The computer is Slow to Start.
- The system is taking tool long to boot and crashes.
- The system is working very slow.
- Running out of RAM (Random Access Memory)
- Running out of disk drive space (HDD or SSD)
- Old or fragmented hard drive
- Too many background programs
- Too many startup programs
- Falling behind on Windows or driver updates
- Malware or viruses
- Special effects and visual features
If your computer is running slow, read on for ways to fix each of these issues.
How to make your computer faster:
Could be caused by unnecessary applications running in the background that are initiated as part of the computer start-up process.
MSConfig (Microsoft System Configuration Utility) is a system utility to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process.
The MSConfig tool is a Microsoft software application used to change configuration settings, such as which software opens with Windows.
This article explains how to use MSConfig to disable applications that automatically start.
1. Click on the Windows ‘Start’ icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
Type ‘MSCONFIG‘ in the search box and then either press Enter on your keyboard or double-click on the ‘MSCONFIG‘ program that appears in the search results.
4. Click on the tab.’ Startup‘
Note: Some startup programs are critical for the computer to run correctly. Take extra care when disabling startup items; if you are unsure, then contact the local EUC group for advice.
5. To disable an application, remove the tick from one of more ‘Startup Items‘, click the button ‘Apply‘ and then click the button ‘OK‘.
At the point when your hard drive memory is full, it hinders your PC on the grounds that the working framework needs more free space to work sufficiently. Your OS needs space to utilize the trade record, forestall discontinuity, and to make brief documents (more on these later).
To ensure that your PC isn’t moderate a result of a full hard drive, guarantee that there is at any rate 500MB (megabytes) of circle space accessible. You can check how much free space you have by opening File Explorer and clicking ‘This PC’ on the left route bar. Your fundamental drive will typically be called ‘Windows (C:)’, yet on the off chance that you have different drives you can likewise perceive how much space they have from this screen.
Even if you have multiple drives it’s best to make sure that each individual drive has a buffer of 500MB to help the operating system manage the files on the drive better.
Here are some tips for doing a disk cleanup and increasing the performance of your PC:
Empty your Recycle Bin. Files build up in the recycle bin when you use your PC, so clearing it occasionally will help you keep up the performance of your computer. Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, right-click anywhere, and select ‘Empty Recycle Bin’. You can also right-click on the Recycle Bin icon itself.
Remove unwanted programs. Programs that you don’t want or need may be taking up hard drive space and slowing down your PC. To remove them, open Control Panel through the Windows search bar (accessible via the Windows icon in the bottom-left of your screen) and click ‘Uninstall a program’ under the Programs header. Use the window that opens up to uninstall programs that you don’t need.
Any third-party programs like bundled games and camera apps will normally be safe to remove. But if something has Microsoft or ‘driver’ in the name it might be a good idea to Google the program and check what it does before removing it, so you won’t accidentally remove something that your operating system needs to function.
Clean your Downloads folder. Open File Explorer and select Downloads from the Quick Access bar to the left. Move the files that you still need to the appropriate folders, such as Documents, and simply delete the rest. If you don’t regularly clean this folder, the files you download from the internet will accumulate, taking up space on your hard drive and slowing down your PC.
Find and delete temporary files. These are files that programs and your operating system use to store temporary data, such as files that programs download when installing updates. Over time temp files can build up to take a lot of space on your hard drive. Temporary files can be quite tricky to find as they are mostly in hidden folders, and it’s hard to know what is safe to remove. You can access your main temporary file folder by exiting all open programs, pressing the Windows key + R, typing in %TMP% and clicking ‘OK.’ This will bring up a folder that contains most of the temporary files on your computer, however it may include files that programs are still using and shouldn’t be removed
To safely remove temporary files that your computer doesn’t need anymore.
Clear the cache and cookies on your web browser. The cache (webpages your browser saves to improve browsing speed) and cookies (data stored on your computer by websites you visit) build up as you browse the web, and unless you clear them regularly they can take up a large amount of space on your drive. Most browsers have the option to clear these somewhere in their settings menu. For more about cookies and the cache and instructions on how to clear them on each browser, head over to our articles ‘How to clear your browser cookies’ and ‘What is my cache and why does it need clearing.’