Boost your PC’s Performance with these Best PC Tips and Tricks
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Windows 10 is basically one of the most advanced and efficiently coded operating system after Windows 7. It has vast number of built in features that will normally keep the system running well. However, it’s again “WINDOWS” and it’s never going to be perfect. There are going to be flaws in the system as you keep using it.
If you’ve experienced or noticed that your laptop or PC isn’t running well or rather it has become too slow, there are a number of reasons for a PC to run slow.
In this article, we will be discovering all the main reasons and exploring some of the best ways to speed up your laptop or PC. These include proper disk defragmentation, clearing unwanted programs, changing control panel settings, disabling superfluous special effects and even hardware upgrades if necessary.
1. Disable Unnecessary Startup apps.
If you regularly download torrents or use Bittorrent or Steam, you might have been annoyed every single time you open your PC. Totally understandable, because PC’s today can become slowed down by the sheer number of running processes.
This is mainly because program developers instruct their windows programs to run immediately after you boot up your computer. The boot up time is when the computer gets really slow and when these apps run right in the beginning, sometimes, it can cause your PC to lag or just hang for a couple of minutes which is very very annoying.
The best example is the Steam app that runs immediately when you start your computer, often times if your PC is not connected to the internet, it keeps on trying to update itself and consequently slowing down your PC. Another one is the famous Bittorrent program that does the same thing and slows down your computer. Even Antivirus programs are sometimes really annoying when they run in the beginning.
The best solution is to just disable the apps that you don’t need to run on Startup.
To check your startup programs or apps:
- Open the Task Manager by pressing CTRL + ALT + DELETE simultaneously.
- Click on the Startup Tab.
- Right-click and choose “Disable” to disable the apps that you don’t require to run on startup
- Keep in mind the “Startup Impact Value” as you can see, some apps can have a high startup impact.
2. Disable shadows, animations and visual effects
Windows 10 has some of the best looking visuals ever since it’s release and the animations, visual effects and special effects look great. However, unless if your CPU has more RAM and a higher number of processor cores, these special effects are going to take up a lot of RAM and reduce your CPU’s performance.
For example, If your PC has 4 GB of RAM, Windows 10 takes up at least 1 GB of it, therefore you are only left with 3 GB of RAM. At the same time, even some of the GPU video memory is also used up. Adding up the background running apps, programs and unnecessary startup programs, another 500 MB of RAM is easily used up. This means that you are only left with around 2.5 GB of usable RAM. Now if you are running programs like Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe Photoshop, they need at least 1.5 GB of RAM to run. Which means that now you just have 1 GB of RAM to use for multi-tasking which is really low.
It is said that “In most cases, disabling visual effects reduce 20% (or more) load on GPU”.
That’s why when we talk about Multi-Tasking, it’s about RAM (Random Access Memory) and the Number of Processor Cores. The more RAM you have, the better will be your programs performance. The more cores you have, you will be able to run multiple programs at the same time.
Playing games becomes even worse, therefore the best way to get some extra usable memory into your system is to disable startup apps which we already talked about and also disabling shadows, animations and visual effects.
Fortunately, it’s really easy to disable special effects in Windows 10.
- Go to the Windows search bar and type sysdm.cpl and press Enter.
- This will open the System Properties dialog box.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Select Settings in the Performance section.
- This will open the Performance Options.
- Here you will see a number of different visual effects that are running within the system.
- Next, Uncheck the ones that you don’t need at all.
- Hit ‘OK’ or ‘Apply’.
- Or you can just select ‘Adjust for Best Performance’.
This way you will save a lot of memory and increase the speed and performance of your PC running Windows 10. This will also load up your programs, games and apps much faster.
3. Use CCleaner to clean unused files, temporary files, caches and cookies.
If you’ve been using your PC for more than a year, chances are that there are thousands of cache files, cookies, temporary files and unused files accumulated over the course of your use. These files do nothing on your laptop but instead take up huge space and slow down your PC, especially cache files and cookies.
The Best way to solve this issue is to clean them up using softwares like CCleaner
What it does is that it crawls your PC’s hard drive and scans for files that are potentially slowing down your PC. It also searches for files that haven’t been used for a long time and deletes them if you give permission to it. It looks out for any problems with the registry and the tools tab allows your to look at all the programs that have been installed in your computer. Additionally, you can check how much space each programs are taking up on your PC and delete the unnecessary ones.
- First Download CCleaner from here.
- Once you install CCleaner, start the application.
- This will open on the Cleaner Tab, Click on the Run Cleaner option.
- Next, click on the Registry Tab, and clean out unnecessary entries that are slowing down your PC.
- Go to the Tools tab, uninstall applications that you don’t need.
Sometimes, PC manufacturers pre-install apps that are not necessary at all. You will want to remove them as it slows down your PC.
4. How to Speed Up Your Computer : ReadyBoost
Another little trick to increase your PC’s performance is using ReadyBoost. Essentially, ReadyBoost is a feature of Windows Vista and it’s a pretty handy feature that uses your flash drive as a bit of extra memory.
Maybe, you don’t want to want to upgrade your RAM or turn your traditional hard-Drive into SSD (Solid State Drive). What you can do is use this feature of Windows Vista which is ReadyBoost which will aside a part of the flash drive memory for processing and storing things like caching, assisting often-used apps to open quicker, and increasing random read access speeds of the hard disk.
How to use ReadyBoost?:
- Get a USB drive and insert it into your PC.
- A pop up will come saying “what you would like to do with the USB drive.”
- Select “Speed up my system using Windows ReadyBoost”.
- Next a window will pop up where you can allocate how much memory you wish to use on the flash drive.
- Best option is to use as much as you possible can.
- Next just confirm the settings.
Note: Windows will prevent your system from using ReadyBoost if you PC is not running slow.
5. Perform Diskdefragmentation
As you keep using your Computer or Laptop, your Hard-Disk withers out and it’s natural. Just like batteries which lose their capacity over time, Hard disks drives suffer a lot from defragmentation.
What this means is that your files in your Hard Disk gets scattered across the drive and this will in turn slow your machine down because your PC is constantly trying to access all portions of the file. It’s similar to how torrents get downloaded from applications such as Bittorrent. The files are scattered across and tiny bits of files gets downloaded until the process is completed.
What Disk Defragmentation does is that it brings back all the files together in one place so that it’s easier and faster for your PC to get and read the files.
To run Disk Defragmentation on your hard drive:
- Go to the control panel.
- Go to the Administrative Tools and select ‘System and Security’.
- Next, click on the drive that you want to run Disk Defragmentation on.
This will significantly speed up your PC and load and read times of your files and also increase the read/write speeds of your computer.
Note: Disk Defragmentation doesn’t apply on SSD’s or Solid State Drives as these drives don’t suffer from file scatterings.
6. Change Power Settings to High Performance
Many times, most users aren’t even aware of this settings at all. Essentially, Windows 10 comes with it’s own Power savings settings and unfortunately when it tries to save power, it does cut a lot of performance in your PC. This is especially seen in laptops where some laptops just run really slow after we switch it to power saving mode or even balanced mode.
The Best thing to do is to Switch the Power settings to High Performance.
On order to access the power settings:
- Go to the control panel and search for System and Security
- Next Select ‘Power Options’.
- Click on the dropdown arrow on the right side to “Show additional plans”
- Once you are here, choose the ‘High Performance Option’.
7. Turn Off Search Indexing
In general, search indexing for low-powered PCs will eat up a lot of system resources. This will not appeal to you, as some searches are going to be slower, if you search a lot.
To Disable Search Indexing:
- Open the window for Indexing Options (You can also just type index in the Start button)
- Select the Modify option.
- Next Uncheck locations or or file types that you don’t want to get indexed.
- Hit ‘OK’.
8. Check for Spyware and Viruses
More than the Mac, Windows Laptops and PC’s are prone to Viruses and Spyware’s and it’s not unusual to not catch a virus at some point during your PC’s usage or while you are browsing through the web.
Although, Mac PC’s and laptops have awful performance and you can’t even game properly in a Macbook Pro, Windows PC’s have the best performance but with a very vulnerable operating system. That’s makes the PC’s really slow, it gets prone to files duplication and alteration and sometimes, or most of the time, your system ultimately crashes if the virus keeps spreading and damaging the important files in your PC.
And while, you have done everything on the list to speed up your PC, and if it is still running slow, there could be a potentially harmful virus that has been causing you all of these problems.
The first thing that you can do is to enable the Windows Defender Software.
Windows Defender may have a bad reputation of being a stock Anti-Virus software that never gets the job done. But most people are actually wrong, Windows Defender is actually a very good software and even though, it may not be able to remove potentially fatal Trojan Viruses, it does it’s job of at least detecting them and blocking files that are potentially dangerous.
Enabling Windows defender on Windows 10:
- In Start, open Control Panel.
- Open Administrative Tools > Edit group policy. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor in a new window.
- Open Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus. The setting Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus is underneath the folders of other settings.
- Open Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus and set it to Enabled
Most of the time or in general, Windows Defender will be Enabled on your Windows PC. But sometimes, it can be disabled because of some applications that can only run when the Windows Defender is disabled.
The next thing to do is to actually install a reputed Anti-Virus software like the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Protection or Norton Anti-Virus and do a system scan to clean the viruses and files. This step is really important because if a virus has entered your PC, your files have definitely been damaged. This means that just removing the files and viruses from the PC is not going to speed up the performance of your computer.
The reason is because of the Damaged files that needs to get recovered.
A system restore or and installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 in your PC is a the best option to recover the files. What you can also do is do a System Recovery and install a fresh copy of Windows 10 into your PC.
Note: Make sure to backup your important files before you do a System Recovery.
9. Adding more RAM
If you laptop or PC has just 4 GB or less RAM then chances are that your computer will run really slow. In today’s time, the limits have been raised and today applications are games require a minimum of 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM.
Although, 8 GB of RAM is more than enough to run most of the high-end games and software applications like video editing softwares. Increasing your RAM or Random Access Memory will allow you to do multitasking. This means that you will have no problem opening multiple applications at the same time because you have enough RAM to assist each of those programs. This will directly result in higher PC performance and it really speeds up your computer.
10. Get a SSD Storage Drive or Solid State Drive
Installing a SSD storage instead of using a traditional Hard-Disk Drives is one of the best ways to speed up your computer. Not only is SSD’s much better but they don’t wither out or suffers issues of fragmentations. They are significantly 5X times faster than normal HDD’s.
Normally SSD’s can get speeds upto 550 MB/s compared to HDD’s which only get about 50 MB/s to 80MB/s.
The biggest advantage of SSD’s are read/write speeds which means any files, programs, or games installed in an SSD storage will boot up faster and run 30% faster than compared to HDD’s.
This means that installing your original copy of Windows 10 in an SSD storage will significantly increase the speed and performance of your computer. And that’s mainly because of the high read/write speeds of the SSD drives.