It happens to the best of us.
You buy a shiny, new PC, load all of your programs and files and personalize it to your liking. Then, before you know it, you have a sluggish PC.
Don’t get frustrated, and don’t waste your money replacing it with another computer.
If you think your PC became slow quickly – you can restore its speed even quicker with these simple tips and a little help from PC Advisor.
Less Startup Programs
Yes, we know this feature is very convenient, but it should be used sparingly. Think about how all the startup programs you don’t even use – especially those that were automatically programmed to startup. The fewer programs you launched at startup, the quicker your PC will be.
To adjust startup program settings:
- From the taskbar, click the arrow. The arrow will display a menu of startup programs.
- Right-click on a program and select Settings.
- Opt to turn off automatic start-up.
To disable all of the startup programs and apps at once:
- Click Windows+R > Type MSConfig > Click Ok
Identify Memory Hogs
Though enterprise programs come with plenty of great features to increase productivity and collaboration, downloading or using many of these at once can significantly slow down your computer. Easily find which programs use the most memory by:
- Opening the Start Menu and launching the Task Manager
- Selecting the result that uses the most memory
- A pop-up will appear that will show More Details, allowing you to see everything that’s running
Note: CPU is another great indicator as to whether a program is slowing down your computer.
Clear Disk Space
We’re aware that company PCs typically store a lot of programs. But if you want to preserve the performance and lifespan of these computers, you’ll need to routinely clean or rid it of items you don’t need. You can use applications that will not only rid of program files you don’t need but will back up these files in case you need to access them again. Give us call for software consultation.
And to completely uninstall programs, which will free up the most space, the best option is to use a free uninstaller application that can both delete a program and clean the disk and registry.
Last, but not least. Though not the quickest process, it certainly is the most effective one. This is especially useful when there are programs on your computer that you don’t recognize, such as ones that got installed with other programs. This also rids of adware, junk files, and potential threats like malware.
Luckily, newer versions of Windows save you some time as you’ll be able to reinstall through your settings instead of having to use a disk.
- From the Settings menu, select Change PC Settings.
- Select Update and Recovery.
- Click Recovery.
- From the Refresh without affecting your PC settings option, click Get Started.
Note: You have the option to completely wipe your computer and reinstall Windows or wipe everything but your photos, music, and documents.