Make Windows Run More Smoothly

Whether you have a humble netbook or a powerful custom PC, you will almost invariably be, at some point, wasting precious system resources on the unnecessary. Resources and power which should be diverted to the task at hand are often clogged by forces unseen, and can negatively impact your browsing, work, or anything else. These tips are designed to help alleviate some of the more troublesome issues, and may increase your performance drastically.

Close Background Programs

This may seem like a fairly simple tip, but one would be surprised to see how many background programs the average user has running at any given time. While some may be necessary for your PC, such as drivers and key applications, others may simply be there to take up space. Download managers and lingering processes just aren’t necessary for your typical uses. Even if it seems that the program would be fairly low-profile, if you don’t need it, click it away. Regularly check what’s running in the background, and both RAM and processing power may be freed up significantly.

Find Low-Profile Alternatives

Some software, especially certain antivirus software, may be unoptimized and hard on weak computers. While the functionality of such programs may be desirable, it is likely matched by at least one competitor, and perhaps with better performance. One solid example of this are some of the larger antivirus name brands. Norton, McAfee, and other larger companies are notorious for taking up huge processing power, depending on what specific software you have. There are many alternatives available, and it may be worth researching competing software which won’t run your performance into the ground.

Run a Disk Defrag

Defragmenting your hard drive can solve a number of problems. If you’re seeing all-around bad performance, slow load times or troublesome downloads, these may be signs of a fragmented hard drive. A disk defrag may help alleviate many of these issues, and will certainly help your programs load faster. Do note, however, that running a defrag on a SSD is pointless or sometimes even harmful to the drive. Only run one on a traditional hard drive, to ensure its safety. As a side note, if your loading times are still slow after a defrag, it may be time for a replacement hard drive, preferably a SSD.

Clean Up your Computer

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing.” In this case, the “good thing” is your files. Yes, if you are pushing your computer disks to capacity, there may be major issues with the data on it. One should take care to never fill up a hard drive too heavily, for doing so can drastically slow down the computer, and may harm the drive. This also applies to SSDs. Try and leave at least 10% of your disk open, and never dip below 10GB of empty space on any drive.

Keep in mind these tips, and your PC should see an immediate performance increase. Be mindful not to delete or remove too much on your computer, as drivers and operating system functions should never be tampered with. Having a fast PC isn’t difficult, you just have to work for it.

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