Windows PCs are now very fast compared to years back, thanks to solid state drives and powerful processors, GPUs and RAM. Windows 10 has also contributed to making PCs faster. However, it is still easy to become overloaded and begin to become slower and slower with time.
While some tips out there suggest that you should turn off some features like animations or other functionalities, we don't think you need to do this with the powerful PCs we have today. So here are the best things to do to make your PC faster, without any compromises.
Trying a tune up utility would be a perfect solution for speeding up Windows PCs, especially for those searching for a quick solution and don't have time. Some of these utilities really do good work on speeding up PCs.
When choosing the suitable utility, stick with the most famous ones that are already known and used and don't be fooled with one that is a malware itself. Reviews on trusted websites can help you decide what is best.
One of the worst things that Windows 10 does is that it comes with preinstalled applications that are totally unnecessary. Also laptops running Windows 10 and previous versions come loaded with some unnecessary software you may never need.
This is a great chance to speed up your computer. Head to the installed programs and you will find that most of the preinstalled apps by Microsoft or the manufacturer can be easily uninstalled. To speed up this process you can arrange the installed programs by date in descending order. There you got all the unneeded software on top of the list, as they are first thing installed on your PC.
These programs slow down Windows PCs in more than one way as they slow down the boot and may send notifications that all contribute to making your PC slower without any real advantage you get.
Also you can take this chance to look at all the software installed on your PC and pick what you may really not need if any. This will truly help you especially if you are going to remove any heavy software you don't use.
Some of the programs you installed on your PC have created startup processes that launch with every time you launch your PC, and clearly slowing it down. In the past version of Windows, you would need to go to the MSCONFIG utility to remove startup processes. But since Windows 8.1, it is a lot easier.
All you need to do is to open your task manager (CTRL + ALT + DEL), and you will find a startup tab. On moving there, you will find every program putting a startup process. Some programs for example like download managers launch themselves by default on the PC startup. Other programs could do other tasks.
Check the list. Determine what is not essential and disable any startup process that you feel not essential. You can return and enable it again at any time.
Those tricks are so old and have been there in Windows PCs for a very long time. Disk Cleanup is a tool that helps you remove unnecessary files from your computer that includes installer files and temporary ones. Just type Disk Cleanup in the search bar that is located in the start menu and let the tool do the work. This will be very helpful if you are facing low disk space, which could be a reason for slowing down the PC.
Defragmentation is one other solution to optimize your hard disk. Type "Optimize Drives" in the search bar and open the tool. You will find that the tool is doing this on schedule which you can change. You can also manually defrag your drives.
Windows 10 does great work in managing RAM efficiently, but your RAM can still be the problem. If you are having RAM that is always fully used, and especially if it is less than 8GB, then you should be considering adding another RAM.
While lightweight laptops don't offer that option, if you own a desktop or a business or gaming laptop you have the choice to add RAM for speeding up Windows PCs. These computers are always demanding RAM, unlike MAC PCs.
Using solid state drives is one of the best things you can do for speeding up Windows PCs. Beside reducing the boot time substantially, this will make many applications run faster. It will also reduce file transfer time and loading times of all applications and games.
The reason behind slow Windows PCs may be a virus or malware that is staying in the background. What is worse than making your PC slower is that it can be stealing your data or monitoring your keyboard typing. Using a trusted software to scan your PC for viruses is the best solution for this.
You can consider Windows Defender (a tool that is available on all Windows PCs running Windows 10) if you don't want to install or buy a tool. Always keep your Windows up to date for the maximum security.
If you are using a laptop then the reason behind a slow PC may be something other than you would expect. Head to power options and check if Windows is set on the plan that saves battery. If so, change it to high performance to ensure your PC is working with its maximum capabilities. This trick is not for all Windows PCs as it can be used only with laptops.
If you think your PC is in a totally messy state, you can consider reinstalling a fresh copy of your Windows. This would leave viruses and malware behind and remove programs at once to start over again.
Of course, this wouldn't be the choice for people using a large number of programs, but it is still a good choice and a last resort. Remember to backup all your data before starting this process. Take your time, and do it carefully.