A slow computer can become a major headache, affecting your productivity and causing you unnecessary stress.
"However, before you get frustrated and run out to buy a new device, there are several simple and effective steps to make your computer faster," say experts from the global digital security company's team ESET. From freeing up space on your hard drive to updating your drivers, you can "wake up" your slow computer yourself and get back to work in no time.
A few years ago this might have seemed like a job that only an expert could do, but nowadays, the Windows they really make it easy for each of us to make a few simple adjustments that will make a big difference.
How to start
Here are 10 tips given by its experts ESET for Windows 11 and the Windows 10.
1. Save disk space
Chances are you've been using your slow computer for a few years now and you probably don't even remember the last time you cleaned up the folder Downloads (Downloads). So start there:
Look for the folder Downloads and all other folders where you keep your documents, photos or videos and delete what you don't need.
Alternatively, you can also use an external drive or a cloud storage to upload and keep all those files that take up a lot of space and that you don't need on a daily basis. It is very important to always keep a backup copy of all important files, as your slow computer may, one day, decide to go on vacation without asking permission.
And, by the way, remember empty the recycling bin TOO!
2. Manage your apps
go to Start menu and click Settings. On the left side, select Applications in the upcoming years, while Installed applications. Go through the list of software on your computer and if there is something you don't need, click the three dots in the right corner and select Uninstall.
Not only will you save space, but you will also reduce the activities running in the background.
3. Clean up storage
After the Windows 10, h Microsoft built in a function called Storage Sense (Storage Sense. ) and helps you get a better idea of how your computer's storage is being used, thus letting the Windows manage your computer cleanup for you. This includes automatically deleting your temporary files, emptying the recycle bin or removing older downloaded files.
To turn it on and set how it works, go to the menu again Settings, click System in the left column, then select Storage.
If you fear that the Windows they might delete something you want to keep, you can do it manually. In the same menu Storage (Save) select Cleanup Recommendations (storage cleanup suggestions). Here you can start by checking if you have any recommended large files that you haven't opened in a while and may be taking up a lot of space. After this is done, click the button See advanced options and go through the list of files that can be deleted, paying special attention not to select Downloads, if you want to keep them. Select Delete Files.
Your computer should now only have the applications and files you really need.
4. Manage the apps you need at startup
One of the biggest frustrations most of us feel when our computer is slow is when we turn on the computer. And no, leaving the computer on for weeks isn't the answer, but we'll get there.
Limit the apps you give permission to launch at startup. To do this, go to the menu Inception and type Task Manager and press Enter. On the left side of this window press Startups Apps (Startup Apps).
You might be surprised to find that things you rarely need start as soon as you turn on your computer. Select only the apps you know and don't touch anything you don't- τα Windows they may take some time to start properly.
Once you've selected an app, hover your mouse over it, right-click, and turn off her. We hope this will save you a few seconds every morning.
5. Adjust your privacy settings
This is an extremely important point. Not only can it help you speed up your computer, but it will also let you gain control over how apps use services like your location or microphone.
Return to Settings in the menu Inception, select Privacy and Security and in unity Application Rights go through each of these points: location, camera, microphone, etc. and disable the access of applications that do not need these services.
For example, you might want to turn off the Microphone for the Cortana, if you don't use her assistant Microsoft, and you can disable all apps' access to notifications. Of course, this means that your programs won't be able to notify you of something they're programmed to notify you of, but it can be beneficial to your system's performance.
Remember, even if your computer is working fine, always take a look at this menu so that know exactly what permissions you give to installed apps.
6. Manage energy efficiency
At Settings, select System and go to section Power and Battery. The Windows they are quite good at managing it Energy Function. They are especially useful if you are using a laptop that is not connected to a power source, in which case you can select the Balanced operation or the Optimum Energy Efficiency if your battery is low. But, if your computer is plugged in and it's slow enough, then choose it Best Performance Mode.
Although the computer may experience higher temperatures and you may hear the fan ready to take off like an airplane, you are sure to push your machine to work as fast and hard as it can.
7. Turn off visual effects
This can make the Windows you less beautiful, as we are going to disable the beautiful animations, but it is a sacrifice worth making if your computer is very slow. To do this, go to Settings, select Accessibility and then select Visual effects. Go ahead and turn off the effects Transparency and the effects Motion.
8. Update your computer
This is necessary. THE update your computer it will guarantee that you take advantage of various fixes and tweaks that can provide much better performance in specific applications, thus making your overall experience much smoother. At the same time, updates provide the necessary protection against vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit.
In the menu Inception type Windows Update and press Enter. The Windows they will show all available updates. All you need to do is click on the option Download and Install. The Windows will notify you of future updates, but if you want to make sure you're always up to date, check this menu from time to time.
9. Check for malware
Although the memory consumption may increase while the security software scans for all kinds of malware, it is worth it. To avoid scanning running in the background, if you need this power to work, you can choose to run these scans manually, as well as make sure you're running the latest version of your security software of choice. Alternatively, you can scan for free online with reliable software. Protecting your computer from malware will prevent your computer's resources from being used for malicious purposes and protect your files, activity, and personal information.
10. Reset your computer
Although this is not the same as full configuration (format) of your computer, is the last measure you can do at home without seeking professional help. If nothing in this list worked and you want to try a near-new version of your computer, you can choose Reset of the computer. To do this, go to Settings, System and select Reset. You can then choose to keep your files or remove everything for a factory reset. Once again, remember that even if you choose to keep your files, you may lose them if something goes wrong, so always keep backups all important documents and information.
Finally, a bonus tip from her experts ESET! Don't leave your computer running for days on end just because you think it will take a long time to start up. Instead, you can let him go through a state Suspension (Sleep) instead of closing it, but be sure to restart every two or three days.
Contrary to what you might think, turning off your computer doesn't close all running processes, while restarting your computer will make it do all necessary installations and updates and close all applications.