A new PC or laptop works faster and responds quickly. However, after few days, when you install new software, games, store multimedia files and documents it starts going slow down. Even it takes more than usual time to start up.
These things are common, and perhaps also you have been noticed this.
Many things affect on speed and performance of your PC or laptop. Hardware components, as well as software, are may be responsible for your slower system.
For example, if you are a traditional Hard Drive user then it may be one of the reasons for your slower system. In this case, you need to upgrade to modern SSD.
Here are the actionable tips to improve your Windows Processing & Working Speed.
Uninstall Unnecessary Programs from Your PC
Yes! In your PC, there might be unnecessary programs that are not much use for you or rarely used programs. You can uninstall them. Like, I had multiple Media Players, and some of them are just annoying by popping Ads. Now, I have only VLC Media Player [It is an open source program and completely free to use].
Similarly, I had Firefox browser and didn’t use that. I prefer working on Google Chrome Browser.
Defragment Hard Drives
Click on Windows Start icon or press Start button on your keyboard. In the search box, type Disk Defragmenter and click on Disk Defragmenter from the result.
[Time Consuming Method: Click on Start button > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter]
Under Current status, select Hard Disk Drive to defragment.
After selecting the Hard Disk Drive click on Analyse disk, to know the disk needs to be defragmented or not.
Select the Hard Disk Drive name and click on Defragment disk to defragment the disk.
Note: If fragment percentage of Disk analyze is lesser than 10% then no need to Defragment the disk.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
You can also schedule Defragmentation task in automation. Click on Configure schedule, set Frequency, Day, Time, and Disks then hit OK to finish the schedule set up.
Reduce the Number of Start up Programs
Many programs start automatically when you start your Windows system. Some programs run in the background, and you cannot see them running. These type of programs response you quickly when you click on the respective icon.
Sounds good but actually, it is a necessary evil function of programs. It is helpful when starts automatically in the programs that we use a lot, but for programs we rarely or never use.
Automatic start of a program causes the slowdown of the Windows and also the waste of system memory. Background running or an automatic start of a program or process is one of the primary reason for taking time Windows to finish starting up.
Now it is up to you. Select only those programs that are useful for you, to run at startup.
MSconfig allows you to disable startup items selectively. Also, help you to improve the overall performance of your Windows system.
Click on Start icon and in the search box, type MSconfig. Navigate to Startup tab and disable items that you do not need in startup. Just be careful about what you choose.
Bonus Tips: AutoRuns for Windows, a free tool that you can download from the Microsoft website. This tool helps you find all the programs and process that runs while starting up your Windows.
You can also enable and disable startup programs and process.
Clean up Your Hard Disk
Unnecessary files temporary files, recent log files on your hard disk take up disk space and can slow down your computer.
Disk Cleanup wizard discover and delete temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need.
Click on Start icon > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. Select the drive and click on OK. Disk Cleanup tool automatically discovers unnecessary files. Click on OK to delete them.
Run Less Programs at Once
Changing your style of using the computer can also improve your PC’s performance.
Yes! It’s true. Several times, I noticed some people run multiple programs and open multiple tabs in a web browser at once. Are you one of them?
If you notice that your PC is slowing down – ask yourself, do you need to run these so many programs or tabs in a web browser at the same time.
If no, then close down some programs or web browser tabs.
If your answer is YES, then my dear friend you might need to upgrade Hardware Configuration of your system.
Restart Your Windows System Regularly
Simple, but practical tips for your PC to perform better. Restart your PC at least once a week, mainly if you use it a lot.
Restarting a PC is an excellent way to clear out its memory and ensure that any errant processes and services that started running get shut down.
Improve Your Hardware Configuration
If your computer is running Windows 7 and seems too slow, then it may be due to hardware configuration, too. Usually, a PC does not have enough RAM (Random Access Memory). In this case, you need to add more RAM storage.
Windows 7 operating system can run on a PC with 1GB of RAM. However, it runs better with 2 GB RAM and optimal performance, boost RAM to 3 GB or more.
Some hardware upgrades that you also need to consider, such as a new hard disk or faster processor or graphics card.
Your Windows is still slow or working faster?
There is not any tool or program to measure a good performance speed of a computer. Any speed that you feel good to work is better speed. Your system is faster for you, while it may be slower to use for your friend or any of your family member.
You cannot guess the speed of your computer, and there is no need to guess it. Windows provides a way to check and rate your PC’s speed with a tool called the Windows Experience Index.
Hope, these tips will give a boost in speed of your Windows. For more cool tips and tricks related to electronics devices browse our blog.
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