Some Quick Ways of Speeding up Your Computer
Your PC needn’t slow down over the years of use. Whether your system has started to run slower over time or it has happened more suddenly, there are a number of reasons why this may have occurred.
One of the quickest and most conventional solutions to a sluggish system is a reboot. Although simple, it can and does fix a whole heap of performance related issues.
That said, in this post, I intend to list a number of methods the end user can utilise in order to make their systems faster.
Uninstall Resource-Hungry Applications
PCs run slow when a great deal of its resources is being used all at once. If your computers sluggish performance was a sudden occurrence, then it’s likely the result of a recent application you installed. Other causes include application errors or a lack of available disk space.
You can find out which applications are consuming the most resources by using Windows Task Manager. To load this tool, simply right click on the Windows Taskbar and select Open Task Manager. Once Windows Task Manager loads up, click on the Processes Tab, from here you will be able to see a list of applications running on your computer. Note the application(s) that are using the most memory, and consider closing them, by highlighting them and clicking on End Task.
Close Applications in System Tray
Many applications like to run in the system tray of your operating system. These applications will usually start during system boot up, and while remain hidden within the background of your computer, with only the icon in the system tray.
If you find any applications in the system tray that you do not actively use, consider closing it, by right clicking on it and selecting Close.
Remove Startup Applications
Preventing certain applications from loading during system boot-up will save a considerable amount of system memory and CPU resources.
With Windows 8 and up, you can now use the startup manager to manage the applications that start during boot-up. Simply click on the Startup Tab, from Windows Task Manager and disable all the applications you feel you do not need.
Reduce Windows Animations
By default your Windows operating system uses quite a considerable amount of animations, which are capable of slowing down your system.
To disable these animations, simply press Windows Key + X, and then click on Advanced System Settings. On the System applet, click on Settings under Performance, then choose Adjust for best performance under Visual Effects to disable animations.
Remove Browser Plug-ins
If you like to surf the web a lot, then it’s likely your surfing habits have taken a toll on the speed of your browser. For best practice purposes, it’s always best to minimise the number of browser extensions and plug-ins that you use, as they are capable of slowing things down quite considerably.
You can remove these extensions by accessing the Add-on manager of your browser, depending on which one you use.
Scan For Viruses
There is a strong chance that your computers slow speeds are due to a virus infection. As a result, it’s a good idea for you to run a full scan of your system using your antivirus scanner. You should also consider using an antimalware tool, such as SpyHunter or Malwarebytes, as they are capable of detecting and removing those malicious files that your standard antivirus scanner just will not.
Free Up Hard Drive Space
If your hard drives space is almost completely full, then you will notice your system running slower. Your hard drive needs space for its swap file, which it uses to transfer data back and forth to the CPU.
Simply consider uninstalling the applications that you no longer use to get things back in working order.
Defragment Your Hard Drive
Depending on your version of Windows, you may or may not need to defrag your hard drive, as this process is typically carried out in the background automatically. Additionally, if you’re using a solid-state drive, then these drives do not require defragging.
That said it’s always a good idea to consider defragmentation, especially if you’re hard drive is starting to become unresponsive. Taking longer than usual to open applications, programs running very choppily, these are all signs of a deteriorating hard drive.
If you were unable to speed up your computer by using the methods above, then you may want to consider a reinstallation of your operating system. This is a sure-fire way of speeding up your system but at the major drawback of deleting your hard drive data in the process.
On the latest versions of Windows, it’s possible for you to reset your operating system, which is a quicker more efficient way of reinstalling Windows. On older versions of Windows, you may want to consider the use of third-party applications, this way you will be able to preserve your personal data during and after the process.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website; find solutions to a plethora of computer problems on his site at http://www.compuchenna.co.uk