With time, your computer will start to run slow and it will take a lot of time opening a program. If your computer is getting slow and bogging down, read on and learn all the tips you can apply and make it run faster again.
1. Keep Free Space at Maximum
It is a rule that you should keep your hard disk 15% free for your computer to run smoothly. You can know the space in your drive by going to “My computer” you will then right click on the drive and choose “Properties.” You will get a pie chart that will give you all the details you will need about the drive. If your drive is full, you will start by deleting all your unnecessary programs and data. If there is enough space, then the problem is somewhere else.
2. Uninstall Unused or Unnecessary Programs
There is an option in control panel where you will be able to remove or uninstall all the programs that you are not using. You should check the specific procedure depending on your operating system. You will get a master list of all the programs that are installed in your PC. There are program you will just notice that they are not of use and you should uninstall them immediately. There are some programs that will not be familiar and you will need to do some research to know if they are important or not.
When you are in the control panel, you should check how often you use a program before you uninstall it. This is an additional feature that will help you decide on which programs you should get rid of. You will get programs you have not used for years or months and they should be potential candidates for deletion. You should not remove a program you are not sure of – you may end up damaging your computer.
3. Start With The Least Amount of Programs
Configure your computer to start with only the necessary program. The more programs that start with the computer the slower it becomes and it will take a long time for it to boot. There are configurations options at MS Config that will allow you to select the programs that you want to initialize with your computer.
4. Set Power Option To High Performance
If you are running a desktop PC, you should change power options to high performance and the hardware will not be limited by manufactures settings.
5. Minimize Background Processes
Background processes will also slow down your computer. It is advisable to disable all programs that are running in the background. In doing this, you will free up valuable CPU cycles and RAM space. Be very careful not disable the programs you are using.
5. Clean Windows Context Menu
Remove any entries from Windows Context menu that are unnecessary. You will not that there are programs that will want to sit on the context menu and they are not in use. You should disable all of them and you will note your computer performance will improve.
6. Get an Anti Virus Program
It is very helpful to have an anti-virus program in your computer. The lesser viruses and bugs your computer will have to deal with, the more space and time it will have to deal with other processes. With that said, you will also have to keep your windows up to date. This is a tip that will ensure your windows run smoothly and you will enjoy the updates that come with a new windows update. An anti-virus program will slow your computer but not as slow as a virus would.
7. Run Disk Cleanup Often
It is also helpful to run a disk cleanup of your hard drives. You will be able to delete a lot of temporary files that could be eating your valuable disk space. You will be able to find them and have an option of whether to delete them or keep them. After running a disk cleanup, you should select all the files except setup and game files.
8. Use Solid State Drive (SSD)
You can replace your hard drives with Solid State Drives (SSD). They are secure and faster than hard disks.
9. Defrag Your Hard Drives
A Disk Defragmentation is also helpful in reconfiguring how the computer stores data and in the process improving its efficiency.
10. Check Your Computer For Errors
Do not wait till your disk tells you there is an error. Always check for any kind of disk errors that can slow down the performance of your PC. If you get trouble starting it, you should schedule the Check and it will run on the next boot.