13 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Windows PC

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13 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Windows PC

Post by Mohammednt0 »

Good Day,

this is my first Topic, i hope you like it, i have collected 13 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Windows PC, i always use these methods when i fix computers, if your PC has gradually become slower OR not working properly, well there are 13 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Windows PC:

1. Restart Your Computer:
give your computer a reboot if something’s not working properly. This can fix quite a few problems and is faster than attempting to manually troubleshoot and fix the problem yourself.

2. Clean Your PC to speed it up by using cleaning software:
To clean up your PC use the best cleaning all-in-one PC system utility software designed to improve and optimize your computer, that contains great tools to get the job done easily such as: System Mechanic , Glary Utilities , And Ccleaner, ETC…, These are the best software to clean your PC, there is more but let’s focus on these. These software will help you to:

• free up disk space
• clean the registry
• manage the drivers
• tighten up privacy and maintain security protocol.
• And more…

3. Free Up Disk Space:
If your hard drive is almost completely full, your computer may run noticeably slower. You must leave your computer some room to work on your hard drive

• You can use disk cleanup utility:
disk cleanup utility Is an in-built windows system utility but be careful, it could delete old important files that you have no accessed during the past few months [ex. Photos]

• Also you can maximize system partition space:
Maximize system partition space by using Partition software such as MiniTool Partition Pro, this will give your system some space to work correctly

4. Uninstall Programs You Don’t Use:
uninstall programs you don’t use. This can help speed your PC up, as those programs might include background processes, autostart entries, system services, context menu entries, and other things that can slow down your PC.
You can use Special software that will help you to remove the application with its junk files & all left-overs completely such as:

A. Your Uninstaller! Pro
B. Revo Uninstaller Pro
C. IObit Uninstaller Pro
D. Glary Utilities PRO
E. Ashampoo Uninstaller v6.0.14
F. System Mechanic

5. Find Resource-Hungry Programs:
Your PC is running slow it’s because something is using up these resources:

A. CPU resources: runaway process might be using 99% of your CPU resources.

B. Memory Resources: an application might be experiencing a memory leak,& using a large amount of memory, causing your PC to swap to disk

C. Alternately: an application might be using the disk a lot, causing other applications to slow down when they need to load data from or save it to the disk.

To find out, open the Task Manager:

1. right-click your taskbar and select the “Task Manager, On Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, the new Task Manager provides an upgraded interface that color-codes applications using a lot of resources.

2. Click the “CPU,” “Memory,” OR “Disk” headers to sort the list by the applications using the most resources.

3. If any application is using too much resources, you might want to close it normally, if you can’t, select it and click “End Task” to force it to close.

6. Close System Tray Programs:
Many applications tend to run in the system tray, or notification area. These applications often launch at startup and stay running in the background but remain hidden behind the up arrow icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen. To close these software’s :

1. Click the up arrow icon near the system tray.
2. Right-click any applications you don’t need running in the background.
3. Close it to free up resources.

7. Disable Startup Programs:
prevent those applications from launching at startup to save memory and CPU cycles, as well as speed up the login process.

• You can use startup manager in the Task Manager, to manage your startup programs

• OR you can use Advanced software such as System Mechanic, Glary Utilities PRO, OR CCleaner to manage your startup programs

8. Reduce Animations / Disabling Animations:
Windows uses quite a few animations, and those animations can make your PC seem a bit slower Disabling (or just reducing) animations can speed up almost any System [Windows – MAC OSX – Linux – Android – IOS ].
To Reduce Animations / Disabling Animations:
1. open the Control Panel.
2. click System & Security.
3. click System, And Click the “Advanced system settings” option in the sidebar.
4. Click Settings under Performance and use the checkboxes here to control which animations Windows displays.
5. Choose “Adjust for best performance” to disable all of the animations.

9. Lighten Your Web Browser:
Remove or disable any unnecessary browser extensions, or add-ons, these extensions can slow down your web browser and cause it to use more memory.

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Re: 13 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Windows PC

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10. Stop search indexing:
Windows is sometimes working very hard behind the scenes performing all manner of tasks. One of these is creating a search index. In some cases, it can slow down the PC. When files are saved to the disk drive, Windows scans them and adds them to an index, which is basically a big database containing information about them. Windows indexes programs, documents, images, music, and many more file types. The idea is that the index speeds up searching and the results can be displayed faster. Sometimes the indexing service goes all weird and starts using lots of processing power and thrashing the disk with constant accesses. This can seriously affect the computer’s performance and it can make the PC feel very slow. Traditional mechanical disk drives suffer much more than SSDs with slow indexing and laptop disk drives operate more slowly than desktop PC disk drives, making the situation even worse.

 Throw out the old index and create a new one:
This can solve problems such as corruption in the index database. Rebuilding the index from scratch may be all that is required to restore the performance of the PC and stop the heavy CPU and disk usage., follow the below steps to delete the old index and create a new one:

1. Open Control Panel
2. Find and open Indexing Options
3. From the Indexing options window, click the “Advanced” button
4. Now, Click the “Rebuild” button to delete the old search index and to build a new one. It does this by scanning the files on the disk drive. This takes a long time and while Windows is doing this, the computer will run slowly. When it has finished, several hours later, the index will be fresh, new, and error free. It may be sufficient to fix whatever problem you were having and restore performance.

 Or, turn off Windows search index completely:
Searching will still work, but it may be slightly slower because it has to look through the folders and files on the disk for the item you are searching for instead of looking it up in the search index. Turning indexing off can solve problems with a slow Windows PC and restore some of the lost performance., follow the below steps To stop Windows Search Index:

1. Right click on disk drive (C:) and select Properties on the menu.
2. Down at the bottom is an option to enable or disable search indexing. Clear the tick box to turn off indexing, and Click OK or Apply afterwards.
3. Confirmation Window will pop-up, Select the “apply changes to the drive C:\, subfolders and files”. This will turn off indexing everywhere and for everything. This takes a long time because it must scan the disk and for every file it finds it must remove it from the search index.

After it has finished removing the indexing, your PC should be a bit faster and more responsive. On a new PC with an SSD you might not notice when indexing is on or off, but it can make a noticeable difference to an old PC with a slow mechanical disk drive.

11. Scan for Malware and Adware:
There’s also a chance your computer is slow because malicious software is slowing it down and running in the background. This may not be flat-out malware — it may be software that interferes with your web browsing to track it and add additional advertisements

12. Defragment Your Hard Disk:
Defragging your PC will make it efficient, it is so helpful, modern versions of Windows actually does it automatically when your PC is idle. Defragging your PC will improve the performance to make the PC faster, but inefficient hard drives are not the only cause of a PC slowing down. Registry issues, bloatware, malware and just plain too much data can reduce a perfectly good PC to a dead crawl. So before you defrag your drive (which can take several hours) make sure that you have fixed other problems as well.
Also it is not advisable to defragment SSD, Flash Drive and Memory Card. because defragmenting an SSD, Flash Drive, OR Memory Card reduces its life span without giving you any benefits.

The Best Disk Defragmenter Software’s [According to toptenreviews.com]:

1. Auslogics Disk Defrag Free
2. Defraggler
3. Diskeeper
4. Glarysoft Disk SpeedUp
5. Norton Utilities
6. O&O Defrag
7. PerfectDisk Pro
8. Puran Defrag
9. Smart Defrag
10. UltimateDefrag

13. Reset Your PC / Reinstall Windows:
If the other tips here didn’t fix your problem, you can use the “Reset your PC” feature built into Windows to get a new, fresh Windows system. This is similar to reinstalling Windows and will wipe your installed programs and system settings while keeping your files.
The Difference Between Refresh and Reset:
When you Refresh your PC:

Refresh: Preserves your files and installed Modern programs.
• Your Files & Personalization Settings Won’t Change.
• Your PC Settings Will Be Changed Back to Defaults.
• Apps from Windows Store Will Be Kept.
• Apps You Installed from Discs or Websites Will Be Removed
• A List of Removed Apps Will Be Saved On Your Desktop

When you Reset your PC:
Reset: Removes everything on your system, think of this like doing a complete Windows reinstall and formatting your hard drive.
• All Your Personal Files & Apps Will Be Removed.
• Your PC Settings Will Be Changed Back To Defaults.

If your PC is still using a mechanical hard drive, upgrading to a solid-state drive will offer you a dramatic performance improvement, too. solid-state storage will offer the single biggest boost in overall system performance for most people.

Thanks for Mr. HansV and Mr.Rudi for there greet help in this forum

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Re: 13 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Windows PC

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Thank you for this contribution. Appreciated! :thumbup:

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