Over the years, as a system administrator, network administrator, and help desk expert, I’ve worked on IT at various companies, and I’ve written and learned about many ways to improve the performance of not only my PC, but also many people. PCs on my network, from Windows 98 to Windows 10
In this article, I will try to build a huge list of all the different methods and tricks I used to get my last juice on a slow PC. Whether you’re using an older PC or using the latest hardware, you can use some of these tips to make your PC run faster.
I’ve written two blogs, Help Desk Geek and Online Technical Tips, so I’ve written about many performance tips before. If you didn’t write about it, you’ve thrown links to related articles from other favorite sites. This list is not in a special order, it is written in the order I can think of.
Perhaps there are some great tweaks and performance hacks I missed here, so take your comments and feel free to comment. enjoy it!
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- Defragment your computer’s hard disk using built-in Windows tools or third-party programs.
- If you are still running Windows XP, you need to defragment your Windows page file and registry.
- Clean up hard drive disk space occupied by temporary files, the Recycle Bin, and Hibernate files. You can also use tools like TreeSize to determine the area that takes up space on your hard drive.
- Load Windows faster-using Startup Delayer, a free program that delays the startup of programs, which shortens Windows’ boot time.
- Speaking of startup programs, many of them are useless and can be turned off. To disable the startup program, use the MSCONFIG utility.
- By default, the size of the paging file is controlled by Windows, so fragmentation may occur. Also, the paging file must be on a different hard drive or partition than the boot partition. See here for the rules for best paging file performance.
- For Windows, the Windows Search Indexing Service is turned on by default for all local hard drives. Turning off indexing can improve performance.
- If you don’t mind all the cool visual effects in Windows, you can go to performance options and turn it off.
- Various technologies can be used to optimize Windows boot time, including BIOS updates or unnecessary hardware disabling.
- Clean up the registry by removing broken shortcuts, missing shared DLLs, invalid paths, invalid installer references, and so on. Read about the registry cleaners I recommend.
- One of the main reasons PC is slow is spyware. Here is a list of the best anti-malware and anti-spyware programs.
- If you have a deeper spyware infection, such as a rootkit that is very difficult to remove, you may need to perform an offline virus scan.
- Use PC Decrapifier to remove unwanted preinstalled software (aka junk software) from your new PC.
- Disable any unnecessary third-party Windows services that are slowing down your computer.
- Tweak Windows XP and adjust your Windows 7 or Windows 10 settings using a free program.
- If you are an advanced user, please disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows.
- Adjust mouse settings to copy and paste faster, faster scrolling and faster navigation while navigating.
- Use free programs like CCleaner to delete temporary and unused files from your computer. It can also solve registry problems.
- Free up disk space and enhance your privacy by deleting your browsing history, temporary internet files, and cookies.
- If you are using Windows XP, clear the Windows Prefetch folder to improve performance.
21. If you are a Firefox user, check out the ultimate guide to making Firefox faster.
- Reduce the number of fonts you need to load when you start your computer.
- Does it take time to shut down the computer or hang during shutdown? Read the fix document.
- Allow Windows to use a wired connection over a wireless connection to transfer data faster over the network.
- Turn off System Restore only if you regularly back up your Windows system using third-party software.
26. Move or change the location of the My Documents folder so that it is on a separate partition or hard drive.
- Troubleshoot slow right-click context menus in Windows.
- Regarding the right-click context menu, you can speed up the display by editing the right-click context menu and removing unnecessary items.
- Is your Internet use a bit slow? Here are some tips to speed up your internet.
- Also, if you have a slow Internet connection, others may be stealing your WiFi. Make sure no one is using your WiFi and internet.
- Upgrade your existing router or modem to the latest version to improve your LAN transfer speed.
- Do I need to copy a large number of small files over a network? Windows may be slower, so check out some third-party quick copy programs.
- Use the Windows Performance Toolkit and trace logs to speed up Windows boot time.
- Use an external DNS server such as OpenDNS or Google DNS to speed up your Internet browsing.
35. Improve Windows performance with ReadyBoost, a new feature that allows you to use the free space on your USB drive as a caching mechanism.
- Do you have many tabs open in a browser window? Switch between tabs faster with keyboard shortcuts.
37. It is recommended to do a clean install of Windows if your system with numerous programs is overloaded
- HD video is delayed or choppy when playing on Windows. Here are some workarounds.
- If you have an Outlook desktop, here are some tips on how to reduce the amount of memory that Outlook uses.
- If you are an overlocker, you may be interested in RAM, GPU and CPU tuning utilities.
- To speed up file copying in Windows, use a program called TeraCopy.
- I use ads for my livelihood, but using the adblocker extension in my browser can help me navigate faster. Just whitelist my site!
- Invest in a program like DeepFreeze if your computer is used by other people, especially kids who are installing garbage on your system and slowing it down.
- Do I use Intel Celeron processors in my PC? It is worth looking at the Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. i9 is funny.
- If you are running Windows with less than 2 GB of RAM, install additional RAM in your computer.
46. Change your power settings to maximum performance instead of balancing. It uses more energy but makes your computer faster.
47. Try the Performance troubleshooter in Windows 7 and Windows 10. Good advice.
- When reinstalling Windows, make sure your hard drive is partitioned correctly to maximize performance.
- Is disk utilization always close to 100% in Task Manager? Here are some tips to solve this problem.
- Use Hyper-V for free to turn your PC into a virtual machine, visit dangerous sites, or install junk programs, games, and more in your virtual machine instead of your host operating system.
- For security reasons, do not clear the paging file during shutdown. Clearing the paging file will slow down the system.
- If your XP or Vista computer does not use NFTS, convert your FAT disk to the NTFS file system.
- Update all drivers for Windows to the latest version, including chipset and motherboard drivers.
- Sometimes you run the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup utility.
Use Task Manager to find processes running low on resources running on your PC.
- Remove unnecessary or outdated programs from the Add or Remove Programs or Programs and Features dialog in Control Panel.
- Using your program, click memtest86 or Prime95 to check your PC for bad memory.
- Check the BIOS version and check the manufacturer’s website for a BIOS update.
- Clean the mouse, keyboard, and computer fans from time to time to clean dust and other buildup.
- Replace the slow 5400 RPM hard drive with a faster 7200 RPM drive, SATA drive, SSD drive, or SAS drive. Here’s how to check the RPM of your hard drive:
- Changing from hard drive configuration to master/slave to cable selection can significantly reduce boot time.
- Regularly scan your computer for viruses. Here are a list of the most popular antivirus software and some tips on how to protect yourself from viruses and malware.
- Remove additional toolbars from your Windows taskbar and your internet browser.
- If you do not want to use Windows Vista and 7 sidebars importantly, disable them. All of these devices require memory and processing power.
- If you have a SATA drive and are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can use advanced write caching to speed up your PC.
- You can learn how to use keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8, Windows 10, Microsoft Excel, Outlook, or create your keyboard shortcuts.
- Turning off Aero visual effects in Windows Vista and 7 improves computer performance.
- If you are technically savvy, you can take some risks. You can overclock the processor.
- Speed up Explorer’s Send To menu by typing “send to” in the Run dialog and deleting unnecessary items.
- Download all the latest Windows updates, service packs, and hotfixes to make sure your “normally” computer is working well.
- Use the check disk or chkdsk utility to check your hard drive for bad sectors or other errors.
- If you are not using some hardware of your computer, such as floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, USB port, IR port, Firewire port, go to BIOS and disable it so you don’t have to load it all during power and boot.
Although it may seem silly, you can install faster software on your system. Chrome, for example, is much faster than Firefox and IE IMHO. If you are using Adobe Photoshop, you can do the same with Paint.NET. Use LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office. Got an idea, right?
- If you are using a dual boot setup, you can shorten the boot menu timeout so that the desired OS loads faster.
- Although less secure, you can set up automatic login in Windows so that you can boot to the desktop immediately after restarting.
- I have already mentioned reducing visual effects, but the same dialog also has a processor scheduling option. You can choose from a program or a background service.
- Explorer can be slow if there are many files in one folder. It is best to create multiple folders and distribute the files among them.
- In general, if you have large files on a specific partition, you can also increase the cluster size to 16K on NTFS or 32K instead of 4K. This will speed up file opening. Only available for advanced users.
- OneDrive comes bundled with Windows 10 and uses resources even if you don’t use it. If you don’t need cloud syncing, disable or remove OneDrive.
Control Panel, go to the uninstall program, select it, and then use Windows features, click the Disable / enable the unnecessary feature in Windows to turn off. You can turn off remote differential compression, Tablet PC components, DFS Replication service, Windows Fax and Scan, Windows Meeting Space, media features, IE 11, and more.
81. If you have enabled hibernate in Windows 10, you need to make sure that the quick start feature is enabled for fast boot.
- Use a program such as Revo Uninstaller to completely uninstall the program and the application. Normal removal will remove any residual water.
- If you know what you are doing, you can install multiple hard drives in your computer and set them up in a RAID 0, RAID 5 or other RAID configuration. RAID 0 is the fastest.
- If you are using a USB 1.0 or USB 2.0 port, upgrade to a USB 3.0 port. Or buy a new expansion card and install it in the empty slot.
- Remove drivers for any older devices that may be hidden from Device Manager that you no longer use.
- A more extreme option is to choose a faster operating system. If Vista or 7 is slow, go to Windows 10. Switching to Mac OS X or Linux is also an option.
- If you don’t mind the live tile in the Windows 10 Start menu, you should disable it to improve performance.
- Upgrading the CPU can be complicated, but not so for the GPU. Upgrading the GPU can improve PC performance even with older CPUs.
Disconnect all unused USB devices from your computer. The boot and login process is slow on Windows.
90. If you have a desktop background, make sure it is a small, simple bitmap image, not a nice picture on the internet. The best way is to find a really small texture and tile it.
91. Change your privacy settings in Windows 10 to prevent your PC from always connecting to Microsoft servers.
- I have already mentioned virus scanning, but mentioning that Windows Defender is usually enough, it can slow down your system, so you need to remove third-party antivirus products. We recommend that you use an antimalware program in addition to Windows Defender.
93. If you have a customized computer or previously used PC, check the optimal settings such as CPU cache available in BIOS, correctly set IDE / SATA data transfer mode, memory timing, updated drivers, etc. This option also allows you to use Fast / Quick boot.
- If you have been using one local account for a long time, we recommend that you create a new user account with a clean profile. You can delete the old user account later.
- Sometimes useful, but if you want better performance, you can disable taskbar thumbnails and disable thumbnail previews in Explorer.
- For advanced users, you can disable the Program Compatibility Assistant, which checks each program at runtime for compatibility issues.
97. If you don’t use Cortana Digital Assistant in Windows 10, you can save resources by disabling it completely.
- If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows, you should switch to the 64-bit version as soon as possible, even if that means hardware upgrades.
- Buy a new computer !!! 😉 Pretty easy?
Whew! If you passed that entire list, I was impressed! Not all information applies to everyone, but virtually no information can be added to the Internet. If you missed a good performance tip, leave a comment. enjoy it!