A slow computer is one of the worst nightmares anyone can have. Accuse the operating system as many times as you want; It’s a good idea to think about the problem before the frustration sets in. This is where our team of technical geniuses, geeks, and the average IT guy have come together to collect the most reliable methods for speeding up your computer.
Perhaps too confidently I can say that a slow computer is one of the key factors behind stress-related illnesses. I don’t need an academic article to back it up as this is an experience we can all understand. I won’t fill out a search box to confirm my bias with the results. No, I firmly believe (and solemnly swear!) That this frustration is unbearable, and I will not allow any other soul to suffer.
Why is my computer slow?
Let’s start with the basics. The time in which you realized the problem may play an important role in solving it. If it’s an older, unsupported operating system or a 10 year old Windows laptop, the answer is in front of you. It is unlikely that your problem has been solved, but keep reading as the methods below will surely help you.
Remove unnecessary software
When all these installed programs start slowing down your computer, nothing beats a good, thorough cleanup. You should visit the control panel and check the installed programs. Eliminating unnecessary problems can solve some problems.
If you’re a recycling fan like us, you might have a little too many documents in your trash. You need to know that the data in the Recycle Bin is still saved and stored on your computer. So you should empty it from time to time to give your faithful companion a breather.
How to disable startup programs
If your computer takes some time to turn on after you click the Start button, you should check the Startup tab. Here you can see all the programs that should be started when Windows starts. To get to the Home tab, you must first click the Start button (also known as the Windows button). Then you need to select Settings, Apps and finally Start in the same order. There you can simply deactivate the apps that you don’t want to start when you sign in.
Another, perhaps easier, method is to reach Task Manager by typing it in the search box or simply using CTRL + ALT + DEL. There, on the Start tab, you can simply enable or disable whether or not your programs start when you turn on your computer.
Make sure everything is up to date
Needless to say, the huge amount of software we use in our daily life makes it really difficult to keep track of all of these pesky updates. Windows Update may do its job a little too well to remind you of its own updates, and it helps speed up Windows 10. But not all software does it as efficiently or regularly. And to top it off, we mostly disable update warnings. And they’re pretty annoying most of the time (let’s be honest here). So if you check out at least every one of your important software programs, you can alleviate your anger.
After you are done with the software part, check your drivers. This part might scare you a little at first. There are tons of devices that require drivers. And most of them have unusual names, as if they came out of some science fiction dystopia. However, you don’t have to be a tech-savvy person to update your drivers and speed up Windows 10.
Windows 10 handles updates surprisingly well
Windows handles most of the driver updates these days, and video card brands have long since solved their part of the problem. For the graphics card, simply download your graphics card driver from their website. It will guide you to the best performance. You can even tinker with some of the settings the software offers to better suit your needs.
Windows 10 handles driver updates well enough. However, you may want to check some devices and update them manually. To do this, you should look for Device Manager in the search box on your taskbar. Here you can see the device category. If you click to expand the category, you will see all of the devices under it. You can then update, enable, or even disable them one at a time by right-clicking them. Updating drivers should feel easier now. So make sure that all of your drivers and programs are always up to date, especially if you value high performance.
You may want to purchase better hardware
If these answers haven’t helped you much and you still feel the need to restart your computer frequently for it to work properly, you should consider better hardware. However, if we want to spend less and keep our budget low, the first thing we should do is figure out which part of your computer needs an upgrade.
If during the day an increased workload is affecting your computer like the number of tabs you have open in your browser, then you should check to see if your CPU or RAM is running short. But how do we check that? You can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + ALT + DEL or just search the Task Manager in the search box. There, under the Performance tab, you will see the data that will help diagnose the problem.
Please just upgrade to SSDs
One word: SSDs. Well, technically it’s a shortcut, but still. You might have stayed behind while all of the cool kids switched to SSDs. It’s the key to high performance. A hard drive can no longer keep up with the performance we expect from our computers. And when you upgrade to an SSD, the difference is on a whole new level. We therefore urge you to purchase an SSD if you do not already have one.
PC Performance FAQs
Resetting, reformatting, or simply formatting may make your computer run better, especially if you have certain problems.
Upgrading your memory is easier than upgrading most parts. Depending on what you use your computer for, it might be worth buying.
Perhaps this has something to do with your operating system, or with your CPU or RAM. Some of the tips in this article can help reduce the frequency of this problem.
While it’s a longstanding tradition to blame an operating system, the problem is rarely related to it. We recommend that you check out the specific problem you encountered first.
No, unfortunately you cannot. But sometimes I wish it was possible.
Conclusion: it should run faster
After you’ve removed all unnecessary programs, managed which programs are enabled to start, and made sure that all of our software and drivers are up to date, it should run faster. However, if the improvement is unsatisfactory and our computer is still annoyingly slow, consider performing a hardware upgrade.
We’ll assume you enjoyed tinkering with your PC for better performance. You might also want to check out the article our average IT rep previously wrote on a similar topic: How to Disable Startup Programs on Windows 10