Tips to boost PC performance

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Getting anxious over slow-performing pc? Don’t worry we are here with the solutions to address your concerns. 

After some time our pc gradually starts declining its performance, which is really frustrating. After all who likes to work on a slow computer. It’s surprising to see the performance of pc slowing down even after keeping such good maintenance. If you are someone who constantly keeps googling ‘How to boost the performance of pc?’, then my friend this blog is for you. Just go through the article and you will find the solution.

Since most of the users are based on Windows 10 operating system, we will be taking windows 10 as a reference to guide you with the procedure. With some technical operations, we can speed up the performance of our computer. Also, it might be difficult for readers to understand the heavy technical procedure so we have kept everything clear, understandable, and simple. You don’t have to be an expert in computers, even a person with basic computer knowledge can easily understand the procedure. So, let’s begin exploring-

Following suggestions might help you out. The tips are listed in order, so try the first one and see if it works. If it doesn’t then try the next tip.

  1. Make sure you have the latest updates for windows and device drivers.

    You need to make sure that your computer has the latest version of windows. Since Windows 11 is officially launched, you can go ahead and give it a try. Also, check for the latest device drivers updates since they too play important role in boosting computers’ performance.

To check for updates:

  • Select the Start(windows flag)  button, then select Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update  > Check for updates.
  • Do one of the following:
    • If the status says “You’re up to date,” go to the next tip.
    • If the status says “Updates are available,” select Install now.
  • Select the updates you want to install, then select Install.
  • Restart your PC and see if it seems to run better.

 See windows FAQ for further more queries.

  1. Restart your PC and open only the apps needed

Sometimes running many apps, tabs, and so on open at once might cause your computer to perform slow. If this is the case, then you need to close up all the apps, tabs, and browsers and see if the problem is fixed. If not you need to restart your computer. 

Sometimes app built for earlier versions might be declining your computer’s performance so you need to stay updated with the software version or simply use a Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.

To run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

  • In the search box type troubleshoot, then select Troubleshoot settings, which has System settings listed underneath it.
  • In the list of troubleshooters, select Program Compatibility Troubleshooter > Run the troubleshooter.
  • Select the program that you’re having problems with, then select Next and continue through the troubleshooter.

If it doesn’t work follow >NEXT STEP!

  1. Use ReadyBoost

NOTE: ReadyBoost isn’t applicable if Windows is installed in SSD. An SSD is already fast.

ReadyBoost is a removable drive, like a USB or SD Card, to help boost the performance of your computer without having to open it. You will need a USB or SD card with 500 MB of free space and a fast data transfer rate.

To use ReadyBoost

  • Insert a USB flash drive into your computer’s USB port.
  • Select File Explorer from the taskbar.
  • Press and hold USB/SD Card, then select properties.
  • Select the ReadyBoost tab, then select use this device.
  • After windows determine the free space needed to optimize memory, select OK to reserve this space so that ReadyBoost can use it.

You will find a file named ReadyBoost.sfcache inside the content of USB. This file shows how much memory is allocated for the process.

  1. Make sure the system is managing the page file size.

There’s a setting on windows 10 that automatically manages page file size and it helps to boost the performance of your computer.

To make sure automatic page file management is turned on.

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type advanced system, and then select View advanced system settings, which has a Control panel listed underneath it.
  • In System Properties, select the Advanced tab, then select Settings in the Performance area.
  • In Performance Options, select the Advanced tab, then select Change in the Virtual memory area.
  • Make sure the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box is selected. If it is, continue to the next tip. If it’s not, select it and then restart your PC by selecting the Start button > Power  >Restart.

      Use your PC and see if it’s running better. If it’s not, try the next tip.

  1. Check for low disc space and free up some.

Freeing up your disc space might help improve the performance of your computer. So give it a try. But if your pc is already low on space you need to try other way ways to boost up your computer. First, try to delete temporary files with storage sense. All the deleted files will be stored in recycle bin in case you changed your mind. However, you can clear files permanently from recycle bin which will help you boost your computer’s performance. You can run Disc Cleanup or uninstall unused apps. Moving your files to another drive might help as well.

  1. Adjust the appearance and performance of the windows

Having a small amount of RAM and trying to run animations and shadow effects might decline your computer’s performance. So it’s better if you adjust them.

 To adjust the visual effects in windows

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type performance, then select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows in the list of results.
  • On the Visual Effects tab, select Adjust for best performance > Apply.
  • Restart your PC and see if that speeds up your PC.

             If your PC still runs slowly, continue to the next tip.

  1. Pause One Drive syncing

You can temporarily pause One Drive syncing and see if it helps to boost the performance of your computer.

To pause One Drive syncing

  • On the taskbar, look for OneDrive near the notification area.
  • Select OneDrive  > More  > Pause syncing, and then choose how long you want to pause syncing your files.
  • Restart your PC and see if your performance issues have improved with syncing paused.
  • To resume syncing your files, select OneDrive  > More  > Resume syncing.

Visit One Drive sync problem for any further queries.

  1. Disable unnecessary startup programs

Many programs run automatically in the background of your windows when you open the computer. You don’t realize but these programs quickly open on turning on of your computer. Some of the programs which are frequently used might be useful but the other programs you rarely use are declining the performance of your computer. Here is how you can find the list of programs that start automatically and you can disable them if you don’t want them to start automatically.

 To stop a program from running automatically

  • Select the Start button, then select Settings  > Apps  > Startup.
  • In the Startup Apps area, find the program you want to stop from starting automatically and set it to Off.
  • If you turn off a program and it continues to start automatically when Windows starts, you should scan for viruses and malware.
  1. Check and remove virus and malware

a virus malware or malicious software might be slowing down the performance of your computer. Your hard disk continuously producing working sound, unexpected opping up of message, programs that start unexpectedly automatically, etc are the signs that your computer has virus or malware.

You can use antivirus or antimalware software to protect your computer. However, you can use windows security (formerly Windows defender security center) which is included in windows 10, for virus scanning. 

However, we recommend you install antivirus or antimalware software for better protection. You can use software like McAfee Antivirus Plus, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Norton 360 With LifeLock, etc. 

  1. Restore your PC

You can undo the recent changes you have made to your computer through restoration. If you think any of your recent activities like installing some app, drivers, etc might be causing your computer to slow down then you can restore your computer and take it back to its old speed.

To restore your PC from a restore point.

  • Type restore point in the taskbar and then select create a restore point from the list. 
  • On the System Protection tab, select System Restore.
  • Select Next, then choose the restore point related to the app, driver, or update that might be causing the problem. Then select Next > Finish.
  • Restart your PC and see if performance has improved.

If you don’t see any restore points, it might be because system protection isn’t turned on.

To turn on system protection

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type restores point, then select Create a restore point from the list of results.
  • On the System Protection tab, select Configure.
  • Select Turn on system protection > OK.

Once you have boosted your computer using above mentioned methods, you should set a monthly plan to clean up your computer. To maintain the top performance of your computer you must keep checking up on your computer from time to time. Use the above-mentioned tips as your handy prescription to cure your computer.

Hope the information was useful to you.

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