When you turn your computer on it’s like waiting for your best TV program to start. You are waiting, patiently until the screen is finally lit and your PC is ready to go. This process can take from 30 seconds up to 10 minutes, depending on your computer’s age and more importantly, usage. It is when you start installing different apps, programs, download several gigabytes of photos, music and others items when your computer starts slows down to a point where you feel totally frustrated.
This is our bread and butter. And this is why we want to help you with the following tips about how you can speed up your already slow computer. So if you want to enjoy a faster computer and do not wish to wait 5 minutes for your PC to start, check the following tips. Ready? Let’s go!
Check the startup programs
Some of the reasons why your computer works slowly have to do with all the applications and programs you’ve installed in your PC. They run also when you turn on your computer and this creates an unnecessary delay. This happens all the time and fortunately, the solution is quite easy.
If you are a Microsoft user, look for the Task Manager on the taskbar and open it. You will find a list with all the apps and programs you have installed on your computer and you will have to choose which one you wish to run when your computer starts and which one you don’t in order to disable the ones you don’t want to load when your computer starts. You can do this by checking with Google and search for your items in your Task Manager and see whether they are necessary to run when you start your PC. If this is a little bit technical, you may always give us a call (see below) and we will do our best to help you.
Some Windows editions defragment your hard drive automatically, but if this is not your case, you always can do it yourself. There are some programs you can use like O&O Defrag or IObit’s Smart Defrag 5. However, you can do it easily and more intuitive using MYPCTuneUp.
With this software, you will be able to defrag your disk, clean the computer register, free up disk space, solve issues and other services. A complete program which helps you to get your computer fully optimized.
Check for malware and other viruses
This is a very common issue in computer users also. Malware and other viruses are very easy to catch when you are surfing on the Internet or directly sharing your portable storage devices (hard disks o USB sticks) with another people.
To clean up your computer from this harmful issues you can use Windows Defender. To open it you will need to go to:
Start Menu > Setting > Update and Security > Windows Defender
Using this option you will have a general scan of your computer, and in a case of Malware presence on your PC, you will be able to delete them. However, it is important that you have a very efficient antivirus program to prevent this situation.
Windows is a very stylish operating system with many options to customize, but some of these visual effects are very heavy to process especially in old computers. Thankfully it is very easy to turn them off.
To check the visual effects have you running on your computer you just have to go to Windows Start Menu and type
Advanced System Settings and select the first result. Then you will see a list with all the style options where you can untick the ones you think that could be problematic, or simply select the best performance option at the top. Do not forget to press OK once you finish.
Update drivers and apps
Outdated drivers can make your computer run slow. They can influence the turn on time on your PC, shut down time, video plays etc. This is why is always recommended to check your drivers’ version and upload them if it is necessary.
To fix this you can do it by yourself by checking a few sites; SlimDrivers Free or Driver Booster Free.
If you follow the suggestions above and your PC is not working any faster, you can always reinstall Windows on your computer. This solution removes all unwanted software, viruses, and other harmful issues that are affecting your device. If you choose this option, it is important that you save all the information (photos, music, videos, presentations, documents, …) you have in your hard disk computer. Otherwise, you will lose it all.
If you PC runs with Windows 8 or 10 you can use the Recovery option, it is a very easy way to do it. But if your computer runs with an older Windows version, you will need an external hard drive.
In Windows 8 bring up the Charms bar on the right side of the screen and click Settings, Change PC settings. In Windows 10, click on the Start menu and go to Update & Security, once there, choose Recovery from the menu on the left. On the right, you will find the
Reset this PC option.
As you can see, there are a lot of different ways to solve these little problems that make your PC slower. In most cases, the problems are easy to solve but sometimes it is a little bit more complex and you may just need some help.
In AnyTech365 we are perfectly aware of issues like the ones described above. We have friendly IT Experts who can help you get your computer back on track. For more information visit www.AnyTech365.com and book a FREE Health-check of your PC today.
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