Make Windows Better
Boost your ageing PC
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.