verify the presence of viruses only when the computer becomes slow for no apparent reason. Open your antivirus program and run a complete computer scan. If you do not have one already, download a reputed security software from the internet and install it.
Make sure that you update the computer periodically with relevant Windows updates. In addition, update the virus definitions of the antivirus programs and keep its shields active at all times, especially during internet access.