Tips to Speed Up Your PC
Tip 1: Run Disk Cleanup
One of the features built into Windows 10 is Disk Cleanup. It allows you to get rid of unused temporary files that build up on your PC, including image thumbnails, downloaded program files and temporary internet files.
- Type disk cleanup in the search bar, and it will give you a list of program files to remove.
- Select the files you want to delete by ticking the box next to their name.
- Once you’ve selected all the ones you want to remove, click Clean up system files. Disk Cleanup will calculate the amount of storage that will be freed up.
Take this opportunity to remove other files or apps that are taking up extra memory or disk space. Your Downloads folder is a good place to check for old and unused files to delete.
Tip 2: Disable Useless Start-up Apps
Slimming down your startup process will of course lead to faster boot times, but it can also help unclutter your taskbar or menu bar, while also freeing up processing power from programs you seldom use.
- Press Win + I to open Settings.
- Head to Apps > Startup.
- Uncheck any apps you don’t immediately need when your computer boots.
Tip 3: Change Power Mode to Best Performance
If you want to save electricity, changing the power setting on your PC to high performance isn’t ideal, but it could boost computing speed.
- Press Win + I to open Settings.
- Click System > Power & Sleep > Additional Power Settings.
- From here, click Create a Power Plan and then choose High Performance.
Tip 4: Install an SSD Startup Drive
Installing and running demanding applications such as Adobe Photoshop happens much faster with an SSD. An SSD also greatly benefits Windows at startup. Apps from the Microsoft Store can easily be moved from a spinning hard drive to an SSD in Settings’ Apps and Features page.
For system speedup, it makes sense to replace your internal startup hard drive, and if you use a laptop, this may also be an option. But an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection can also give you a speed boost in applications that use a lot of storage.
Tip 5: Get Rid of Unnecessary Files
If you ever had the time to explore your computer, you would notice that you have a stack of duplicate files. Looking through your folders, another thing you would notice is the junk files.
If you see a file with a weirdly long name, it is not necessarily junk, but could well be. Duplicate files, temporary internet files, and junk files can take up valuable space within your computer. Removing them will go a long way to speed up your computer.
Tip 6: Clean up Viruses
Have you taken the above steps but are still wondering how to improve your computer’s performance? Your system may be infected with a virus. Don’t worry too much. Some programs are not quite viruses per se, but their mere presence causes issues. Getting rid of viruses and malware is a great way to speed up your computer.
The solution is really simple. You should install antivirus and or anti-malware software. And it is vitally important to keep these up to date. Also, do not forget to enable real-time protection.
Tip 7: Uninstall Resource-hungry Programs
Many programs on your PC can slow it down. Unfortunately, sometimes you actually need these applications, so removing them is not an option. In this section, we’ll show you how to detect and identify programs that slow you down and put them to sleep safely! This will help you diagnose and solve a slow PC without having to uninstall these useful apps.
- Right-click on your taskbar and select Task Manager.
- The next screen shows you a list of all currently running applications and background processes. Click on the CPU tab to sort all programs by their current processor usage.
- Close or uninstall the program process that’s constantly draining more than 10-20% if you don’t need it.
- Simply right-click on these programs that consume more than 1,000 MB of memory or more than 2-5 MB/s of Disk activity and select End task to speed up your PC immediately.
Tip 8: Disable Special Effects
Windows 10 comes with a bunch of special effects that make the user experience look and feel nicer. These are applied by default in Windows and in other features programmed to fade in and out from view. Other special features that can slow your speeds include translucency and animations.
- Press Win + I to open Settings, then click System > About.
- On the right panel, scroll down and tap the Advanced system settings option.
- Then go to the Advanced tab and select Performance Settings.
- Click the Visual Effects tab and click the radio button for Custom.
- You’ll see a list of visual effects that you can disable by unticking the boxes. Click Apply to confirm your changes when you’re done.
If you don’t want to waste time on waiting for a slow computer, it is time to try the tips described in this article.