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How To Do A Computer Speed Check

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, can you tell me how to do a computer speed check?”
    - Victor M., Australia

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Why You Should Do A Computer Speed Check

It is very important to know your computer's speed. By testing your computer's speed, you will know whether you got your money's worth on your new computer, or whether it's time for a new one.

There are several ways for you to test your computer's speed. There are lots of tools online that could help you run a computer speed test. However, the quality of these programs is unknown.

Though most of these programs work perfectly, there are some programs that disguise to be a good speed test program where in fact, it is infected with malware and other types of viruses.

Having a slow and sluggish computer could be a major headache especially for some people working on a deadline. For some, the speed of their computer is their livelihood. Internet marketers and web developers couldn't afford to have a slow computer since it will highly affect their work.

Also, slow computers can also affect our ways to entertain ourselves like watching movies and playing hardcore games. Slow PCs cannot handle heavy graphics. So, it is very important to know how your computer's speed by conducting basic speed tests.

Computer Speed Check: Tips & Tricks

There are different ways for you to check on how your computer fair when it comes to speed. Listed below are a couple of the most basic computer speed tests available.

Checking Computer Speed

Look for a program or software that could analyze the speed of your personal computer's CPU or central processing unit. By making use of these software, you'd be able you know how well your computer is doing.

The CPU speed test program can enable you to compare your PC's score with the standard ratings in an international level. In the event that your computer is merely running in Mhz then there's a need for you to upgrade your computer system. Your computer must be running in Ghz to be considered a good machine that could handle web development tools and games.

Improving and Re-Checking PC Speed

Next method is one of the simplest and easiest ways to check a computer's speed. What you need to do is restart your computer and then time how long it takes to start up. Next, delete unnecessary programs installed on your hard drive that startup with Windows. These unused programs also consume a lot of your computer's storage, slowing down your computer. Also, remove cookies, temporary files, repair registry errors and clear the history and cache of your browser.

As soon as you are done, restart your computer again and time again how long it takes to start up. You will see a noticeable change in the computer's start up speed and programs launch smoothly.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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