No matter how fast computers might be when they’re new, they all seem to get slower over time. After you installed a dozen programs, load it with antivirus software’s and download lots of junks from the internet, that PC you bought last year may start operating slowly. The slowdown happen gradually that you hardly notice it, until one day you’re trying to open a program or file and wonder, “What happened to my poor PC?”
Whatever the cause, there are several ways to help speed up your PC to work better—even without upgrading your hardware. Here are some tips to help you optimize and make your computer run faster.
Delete programs you never use
Most PC are packed with programs you don’t need or use. These often include trial editions and limited-edition software’s. If you decide you don’t want them, keeping the software on your computer might slow it down by taking up memory space, disk space, and processing power.
It’s a good idea to uninstall all the programs you don’t plan to use. Both manufacturer-installed software and software you installed yourself because, they run automatically at startup, hiding in the background where you can’t see them. Many people have no idea they’re even running.
To uninstall or change a program
Step 1. Click to Open Control Panel from the start, select ‘Programs and Features’ or ‘Uninstall a Program’.
Step 2. Select a program you wish to remove, and then click Uninstall.
Disable some start-up programs
Many programs are designed to start automatically when Windows starts. That’s helpful for programs you use a lot, but for programs you rarely or never use, this wastes precious memory and slows down the time it takes Windows to finish booting up.
To disable a startup program
Step 1. Click start and select RUN or simply press ctrl and R at once
Step 2. In the RUN dialog box, type msconfig and press OK
Step 3. At the top of the window you will see a ‘start up’ tab. Go to the startup tab and disable unneeded programs by unchecking it. If you aren’t sure of a particular program, search it on google and if you are afraid of disabling it, leave it on.
Step 4. After doing that, press OK. If a configuration message pop up, be sure to uncheck the ‘don’t show this message again’ then select restart if prompted.
Defragment your hard disk
Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data so your hard disk can work more efficiently. Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule, but you can also defragment your hard disk manually.
To manually defragment your PC
Step 1. Open My Computer
Step 2. Right click on the drive you want to defragment – C: at most – and select “Properties”.
Step 3. Click on the Tools tab.
Step 4. Select Defragment Now.
Clean up your hard disk
Unnecessary files on your hard disk take up disk space and can slow down your computer.
Remove unneeded files by deleting them, and make sure to empty the Recycle Bin.
Run fewer programs at the same time
If you’re the type of computer user who likes to keep many programs and a dozen browser windows open at once—all while playing games—don’t be surprised if your PC slows down. Keeping a lot of applications open can also use up memory, causing a general slowdown for your PC
Make sure you’re only running one antivirus program. Running more than one antivirus program can also slow down your computer significantly.
Check for viruses and spyware
If your PC is running slowly, it’s possible that it’s infected with virus or spyware. This is not as common as the other problems, but it’s something to consider. Before you worry too much, check your PC by using an antivirus program.
A common symptom of a virus is a much slower-than-normal computer performance. Other signs include unexpected messages that pop up on your PC, programs that start automatically, or the sound of your hard disk constantly working.
The best way to deal with viruses is to prevent them in the first place. Always run antivirus software and keep it up to date.
Add more memory (RAM)
Although this guide is focused on tips to optimize your PC performance, but no discussion of how to make Windows run faster would be complete without talking about adding more random access memory (RAM) to your PC.
If all the tips mentioned did not make your PC runs faster, then you may want to consider adding more RAM. And if this is a task you can’t perform by yourself, Kindly visit a Computer Technician to get it done.