Speed up your computer: a free complete guide to having a fast computer.
Is your computer slow?
Files and programs load slowly? Does the computer suddenly freeze? Has Internet browsing slowed down?
Do not worry!
If you do not do maintenance, it is expected that with time the computer begins to decrease performance, take more time to open programs and files, freeze, etc.
Many factors slow down the computer but that you can keep under control.
In this lesson, you will find all the tips to optimize your computer by speeding it up and improving its performance.
Here are all the tips to speed up your PC and keep it optimized and fit without spending money on additional hardware or software:
Before Speeding Up Your Computer
Before you start improving your computer’s performance, make sure you:
- create a system restore point (and know how to restore the system )
- create a backup of your data. You can do this using (upcoming lesson)
- create registry backup (upcoming task)
This will allow you to restore your computer, files, and registry in case of problems.
Then, measure your computer’s performance using the Windows Performance Index (lesson coming soon), so you can compare later.
Now you are ready to speed up your computer, read on below!
How To Speed Up Your Computer: Uninstall Useless Programs
Having fewer programs installed on your computer means saving disk space and less fragmented data scattered across the disk surface, and therefore having a faster computer.
Uninstalling unnecessary programs is one of the simplest but also most effective operations to speed up your computer.
How to Speed Up Your Computer: Reduce Auto-Running Programs
When you install a program, the program often configures itself with automatic start settings: this means that the program will load itself, without you starting it, directly when you turn on the computer, even if in reality you will not need it during the work session.
The fewer programs set to run automatically, the fewer resources they consume, the more resources your computer has to devote to the programs you are running and, therefore, the faster the computer.
However, you must know which programs are essential for starting (and therefore must be left in automatic start-up) and which ones to remove to speed up the computer.
Reducing the number of autorun programs is therefore not a very simple operation. It can take time, but it is also one of the most effective ways to speed up your computer, and consequently, the time spent is worth it!
How To Speed Up Your Computer: Reduce Services With Auto Start
As with programs, optimizing services in Windows is essential both to speed up system startup and speed up the computer during use even after startup.
In this part of the course, you will learn what services are, how to understand if a service is essential or not, and how to change the settings of the services to best suit your computer.
As with programs, reducing the number of autorun services will help make your computer more responsive.
Reducing nonessential active services also takes time and attention – like reducing autorun programs – but it’s just as effective for speeding up your computer.
How To Speed Up Your Computer: Free Up Disk Space
How to free up hard disk space?
First of all, there are many files that you can safely delete (for example, temporary files created by programs, log files, histories, deleted files, cookies, temporary internet files, duplicate files, restore points and old shadow copies, etc.).
There are also many files that you can move from the hard drive where Windows is installed to speed up the operating system (e.g., media files, user profile folders, etc.) or compress to save space and lighten the system, making your computer run faster.
In this part of the course, you will see how to clean your computer (manually and using safe cleaning programs, such as Windows Disk Cleanup and CCleaner) and how to free up space in all ways to speed up your computer.
How To Speed Up Your Computer: Fix Computer Problems
Over time and use, file system and disk errors can form, which slow down your PC. Learn how to spot the mistakes and fix them to speed up your computer.
Find And Fix Disk Errors With CheckDisk
CheckDisk is a useful Windows tool that checks and repairs any problems in the operating system’s file system and bad sectors on the disk.
The problems fixed by this tool (also called Scandisk in previous versions ) are logical problems that do not derive from electrical or mechanical issues of the hard disk itself and are different from the errors detected with System File Checker (another program integrated into Windows ).
Generally, the problems repaired by CheckDisk are minor, but they still need to be fixed to prevent them from causing other more significant issues and to have a more performing computer :
Repair Windows System Files With System File Checker
System File Checker is a Windows tool that fixes system file corruption problems by replacing corrupt files with original files. System files are the files that Windows uses for the proper functioning of the operating system.
With use and time, some files can become corrupted, which can lead to a slowing down of the computer (and also to a freezing of the computer). Learn to check and repair system files with Windows System File Checker to speed up your computer.
How to Speed Up Your Computer: Defragment Your Drive
When you use your computer, files are broken down into fragments physically distributed in cells of the hard drive where free space is found.
Over time, the computer takes longer to retrieve all the fragments when you need them because the hard drive has to spin several times to retrieve all the pieces of a file before running it.
Disk fragmentation, therefore, adversely affects system performance.
On the other hand, disk defragmentation redistributes file fragments, bringing them back together in an orderly manner and speeding up the computer.
To understand how this works, imagine you have a bookcase where books are placed randomly after use.
When you need to search for books on a specific topic, it will take a long time.
If, on the other hand, you periodically reorder it using a specific criterion (for example, topics or alphabetical order), you will be able to find the books you need much faster.
Disk defragmentation is a simple, automatic operation suitable for beginners, which sometimes speeds up the computer almost miraculously.
How to Speed Up Your Computer: Disable Services, Functions, Useless Effects
Windows offers default services, functions, and effects that you don’t necessarily need.
Anything that you don’t need but is still active on your computer consumes resources unnecessarily, slowing down your computer’s performance, and you should turn it off.
In this part of the course, you will learn how to choose which services, functions, and effects you need and which you can disable or disable (and when you can replace them with other lighter programs that allow you to increase the performance of your computer ).
How To Speed Up Your Computer: Remove Malware, Spyware, And Adware
Viruses (malware) and spyware often cause slowdowns and delays in loading files and starting programs.
Removing them and keeping your computer under control by preventing further infections will help you improve your computer’s performance.
In this part of the course, learn how to tell if your computer infected, how to remove infections. And how to prevent infections, but be careful not to burden your system more than necessary.
For example, using multiple antiviruses together leads to slowdowns and conflicts. Even the default settings of some programs. (For example, real-time anti-malware protection programs). Consume excessive resources, slowing down the computer’s performance.
Therefore, we will see what to use and how to protect the computer without decreasing its performance.
How To Speed Up Your Computer: Clean The Registry
Over time, the registry tends to fill up with unnecessary entries related to software you uninstalled from your computer.
This causes slowdowns and errors.
However, even if it is sometimes helpful to clean the registry to speed up the computer. I recommend cleaning the registry only to expert users because it is a delicate operation. That can damage if done superficially, even through cleaning programs. Specifically, there are always risks of damaging the registry.
In any case, make a backup of the registry before proceeding with the cleanup.
Clean the registry with CCleaner.
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