A slow PC is usually a culmination of software programs that are either incompatible with your windows or infections from a malware. As much as today’s windows versions provide a better performance in any PC, you can still end up with a computer that is frustratingly slow. You can however optimize your computer to solve problems that often relate to memory usage. The following guide will help you get started.
The Processor Should Be Compatible With the Windows Version
Incompatibility issues may cause a divergence from the normal PC’s memory functions such that when your prompt a command, it takes a long time to initiate i.e. when opening a program, folder, audio or video file.
Don’t Save More Private Files On Your Desktop & System Drive.
These files will slow down your PC because if you use them frequently, the computer will allocate more memory space for them.
Don’t Permit Programs That Take More Memory Space
User-installed background programs require more memory. Therefore, make sure you close them completely to end the process that you were running before.
One Anti-Virus Software Is Enough
There are many antivirus programs you can download for free online some on a trial basis. However, don’t use more than one antivirus in a system as this will create a conflict of operations between the installed programs thereby affecting the performance of your PC.
Apart from the antivirus, also avoid software that are sending or receiving any data to their server without your permission. Browsing or using other applications may also generate temporary files, cookies and history. Close all user-opened applications and clean up (don’t deep-clean the registry) your PC before shutting down. Also scan your PC on a weekly basis to check for vulnerabilities or back-door cases. Perform a full system “deep scan” on a monthly basis.
The most recommended features you can disable on your PC include;
– Windows Gadget Platform
– Internet Information Services
– Indexing Service
– Hostable Web Core
Optimizing Your PC Speed in Windows
– Use the disk defragment tool when your total file size is around 70-80% of the drive capacity.
– Remove any drivers which are not properly installed.
– Do not start or stop manually any windows services that you are unfamiliar with.
– Remember the last restore point. Then restore windows within 5 months or in case of an emergency. To avoid complete formatting procedures, don’t initiate full system restore.
– A home PC should have at least a 100GB space to avoid the tendency to create more duplicate data.
– Perform a deep registry clean operation at least 3 times in a year to help remove invalid entries from the registry.
– Exit Instant Messengers if you are not using them.
– Make sure cookies are completely cleared the first time with any cleanup utilities. Some intruders can collect information from cookies and use them to initiate malicious attacks on your PC.
– Switch off the internet connection on your PC if you are not browsing.
– Set a scheduled backup.
– After uninstalling any program make sure that related folders that exist in Program Files are deleted. Some folders and their contents may however be deleted automatically when you next logon. Therefore, no action is needed.
What to Avoid
-Before cleaning the registry, ensure that your recent backup files exist.
-Avoid independent tweaks in windows as they may affect some drivers or programs.
You may have to install external software to optimize your computer. Still, you can maximize speed by tweaking the existing programs on your PC and avoiding malicious software.