- Simply start by Restarting your computer
Over time the operating system allocates space in RAM for programs as they run on your computer, as Ram fills up this will slow down your computer as your operating system starts using the swap file instead. This causes the PC to run slower.
Simply closing programs that are running on your computer helps, but restarting your computer allows it to be refreshed in a number of other ways as well. It ensures programs won’t keep running on the background plus it allows Windows updates to be installed and fixes things like memory leaks.
If you notice applications starting up automatically after you have restarted your computer, your PC performance might be suffering from startup programs.
Check to make sure you have enough space left on your hard drive
You do not want to use up more than 90% of your hard drive, otherwise it will start slowing down
Use your File Explorer to go to This PC and make sure your drives have enough space.
Tips for doing a disk cleanup and increasing performance
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Remove unwanted programs. Programs that you don’t want or need may be taking up hard drive space and slowing down your PC. To remove them, open Control Panel through the Windows search bar (accessible via the Windows icon in the bottom-left of your screen) and click ‘Uninstall a program’ under the Programs header. Use the window that opens up to uninstall programs that you don’t need.
Any third-party programs like bundled games and camera apps will normally be safe to remove. But if something has Microsoft or ‘driver’ in the name it might be a good idea to Google the program and check what it does before removing it, so you won’t accidentally remove something that your operating system needs to function.
- Clean your Downloads folder. Open File Explorer and select Downloads from the Quick Access bar to the left. Move the files that you still need to the appropriate folders, such as Documents, and simply delete the rest. If you don’t regularly clean this folder, the files you download from the internet will accumulate, taking up space on your hard drive and slowing down your PC.
- Find and delete temporary files. These are files that programs and your operating system use to store temporary data, such as files that programs download when installing updates. Over time temp files can build up to take a lot of space on your hard drive. Temporary files can be quite tricky to find as they are mostly in hidden folders, and it’s hard to know what is safe to remove. You can access your main temporary file folder by exiting all open programs, pressing the Windows key + R, typing in %TMP% and clicking ‘OK.’ This will bring up a folder that contains most of the temporary files on your computer, however it may include files that programs are still using and shouldn’t be removed.
- Do a Disk Clean Up on a regular Basis
Defrag your hard drive
It is important to Defrag your hard drive to organize you files on a regular basis – this will help speed the access to those files
However if you have an SSD drive – do NOT defrag it as it will reduce it’s life span
Disable background programs
To see what background programs are running on your PC and how much of your memory and processing power they are taking, open Task Manager, by pressing
Disable startup programs
From your task manager click on the Startup Tray and see what programs are in your startup
To disable a program from starting up automatically, select it and click ‘Disable’ in the bottom-right corner. Make sure to not disable programs you actually need, like your antivirus or driver programs.
Upgrade your memory
You should have at least 8GB of Ram to run your computer effectively without slowing down – From your task manager you can click on the performance tab and see how much memory is installed and how much is being used.
Upgrading to an SSD
If you have a traditional spinning drive you can greatly increase the performance by installing an SSD . We can clone your old drive so that you do not lose any programs or data.
Install system updates
Making sure that your computer has the latest Windows updates, as well as having up-to-date drivers, is important for the best PC performance. New Windows and driver updates provide performance improvements, and falling behind on them may cause your PC to slow down. You can manage your computer’s updates from the Settings menu.
- Open the Windows start menu, and click the Settings icon on the left.
- Click Update & Security.
- This page will tell you if you’re behind on Windows updates, and what steps you need to take if you are.
Reinstall your Operating System
Sometimes the Operating System is simply damaged and cannot be repaired.
Reinstalling the OS will fix a multitude of problems – but you need to backup your data first and will also have to reinstall all your programs once you have finished
Additional speed issues with Windows 10
Windows 10 added some special effects and visual features like animations and shadows which take up processing power. Disabling them may improve your Windows 10 performance.