Windows PC Running Slow?

December 14, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Windows PC Running Slow?

Often while working on a document, your computer can slow down and even stop responding for a moment. As if something has taken over. Well, there can be a variety of reasons. Sometimes rebooting the PC can solve the issue, but if it does not, there can be other hidden factors. Let us discuss some solutions that might help fix the problem.

Uninstall Programs:

Usually, there are so many programs or applications on the PC that are unused or not required. These programs may perform background processes, auto start entries, system services or other things that can slow your PC. Why keep them? Just go to Control Panel, find the list of programs, uninstall programs that you don’t use or don’t require. lt will not only free up space on your hard drive but may also improve system security.

Free Disk Space:

One of the biggest potential problem can be PC’s disk space limitation. If the hard drive is almost full, your computer can run noticeably slower. It is always advisable to leave sufficient space on the hard drive for better PC performance. But, apart from deleting some unwanted  files manually, transferring to external backup devices or using third-party software is there any other way to free up some space? Well, there is.You can just run Disk Clean Up Tool which is included in Windows, that might help quite a bit.

Scan Malicious Software:

Even with the latest technological gadgets,software and hardware advancement, computer viruses are still an increasing issue for PCs. It is highly possible that these malicious software (malware) not only slows the PC performance but also interferes with web browsing. Because it runs in the background, you would never suspect it being the cause. Just to be on the safe side scan your PC with antivirus program on regular basis. However, Windows 8/8.1/10 have built in real-time antivirus program performing to make sure of such attacks.

Reduction of Animations:

Windows uses a lot of animations and those animations can make your PC run slow. For example, showing “a shadow under a mouse pointer”. If that is enabled visually it may look nice but can add to PC running slow. You can disable animations by following the steps below:

  • Click Start.

  • Choose Control Panel, and select System.

  • Click Advanced System Settings on the left.

  • Under Performance click Settings.

  • Select appropriate options and uncheck boxes you do not need.

  • Click Apply,OK, OK.

  • Done.

Disable StartUp Programs:

Another way to stop your PC running slow is to disable the startup programs. On Windows 8/8.1/10 under Task Manager there is a StartUp option you can choose to disable startup programs. Cleverly it also tells you what applications take more time to start up. By disabling these it will not only save computer memory and CPU cycles but will also speed up the login process.

Close Notifications Area:

When the PC is turned on many applications startup, stay running in the background and hidden. You will see an arrow on the bottom right of the screen. Usually it is called the notification area or system tray. Click on the up arrow, choose the applications you do not need running in the background by right-clicking and close them. It will also free up resources and help reduce the startup time.

Make Web Browser Lighter:

We all use web browser a lot so more likely it may just be a bit slow. It’s a good idea to use only a few browser extensions or Add-ons as they use more memory and slow down web browsing. In order to delete them go to the Add-ons Manager or Browser Extensions and remove the add-ons that you don’t need.

Locate Resource Hungry Application:

If your PC is running slower than usual, some application may be using up all the resources. The CPU is working much harder on those programs than it needs to be. An application might be using a disk a lot causing slow downs to other programs while loading data from disk. But how do you locate what applications might be using up more memory and slowing CPU performance? Follow the steps below.

Go to Task Manager or press Ctrl+Shift+ESC and will display what program uses the most resources. On Windows 8/8.1/10, the new task manager provides an improved interface that colour-codes applications using a lot of resources. If you think a particular program is using too much resources, close it normally but if you cannot, click ‘End Task’ and force it to close.

Hard Drive Defragmentation:

Modern versions of Windows do not require hard drive defragmentation as it automatically defragments mechanical hard drives in the background. Solid-State Drives don’t need to be defragmented either. In case if you do want to find whether to defragment or not, open the disk defragmenter tool and perform a scan to see if you need to run a manual defrag program.

These are just few quick fixes which will help your PC for better performance and increase productivity. However, if you need any assistance with PCs, Desktops, Tablets or IT related issues you are welcome to get in touch with our team at McDonalds-IT.

Category: Windows PC


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