Does your Windows installation began to bog down a bit? Your programs take longer than usual to open? Follow this guide for quick fixes and tweaks for Windows increase your computer’s performance.
Run an antivirus program reputable.
The best way to fight the virus is to avoid them. There are many free and reputable antivirus programs available online. Your antivirus program should be running whenever your computer is connected to the Internet.
Scan your computer for viruses.
If you have not recently done, run a scan of your computer. If your antivirus program gives you the option, perform a deep scan against rootkits. Plan a scan at least once a week to prevent future virus infections.
Perform an analysis for malware.
The malware and spyware are programs that are installed in the wings and can consume valuable system resources running in the background. Windows Defender comes accompanied by a malware scanner and many more are available online for free or for purchase.
Remove unnecessary startup programs.
Many programs will install an extension that will start with your computer. They are designed to provide quick access to a program, but in large amounts it can greatly increase your startup time.
Look in the system tray in the lower right corner of your desktop.
The icons here are programs that started with your computer. Click the arrow to the left to enlarge and view all icons.
Select the programs you do not need to start.
The method to remove individual programs varies, but typically by right clicking on the icon it will display a menu. In this menu, there may be an option to remove it from startup. Otherwise, there is usually an Options menu, Preferences or Tools where you can change the boot settings.
Uninstall unused programs.
In addition to taking up space on the hard disk, the old programs could still rotate in the background process, even if you never use them. This is especially true with the old antivirus software and other utilities. New computers often come with preinstalled programs. Most of them are trial versions that must be purchased to be used. If you do not intend to use these programs, remove them to free up disk space.
Open the Start menu.
Select Control Panel and click “Uninstall a program” under Programs. If you are using the Classic view open Programs and Features. This will bring up a list of programs installed on your computer. Depending on the amount of programs you have installed, it could take several minutes to display the complete list.
Select the program you want to uninstall.
In the menu bar, a Uninstall / Change button will appear. Click it to start the uninstall process. Each program has a method for uninstalling a bit special, but most are automatic.
Install more RAM.
Windows requires at least 2 GB of RAM, but works best with 8 GB or more. If you have a 32-bit version of Windows installed, then no more than 4GB of RAM will be used. If you have more than 4GB of RAM, consider upgrading to a 64-bit version of Windows.
- If you have two modules of 512MB of RAM, consider exchanging for two bars of 1GB or 2GB to give your computer a considerable speed boost for a low cost.
- Laptops and desktop use different types of RAM, be sure you buy the correct version for your system.
Install a new processor.
This is considerably more complicated than upgrade the RAM, but this will bring a better power gain. When installing a new processor, you will surely need to reinstall Windows so that everything works correctly. In general, you can not upgrade the processor in a laptop.
Disable the option Search and Indexing.
Turn this service will share the search speed against the overall performance for the computer. If you do not often use the search function, then you probably do not need it to be activated.
- Click Start, then type “services.msc”. Click the “Services” in the program list.This opens
the Services window.
- Scroll down to Windows Search, right-click it and select Properties. In the dropdown menu “Startup type” select Disabled. Click Apply to save the changes. Click Stop to stop the current service and it will not run the next time Windows starts.
Turn off Aero theme.
The Aero theme is what gives Windows its unique visual charm. On the entry level machines, it can monopolize a significant amount of valuable system resources.
- Right-click the desktop and choose Personalize.
- Choose any of the “Basic Themes and high contrast.” This will strip the Windows interface to the bone, possibly giving your system a significant performance gain.
- Click the Start menu.
- Click “Control Panel”.
- Click “Appearance and Personalization.”
- Click Customization.
- Click Windows Color and Appearance.
- Uncheck “Enable transparency”.
- Click “Save Changes.”
Perform a disk cleanup.
This utility will remove unnecessary files from your hard drive. For some users, this might lead to increased performance.
- Click Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Cleanup. This utility will need to calculate which files are unnecessary and this may take several minutes.
- Once the utility has completed loading, select which files you want to delete.The Disk Cleaner provides a description for each file you select.
Defragment your hard drive.
While the files are moved, installed and removed, they leave behind fragments that can slow down the ability of your computer to access your hard drive. Defragmentation is usually configured by default to run regularly, but you can also run it manually.
- Go to Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Defragmenter.
- Click “Defragment the hard drive.”
Last but not least – Reinstall Windows.
Format and reinstall Windows can restore some of the original performance of your computer and it is not as complicated as it seems.Check out our guide Reinstall Windows for a detailed guide.