Tips to Speed Up Your Windows PC for Free
One of the biggest drawback with Windows PC systems is that you have to reset or reinstall windows after some months of use. Why ? because they get slow. Often Windows PC gets slower over time due to the fact that they accumulate junk data of each installed and uninstalled software. At some point it really become a pain to open you PC/Laptop and do some work on it.
Here are some great quick tips for those who don’t want to invest more money but want to extract all the juice that their PC can offer. These tips will rejuvenate and recover you PC’s lost speed and make it work like day one.
13 Great Tips to Speed Up Your Windows PC for Free
Uninstall Bloatware/Unused Software
First and foremost uninstall all the bloatware software that come with your PC. Second, uninstall all the software that you never use but they are their because history. They consume space in HDD as well as RAM which makes your PC slow. It is also a good idea to use Portable Software instead of installed one if you use lots of software but many rarely.
Deleting duplicate files
Have you ever found the same file in multiple locations and not known how it got there? Yup, it’s the great mystery, Delete all those duplicate file especially music and videos as they consume large spaces. There are many free duplicate finder programs are available eg. dupeguru, Auslogics DFF.
Clean Up Your Disk
Junk files are files that are generated by apps and software that contain temporary data. They are stored at multiple places in windows system. you can use Disk cleanup utility of windows to remove junk file.
Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Administrative Tools > Disk Clean-up
Disable Startup App
Startup apps, are apps that start at boot time, they consume system resources in background and slow down the computer much. Generally half of the startup apps are not required, so disable them.
- Press Window Key + R
- Type in msconfig and press enter to open system configuration window.
- Click on the startup tab, if Win 8 or greater it will redirect you to task manager
- Deselect the programs you don’t want running at startup or have high impact.
At system startup, multiple services start that do some specific task for Windows or applications. these are little technical than App so if you don’t know what a service does then don’t disable it as it may stop some required functionality. Disable a service only if you are sure about it.
- Open system configuration window.
- Click on the services tab and check “Hide all Microsoft services”.
- Deselect the services you don’t want running at startup.
Update Drivers and Softwares
Update all your drivers to the latest as they contain performance and security update which in turn increases the performance of your device. Also check updates for your windows PC and install all updates. You can skip application software updates though not recommended. Driver Booster is a free utility that let you find and update all driver from a single location.
Change power settings to maximum performance
This option may be overlooked but has significant effect on the performance of your PC. Change Power Option to High performance plans.
To do so, Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options.
System File Checker
Check the integrity of windows system by using inbuilt tool sfc. This tool will check all the critical system files for integrity and try to repair them. Keep Windows DVD or installer handy while running this tool. To run this tool
- Press Window Key. Type cmd
- Right click and select open Command Prompt as Administrator.
- Execute “sfc /scannow” command.
Defragment your hard disk drive. typically your files are scattered throughout the hard disk space which takes extra time to get access to files from different location. Defragmentaion combine all the linked files to a single place.
Right Click on Drive > Properties > Tools Tab > Optimise and Defragment Defrag
Check for Viruses & Spyware
Install some AntiVirus and Malware Protection Software and scan your computer for viruses and malware that slow down your PC. You ca use some great free software like Avast, AVG, Avira (For Virus Removal) and MalwareBytes (For Malware Removal).
Turn off Aero effects and animations
You can turn off the aero glass effect and all the animation, to enhance the performance of system at cost of beauty or you can choose what animation you don’t want from below window.
- Open System Properties ( Win + X > System > Advanced System Settings)
- Under Performance click Settings
- Select adjust for best performance and click apply.
Don’t Use a Beautiful Desktop Background
Dont use high-resolution wallpaper or slide show instead use solid background color. this will save space and cpu time.
If all the above steps didn’t help in speeding up your system then finally the last thing you could do is to reinstall windows from scratch. If you PC is very outdated, Ditch Windows and install Linux instead. Linux are generally lightweight and don’t slow over time You can find the steps here.
Some Not Free Method to Improve Speed
- Replace your HDD with Solid State Drive they are extremely fast and you’ll notice a huge improvement in speed. This singlehandedly gives you a huge bump in speed.
- Upgrade your RAM if it is anything less than 4~8 GB then upgrading RAM will improve the speed.
- After that upgrade rest of the hardware if and as you feel like.