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How to Make your Computer Run Faster

How to Make your Computer Run Faster

When you get a new PC you can feel the speed, and it feels great. However, as time goes on, you’ll start to notice that it gradually slows down. That’s inevitable, considering that newer and newer software keeps coming out and your hardware is not getting any faster. But there are a few things that you can do to keep your system in good health.

How to Make your Computer Run Faster: PC Maintenance to Reclaim Lost Performance

1. Free Drive Space

Let’s go in order from easiest and fastest to most annoying and time-consuming. We will first take a look at a couple of ways to get back some space on your drives and then we will go into things that might affect your performance as well.

First up, clean up your files

This won’t improve performance, but it will probably free up a lot of space on your device. Maybe you have a messy desktop, maybe you just save files to wherever you feel like on your hard drive, maybe your downloads folder is over 30 GB, or maybe your recycle bin hasn’t been emptied in months.

So, first, empty your recycle bin. Then, if you’re like me, check if the tens of gigabytes of files in your Downloads folder are really needed. After that, if you want to go a bit more in-depth, download something like CCleaner, go to the Tools tab and run the disk analyzer. It will give you a list of what large files are taking up space and you can see if you really want to keep them around.

2. Disable Apps

1. Right-click on the taskbar and go to the Task Manager.

2. Click on Startup and click on any apps you do not want to open during the startup.

3. Hit Disable.

So that when your computer turns on all of these apps won't be opening up if you're not going to be using them.

3. Unused Programs

It’s time to get rid of programs that you don’t use anymore. There isn’t truly any trick for this. It’s just about going into the “Uninstall” screen in your settings and looking through the list for things that you don’t need anymore. Boring, I know, but it can reclaim lots of lost storage.

4. Theme Transparency effects

1. Type theme in the control panel and then once the screen is open, click on Colors.

2. Scroll down and turn off Transparency effects. Every little thing counts.

5. Disable notifications
1. Type notifications in the control panel and open up the notification settings.

2. Disable any notifications you don't want.

3. I would highly recommend you uncheck getting tips and tricks about Windows because I'm sure you already know a lot about Windows if you've been using it for the last couple of years and this is going to slow down your computer.

6. Temporary files

These are files that have been used on your computer but are still stored after a long period of time.

1. Press Windows+R and then in the dialogue box type in temp and press Enter.

2. Press Control+A to select all the files and hit the Delete key to delete all of the temporary files. Once they've been deleted, you want to do this once again.

3. Press Windows+R, but this time type %temp%. Press Enter.

You are going to have more temporary files.

4. Press Control+A and delete those as well.

7. Startup Preferences

Now to get into stuff that is actually going to affect your performance: startup programs.

When you install some programs, they ask if you want them to start when windows start. However, most of us install software by spamming next until we get to the end of all the menu’s so we usually miss it, and it gets enabled by default most of the time.

It’s obvious that having a load of programs all start when you boot up your PC will make the startup time a lot longer.

It will also make everything slightly slower because they will be running in the background the whole time.

To fix this,

1. go into your Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar or by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete and go to the Startup Tab.

2. Once there look at all of the “Enabled” things in the list and disable everything that you don’t absolutely need at startup.

8. Defragment and optimize your drives

Now if you don't have a solid-state drive, we're going to change our drive optimization schedule. This is an included feature in Windows and it can even be scheduled to run on its own periodically. Hard drive fragmentation is a topic that deserves its own article, but for now.

1. Search in the control panel for defragment and click on defragment and optimize the drive.

2. Change the schedule so you don't have a schedule then close it.

3. Customize it manually.

4. Go ahead and check these settings every month or two instead of the frequency of the schedule.

In short, this will make your storage access faster and, therefore, your whole system will feel quicker. Ideally, you want to set this to run automatically if that is an option in your operating system.

9. Optimize power settings

1. Type power and sleep setting and open up the settings. Ideally, you wanna have it set on Balanced.

2. Go ahead and scroll down, click on Processor power management, set the minimum to 0%, and the maximum to 100%, and you can do this by just typing in the numbers.

3. Press Apply and then OK.

10. Storage sense

Now to make sure we have all of the temporary files we don't need removed.

1. Search for Storage Sense and turn it on.

2. Once you've turned it on, you can also configure Storage Sense & run it at any periodic time you have to make sure you never have too much clutter & too many temporary files on your computer.

11. Disk Cleanup

1. In the control panel type Disk Cleanup.

2. Go through this list and check off all the temporary files that we want to delete from the internet any other sources.

3. Click on Clean up system files and then click on OK.

This should clean up our entire disk as well.

12. Privacy Settings 

1. Open the Privacy Settings.

2. On this page, uncheck any permissions that you think you don't need or will ever use.

So I found out that the most prominent ones were the ones under Privacy, Location, Camera, and most importantly Background Apps. There are many applications running in the background that you don't know about and don't want to run in the background.
So disabling them will make your computer faster and consume less processing power.

3. Once you have unchecked everything. On the settings page, open the game settings.

4. Disable everything if you don't use the game settings in Windows 10 and you don't use the games app.

5. Disabled everything there, but those are all the essential ways you can speed up your computer.

13. Disable background services 

Disable any services that automatically run in the background.

1. Press Windows+R, and this time type msconfig and press Enter.

2. You want to make sure that you don't have any of the Microsoft services selected, so you wanna check off the bottom left.

3. Go through this list and find any services that you don't want to automatically run in the background and then make sure to apply the settings and changes.

14. Cleaning Heatsinks

Everything up until this point has been digital maintenance. Now, it’s time for actual physical maintenance. A lot of air goes through your PC, and with that air comes a lot of dust, which tends to settle inside your case. Dust on your circuit boards, while nasty, doesn’t do much.

However, dust on your heatsinks, the metal bits that are responsible for dissipating the heat that your components produce into the air, can be a problem. A thick layer of dust means a smaller effective surface area, less heat transfer, hotter components, and worse performance.

You can deal with this by -- once or twice a year -- opening the side panel and using a can of compressed air to blow off that dust. If you don’t want to or can’t buy compressed air cans, just use a brush or something similar to wipe the dust off. Do not use a vacuum cleaner inside your PC case, though.

This is maybe even more important for laptops, where heat dissipation is already a problematic topic sometimes. If you can’t be asked to open those up, at least blow some compressed air into the vents to dislodge the dust bunnies. And, of course, whenever you’re poking around inside your computer, make sure it’s turned off and unplugged from the wall. And there you go.

These have been my tips for keeping your PC in good shape and preventing it from getting too sluggish over time. If you think I missed anything or have any other suggestions, leave them down below. So, I really do hope you enjoyed this article.

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