10 tips to speed up your PC in Windows 10
A slow-running computer does not necessarily mean the end of its life. Before investing in a new machine, you can always try to give your PC a boost by performing a few manipulations accessible to all.
Is your PC, which is a few years old, starting to show some signs of weakness? If you haven’t maintained it, to a minimum, over the years Windows can suffer from some sluggishness and other hiccups.
And while the more radical will start a complete reinstallation of the operating system, users uncomfortable with such manipulation can still try some of the following tips to try to improve things.
1. Make the dust
If your PC tends to heat up a bit too much and the fan turns on unexpectedly, there is a good chance that your dust, accumulated over the years, is the culprit.
Remove the cover from your PC and using a canister of dry air, blow to remove all the dust from the fan and the hot air exhaust grilles from your PC. A clean computer under the hood will dissipate the heat emitted by the processor much better, which will significantly improve performance.
2. Find and remove malware
Another common factor that slows down a computer is the presence of one or more malware in the operating system. To check this, you can run an analysis with two different, but complementary software: AdwCleaner and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
The first is completely free and runs without installation. The second requires installation and offers a free trial version.
Install these two tools on your PC, run a scan and delete the items detected by these two tools. Your computer will likely need to restart after the scans.
Once this cleaning is complete, you can uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware so that it does not run without your knowledge in the background. Do not hesitate to run again, from time to time, a scan with these tools to verify that a malicious program is not present on your machine.
3. Uninstall unnecessary programs
Over time, you may have installed software when you needed it without necessarily thinking about uninstalling it, “as soon as” you need it later.
These unused programs not only clog up your hard drive, but can also take up some of your computer’s resources if they are running in the background. So better go through the ones you really need, and uninstall the others.
To do this, click on the menu Start, and go to the Settings of Windows. Then click on Applications, then in the section Applications and Features, select a program that you no longer need and click on Uninstall to remove it from your machine.
Repeat the operation as many times as necessary to remove any software that you are not using, or no longer.
If you want, you can go even further by removing software that’s preinstalled on Windows 10 and which you never use.
The handling is not very complicated and will allow you to get rid of a lot of utilities that you probably never used.
4. Limit the applications launched at startup
Do you find that your PC is much slower to start up than when you bought it? You undoubtedly have a lot of software that starts when Windows starts up and which are not necessarily useful in the daily use of your PC: printer utility, chat software, music player, etc. all of these can be opened manually, retrospectively, when you need to use them.
To limit the number of applications that are automatically opened when Windows starts, open the task manager using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Del and click on Task Manager.
Then go to the tab Start-up, right-click on the programs you do not want to start with Windows and click Deactivate.
5. Make space on your hard drive
A lack of storage space can sometimes lead to serious slowdowns of Windows. Remember to make sure there is enough space left on your disk by opening, for example, a file explorer window and going to This PC. If you need to free up space, you can clean your storage a bit by using the dedicated utility in Windows 10.
To do this, click on the menu Start, open them Settings, and go to the menu System. Then go to the section dedicated to Storage and check that theStorage assistant is activated.