Frustrated at your computer for taking things too slow? Here are some tips that will help you improve your PC’s speed and enjoy a seamless experience.
Run Microsoft Fix It
The most common reason for your computer slowing down is because its registry is overloaded. That happens when you keep using your PC without installing or running any cleanup software. Fortunately, this issue is very easy to fix. Install and run Microsoft Fix It on your computer. It’s free to install. After installation, run the app to check to remove all unused and junk folders and files on your computer.
Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry Issues
If you have a Windows 10, one reason your computer is suddenly mimicking the speed of a snail could be because of Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry Issues. The Compatibility Telemetry feature in Windows 10 stores and manages all your technical files and information. This includes all data, system diagnostics, system files, and other such information.
You can fix the issue by starting with your compattelrunner.exe Windows file.
Remove Application to Run on Startup
If your computer is taking a long time to startup, it’s very likely because it’s programmed to open up too many software during startup. Often when we install new software, the default settings allow it to open during startup. This means that until all these programs open up during startup, you won’t be able to use your PC efficiently.
You can easily fix this issue. Open Windows. Click ‘run’. Type ‘msconfig’ when the run window pops up. When the system configuration window opens, click on the ‘Startup’ tab. Open Task Manager. Disable the applications that you don’t want to open at startup.
Delete Programs You Don’t Use
There are so many times when I installed a new application for a specific project, or to just try it out but didn’t use after that. Often times, it remains on my computer until I realize my PC has been slowing down. Then it’s time to delete all those extra programs. You should do that too. Ideally every month.
Click on Start. Go to Control Panel. Click on Uninstall a program under the Program section. Click on the program you wish to uninstall and press uninstall. You might have to restart your computer after the uninstall for this to work properly.
Be careful when doing this. You don’t want to delete crucial Windows programs and applications. Ask for help from a tech friend if you aren’t comfortable with this.
Scan and Remove Spyware, Malware, and Viruses
If you feel your PC speed has slowed down after downloading a new program or application, it is possible that the program brought a virus or a malware with itself. Some indications that your computer has been infected by a virus or malware are:
- Unexpected popup messages
- Programs starting on their own
- The inbuilt PC anti-virus program is indicating the same.
This issue can also be easily corrected by installing and running an anti-virus program. Most good anti-virus programs allow you to check for anti-virus for free. Install an app, check if there’s a problem. You might want to hire a PC technician to help you with this.
Turn off visual effects
Turning off visual effects is also a quick solution to improving your PC’s speed. Keep in mind that when you turn off visual effects, your Windows might not look very appealing, but it will get the job done.
There are around 20 visual effects running on your Windows. To turn them off, click on the Start Button. Go to Control Panel. Type in Performance Information Tools. Open Performance Information Tools. Click on Adjust visual effects. You might have to give your admin password at this point. Click on the Visual Effect tab. Then click on Adjust for best performance. Click Ok.
Add More RAM
Have you have already tried the above methods without luck? It could be because your PC is in need of more memory. If you are a heavy user or need to use programs that take up a big part of your computer’s memory, then we strongly suggest adding more RAM to your computer.
For a quick solution, you can download and run Windows ReadyBoost. This program allows you to add your attached USB’s storage space as your PC’s storage.
Later, you can take your PC to a licensed technician to add more RAM to it. While a 1 GB increased RAM will get your PC to speed up, we recommend you add at least 3GB of RAM to enjoy an improved speed and performance for a longer period of time.
Some other things you can do to improve your PC’s speed is:
- Restart computer frequently
- Run fewer programs
- Delete programs you do not use
- Clean up the hard disk.
- Clean up your internet browser