Speed up a slow com­puter

Windows Help & Advice - - EXPLORE -

1 Cut down on start-up pro­grams

Many apps you in­stall will start them­selves when Win­dows loads without ask­ing you, and af­ter a while this means Win­dows is load­ing a lot of apps when it boots, which can slow down your PC. Cut these down by open­ing the Task Man­ager – press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Esc] – and click ‘Start-up’. Click on the pro­gram you want to stop load­ing when Win­dows starts, then se­lect Dis­able.

2 Use Sys­tem Con­fig­u­ra­tion to stop ser­vices

The ad­vanced Sys­tem Con­fig­u­ra­tion tool gives you the abil­ity to dis­able ser­vices that start up with Win­dows. While some are needed for cer­tain ap­pli­ca­tions, hav­ing too many run­ning can slow down your PC. In the Start menu type in ‘mscon­fig‘. Click the Ser­vices tab and check the box say­ing ‘Hide all Mi­crosoft ser­vices’. Now dis­able ser­vices con­nected to pro­grams you rarely use.

3 Iden­tify re­source-hun­gry pro­grams

Cer­tain pro­grams use a lot of re­sources, which in turn slow your PC. Open the Task Man­ager again, then in the Pro­cesses tab you’ll see which pro­grams and ser­vices are open, and how many re­sources they are us­ing. If there are any pro­grams that are tak­ing up a lot of re­sources, close them (by click­ing ‘End task’) for a speed boost, or unin­stall them for some­thing more per­ma­nent.

4 Make sure Win­dows is up to date

Mi­crosoft reg­u­larly re­leases up­dates for Win­dows which can fix bugs and prob­lems that could cause your PC to run slowly, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re up-to-date. In the Start menu, type ‘Win­dows up­date’ and press [Re­turn]. Click ‘Check for up­dates’ and if you’re not us­ing the most re­cent ver­sion you’ll be told. This won’t in­crease speed, but it will keep your PC healthy.

5 Re­move un­used pro­grams

A PC with a clean and un­clut­tered drive will per­form faster. Type ‘unin­stall’ in the Start menu, and press [Re­turn]. Take a look through the list of in­stalled pro­grams and if there are any you no longer use, se­lect them, then click Unin­stall. If there are pro­grams that you still use, it may be worth look­ing on­line to see if they have been up­dated, mak­ing them per­form faster.

6 Clean up your drive

Next use the built-in Disk Clean-up tool in Win­dows. In the Start menu type ‘disk clean-up’ and press [En­ter]. You’ll be asked to choose the drive to clean up. For the big­gest speed in­crease, se­lect the drive which has Win­dows in­stalled (usu­ally C), and click OK. Disk Clean-up will scan your PC’s drive and show you a list of sug­gested files to delete. Se­lect the ones you want then click OK.

7 Re­duce visual ef­fects

Each ver­sion of Win­dows looks bet­ter than the last, but its visual ef­fects and an­i­ma­tions can slow you down. To turn them off, open the Start menu and click Set­tings. Type ‘per­for­mance’ in the text box, then click ‘Ad­just the ap­pear­ance and per­for­mance of Win­dows’. The Per­for­mance Op­tions win­dow opens and from there ei­ther se­lect ‘Ad­just for best per­for­mance’ or Cus­tom.

8 Add vir­tual mem­ory

Speed up your PC by adding Vir­tual Mem­ory, giv­ing it a RAM boost. From the Per­for­mance Op­tions win­dow of the last step, click the Ad­vanced tab, then the ‘Change…’ but­ton. Uncheck ‘Au­to­mat­i­cally man­age pag­ing file size for all drives’. Se­lect your drive, then se­lect Cus­tom Size and set the Ini­tial Size to the rec­om­mended amount and the max­i­mum size to a higher fig­ure.

Unin­stall apps Keep­ing your drive free from un­used pro­grams can help your PC run faster. In the ‘Unin­stall or change a pro­gram’ win­dow, se­lect a pro­gram that you don’t use and then click Unin­stall.

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