Here are a few simple ways to speed up your Windows PC. All of these actions or tools can drive on all version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.
When Windows starts, it also starts the bunch of other services. Many of these services pre-load data to make applications launch fast. Pre-loading applications improve the loading of their applications at the expense of others especially on a system with limit memory. These services usually show up in the desktop notification area in the right of the taskbar.
- Here’s a link to CCleaner – Select the Tools tab and select Startup then remove the services you don’t think you need.
- Here is a link to Glary Utilities – Select the Advanced tab on the top then Select ‘Optimize and Improve’ on the left. Startup Manager will be the first choice.
2. Clean your disk
Windows keeps lots of information that you will never use again around. Each browser you have will store cache data until it hits the maximum amount of space allowed by the settings for the browser. There are always lots of temporary files in most systems. The best thing to do is to remove all the extra data that you are not using.
Options to clean:
- Here’s a link to CCleaner – Select the Cleaner tab on the left
- Here is a link to Glary Utilities – Click on the Broom icon
- Windows Disk Clean Utility – Windows has a built-in cleanup utility. From my computer right-click on the disk you want to optimize and select properties. Go to the tools tab and select disk cleanup.
3. Remove Spyware or Adware
Malware and Spyware are known to cause the most system to run slower. Also, they are known to cause problems with the internet by redirecting the home page or search engine default settings.
There are some useful tools to remove various spyware. Generally, the best approach is to not allow the Malware and Spyware on the system.
We recommend one of the following tools to keep your system safe.
4. Defrag the disk
After a bit of use Windows, drives can become fragmented. So that parts of the same file may be written locations on the disk that are not near each other. This means that the hard disk must re-position the head to retrieve the data. Re-positioning the head takes time (usually 10 of milliseconds however reading from the disk takes far less amount of time)
Windows 7 and later versions of windows automatically defragment the drive. Earlier versions require you to do the defragmentation on a manually. It can take a long time the first time but should not take very long after the first defragmentation is complete.
NOTE: If your disk is an SSD never defragment it, an SSD has no moving parts defragmentation will not improve performance and may wear out the flash components in the SSD sooner.
To defragment your disk
- From my computer right-click on the disk you want to defragment and select properties. Go to the tools tab and choose to defragment.
5. Add more memory
There is one thing I can always recommend, add more memory. It will improve performance consistently on most systems. Keep in mind the maximum amount of memory your motherboard can use. Note that 32-bit versions of Windows have a maximum of 3 GB of accessible memory. To access more than 3GB of memory, you must have a 64-bit version of the operating system.
6. Don’t run lots of things
Unfortunately, the modern browser will allow you to create more tabs than you need or want. This means that each tab is using more memory. Only running a few programs will enable the computer to keep them in memory and reduces the need to use virtual memory. Virtual memory is crucial because it allows the computer to run more task but does so with a performance penalty. So the less physical memory you use the fast the system will run.
Note Registry Cleaners
Although the registry may have many entries that are not needed, they don’t need to be cleaned. If you do run, a registry cleaner makes sure that you make a restore point before the cleaning. I have not had a system get corrupted by a legitimate registry cleaner, but I don’t believe registry cleans improve performance on most systems.
If you need help with getting your system back to its optimal performance contact the Greeneville Virus Removal Experts at Blazedog Computer Consulting.