Make Win­dows Bet­ter

Boost your age­ing PC

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It can be frus­trat­ing try­ing to work on an old, slug­gish PC. Thank­fully, there are a few quick ways to make it boot up and per­form faster.

To make it boot faster, press the Win­dows key, type mscon­fig, press En­ter, then click the Startup tab in the win­dow that opens. If you use Win­dows 10, click the Open Task Man­ager link.

In Win­dows 7 and 8, you’ll see a list of the items (ticked) that start up with your PC. Untick those you don’t want at startup, click Ap­ply, then OK. In Win­dows 10, these items ap­pear as a list with­out tick­boxes. Right-click the items you don’t want at start up, then click Dis­able. You can safely dis­able browsers, me­dia play­ers, games and your Of­fice suite. Don’t dis­able your an­tivirus and any items you’re not sure about.

We’ll now show you how to dis­able Win­dows’ de­fault an­i­ma­tions and ef­fects, which can slow your PC’S per­for­mance. Press the Win­dows key, type sysdm.cpl, press En­ter, click the Ad­vanced tab in the win­dow that opens, then click the Set­tings but­ton in the Per­for­mance sec­tion.

In the win­dow that opens, you’ll see that the first op­tion is se­lected, with all the boxes in the sec­tion below pret­icked (these in­clude an­i­ma­tions, fades and shadow ef­fects). Se­lect ‘Ad­just for best per­for­mance’ and all these boxes will be cleared (see screen­shot). Click Ap­ply, then OK twice.

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