How to improve a slow PC..

Speed up your PC/Laptop

Not many things in life are more frustrating than a slow and unresponsive PC/Laptop. I have lost count of the amount of times I have come close to throwing a laptop or PC out of the window but below are 8 ways you can speed up your PC/Laptop (and save yourself from having to buy a new one):

Restart

Probably a very obvious step but it is surprising how many issues can simply be fixed by giving your machine a quick reboot. A reboot is capable of wiping away the current erroneous state of the machine and giving it a chance to start again with the hope that the same issue wont occur again.

Remove unwanted programs

Another way to speed up your PC/Laptop would be to take a trip to control panel and remove any unwanted programs. These tend to take up a lot of space and at times could be running in the background taking up more resources for no reason. A good thing to do would be to remove any bloatware (Unnecessary pre-loaded software) which can either slow down your machine or take up more space than needed. 

Task Manager

The task manager is a very helpful function that can help speed up your PC/Laptop as it shows you the various programs and processes that are currently running on your machine. If you find your machine running slow it may be worth having a look at the task manager and closing down any applications that your don’t want running in the background. The processes tab within task manager can also be checked but you must ensure you know what you are doing as closing a process that should be running can cause even more issues.

Disk clean-up

The more you use your machine, the more likely it will become clogged up with various files that you probably no longer use or need. Disk cleanup scans, analyses and removes unused files that are occupying space that could be freed without affecting the functionality of the system. Files that can be cleaned up include temporary internet files, recycle bin and thumbnails.

Check hard disk for errors

Windows has a very useful tool called the SFC (system file checker) command which has a sfc /scannow tool that scans your system for corrupted files and restores them to their correct state therefore speeding up your PC/Laptop. In order to run this command you will need to open up a command prompt window as an administrator (also known as an ‘elevated’ command prompt) and type in sfc /scannow. This will begin the verification process of your operating system files and will begin correcting any faulty files.

Run windows updates

Keeping your PC up to date can help remedy any issues or bugs that could be hampering the performance of your machine. Most updates pushed out by Microsoft deal with a variety of security measures such as malware definitions and hot fixes. Of course not all updates may be necessary but the safest option would be to let the update process run its course and hopefully this rectify most of your issues.

Upgrade memory

Now If you recall my previous post on picking the best laptop I mentioned the importance on picking a laptop with a sufficient amount of RAM. If you are having issues running applications that are quite demanding a RAM upgrade may be due. It is important to understand that RAM does not ”make your PC faster” but rather allows you to run more applications at once so if you tend to face issues when running a certain amount of applications then adding some more RAM should help improve the general running of your machine.

Switch to SSD

An SSD (Solid state Drive) is an alternative to the traditional hard disk which contains a spinning disk. SSD drives have no moving parts, are faster in delivering applications, lighter and more durable than HDDs making them a useful alternative and may improve things for you by giving you quicker access to your applications and software programs.

2 thoughts on “How to improve a slow PC..

  1. Evans Asante says:

    Very well written, clear and concise tips to improve the efficiency of our PCs

    Caught myself reading this even though i use a Mac, can we get some useful tips and tricks for our Macs too?

    • Jason (BacharTech) says:

      Thank you for your feedback sir!

      In regards to MACs I would recommend some of the steps mentioned above in such as removing unwanted programs and updating your MAC OS. I would also recommend using an application called CCleaner which removes a lot of unwanted clutter from your MAC saving you space and improving performance. This can include caches built up from programs and temp files from your browser. If your feeling a bit tech savvy, OnyX is another useful to which helps with system maintenance and optimization. If you do download this application, the maintenance tab will be the most useful.

      Links:
      OnyX – https://www.titanium-software.fr/en/onyx.html
      CCleaner – https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/

      Hope this helps!

      Jason

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