Why Is My Computer Slow? How to Fix Registry ErrorsApril 16, 2013 by Erin
“Why is my computer slow?” you ask. You thought everything was just fine and then for no apparent reason your machine acts up. This is a common occurrence, and this is a question everyone has asked at one time or another. However, knowing that other people have this problem may not help you. Instead, you need some simple, fast solutions to this problem especially if you have projects due yesterday.
About Your Computer Running Slow: One or More Causes
Computers run sluggishly for any number of reasons. The fact that so many causes of computer efficiency contribute to this century’s most-asked question can overwhelm you. The best way to learn how to fix registry errors on your PC is to first become aware of all the causes of computer errors that slow down your computer.
Common Causes of Computer Running Slow
Fragmentation of files can slow down your computer. This usually occurs when updating software files. Oftentimes these new changes are stored on your PC far away from the original copies. This causes the files to become separated.
Other factors that cause your computer less efficiently are shown below:
- Drivers missing or not installed properly
- Outdated computer software or operating system
- Viruses, spyware, and malware
- Too many applications running at once
- Malfunctioning removable disks or hardware
- Software errors (a.k.a. program “bugs”)
Now that you know what some common computer problems start from, you can move on to learning how to fix registry errors. You can do this using a variety of methods.
When Your Computer Is Running Slow, Scan It
This requires the use of virus scanning software. However, it may not even be a virus at all. Therefore, you need to also use a computer program that will help you resolve issues with the files stored on your computer.
Here is how you scan your computer when it is running slow:
- Configure automatic updates. You usually can do this through your PC’s Control Panel. However, you have to log into your computer as the administrator in order to do this. You can easily see where the Automatic Updates is on Windows XP, and in Windows 7 or 8, you can perform a desktop search to find it. In any case, you would just open the Automatic Updates and set it so that you receive these upgrades for your computer at regularly scheduled intervals.
- Schedule automatic updates in advance. You can have them run in the middle of the night when you are sleeping. This is the best time of the day to do so because you are not busy. It will not interrupt your work if you choose to do it during this time of the day. Just follow the prompts you see in the screens you open as you tell your computer what times you want your updates to be scheduled.
- Install and run driver update software. This is similar to the automatic updates, but it helps locate some of the most difficult-to-find drivers for your machine. It also can clean up your compute registry much more meticulously so you can run it more efficiently. Just following the installation and run prompts and do exactly what each screen in the program tells you to do.
You can also manually check for updates whenever you want. Just perform a computer search and Windows will provide you with instructions you can view to help you through this process.
Computer Running Slow? Scan and Remove all Viruses
This process only takes a few minutes unless you have neglected to maintain your computer for too long. You can do this almost immediately after you set up the virus scanning software using the installation wizard provided with the software package. You can choose whether you want your computer and devices scanned automatically or manually.
You may not learn how to fix registry errors overnight. However, with a little guidance you are for sure going to no longer have to ask ‘why is my computer slow’ because you will usually be able to figure out why yourself.