Effective Tips for Fixing Windows Slow Down Issues
Who doesn’t like Speed? Well, everybody loves speed! we all want to run our laptops or PCs at their optimal speed. If your PC seems sluggish, then you should revive its performance. We can help you to find the reasons why your PC is running slow!
Windows PCs don’t have to slow down over the time but if your PC has gradually become slower then there are some reasons behind it. So, in this post, we are providing some effective tips for fixing Windows slow down issues.
Diagnose then Troubleshoot: Whenever something is not working properly, we diagnose the problem so that we can resolve the issue. These are the reasons for slowing down your computers:
- High data consumption
- Malware Attacks
- Bugs in Video Driver
- Aging Hardware
- Low performance hardware
- Insufficient RAM
- Exceeded Memory (RAM) usage
Don’t Run Services that you just don’t need
When you get Microsoft Windows downloaded on your new PC, there always seems to be those unnecessary applications added to the computer. And you would also notice there seems to be all sorts of extra Windows tools which you never use. Sometimes there are pop up windows suggesting you subscribe or upload or take action, but for what benefit? Sometimes these applications just seem to load up and run anyway and the more and more of these apps or services seems to gradually slow down your PC.
Here is a list of top services that you can disable if you just don’t need them:
- IP Helper
- Smart Cards
- Network Access Protection Agent
- Tablet PC Input Service
- Windows Media Center Receiver Service
If you don’t use the above-mentioned services, then you can disable them and if you are using then you can continue using them.
If your PC booting process seems to be very slow, then unnecessary startup programs can be the reason for this issue. There are many programs that start up when Windows is loaded, and that means that it takes longer for your PC to make your Desktop ready to go.
You can control these startup apps from the inbuilt editor of Microsoft Windows. Open up a windows editor, and access the Startup menu. You can edit this file manually, so the first step is to look through the list of startup apps. If you see any unnecessary apps in the startup menu of your PC, you can disable them, by simply editing them out.
We always recommend using a powerful and reliable antivirus software to protect your PC. In the event you suffer a virus attack, then your antivirus software should detect the problem and protect you from the issues caused by malware attacks. However, if you are continually faced with an utter slowdown in your computer, especially after connecting to the internet, then your PC could be suffering from a serious malware or keylogger and this malware is consuming the memory of your PC. Worse than that, malware can have a detrimental effect, not only on computer speed, but more seriously the potential that your sensitive information is being exported to someone on the internet. Therefore, you are advised to install an antivirus program for protection against malware attacks.
Insufficient Memory (RAM) Issues:
If you want to use your computer for more advanced programming, such as virtualization or video editing, then your PC may require more memory than usual. You will no doubt experience this first hand if you overload the system – it will not play happily! You have three choices:
- Change your expectations about how much you can run on your computer
- Upgrade your computer to a faster processor, or
- Upgrade your RAM for VMware or Virtual Box usage.
Keep an Eye on your Storage Drive:
Make sure you have a new hard drive because if you are using an old hard drive then there are potential problems that might arise. There is another option – you can choose a modern Solid State Drive, or SSD to increase the overall speed of your PC. SSD has an advantage of being much faster and more resilient to bumps, but unfortunately SSD drives are more expensive than HDDs. It’s all up to you whether you would like to move to SSDs for higher speed.
Favorable Power Settings:
To save the battery usage in many laptops, the default power usage is set to economy power level. However, this can also reduce the speed and performance to economy level. This can be a major drawback on some laptops, so check your energy settings. When you are travelling and you don’t have a power source, by all means, conserve the energy and performance settings, but when you have the machine on charge, you can always increase the performance levels again!
As we have already discussed, a Solid State Drives can speed up your computer, but as we know, SSDs can be a bit expensive. So in case you can’t afford it, there is an option on Windows 7 based services to set an external hard drives to ReadyBoost. This handy feature lets you use a removable storage device to speed up the system. All you need is a minimum of 256 MB storage space for ReadyBoost, and for this, you can simply use a 1 GB pen drive.
What is Disk Defragmentation? When your hard drive becomes overloaded with information, and even though you might try to delete files to make more space, there is not necessarily a sudden improvement. You need to do a “Defrag”, which is a process of merging the fragmented files on your Hard drive. These days, Windows comes with an inbuilt tool for defragmentation that can be used to speed up the system and performance. This defragmentation option is available in Windows 8 and above. Try it and see if you can speed tings up a little!
Find low memory use apps:
If you mainly use your PC for general purposes such as documentation work, web-browsing then you won’t encounter many issues. However, if you want to use Photoshop, or video editing, then you might be better off using ‘Easy To Use and Free Image Editors’, which consume less memory.
As Microsoft releases new versions of Windows from time to time, you should also keep your windows up to date with it as you can get some essential boosts in the speed and performance of your computer. Having a genuine version of Windows and connected to the internet so that you can regularly receive Windows updates is the best way.
If you don’t store much in local disk C, then you should do the timely reinstalls to maintain the speed of the computer.
Clean your Hardware:
Dust and age are common problems with Computer Hardware that can affect the performance of your computer. In particular, you should pay attention to the cooling fan and the air vents around your computer box, and perhaps remove dust and dirt build up from time to time.
Try Maintenance Tools:
Using maintenance tools is a great way to boost up the speed of your system. There are several choices of maintenance tools such as Window Washer or Cleaner to get rid of cache files and temporary files. This is always a good way to give your computer a boost!
The above mentioned tips are really effective if you implement them properly and regularly. So that is the best way to keep your computer up to date and running as efficiently as possible. This is the way that you can look after your computer rig and solve the Windows slow down issues.
Guest Blogger: Mahesh Dabade
Mahesh is the administrator of TechTrickle blog.
He loves to write about technology and trends.