A slow computer leads to unnecessary hassle and paves the way for frustration caused due to delays. Our dependence on technology turns into a miserable story when it takes hours to complete the simplest of the tasks. It therefore, is very important to ensure that your computer’s speed does not cause a hindrance and lead to professional inefficiency and resultant disappointment, troubles and losses.
Before commencing the process of fixing the problem, it is important to determine the cause behind the slow speed so that the efforts made in speeding up your computer don’t go in vain and you are headed in the right direction. Diagnosing the root cause happens to be one of the most important steps towards beginning the journey of speeding up your computer because there can be a variety of causes leading to the slowdown. Your computer’s tortoise like pace could be the result of too many background programs, viruses, old hard drive, unrequired software updates, too many startup programs, an ineffective anti-virus solution,a lot of browser extensions, dusty CPU casing and the list goes on. In order to determine the real culprit, you can use Performance Monitor, which is a diagnostic tool. This tool can elaborately explain the cause that slowed your computer down.
1. Restart your computer:
Sometimes, just restarting your computer can fix the speed related issues by flushing out the system and helping us get rid of the unnecessary stuff stuck in the background.
2. Change your power settings:
In case you are using the ‘power saver’ plan (Windows 10), you are unintentionally playing a part in slowing your computer down. While this plan does save energy, it lowers down the computer performance. In order to ensure that your computer performs well, switch to ‘high performance’ plan or ‘balanced’ plan. It is easy to make the change from Power Saver to Balanced. Launch the Control Panel app, then select Hardware and Sound > Power Options. Typically, you will come across two options- Balanced and Power Saver but depending upon the model of your computer, there can be more options to choose from.
3. Uninstall Crapware:
Though we have come a long way, yet there are many unimportant preinstalled software installed by the PC makers, which cause performance related issues in some new computers. To get this taken care of, all you have to do is- right click on any unwanted app and select the option- Uninstall.
4. Clean up your disk:
Disk clean discovers unwanted junk (temporary files, offline web pages etc.) and gives you the option to delete it all at once. This can definitely help you improve the speed and thereby the performance of your PC if the junk is the culprit in your case.
5. Update windows,drivers & apps:
While you may think that updating windows, apps & drivers, is important only for the security of your computer but keeping up to date, plays a part in boosting your computer’s performance as well.
6. Find the programs that consume the resources:
There are instances when a particular program is at fault and leads to slowing down of your computer or reduces its performance. Click on the Task Manager, then More Details to find out about the programs running on your computer and you will be able to learn which applications are using the most of that resource.