Want to speed up your Windows; it seems that the faster things run the faster we want them to run. Years ago the computer ran about a quarter of the speed that it does today, and that was OK because we didn’t know any better, but just like everything else we wanted them to be faster, and then the faster they got we just ended up wanting more. So here on this post I’ll go over some things that we can do to make Windows run faster and in return you will have a faster system.
A few things to take into consideration first.
For the most part the older your PC is the slower it will be running, but this does not have to be the case, the components themselves don’t slow down due to age. What happens over time is that you have been adding more programs and data to your PC, and after awhile these can start to bog down your system, so when this happens we have a few options to take to correct this.
First off if your machine out of the blue slows down it is probably due to a program hanging up somewhere and eating up your resources, so when this happens it is best to power down your computer and then reboot. This will end all programs and apps and should eliminate the problem. It never hurts to do this at least a couple of times a week to keep the system running smooth.
Moving on to using the Task Manager:
Next thing we’re going to do is take a look at the improved Task Manager utility that has been out since Windows 7, and comes with your operating system. In using this utility we can monitor what applications are using the most resources from your CPU, Ram, and Disk.
The great thing is that it color codes the applications that are using the most recourse, by clicking on the CPU, Memory, or Disk tabs, you will see which applications are taking up the most resources.
And if there is a program that is not responding it will show here and you can end that task with just a click of your mouse. Now if you find an application that is hogging up your resources and you don’t need it at the time, you may also end its task by clicking on the end task button in the bottom right corner.
How to open up the Task Manager:
To gain access to the Task Manager you can right-click on the Taskbar and select the Task Manager option in the popup menu, or you can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, both will open it. Once there you will see a page showing headers labeled CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network, click the header you want to see what applications are taking up the most resource.
Now if you find an application that is using too much resource and you don’t need it at the time you may want to close it in the normal way so it will close all applications related to it, or if you want, highlight it and click the end task at the bottom right of the screen.
Check for applications running in the background:
Find the up arrow in the far bottom right hand corner of your screen and click, you will now see a small window showing some background programs referenced by their Icon, now if you don’t need a particular one running, go ahead and right click on it and select exit, quit, or whatever. This will help free up some more resource, helping in increasing the speed of your Operating system
Back to the Task Manager where we will look at your Startup menu.
Here we are going to check which programs and apps open on startup and run in the background and disable the ones that are needed running all the time.
Open up your Task Manager, click on the tab labeled Startup, you will find this in the top row of tabs. Once there you will see a list of all the programs that load when your computer starts up, you will notice that it will show the status (enabled, or disabled) and the startup impact (high, medium, or none) of each one.
So for an example I have a HP printer and it has a lot of background programs that will run like showing me the ink levels, well I really don’t need that running all the time so I check it to disable by highlighting it and clicking the disable button at the lower right corner, or right click and select disable. I do that with all application that I don’t need running at all times. This is going to give you a faster boot up time and free up more resources giving you a little boost in speed.
Let’s check your system for Malware:
Yes malware will slow things down a bit, so what you need to do (if you don’t have one already) is download a malware program (preferable free), here is a very popular one that use and it’s free, or you can purchase a premium version, and it’s called Malware Bytes you can click on it and download now if you want.
I run this monthly and I’m always finding stuff because I’m always downloading software to try out, and in doing so I get a lot of PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) so it will help to do this.
Getting rid of programs that you don’t need:
There is no reason to keep programs that you don’t use, or plan on using again. Why, well one thing is they are taking up storage space on your drive, but the biggest thing is that a lot of programs have application running in the background taking up resources.
You will accomplish two things by doing this, one will be to free up space on your hard drive which will help in faster drive access time, and the other is it will get rid of the background programs freeing up more processing time.
Ok we all know how to uninstall programs right? We do this by going to the control panel and selecting Programs and Features, from there highlight the ones you want removed and click uninstall.
Window is great for using animations in displaying things, like when you grab and drop an item to another place, windows will animate the move, and simple things like minimizing and maximizing windows, here you see an animation of the window shrieking or increasing. There are actually 17 of them that you could disable, I have all but 5 of them unchecked and have notice an improvement with Windows 10 speed.
To do this click on the window key + X or right click the start button and click on System, from there click on Advanced system settings located in the upper left corner, in the next window under Performance click Settings.
You now have a Performance Options window; here you have four options to pick from, first, you can continue letting Window choose what’s best for you (which is everything but two items), second one is Adjust for Best Appearance (which is all boxes checked), third one is Adjust for best Performance, (no boxes checked which will give you maximum performance), and the last one is Custom, where you can pick the ones you want animated. This is the one I use so I can keep the text looking sharp by checking the Smooth edge of screen fonts along with a few others.
If your hard drive is almost full, now would be a good time to clean out all of those programs that you’re not using, as I mentioned above. Along with this you can run a Disk Cleanup (a Windows utility) where you can clean out some files that are not necessary.
To get there open your File Explore and in the left hand column right click on your Windows drive, (usually C:) and click on Properties, in the next screen click on Disk Cleanup, after Windows scans your drive it will give you a screen with items checked that you can delete along with the amount of disk space it will free up.
You will notice there are other items not checked, if you know what they are and you’re sure you don’t need them you can go ahead and clean those out also. Just make sure you don’t get rid of something important, that would definitely put a sour note to your day.
PC still not running well? Try reinstalling Windows:
If you’re running Windows 8 or higher you can refresh your PC which will help if your operating system seems sluggish, and will bring it back to its original settings, making it run like new.
To get there all you have to do is go to Settings, Update and Security, and click on Recovery. From there click on Get started, you will get three options, for this process we are going to chose the Keep my files option (top one), this way it will keep all of your personal files like photos, music, docs, and so on.
But I do recommend backing up your personal files just to be on the safe side. If you don’t have a backup plan, you can learn how here, How to backup your Data
This will not save your apps or other software that you have loaded to your PC either from downloading or installing from a CD, so you will want to make sure you have your CD’s and if you have downloaded any software (who hasn’t right?), all of your download programs will be accessible from the download folder located in your File Explore.
Windows is also going to store a list of all your programs and apps to your computer when it is done, so you won’t have to worry about trying to remember the ones you had on your machine.
Once you’re ready go ahead and click start and follow the instruction. You will want to do this when you have a few hours or more to spare, because this will take a while to complete.
So how do we make Windows run faster?
By tweaking a few things here and there, starting with checking the Task Manager and finding out just what programs or apps are hogging up all the resources from your CPU, Memory, and Hard drive.
Next is to get rid of those unwanted programs so they’re not running in the background anymore. Another good one is to stop unneeded Animation in windows, and we don’t want to forget to check for Malware that could be slowing things down by running a malware program.
If you would like to learn more about how to keep your PC running like new click here.
If after trying all these things out and you’re still not happy with the performance of your PC you may want to purchase a software package that will help in speeding up your machine, you can check out my review on System Mechanic 14 to see if this would be something you would like to try.
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