Your new computer or laptop starts up and responds almost instantly. But, after a few weeks or months of use, as you install new apps, games, music, documents or media, it slows down and take a few minutes to start up. Overall, the speed of your computer decreases to an annoying level. There are many things that can slow down your Windows computer. The good thing is that you can restore its original speed by following a few simple methods.
Regardless of your computer’s configuration, these 5 practices you can follow to improve its performance:
Remove programs that automatically run on start up
Well-used PCs take long to start because of the installed applications and utilities. Many of these tools run automatically on start-up. They should not do so and should only start up on your instructions when you actually need to use them.
You can see an upward facing arrow at the right side of the task bar. Click on that arrow and you can see the notification icons. These are programs that loads with Windows. Some of them are essential, antivirus for example, but others may not be. Right click on a program that you think should not start automatically, see if there is a setting menu, select it and turn off the option to start automatically with Windows. Programs like Google drive can be started manually as and when required.
Check for malicious programs
Erroneous pieces of software like viruses or malware can make your computer sluggish. Running a system scan can ensure that no such software can harm your computer. If you rely on Windows Defender for security, then use this to scan your PC.
Go to Start Menu -> Settings -> Update and Security -> Windows Defender. You will get options like Quick, or Full, or Custom scan to find any problematic software. Alternatively, you can use any antivirus package to perform a scan and find any malicious program that might be causing the problem.
While recent versions of Windows can automatically defragment the disk, Microsoft’s tools are basic and there are better defragmenters that boost the performance even more. Using any of these tools can help you boost the performance of your PC. You can also get an SSD drive to speed up your PC.
Control the media
The higher version of Windows is a pretty operating system in terms of media, with several animations used throughout. Of course, these visual effects put a sense of style, but they can also be a source of trouble for your machine. Especially if your system is a little older. Thankfully, you can easily turn them off. Go to Windows Start Menu, in the search bar type advanced system settings, and select the top result. In the pop-up window, you will see a section Performance, with the Settings button. Uncheck the ones you think might be causing the problem. Else, you can simply select the ‘Adjust for best performance’ option. Click OK to save changes.
Update drivers and apps
Outdated drivers and apps can also trouble Windows and make your computer slow. Faulty drivers obstruct the normal start up and shut down of Windows, reducing the performance. Video card drivers, for example, can create the trouble. So, it is always recommended to check that you have the latest version of drivers installed.
Even if you have selected automatic updates, go to Windows Update in the Control Panel to manually check to available updates. Sometimes, only essential updates are installed and others are paused. So, you can find useful options during manual update. You can also use some free tools to help you find updates for your Windows apps and drivers.
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