I have many pictures and videos stored in the My Pictures section of my
computer and my computer’s gotten pretty slow. I believe that the photos are
the problem. I guess even if I do not have My Pictures open, they are still
using up space making my computer run slow.
I have Windows XP, IE8 and I’m running Microsoft Security Essentials plus
Spybot, they never show any viruses. I guess if I took all of my pictures out
of my computer would it run faster even if I’m not using them? Also, what
happens to all of my deleted files such as browsing history? Even though I
delete them nightly do they still keep piling up taking up space in my computer
and slowing it down? Wouldn’t our computers finally become unusable even though
we delete all of our files and cookies, etc.? Is there anything we can do about
In this excerpt from
Answercast #27, I look at a common misconception – that a lot of files on your
computer will slow it down.
Pictures slowing you down
So, there’s a big misconception in the question here. Having files on your computer that you do not use, such as your pictures, or your browser cache, or your history, or whatever, does not slow your computer down.
- Files that are not being used do not slow your machine down.
What slows your machine down are things like:
Too much software that’s running
Not having enough RAM in your computer can definitely make it run more slowly (and that’s in companion with that concept of trying to run too much software on your machine at once.)
The fundamental question that you’re asking here is, “Will having too many pictures on your machine slow it down?”
- No, not at all.
Put as many pictures as you want in your machine. There is no reason to worry that the number of files on your machine will slow it down. If your machine is slowing down, it’s slowing down for other reasons.
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