A slow sluggish PC is more dreadful than a yawn-triggering movie. In the movie you at least know it’s going to end. But your Windows 7 or 8 PC will continue to frustrate you out of your wits until you decide to either abandon it for good (if it’s really, really old) or take some steps to give it a burst of energy. Now when it comes to speeding up your computer, there is lot of software available in the market to help you along the way.
They’re good of course, but can often charge you more than you’d like to pay. Scouting online for DIY (Do-It-Yourself) things to help a bit can be time taking given the huge amount of information on the topic. So putting your need and comfort first, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of neat tips that truly work and can actually help give your Windows 8 / 7 PC some tempo. So jump right in!
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1. Get rid of those unused programs
We have a nasty habit of accumulating programs in our PCs over years. From a game that’s no longer even available online or supported to a song that dates a century back. Stick to the mantra that if you’ve not opened a file for a year or even six months, deletes it permanently. The same goes for applications and programs. Go to Control Panel -> Programs -> Uninstall a program and scout the list there to see which programs you didn’t even know existed. Remove them and those, which you no longer use.
2. Clear your startup items
Clear the startup items on your PC to include only the programs you need started immediately on boot. Many a times, when you install a new application (for example Skype), an inbuilt feature causes it to get pinned to the startup items. Hence, on boot Skype (on any other such application) starts up. If this is desired, that’s fine. If not, on your Windows 7 / 8 machine, type msconfig in the Start search box and hit enter Then click on msconfig.exe and thereafter in the Startup tab to see a list of all programs that start at boot. Deselect the ones you don’t need and hit Apply. Be careful not to remove any applications that are required by the system. If you’re suspicious of any name, search it up and then decide.
3. Defrag your hard drive
Defragmentation brings together scattered pieces of storage that store related data thus reducing the overhead of the read write heads in going back and forth. It thus can significantly boost up your PC’s speed and tidy things up. Windows 7 comes with a built-in defragger that can be scheduled to run at specific time intervals. To change settings for it, type “defrag” in the Start search box and then click on ”Disk Defragmenter”. To start disk defragmentation in Windows 8, go to Charms bar -> Optimize Drives -> Select the desired drive -> click on *Optimize.
4. Cleanup that hard disk
Cleaning up the hard disk includes getting rid of each and every unused large file that has been hogging space on your system. A tidy desktop, empty Recycle Bin, minimum startup items, cleaned “Temp” folders and empty cache ensures that this stays true. If you manually set out to complete each of these tasks, it may take up hours. Instead, you should opt for automated disk cleaning utilities like Windows Disk Cleanup.
To launch it on Windows 7, go to Start → All Programs → Accessories → System Tools → Disk Cleanup. In Windows 8, type “Disk Cleanup” in the Search box of the Charms bar and hit enter.
5. Have a brilliant Antivirus on board
Some computer viruses can be non-fatal but otherwise harmful. They can let your system work but make it very slow. To protect your system from such annoying Trojans or malware hence have an awesome antivirus on board. Don’t look to save money here because a good antivirus always pays off.
6. Take the performance troubleshooter’s help
If none of the above seems to work, you can rely on the good old performance troubleshooter for some assistance. This tool highlights issues that might be affecting system performance and also gives some pointers to sort things out. On Windows 7, to open this utility go to Control Panel and type “troubleshooting” in the search box under System and Security. Then click on “Check for Performance Issues”. On Windows 8, this task is taken care of by the Resource Monitor. To launch it type resmon at the Start search box and then click on resmon.exe.
7. Keep the Desktop background simple
Though it is a personal choice, the desktop should always be kept to a simple picture file instead of an animated one or GIF. The more moving the desktop would be, the more RAM it will eat thus slowing down your PC. So keep it simple and let the PC breathe.
See how simple it really is? Speeding up a computer is all about routine clean up, no unnecessary installations and proper anti-virus protections. Just making sure these three things are in place can bring a lot of difference so make sure you always remind yourself “I have to clean my PC”. And if you’ve found success through these tips with your Windows machine and want to speed up your Mac too, we have some awesome ideas there as well. For starters, try out Stellar Speedup Mac software dedicated to this purpose. This free speed up Mac software is easy-to-use and excels at its job. We promise we’ll be back with some more tips on how to speed up your Mac soon.