How to Improve My Computer's Response Time for a Faster Computer

by Larry Amon

Windows has a multitude of programs running that are part of the operating system and you can tweak those programs, change registry settings and spend a lot of time figuring out how to get the most speed out of your system, but even experts have trouble with this level of control. Fortunately there are a few simple things you can do to optimize the system that will improve the response time for the majority of users.

Upgrade the CPU to a faster one. Check the manual to see what your motherboard can handle. Open the case by removing the access door. Unscrew the CPU fan and heatsink and remove it. Lift the processor bar and remove the old processor and put a faster one in its place. Make sure to line up the processor pins with the processor socket and CPU. Screw the fan and heastink back in place after putting some thermal grease on top of the CPU.

Add additional memory to the computer. Again, you will have to check with the motherboard or computer manual to determine what type of RAM and how much the motherboard can hold. Push the RAM sticks straight down into the memory slots.

Install a new hard drive. If you do this you will need to back up all of your data and reinstall Windows. A faster hard drive, especially a SATA hard drive if the motherboard supports SATA, will be faster. Screw the hard drive into an open bay in the front of the computer. Connect a power cable from the power supply and a data cable from the motherboard to the drive. Disconnect and remove the old hard drive.

Restart the computer. If you have installed a new hard drive, reinstall Windows and all the programs. Copy your files and documents onto the new drive.


  • check Deleting temporary files and unwanted programs can help speed up the computer.
  • check Removing spyware and viruses can also improve the computer's response time.

About the Author

Larry Amon has been working in the computer field for more than 10 years and has experience writing scripts, instructional articles and political commentary. He has been published online, as well as in "NRB Magazine" and "Delmarva Youth & Family." He started a nonprofit media organization in 2000.

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