It’s inevitable that all computers will experience slower speeds at some point. As software becomes more demanding, the way in which your PC reacts to these changes can have a big impact on its performance. The operating system you have and whether you have chosen to upgrade to Windows 10 can also make a big difference.
While you can make some upgrades to your laptop to make the computer’s performance faster, there are some improvements you can make that are more cost-effective and straightforward to do.
1. Uninstall unnecessary software
Your computer comes preloaded with a number of applications that many people won’t use but that can eat up system resources. You can usually identify these when you see a pop-up prompting you to update a program you’ve never used before. Go to “add or remove programs”
2. Limit the programs at startup
Along the same lines, you can also determine which applications run when your PC boots up. Windows 10 has an updated Task Manager that makes it easier to determine what you want running in the background and what you can start on your own. To access Task Manager, press Ctrl-Shift-Esc then press the start-up tab. This will stop programs from starting up without uninstalling
3. Check for spyware and viruses
It’s almost impossible not to pick up a virus at some point while browsing the web, but the new Windows Defender software has made it easier than ever to find malware that may be causing major issues on your PC. Third-party programs are even better and are also easy to install and can be just as effective in removing any spyware or viruses you may have picked up.
4. Use Disk Cleanup and defragmentation
Every computer has a number of files and programs on its hard drive that haven’t been used in a while or are unnecessary. “Disk Cleanup” allows you to find which applications and files can be deleted from your computer, freeing up drive space for the programs you will use.
5. Take a look at your web browser
Minor adjustments can often make a difference with the speed of your PC. Something as simple as which browser you use can slow down or speed up the rate at which web pages, videos, and images load. If you have been using a certain browser and notice that there is a lag time, consider an alternative to see if the loading speeds are better. Depending on what you’re viewing it may be beneficial to switch between Edge and Chrome
If you’ve tried all the above, it’s possible there are some more in-depth inherent problems. If you require any further information or help please contact The PC Crew on 01937 843242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org