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How To Speed Up A Slow Windows PC

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Performance issues are a common problem with Windows PC and other operating systems. Maintaining PC performance doesn’t require much of your attention but is a time taking and tiresome process. Manual ways to speed up Windows PC may take a lot of time to optimize the PC performance. You may also make use of one of the best PC cleaners available on the web.

To speed up my PC, first I analysed the root cause of this problem and then came up with the solutions. Here in this article, you can find identified causes and solutions to a Windows 10 slow PC performance. There are several Windows utilities that may help you furnish this task. Following one or all steps totally depends on your desire for maintaining PC performance.

First & Foremost: Restart

The first steps to give it life is to restart the computer. As per the study, the average restart happens after 27 days and that really puts your PC in a bad shape. If there are no open applications, you should shut it down instead of putting into sleep mode or hibernate mode. A restart cleans the RAM and kills all the additional programs that are running in the background.

Delete Unwanted Programs

Delete Unwanted Programs

There can be a lot of programs that are of no use now. It is wise to revisit your installed programs and figure out the odd ones that you don’t need anymore. Consider uninstalling those apps and programs to speed up Windows PC and create more room for the new ones.

Consider Increasing RAM

If you are using an old machine and experience PC performance issues, consider maintaining PC performance by adding in more power to the PC. Add more RAM to your PC and give it strength to boost up the system performance.

Optimize Your Startup Items

Whenever we install new programs, it automatically adds up to the Windows startup list. Not every program is necessary to load when you boot the device. You can always optimize your startup items and eliminate the unwanted ones from your startup list. Simply right-click on the Taskbar and click on the Task Manager. Go to the Startup tab on the top and disable every individual item you don’t wish to load at Windows startup.

Run Disk Defragmentation

Run Disk Defragmentation

It is recommended to run Disk Defragmentation once a month on all the hard drive partitions. As and when we create, use or delete files, it creates fragmented portion on our hard drive. Regularly performing Disk Defrag can defragment the fragmented space on the hard drive and get all the sectors back in place. Press (Win + R) – type dfrgui and hit Enter. Select the drive partition and click on the ‘Analyse’ button to scan for fragmented portion. Click on the ‘Optimize’ button to clean everything.

Run Disk Cleanup Utility

Run Disk Cleanup Utility

This is something I use on a regular basis to speed up my PC. Temporary files, recycle bin, Windows temp files, system logs and all other clutter accumulates on a regular basis. Running Disk Cleanup Utility can clean this mess within a few clicks. Press (Win + R) – type cleanmgr and hit Enter. Select the drive partition and click on the Ok button to scan for clutter. Put a check on all the files listed except the Downloads folder (If it contains useful files) and click on the ‘Okay’ button.

Clean Temp Files from Storage

Clean Temp Files from Storage

If your Windows 10 is running slow, another important aspect for maintaining PC performance is cleaning temporary files from all other folders on the storage drive. Microsoft Windows 10 has a wonderful inbuilt utility to clean up temporary files from the hard drive. Press (Win + I) – click on ‘System’ followed by ‘Storage’ option in the left-hand side panel. Click on ‘Temporary Files’ under Local Disk C: and select files to remove. Windows will scan all the temporary files and show the result to select unwanted items. Click on the ‘Remove Files’ button to eliminate clutter and speedup Windows PC.

Run a Virus Scan

Virus, spyware, or malware infections can also slow down PC performance. Apart from Microsoft Windows Defender, there should be a strong antivirus software to keep your system clean and protected. Such antivirus also comes with inbuilt PC cleaners to optimize Windows computer and get the best performance out of your device. Alongside, keep Windows Firewall & Windows Updates turned ON for better results.

Summing Up

Microsoft Windows 10 has evolved enough to give us the best performance however maintaining PC performance takes a few efforts. Try these steps to speed up Windows PC or use an Advanced System Optimizer software to optimize the system errors, storage and all other critical aspects that make Windows 10 run slow. Regular PC cleaning can keep it as good as new. Happy Computing!

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