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How To Do A Computer Speed Test

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, can you tell me how to do a computer speed test?”
    - Aaron W., 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 Test

Why do we need to run a computer speed test? A computer speed test is about performing a number of tests to assess or evaluate the speed and reliability of your computer's hardware, programs, networks and all other factors that contribute to the overall performance of a computer as a device. Conducting regular computer speed tests will you determine whether your computer is working efficiently and utilizes all resources at an optimum level.

Perhaps one of the most common problems regarding computers is that it is running slow or sluggish. It may be lengthy booting time, programs take too long to launch or system tends to slow down if two or more programs are run at the same time.

Fortunately, there are several measures that you can take to improve your computer's speed and overall performance. There are lots of computer speed tests that you can use to evaluate your computer performance. Some of tests will simply evaluate what issues your computer is facing. You can check various online resources to know more about the different computer speed tests available.

Computer Speed Test: Tips & Tricks

Here are some of the basic computer speed tests that you can conduct to evaluate your computer's overall performance:

Look For Programs That Benchmark Performance

Try to look for programs or software that could enable you to measure your computer's CPU or central processing unit. This will give you the hint on how your computer is doing. CPU speed test software can enable you to compare your PC's CPU score with other CPU settings in an international scale. In the event that your CPU is running In Mhz, then it's the right time for you to upgrade. In order for you to acquire mediocre or average performance, your CPU should be running at least 1 Ghz especially when you want to install games or other web development software.

Do Your Own Speed Test… And Improve PC Speed

You can also test your computer speed manually, while at the same time improving your PC speed. First, you have to restart your computer and take note of the time it takes to startup. Then, browse all through the programs and software installed in your computer that could be running at startup or in the background. Remove all programs that you do not use anymore. Next, remove all temporary files, cookies and clear your cache; making use of Windows cleanup utilities can do this. Finally, scan your computer for any virus infestations and get rid of them automatically. After doing so, restart your PC, measuring your startup speed again.

Doing these activities should provide you with much more storage space, and reduce the number of useless programs running, considerably increasing your computer's speed. You should notice that your PC starts a lot faster and programs load much faster than before cleaning up your PC.

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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