Windows is one of the best and popular operating system from Microsoft. Today millions of PCs worldwide are using windows as their operating system. However, Windows sometimes slow down your PC performance. In this article, I am going to show you how to optimize your windows for better performance.
There are various things which might affect your windows performance. Here are some of the tips to improve your windows performance:
Use Performance troubleshooter.
Windows comes with inbuilt performance troubleshooter. You can try is the Performance troubleshooter, which can automatically find and fix the problem. The Performance troubleshooter checks issues that might slow down your computer’s performance, such as how many users are currently logged on to the computer and whether multiple programs are running at the same time.
Open the Performance troubleshooter by clicking the Start button and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under System and Security, click Check for performance issues.
Uninstall unwanted programs and software
Make sure that you install the programs that you are using it daily. Unwanted programs and software can slow down your windows performance. It’s always a good idea to uninstall or remove the programs that you are not using for a long time. This may include both manufacturer-installed software and software you installed yourself but don’t want anymore—especially utility programs designed to help manage and tune your computer’s hardware and software.
Utility programs such as virus scanners, disk cleaners, and backup tools often run automatically at startup, quietly chugging along in the background where you can’t see them. Many people have no idea they’re even running.
Even if your PC is older, it might contain manufacturer-installed programs that you never noticed or have since forgotten about. It’s never too late to remove these and get rid of the clutter and wasted system resources. Maybe you thought you might use the software someday but never did. Uninstall it and see if your PC runs faster.
Add few programs at startup
When you boot your PC, It loads some programs to the taskbar which is considered as startup programs. Many programs are designed to start automatically when Windows starts. Many Software manufacturers often set their programs to open in the background, where you can’t see them running, so they’ll open right away when you click their icons. 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 starting up.
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.
Clean up your hard disk
Unnecessary files on your hard disk take up disk space and can slow down your computer. Disk Cleanup removes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need. You can also use third-party software like CCleaner to clean up your junk files securely.
Use fewer programs at the same time
Sometimes using too many programs at the same time can slow down your PC performance. If you’re the type of computer user who likes to keep 10 programs and a dozen browser windows open at once—all while sending instant messages to your friends—don’t be surprised if your PC bogs down. Keeping a lot of email messages open can also use up memory.
If you find your PC slowing down, ask yourself if you really need to keep all your programs and windows open at once. Find a better way to remind yourself to reply to email messages rather than keeping all of them open.
Make sure that you’re only running one antivirus program. Running more than one antivirus program can also slow down your computer. Fortunately, if you’re running more than one antivirus program, Action Center notifies you and can help you fix the problem.
Increase your Memory
If your PC has low hardware configuration than upgrading to adding more memory to your PC will be very helpful. If your computer running Windows 7 or 10 seems too slow, it’s usually because the PC doesn’t have enough RAM. The best way to speed it up is to add more. The minimum memory requirement for these OS is 1GB. I highly recommend you to use a minimum of 4GB memory for better performance.
Check for viruses and spyware
If your PC is running slowly, it’s possible that it may be infected with a 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 using antispyware and antivirus programs.
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.
Spyware is a type of program that’s installed, usually without your knowledge, to watch your activity on the Internet. You can check for spyware with Windows Defender or other antispyware programs like Malwarebytes
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. Even if you take such precautions, however, it’s possible for your PC to become infected.
Change the size of virtual memory
If you receive warnings that your virtual memory is low, you’ll need to increase the minimum size of your paging file. Windows sets the initial minimum size of the paging file equal to the amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer, and the maximum size equal to three times the amount of RAM installed on your computer. If you see warnings at these recommended levels, then increase the minimum and maximum sizes.
- Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clickProperties.
- In the left pane, click advanced system settings. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
- Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.
- Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.
- Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.
- Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB)or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.
These are some of the basic tips to increase and optimize the performance of your windows and PC as well. I hope you will find these tips helpful. If you have any questions or queries you can ask me by dropping a comment below. If you like the post, don’t forget to share it with others.