A slow PC can be frustrating. When applications or programs take more time to load, you wish you had a new, faster computer.
However, you don’t need to waste your time and money on a new PC as you can try making your existing one faster.
By deleting some programs and a few other such technical operations, you will have your computer running as well as new in no time.
You have several ways to speed up your computer, but you ought to know why your computer should be fast before that.
Why Speed Up Your Computer?
There are several reasons for speeding up your computer. After all, nobody wants their PC or laptop to run slow.
Moreover, a slow PC is susceptible to viruses and other such malware. So, it would help if you kept the PC running smoothly. But, on the other hand, a slow PC could also mean running too many programs or background processes that cause it to overheat and suffer damage.
How to Speed Up Your Computer?
Now that you know why you need to speed up your computer, it is time you knew how to do it.
As suggested earlier, you can speed up your computer in many ways. However, to make things easier, you can follow these ten tried and tested ways to get your PC up to speed.
1. Free Up Disk Space
When there is not enough space on your disk drives, it can cause your PC to run slowly. So, make sure that you free up disk space on your hard drive by deleting files that you don’t need and uninstalling unnecessary programs.
Additionally, you could also use an external hard drive to get more space as per your requirements.
You could try disk defragmentation or a simple Disk Cleanup process to delete the files you no longer need.
Note that disk defragmentation compresses the files in your disk drives to save space, while Disk Cleanup deletes files.
2. Stop Startup Programs
Startup programs that run automatically when your PC boots may also cause it to slow down.
So, it would help if you closed them so that your system runs optimally. However, be wary of what programs and processes you close as some are vital to the PC’s smooth functioning, and as such, can cause malfunction if you close or end them.
To close programs that don’t need to start up as soon as your PC boots, access the ‘Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
Once the task manager opens, go to the Startup section, and end those processes that don’t need to run when you boot your computer by clicking on ‘Disable.’ After you do this, restart your PC, and you will see that those processes won’t run in the background anymore.
3. Update Windows
Another way to speed up your computer or prevent it from slowing down is to update Windows and its applications. Be sure to update Windows frequently as this will ensure their smooth and efficient running. To update Windows:
Click on ‘Start‘ and then ‘Settings.’
Head to ‘Update and Security and click on ‘Windows Updates.’
Click ‘Check for updates,’ and Windows will check for any pending updates.
If Windows detects an update, it will notify you of the same.
You can then let it download and install all the recommended updates.
Once the process completes, Windows will prompt you to restart your PC.
Keeping Windows updated is crucial to the smooth running of your PC. So, make sure that you download and install all the latest updates recommended by your operating system.
To update your drivers, you can follow the same method given above as downloading and installing Windows updates should automatically update them.
5. Check for Viruses and Malware
Malware or ‘Malicious Software’ are programs that can harm your PC. Such software can come from any program or even from the Internet.
In addition, some malware may also slow down your PC. So, check if your computer has been infected with malware using suitable antivirus software or application.
Although you may need to pay for most of the antivirus software, there are many free options.
So, you can download them and check if malware has infected your system, and if so, you must start the removal process immediately.
6. End Resource-Heavy Programs
If your PC is running programs or processes that consume lots of memory or CPU slowing it down, you can end such programs or processes by following these steps.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Del to access the ‘Task Manager.’
Under the ‘Processes’ tab, find those processes or applications consuming more memory and kill them by clicking on ‘End task.’
Doing this should speed up your PC as those programs or processes consuming more resources are now killed.
7. Set Appropriate Power Options
If you are using a laptop, you can set the power or battery options to improve performance. In most laptops, the default power option is ‘Balanced.’
However, you can change this setting to ‘High Performance‘ by right-clicking the battery icon that you can find at the bottom-right of your screen and selecting ‘Power options.’
In the ‘Power options‘ menu, you will find that the selected plan is ‘Balanced.’ Change this plan by clicking on the ‘Change plan settings‘ option and setting it to ‘High performance.’
8. Set Windows Features
You could also turn windows features on or off to improve your PC’s performance by following these steps.
Click ‘Start’ and type ‘Control Panel’ into the search field.
Open ‘Control Panel,’ and under ‘Programs and Features,’ find those programs or Windows components that you don’t need, and click ‘Turn Windows features on or off.’
However, be careful here and don’t turn off essential programs or features.
9. Adjust Graphics
If your PC is running slowly, you could also try adjusting the graphics to minimal animations. You could also try disabling the animations and other visual effects. To do this, you can follow the steps given below:
Click ‘Start‘ and type ‘Control Panel‘ into the search field.
Find and click on ‘System and Security and then on ‘System.’
Click ‘Advanced System Settings.’
Here, under ‘Performance,’ select ‘Settings,’ and you should get a list of options.
Select ‘Adjust for best performance,’ and it should remove all the graphics and other visual elements.
Alternatively, you could also manually remove some visual effects settings by deselecting them. Removing visual effects should speed up your computer and help in its smooth and efficient running.
10.Upgrade the Hardware
The last method on this list that you can try for speeding up your computer is to upgrade the hardware components. Two such crucial upgrades include:
Add a Solid-State Drive (SSD)
HDDs may give you more space at a lower cost, but SSDs make your computer faster by speeding up the booting and other processes.
Add More RAM
There’s no denying that a computer with more RAM runs faster than one with less RAM. So, try adding more RAM to your PC and see if it performs better.
So, these are some techniques that you can try to get your computer up to speed. However, make sure that you don’t try anything that harms or causes damage to the PC or its parts.
Can Speeding Up the PC Cause Damage to It?
While the methods you can find above speed up your PC without damaging it, a few other techniques do more damage than good.
For instance, overclocking your computer can significantly boost performance.
However, overdoing it can cause the CPU and other parts housed inside the casing to overheat. When the CPU and other such components heat up, they are prone to damage.
The damage caused also depends on the cooling system. For example, if you run a PC with the stock fan, it’s probably more prone to damage due to overheating than when you use a coolant or a third-party cooling system.
The rule applies to laptops too. When you overclock your computer, it tends to get hot, and the parts inside it could suffer damage.
Also, sometimes, when you overclock your PC, it tends to run at high speeds and overwork itself. When that happens, it could overheat, and the parts inside it could get damaged and stop functioning.
You have many ways to speed up your computer. However, the best techniques to follow would be to free up disk space, adjust graphics, end programs using too many resources, and check for viruses or malware.
Besides this, you could also try upgrading the hardware by installing more RAM or an SSD. Other methods that you could deploy to speed up your PC include ending startup processes and programs and updating Windows and drivers.
Most of these techniques should work and boost your PC’s performance, and you should have no trouble implementing them too. So, make sure that you keep your PC running at optimum speed with the help of these methods.
Martha Davis is a computer hardware specialist who works extensively in designing and manufacturing hardware devices, researching advanced computer technology. She built GadgetGangster.com as a platform to share her insight on computers and PC assembly with the web. Currently, she is carrying out her research on Robotics and Computer Vision and working privately to deliver services. Martha makes sure that readers of GadgetGangster.com master the basics of setting up computer components like motherboard, CPUs, and GPUs through the informative articles that she writes.