Computer system running on Windows don’t slow down with time. In case your PC becomes slower or gets stuck suddenly within few minutes, there may be quite a few reasons for this slowness.
Like other PC issues, you don’t have to worry to reboot your computer in case something is not working. This step can easily fix many problems and it’s quite fast to do so rather than doing manual troubleshooting and fixing the problem all by yourself. Mentioned below are few methods to speed up your computer in case you are facing such issues.
1. Discover Resource-Hungry Programs
Most probably your computer might be running slow because something is using up its resources. If your PC is suddenly running much slower than usual, it might be because of some process using 99% of your CPU resources or using a large amount of memory. To find out, you should open the Task Manager, then you have to right-click on your taskbar and select the “Task Manager” option.
If you find out that there is any process that is consuming too many resources, then you should try to close it normally and in case you aren’t able to do so, then select and click “End Task” option for forced closing of the application.
2. Closing System Tray Programs
Most of the applications run in the system tray or notification sector. These process mostly launch at startup of the PC and stays running in the background. They remain hidden behind the arrow icon which is situated on the bottom-right corner of the screen. You have to click the up arrow icon present near system tray, right-click on any application which you wish to close and do it so with ease to free up resources.
3. Disabling Startup Programs
It is better to prevent these applications’ launch at startup to make sure the memory remains saved, and CPU cycles are free, also with speeding up the login process.
You can start startup manager in the Task Manger. Right-click on this taskbar and select “Task Manager.” Then you have to click on the Startup tab and disable all the start applications which you don’t require during startup.
4. Reducing Animations
Windows utilizes few animations which can make your PC feel a little slower. If you wish to disable animations, press Windows Key with X or right-click the Start button and select “System.” Then you have to click on the “Advanced System Settings” present on the left and then click the “Settings” button under Performance. Now you have to choose “Adjust for best performance” and disable all the animations.
5. Lighten Web Browser
If you use web browsers a lot, then it may be the reason for slowing down of your computer. So, you should try to use fewer browser extensions or any add-ons which may slow down your web browser and also end up using more memory.
Now you have to go to your web browser’s Extensions and remove the add-ons that you won’t require. Preventing Flash and other content can also help speeding up the computer with ease.
6. Scanning system for Malware and Adware
There might be a case that your computer is running slower because of any malicious program which may be running in the background. However, it may not be malware, but it can certainly interfere with web browsing. You should scan your computer by using any antivirus program. You should also carry out a scan of your system for possible malware and adware.
7. Free Up Disk Space
If your system’s hard disk is full, then you system may be running slower than expected. You should always leave some room on your hard disc. For doing so, you don’t have to use any third-party software. You can also launch Disk Cleanup tool which comes with Windows. This step can help you a lot.
8. Defragmenting Hard Disk
When it comes to modern versions of Windows, you may not require defragmenting the hard disk. Most of the time automatic defragmentation happens with mechanical hard drives. However, you shouldn’t worry regarding defragmentation at all times.
Some files may get defragmented due to Windows not able to defragment them. In such scenario, you may wish to open the defragmenter tool and carry out a scan to see whether you need to run a manual defragmentation program or not.
9. Uninstalling Unused Programs
You have to open the Control Panel, find the list of all the installed programs and then uninstall the programs that you don’t require now or in the future. This will certainly help to speed up your computer as most of such programs may be running in the background. They may be autostart entries, context menu entries or system services which usually slow down a PC. It will also provide you more space on your hard drive and also make sure that you have improved security of your system.
10. Resetting PC or Reinstalling Windows
In case the above-mentioned solutions don’t fix your problems, then it is better to fix Windows problems by doing fresh Windows installation rather than rebooting your system. Most of the recent versions of Windows offer an easy way to get Windows installation. Or, you can also use “Reset your PC” to get fresh Windows system.
With these tricks, you can definitely boost up the speed of your PC. You can also install a solid-state drive in place of the mechanical hard drive. This will certainly offer a great improvement in the performance of the system.