Everyone will face this issue over time. However Windows computers should not be slower if the time pass. If you computer become slower over time, there is a logical reason for that issue. What you need to do first is to reboot a computer once and see if the problem persist. In most cases, the windows will identify the problem and fix it.
Clean your PC easily with software – CleanMyPC
Well, this software is a great addition to your software collection. It’s somehow a must-have. It’s intuitive and user friendly interface will get the job done almost by itself, with minimum user interaction. It will keep you computer clean and get the job done quickly.
Even more, it come with a great tool called “Clean Uninstaller” so you can get rid of unwanted applications and it will clean all the files left behind by other applications uninstalled before that. I don’t have to mention that the interface is also very intuitive and easy to be used.
Find Applications which are Resource-Hungry.
Another case is that you PC is getting slower because of some resource hungry applications. Take a look in windows task manager and order the running applications by CPU consumption. If you still have a classic HDD an application might wait to receive or write data to and from HDD and if you add up disk fragmentation you can have a clear picture of what might going on there.
In your Task Manager you can see exactly what is going on. If you detect the application you can kill the process by selecting the program and click on “End Task”. This will make the windows to forcing the application to stop.
Close the programs from System Tray.
A lot of running application are usually located in the tray or notification area. Some of these programs are launched by the system on the startup process. To see what programs are running right now on your System Tray, click the up arrow icon near the system tray. If you see an application that you might not need it right away you can right-click on the application icon and close it to free up resources on the system.
Disable Start-Up Programs
If you see applications in system tray that you rarely use, it’s a good thing to prevent them from running on system startup. This way you can save memory and CPU and speed up the whole restart/login process on windows.
On Windows 8 and 10 you can use the startup manager from the Task Manager. Just press at once CTRL+SHIFT+Esc and it will show up. From here, you have to click on Startup Tab and disable the unwanted programs.
If you use Windows XP or Windows 7, press the start button and write msconfig. Now, press “Enter” and you will see the System Configuration panel showing up. Go to the “Startup” tab and DESELECT the unwanted programs from running. When you’re done, press the OK button. It will ask if you want to just exit or restart the computer. I suggest to press “Restart Later”.
Try to Reduce Animations and Eye-Candy effects from Windows.
As all of us knows already, Windows uses anymations to make the workflow more appeal. Well, in some cases this kind of animations can slow down a PC. If you wish to get rid of the animations, press the Windows Key + X or just press the right click button on the Start button and select the “System” menu from the option panel that show up. Now click on the Advanced System Settings and select the Settings button under the Performance. From here you have to select “Adjust for best performance” under the Visual Effects to disable all of them or if you wish to disable just a few of them, select custom and disable only the certain effects.
Make the Web Browser a lot lighter.
If you are an internet freak like me, it’s possible to have the Internet Browser full of junks and pictures, files, cookies from the previously visited websites. You have to delete the web history and files from time to time. Also, be sure that you don’t have to many addons or other browser extensions which may slow down the browser and make the whole internet navigation an unpleasent experience.
Scan your PC for unwanted programs (Malware/Adware).
When the PC is suddenly running slow, there is a good chance that you might have a malicious software running in the background and it cannot be seen in the task manager (most of the times).
Some malware software just interfere with your browser and replace legitimate advertising from the visited webpage with other advertising materials. That’s just an example, there can be other malware even worst than this one. There are malware programs which make your PC mining for e-coin in the background when there is no activity on the PC, with other words, your PC might make money for some hackers, and so on.
Just to be on the safe side, it’s a good thing to scan your computer from time to time. Personally i recommend Malwarebytes. It have a decent rate to catch the malware programs and other “potentially unwanted programs” – PUP’s.
Make some room on Hard Disk – Make some Free Space.
You should be carefully on the Hard Disk space. If you do have a small quantity of RAM and a Full HDD, it might be the receipe for disaster. No, i’m kidding, but it might slow down your PC a lot. Find your old applications installed on the HDD, uninstall them, look for some old installed them and uninstall them also. You should always have a decent amount of disk space available.
Defragment your classic HDD.
Why classic ? Because all the new Hard Drive (Solid State Drive – SSD) doesn’t need to be defragmented. So in case you still have an old type of disk (HDD), and you didn’t make this operation for some time (at least 5-6 months), you should try to defragment your HDD. Why the fragmentation happened ? Well, you write a lot of things on HDD, delete them, and write again, that’s how the fragmentation take place.
Press start button and type dfrgui and press enter. The Optimize Drive panel will show up.
Uninstall the old or/and not used programs.
That’s a simple way to free some space and speed up the computer. Open the Control Panel, type uninstall, and click on the “Uninstall a Program”. There you will see all the installed programs. Now, you know better than anyone what you have to uninstall.
Try to reset your PC or simply RE-Install Windows.
If all of the previous tips doesn’t speed up your PC, you should consider reinstalling Windows. If you have Windows XP or Windows 7, you need to prepare your bootable USB media with Windows, if you do have a newer version of Windows like Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, it will be easier for you to get a “reinstalled” version. Use the “Reset your PC” feature, which is built-in and you will get a fresh Windows system.
Also, if you still use an old mechanical disk drive, please consider switching to a new technology like SSD, it’s worth every penny and you will be more than pleased with this new upgrade.