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Computer Running Slow? Tips and Tricks for a Performance Boost


From time to time we all need a boost so does our computers. Follow the steps below to clean up your system and have it running like new in less than 5 minutes.

One way of cleaning and speeding up your computer is to delete your windows temporary files. To do this action use the following steps:


Cleaning out your Temporary Windows Files in four easy steps (Windows XP, Vista, 7,8,10)

  1. Press Start and in the dialog box Search Programs and Files type %Temp%
  2. Once the folder comes up select the folder and press CTRL + A
  3. Press Delete on your keyboard and answer Yes
  4. Towards the end of the process you will be prompted to try again on certain files press Skip and check the box Do this for all current Items and you are done.

With all of the web surfing performed on your computer and downloads your downloads directory will fill up fast. Everytime your browser starts the downloads directory is combed through keeping this directory cleaned out will increase browser startup times. Follow the simple two steps below:

Cleaning out your downloads directory (Windows XP, Vista, 7,8,10)

  1. Press Start click on your login name to open up your home folders
  2. Double click on Downloads and press CTRL + A to select all and delete your downloads


Clearing your Browser Cache will speed up your web surfing experience. See below for the steps for various browsers.


Google Chrome

It’s a good idea to clear the Google Chrome cache every once in awhile. The Chrome cache pre-stores files like images and web pages that sit on your hard drive for faster access if you were to visit the same pages again or pages that have the same components. Having this data on the hard drive can be a privacy issue for some people. Here’s how to clear the data.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • From the “Menu” button in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window, choose “Tools” > “Clear browsing data…“.
    • Press “CTRL” + “Shift” + “Delete” in Windows or Linux, or “Command” + “Shift” + “Delete” on Mac OS X on your keyboard.
    • Select “Menu” > “Settings” > “Show advanced settings…” > “Clear browsing data…“.
  2. Select the period of time you wish to delete cached information using the “Obliterate the following items from” drop down menu. From there, you can choose “Cached images and files“.
  3. Select the “Clear browsing data” button, and Chrome will clear your cache.

Internet Explorer

This how to will give you the steps to delete all or individual sets of files.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. IE 11: In the upper right corner, click the small gear icon (to the right of the star icon) and choose Internet Options
  3. On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Delete.
  4. Un-check the Preserve Favorites website data box.
  5. Check the Temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History boxes.
  6. The Form data, Passwords, and inPrivate Filtering data boxes may be left un-checked. You can check them to delete this data if you so choose.
  7. Click Delete.
  8. When finished, click OK to return to your Internet Explorer window.
  9. Close the Internet Explorer window and reopen.

Preventing future caching issues

To reduce some potential caching issues, it's best to have Internet Explorer set to request the latest version of the page rather than relying on a cached copy.  To do this:

  1. From the Tools menu choose Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Settings.
  3. Under "Check for newer versions of stored pages" make sure "Every time I visit the webpage" is selected.
  4. Click the OK button.


  1. From the History menu, select Clear Recent History.
  2. If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.
  3. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
  4. Next to "Details", click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items.
  5. Click Clear Now.
  6. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.



Taking these simple steps will bring new life and more importantly speed to your slow computer. Check back weekly for an IT Business Tip of the week. Additionally you can sign up for our blog post by entering your email in the Subscribe to our Blog section.


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