Is your computer running slow ?
Here are few tips you can read to speed up you computer.
As your computer ages, it accumulates fragments of temporary files and the hard drive becomes encumbered as a result; after enough time has passed, you will notice a significant difference in your computer’s processing speed. While you can’t completely negate computer slow-down as it pertains to age, you can do a few things to speed up your computer’s processing speed and startup time.
Disabling Startup Programs
Turning Off Visual Effect
Open the Start menu. This is in the bottom left corner of your computer screen. Turning down the visual effects will speed up your computer’s processing immensely. You can also tap the Win key to open Start.Open the “Control Panel” app. You can do this by typing “control panel” into Start’s search bar, or you can open Control Panel manually from the “Windows System” folder at the bottom of the Start menu.Type “Adjust the appearance” into Control Panel’s search bar. The search bar is in the top right corner of your Control Panel window.Click “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows”. This should be near the top of the “System” group on the left side of the Control Panel window.
Review your computer’s visual effects. You have a few options in this menu:
Click the option that best pertains to your PC. For older machines, using the Custom option to disable all visual effects is your best course of action, while the “Adjust for best performance” option will take care of most mid-range computers.Exit the Performance Options window. You may notice a decrease in the presentation quality on your computer, but its processing speed should have increased.
- Adjust for best appearance – This will turn Windows effects all the way up, which is effectively the opposite of what you should do.
- Adjust for best performance – This will turn Windows effects down considerably, speeding up your computer in the process.
- Custom – Un-check the box next to any feature you wish to disable. For optimal performance on an older machine, disable every feature.
Cleaning Up Your Hard Drive
Open your Start menu. This is in the lower left corner of your screen.Type “disk cleanup” into the search menu. You should see an app appear at the top of the Start screen.Click the “Disk Cleanup” app. Disk Cleanup is a standard utility on an Windows computer; it rids your computer of temporary files, processes, and other small bits of information that can slow down your PC’s processing speed.
Check every box under the “Files to Delete” heading. This will clear the following items from your computer’s cache:
Click “OK”, then confirm by clicking “Delete Files”. This will get rid of your computer’s temporary files. If you don’t perform this cleanup often, you can find several gigabytes’ worth of temporary files and such here.Open Start again, then type “defrag” into the search bar. This will locate the disk defragmentation app on your computer.
- Temporary files
- Downloaded program files
- Temporary internet files
- Recycle Bin contents
- You may also see other options here depending on which default apps shipped with your device. It’s perfectly safe to check any box in this menu, so check these too.
Click the “Defragment and Optimize Drives” option. This should be at the top of your Start menu. When your hard drive has been around for awhile, its subfolders and their respective contents get scattered around your hard drive (in other words, your drives “fragment”). Running the Disk Defragment tool will consolidate your files and these fragments, which will increase the speed at which your hard drive can access information.
Select your main drive in the Defrag window. It should be labeled something like “OS:C”.Click “Optimize”. This will begin to defragment your drive. Depending on how long it has been since your last defrag, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
- Do not run the Disk Defragment program if your computer has a solid-state drive installed. SSDs are made to resist fragmentation, so running a defrag on them can seriously damage your files.
Consider moving files to external storage. Hard drives recall the first 50 percent of storage placed on them much quicker than they do the bottom 50 percent; for example, if you have a 500 gigabyte hard drive, the first 250 gigabytes of information you put on your hard drive will be quicker to access. You’ll notice significantly less slow-down on your PC if you limit your file storage to half of that of your hard drive’s capacity. The best way to do this is by increasing your hard drive capacity with an external flash drive or hard drive.
- You can also move your files to any one of several free cloud storage services (e.g., Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox).
Uninstalling Unnecessary Programs
Open your Start menu. You can view all of your PC’s programs and apps from inside of the Start menu; simply scroll down to view all of them.
Right-click an app you want to uninstall. This will prompt a context menu.
- You will also see folders here; they often contain more apps, so click them to view their contents.
Click “Uninstall”, then confirm your choice. This will immediately uninstall your app or program, negating the need to visit the “Programs and Features” folder.
Uninstall any apps you don’t use. Most Windows computers ship with a large quantity of stock apps, plugins, programs, and free trials; these should all be candidates for deletion.
- You may have to click “More” at the bottom of the context menu to access the “Uninstall” option.
Consider installing replacement programs. For every stock installed app, there is at least one viable alternative:
Restart your computer. After implementing all of these changes, your computer should be running much faster now!
- Replace Microsoft Edge with Chrome or Firefox. Both of these browsers are faster, easier-to-use alternatives to Edge.
- Replace “Groove” with iTunes. Again, you can’t delete Groove, but it takes much more processing power to run Groove than it does to run iTunes.
- Replace your default video player with VLC. VLC can play almost any video format and has a simpler, cleaner interface than default Microsoft video players, which translates to quicker processing speed.