It is a well-known fact that all computers slow down with time, it could take days, weeks or even months before you notice it majorly. This is mostly due to the computer usage, however, there are several other factors that can cause a computer to slow down.
Most computer product manufacturers and promoters will probably advise you to buy a system upgrade (it could be a hardware or a software. However, you don’t necessarily need to purchase a hardware or software upgrade, as there are numerous system speed up Softwares for free on the internet. Furthermore, there are some things you can do on your own to speed up your Windows PC.
In this post, I’m going to explain in details, things you can do to speed up your computer speed. You can check them out below.
1. Uninstall Unused Applications
Every program on your computer utilizes memory whether you use them or not, so why not remove these unused applications. Removing the programs you don’t use will automatically free up space on your hard drive, making your PC to work faster and perform better. Uninstalling programs from your computer is easy, to uninstall, simply follow the steps below.
- From your windows home screen, click on start, and click on “Control Panel”. Or you can simply search for it from the homepage if you are using Windows 10.
- Click on “Programs” from the Control Panel.
- A new page will open up, listing all the installed programs on your computer.
- Browse through the installed programs, and try to find programs you don’t recognize or have not used in a while.
- Double click it to “uninstall”.
Note: Some Microsoft and Windows programs are important for your computer to function normally, so it’s best you don’t uninstall them. Just look out for other third party applications.
By removing some programs from your PC, there is no doubt your computer will perform faster and more efficiently.
2. Stop StartUp Programs
Anytime you restart your PC, programs installed in the computer are also loaded into the computer memory. Some of the processes initiated by these programs are very unnecessary, and when it gets too much, your computer begins to slow down. By stopping some programs processes initiated during PC startup will ensure your computer runs faster.
If you are still running windows 7, you can stop this services through the command setup.
However, for windows 10 users, you can stop these programs via the task manager which is very fast and easy to do.
- To stop start up Programs on windows 10, simply enter the shortcut keys ‘Ctrl+Alt+Del’ to access the Task manager.
- Navigate to the ‘Startup’ tab and disable the programs you want to stop During Startup.
How to Stop Startup Programs in Windows 7 using the ‘MSConfig’ tool
- Click “Start” from your start up screen and search “Run”.
- A window will pop up, type “MSConfig” and click OK.
- The system configuration tool page will come up, click on the ‘Startup’ tab.
- At this point, if you are running windows 10, you will see ‘task manager’ and if you click on it, it will redirect you to ‘Start Up’ under task manager.
- However, if you are running old windows like windows 7, The StartUp tab under the system configuration tool page will display a list of applications that run during startup.
- Look for programs that are not too important and uncheck them from the list so that it doesn’t run during PC startup.
- Click ‘Ok’ for the changes to take effect. You may be prompted to restart your computer, you can click ‘Restart Now’ or ‘Restart Later’.
Note; Pay much attention to the programs you are going to check because some of the programs are very much important during StartUp. Some of the programs could be your system browser, windows program, e.t.c. which are required for your windows to run correctly. You can as well uncheck third party programs you don’t normally use.
3. Update System Drivers and Applications
Another way to increase your system performance and speed up PC is by updating system drivers and applications. There are many free tools on the internet that you can use to update system drivers and applications. Although there is an update tool for drivers in control panel, but it doesn’t always work.
You can download and run third party drivers update apps. However, always ensure to create a system restore point before updating the drivers.
Also, ensure to manually check your apps for updates, as updates can be a lighter version of the previous one. You can also use software informer to automatically update all the apps on your system, I will recommend it anytime as it is a useful app.
4. Defragment your Harddrive
Hard disk defragmentation can also increase your system performance and speed up your computer by optimizing app processes. Modern windows like Windows 10 automatically defrags your hard drives in the background.
Although, it is not necessary defragging most of the time but if it happens that you put large files like games or apps running in gigs, you can defrag. To do this, open the disk defragmenter tool and perform a scan. If there is a need for a hard drive defrag, the system will show you.
5. Free Up Disk Space by using Disk Cleanup Utility tool
The disk cleanup utility tool comes with windows and allows you to manage your hard disk. It can help you remove junk files, offline web pages, and software installer files and more. The best thing about it is that it can clear all of this at once in one single click. By free up space and removing unwanted files from your hard disk will no doubt increase your computer speed and performance.
To use this, type ‘Disk Cleanup’ from your start menu or ‘Cortana’. A special scan will be run by the disc clean up tool, to see the files that can be removed from your PC and memory space that will be allocated to you.
6. Use a Registry Clean Up tool
Registry cleanup tools are programs that scan your registry for errors and correct them. There are some registry clean up tools online that you can get for free, but most of them will require you to purchase a full package. They are very effective for optimizing computer performance and speed.
Note: do ensure to create a system restore point when using registry clean up tool.
7. Delete Temporary Internet Files
A lot of people browse the internet with their browsers without ever checking to empty the cached files in the browser. The cached or stored files by your browser could be the reason why your PC is slowing down, especially when browsing the internet.
Browsers automatically save or bookmark pages, store some files (it could be pictures, music, web pages, e.t.c) for easy access by the users. And most of these files are stored on the hard disk.
Some disk clean up tool can help you empty some of these logged files, but it doesn’t hurt going to your browser’s history and clearing it once in a while, including cookies.
8. Use Few and lighter Browsers
Some browsers take a toll on your system speed by using all the resource available. There are some light browsers that can help maintain your computer speed and performance by using few computer resources. One of such browsers is the ‘Chrome browser’. It is also a good idea that you check your plugins and extensions regularly. As you browse the net and download files to use on your computer some of those files can incorporate into your browser extension. So it’s a good idea you check and remove extensions or plugins that you don’t normally use.
It is also a good idea that you check your plugins and extensions regularly. As you browse the net and download files to use on your computer some of those files can incorporate into your browser extension. So it’s a good idea you check and remove extensions or plugins that you don’t normally use so that your computer can be faster.
9. Increase System Performance from Power settings
You can speed up your computer as well as it’s performance by setting your power setting to high performance. Although selecting this option consume more energy from your battery and electricity. If you are not charging your computer, I won’t recommend this, as it can reduce the life cycle of your system Battery.
Also if you are bent on conserving electricity, note that it takes a toll on your electricity as well. However, high-performance power settings can significantly increase your computer speed. Follow the step below to access this setting.
- Go to your Control Panel and click on ‘system and security’.
- Click on Power Options.
- Under the list of option, select ‘High Performance’.
10. Turn off Windows Fancy animations
Fancy icons fading, 3d effect, light waves and many more fancy animations give your computer a beautiful outlook at the detriment of your computer speed and performance. Ask yourself, do I really need that? Recent Windows come with preinstalled icon animations and more to improve user interface but some of these come in the way of your computer speed.
You can turn off some fancy animations by following the steps below.
- Search for ‘appearance’ from your start menu or Cortana and click ‘adjust the appearance and performance of windows’ under the control panel.
- Access the ‘visual effect’ tab and set your preferred options that on you the best performance.
11. Empty Recycle Bin
When you delete files from your PC, it will reside in recycle bin or trash can until you permanently delete it from there. A lot of people like me seldom check the recycle bin, and you will be surprised the tons of free space you can get by emptying it. There are times when my PC’s storage is almost full and I needed to delete some items from my computer. emptying my recycle bin immediately gave me gigabytes free space (due to large files I deleted previously like movies and games).
By completely deleting files from your recycle bin can speed up space in your SD card, and in turn speed up your computer performance.
12. Take Windows to an earlier Version (Reinstall Windows)
If your computer is very slow and you want to go back to an earlier state, reinstalling windows is your best bet. Reinstalling windows speed up your computer by removing all unwanted apps, cleaning up junk files and removing other dormant files taking up memory on your computer.
You don’t need to reinstall windows from an external source, Windows 8 and 10 comes with all the package that allows you to go to an earlier state by reinstalling windows. To do this, simply your ‘update and recovery’ options under system settings, then under recovery, chose Reset or Refresh PC without affecting files to reinstall windows to an earlier build.
There you have it, 12 ways you can speed up windows PC without spending a dime. You can even do all of this on your own without hiring a professional. By following the steps above, you should be able to get your Windows PC fast and running in no time. If you like this post, please ensure to share with your friends, as it took a lot of time and research to pull up.