So, your PC is running at a turtle-like speed?
Gosh!!! That’s annoying.
Waiting for a slow computer to perform your simplest tasks may take longer than you might think. In such a situation banging your mouse on the desk, rolling your eyes here and there, sitting around, and waiting for your PC to get back to normal speed are the dumbest things you might do.
If you’ve been doing this before, stop it. Instead, do something to beat the slow speed.
You know what? It’s high time to learn some ways to fix your PC.
We’ve compiled a complete guide to help you remove the bugs and enjoy your PC with a super-fast speed. Are you up?
Read on to discover what’s making your PC slow and how you can make your PC faster in a few simple steps.
Why is my PC slow?
The very first step of troubleshooting is finding out the main culprit.
Your Operating System (OS) manages all the resources of your PC between its running programs. Therefore, look for what has gone wrong first.
Are you running a crapload of tasks in the background? Or do you have multiple software installed on your PC that you never use?
The reasons can be many.
Below, we have a list of some root problems that may turn your computer sluggish.
- Running out of RAM (Random Access Memory)
- Running out of disk drive space (HDD or SSD)
- Viruses / Malware
- A bunch of background programs
- Fragmented hard drive
- Dozens of startup program
- Falling behind on Windows
- Driver updates
Now you know the core issues that may halt your computer’s usual speedy performance. Let’s move on to some handy tips you can try to improve the scenario.
6 Actionable Tips to Boost Your PC’s Speed
Restart your computer
The first and the best hack ever for instantly accelerating your sloth PC’s speed is RESTARTing it.
Your Operating System is the manager of the PC as it allocates space in RAM for programs when they run. When the RAM fills up, your computer starts using the swap file – a space on your disk drive that your OS uses for data – to keep the current programs running.
If simply closing all those programs doesn’t help, restarting your PC will hit the mark.
Restarting the computer gives your PC a chance to refresh, shuts all the programs running in the background, and fixes several other bugs.
Clean your hard drive
When your hard drive memory gets occupied, there’s not enough free space left for the programs to run smoothly. Your OS needs to shift on the swap file leaving your computer to lurk slowly.
To avoid filling up the space on the hard drive you must make sure that it has 500MBs of disk space available. You can confirm the unused disc space. Go to ‘File Explorer’ and click ‘This PC’ on the left navigation bar. This screen will show you the space available for your drivers.
Moreover, you can try these hacks to empty up some more space in your drivers.
Clean up the Recycle Bin
Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop. Right-click anywhere, select ‘Empty Recycle Bin’, and you are done!
Clear Unnecessary Programs
You may have multiple programs installed on your PC that you don’t use anymore. Get rid of them in the first place. You can remove them from the Control Panel.
Access the Control Panel through the Windows search bar.
Click ‘Uninstall a Program’. The next window that appears is the place where you can successfully remove the program.
Disable Background Programs
Nothing can compromise your PC’s productivity more than the background programs. Some programs will keep on running in the background even if you shut them down. Also, they will start automatically after you restart your PC.
To close the unneeded programs, go to ‘Task Manager’, select the undesired programs and close them by clicking ‘End Task’. You can access ‘Task Manager’ by pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
Disable Startup Program
Too many programs running on a startup can take a toll on your computers’ speed.
Even surprising is the fact that most of the programs come with the capability to run automatically at boot. This is not really a bad feature. In fact, it’s useful if you are often using a particular program.
But, if the program that runs on startup is unnecessary or maybe, there are too many of them. It will impact your computer’s speed. Seriously!
Again, you need to access the ‘Task Manager’ (press CTRL+ALT+DELETE), click on the ‘Startup Tab’, and click on ‘Disable’ in front of the programs you don’t need – like drivers or anti-virus programs.
Scan for Malware and Viruses
Malware and viruses make your computer sick. And a sick computer can’t function at a great speed, right? First off, make sure the anti-malware or antivirus software you are using is up to date. Besides, keep on running a virus scan from time to time to free up your PC from infectious viruses.
Upgrade Your Memory
Does your PC have less than 4GB of RAM? If so, the memory will run out way quicker.
Resultantly, when the running programs on your PC will battle with each other to get themselves a fair share of memory to function properly, your computer will slow down. If you use any such programs that take up a large space in your PC’s RAM, the best way to end the slow speed hassle is to UPGRADE.
Pro tip: For a PC that uses gaming and video editing programs, you must have 6GB RAM. With this RAM size, your PC is less likely to put swap files into use.
There you have it – some quick and easy fixes to make your PC faster. We hope it helps. Make sure you try these easy tips and knock the bugs and frustration out.
Have a fast and furious functioning computer!