A slow computer system directly impacts our everyday work specially when you make a living out of. Most users might have experienced the frustation and anxiety as it really slows down your progress, productivity and life.
In order to be efficient and productive you need to be a smart user and also your tools must be sharp and shrill. So below are some tips to maintain your computer system's health for a faster workflow.
Clean temporary system files
Temporary files are used by the programs you use on your computer, these files are supposed to be deleted when the programs are closed or it's purpose is over failing which clogs your temporary files directory and thus slowing down the other programs.
You can manually clean your temporary files directory by following these steps:-
Rundialog, by pressing
- Select all the files, press
Ctrl + A
- Now delete the files by pressing
Scan for viruses
Computer viruses are the most common causes for a slow computer system. They manipulate or destroy important system files as well as user data and can make your system totally unusable. Make sure viruses are out of your way by using a powerful anti-virus software.
Keep your anti-virus software up to date so that it has latest signatures for all the latest viruses and can identify each one easily. Some advanced anti-virus softwares has features like email scanning and boot-time scanning that you can make use of.
Windows 10 comes pre-built with an anti-virus software which is simple and powerful with advanced features like Device Security, Performance and Health, Family Options etc.
Run Disk Defragmentor
Read write operations on a disk for longer period of time results in stored data becoming fragmented meaning they occupy available disk space randomly.
Disk defragmentor is powerful utitlity tool built into windows to rearrange files on a disk to occupy contiguous storage locations, thus reducing the access time of a stored content and improving the system's performance.
Here are the steps to start a disk defragmentor utitlity:-
- Right click on a disk drive and select
- Now Choose
Toolstab and under
Optimize and Defragment Drive, click optimize
Monitor programs or services making heavy resource usage
Whenever you feel like your system is slow. Take a look at your system resources and identify programs or services making the heavy usage. If they look suspicious, consider making a google search before you destroy them.
You can use
Task Manager to monitor your systems' resources, the process and performance tabs are well organized and can even sort programs based on the resource name and usage.
Disable unncecessary startup programs
Startup programs or services have a higher impact on your systems's speed and performance, You should check for startup programs and disable the ones that are no needed.
You can use
Task Manager for this one too,
Task Managerby right clicking on the task bar and choosing
- You can also use the shortcut key
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
- Go to
Startuptab and disable programs that you do not want to be started with windows
Reduce the no of installed fonts
This might sound like too much but it helps quite a bit, fonts take up precious space in memory, the more in number they are, definitely would consume some amount of memory.
Uninstall programs you do not use
We keep installing new programs whether we use it or not due to which the windows PC progressively becomes slower, this is known as Windows Rot. When you have too many programs installed that are of no use anymore, you should consider removing them as related services running in background consume significant system resources.
Correct your power settings
Check your power settings to make sure your power plan is not limiting the system's performance. Power Options contains various settings that can limit CPU or system performance based on various system states like absence of external power etc.
To check/modify power settings on windows 10, you can follow these steps:-
Run Dialogby pressing
Windows + Rkey
powercfg.cpland press enter
- Change the plan to
- Manually customize power plan by click
Change plan settings
Restart your pc
When your system runs for a longer duration of time temporary errors, memory leaks and other bugs cause it to slow down, so it's better to restart your system at least when you find it's working slow.
Please note turning your system off (shutdown) and then starting again is not same as a system restart, most people simply consider this to be the same but that's not the case.
Update your PC
Remember to update your computer softwares like the operating systems, device drivers etc. regularly to have faster smoother running system always. The latest updates, patches, and fixes remove bugs and improves our system performance directly.
Updating your PC brings on new features that enhances productivity and make our life easier.
Limit apps running in background
Too many open apps or one running in backgournd slows down your system, windows 10 has a built in powerful feature to limit apps from runnning in background, which can be accessed by typing 'Settings' in the Start Menu Dialog and then selecting 'Background apps' from the sidebar of settings.
Run system file checker
System file checker is an utility program that checks system files for errors and fixes them. You could try system file checker to check and fix your system files by following these steps:-
- Open run dialog by pressing
Win + R
Ctrl + Shiftand press ok
- This opens up Command Prompt as Administrator
- Now type
sfc /scannowto run the file checker
Reset your PC
When you are really frustated by yous system's performance and all the above mentioned tips did nothing for you then you should consider resetting your PC once and for all. On windows you can choose to keep your personal files or not to.
When you reset your PC everything would be as new as the day one of the OS installation.Windows 10 already has this feature too reset you PC built in.
Upgrade Peripherals and Components
Sometimes it might be that you everyday work requires a lot of hardware resources and limited availibility of those resources might slow down your system, in that case you might need to upgrade the components like memory, hard drives, processor the graphics etc. as per your requirement.
Upgrading hardware components will make your system run faster and smoother.
Dedicate few hours a week to organize your stuffs
At last, a slow computer is to no-blame until you are an efficient user yourself, dedicate few hours a week too organize you stuffs, with time our files or folders become very disorganized and chaotic, so you must take care of it as it would greatly reduce the tension and waste of time looking for stuffs. Doing this will really fasten your everyday workflow.
Also learn shortcuts for common and repetitive tasks as it would be great help in saving time.