6 ways to speed up your Windows PC

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Computers tend to slow down as they age — you’ll notice a definite increase in the time it takes to do anything as time goes by. We won’t stand for it and neither should you! That’s why we’ve come up with 6 tips to help you get your Windows PC back up to speed.

1. Delete programs you aren’t using

It’s undeniable that anyone who owns a PC has installed at least one program that they use just once and thereafter completely forget it exists. These programs bog down your PC, eating up hard drive space and memory, causing it to slow down. Do your PC a favour, get rid of them.

2. Kill unnecessary background processes and limit startup processes

Open up Windows Task Manager and have a look at the number of processes your computer is currently running. Some of those are running because of a program you started yourself, and some are launched when your PC startsAll of those processes are using valuable memory and processing power. Stop any that aren’t required, but make sure you know what you’re turning off before you accidentally end up stopping a process attached to a program that you are currently using.

3. Upgrade your hard drive to an SSD and/or install more RAM

Installing Windows on an SSD (Solid State Drive) will vastly speed up your PC. SSDs increase the speed of data transfer which in turn will help make your PC more responsive overall. In terms of hardware, the other upgrade that will make a major difference is adding more RAM (Random-access memory). This is an affordable upgrade that will result in a very effective performance boost.

4. Cleanup and Defrag your HDD

It’s no secret that the longer you use a hard drive in your machine, the more it becomes fragmented and will fill up with junk or temporary files. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of using the disk defragmenting tool and Disk Cleanup tools that are built into Windows to free up hard drive space and keep things running optimally.

5. Turn off useless visual effects

Unfortunately, the visual effects that make Windows look good, can also make a dent in PC performance, especially if your hardware is a little bit older. Take the time to turn off some of these effects to reduce strain on your PC:

  1. Click the Start button then Control Panel. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, select it in the results.
  2. Click Adjust visual effects.
  3. Click the Visual Effects tab, click Adjust for best performance, and then click OK.

6. Keep your PC virus and malware free

Viruses, wormsspyware, trojans, ransomwareadware and bots can cause your PC to slowdown severely — they can take up valuable computing resources when replicating or spreading malicious code, and often adjust files and settings that cause your PC to perform poorly. You can easily avoid this by installing an Internet Security and Antivirus solution like ESET Nod32 or ESET Smart Security (if you also have Mac take a look at ESET Cyber Security Pro)