Low PC performance is often a source of irritation for users. Some people are beginning to think about buying new software or hardware. But you don’t have to throw away the money to fix the problems that have accumulated. You can do it differently.
The first thing you need to do is to identify the factors that affect your computer’s processing time. These include file system fragmentation, accumulation of cached web browser files, temporary desktop files, an overloaded desktop, a crowded hard drive, and others.
Here are a few ways to achieve normal OS boot speed, avoid software hang-ups, and avoid system crashes. Apply methods in the order of their enumeration.
Get rid of unnecessary programs and files
Use the free CCleaner application to clean the system. It can be used to clear the registry, delete third-party temporary files, cache files and web browsers. Gradual accumulation of a large amount of such “garbage” leads not only to the hanging of programs, but also takes up a lot of space on the hard disk.
Clean your desktop if it is too cluttered. Forced loading of all these icons and folders at system startup or reboot causes unnecessary load on the equipment, which takes away system resources.
Remove useless programs that you do not need. It is easy to do this by using the “Install and Uninstall Programs” utility of the Control Panel in the Start menu. Don’t forget to get rid of old video files, unnecessary documents and images.
Remove cookies and temporary Internet files. You can do this directly in your Internet browser using the “Settings” option. Cookies are tiny files that contain information about your visit to a website. Although cookies are very useful for surfing the Internet, they are still better to get rid of from time to time as they not only take up extra space, but also violate your privacy on the Internet.
Defragment your hard drive
Another reason for the performance degradation on Windows PCs is the fragmentation of the hard drive. For Windows, a file is a lot of small fragments that are stored in different clusters on the hard disk. File fragmentation occurs when free disk space clusters are reused over and over again. This occurs during deletion, copying, and saving of files.
Defragmentation of the hard disk consists in merging all the fragments of the file into a single whole, as well as in merging empty clusters together. To start the defragmentation process, you just need to use the utility program located in the operating system.
Remove viruses, spyware, malware and adware
Make sure your PC’s antivirus is constantly updated and running in real time. After all, viruses, malware, or adware are often behind a lot of tempting links on the Internet. Even if these programs aren’t directly harmful, they can use your computer’s system resources and slow it down.
It is necessary to periodically check your computer for spyware to get rid of it in time.
Check the main components of the CPU Box
If previous methods have not helped to speed up the system, it is worth checking the PC hardware. For example, if your computer does not allow you to open more than one program at a time or does not start watching an HD movie, it may be due to lack of RAM or an outdated graphics card.
You can add additional RAM to the system yourself. Be sure to turn off your computer and disconnect all cables before performing any work.
Dirty or dusty equipment also slows down the PC. Clean everything before you spend money on new equipment – this may help to normalize the speed of the system.
It is recommended to use free utilities to get information about the hardware specifications of your PC. For example, you can use the system info application to retrieve RAM data.
Reinstall the Windows operating system
The most radical solution to speed up your computer is to uninstall all software and reinstall Windows. Then you will have a new computer without old programs and system errors.
However, you need to think seriously before you decide to reinstall the operating system, as the consequences of this step will be irreversible. Before you begin installing a new Windows operating system, remember to back up your files.