Every computer loses its speed after some weeks or months from the fresh installation. This happens due to several reasons like unwanted memory loss, low disk space in system drive etc. Though there are so many tools for tweaking the performance of a computer, you can simply ignore them and speed up your computer without any third-party tool.
I always perform the following tasks to speed up my computer after a regular interval. I don’t use any third-party tool. Here is some useful ways to speed up your computer by using the built-in Windows features.
1. Free up your disk space:
The computers can get slower due to the low disk space in the system drive. You can free up the system drive using the Windows Disk Clean up utility. It identifies the unused and unnecessary files at the hard drives. This utility helps you identify the files which you can delete safely. Just choose the files which you really want to delete and which you don’t.
Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup.
If you have more than one drive in your hard disk then it will prompt for which drive you want to perform the task. Select the system drive press the OK button. In most cases, it is (C:).
It starts to scan your system drive. Once completed, it shows the files which can be deleted in a list. If you do not want to delete any file, uncheck them from the list.
It may take some times to delete the files. After performing this action, you cannotice a significant improvement in the performance.
2. Speed up the data access in your computer by Disk Defragment
When you store any file in your hard disk, the files are stored disorderly.This is called fragmentation.When the files are fragmented, the computer needs search and gather the pieces to open any file.This takes a significant time. Disk Defragment is a Windows utility that consolidate the fragmented files helps your computer run fast.
To run disk defragment, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragment
3. Scan the disk errors and fix them
Check your hard disk for any bad sector because they can make your computer running slow. Windows has its own utility to detect the bad sectors. This utility is called as Disk Checkup.
Open ‘My computer’ and select the drive which you want to check. Now, right-click on it and select ‘Properties’. On the disk properties dialog box, head to the ‘Tools’ tab and click on the ‘Check now’ button. This will start checking your hard drive for any bad sector and Windows will automatically fix the recoverable errors.
4. Remove or Uninstall any unused and suspicious software
Some software occupy a good amount of disk space as well as they can consume a significant amount of system memory. So, always uninstall the software which you do not use.
The malicious applications can make the processor(s) busy as they continuously run in the background. So, uninstall any suspicious application to avoid slow performance from your computer.
You can uninstall any software or application from the control panel. Go to the ‘Control Panel’ from the start menu and click on ‘Add or Remove Programs’. Select the program that you want to uninstall and click the ‘Remove’ button.
5. Remove unnecessary applications from startup menu
Some programs are set to run with system stratup. This makes the computer slower. You should remove the useless programs from the startup menu. Follow these steps to remove unnecessary applications from the startup menu.
Press Win key + R and type ‘msconfig’ then hit the ‘Enter’ key.
Head to the ‘Startup’ tab.
Now, uncheck the applications you want to remove from the startup menu. Should you remember that you never remove any system application. Otherwise, your system can get into a dead situation. Therefore, always take a special care when removing any application from the startup menu.
6. Make your Operating System loading faster
You can make the operating system loading bit faster buy this little tweak.
Type ‘msconfig’ into the run command box and hit ‘Enter’. This opens the ‘System configuration utility’. Now, click the ‘Boot’ tab and change the Timeout value to 3.
That’s all. Do you have other idea to speed up your computer? Do share with us at the comment section.