Posted by admin on May 26, 2019 in Tutorials & Tips
Over time your computer seems to get slower and slower. There are several steps you can take to make your Windows PC run faster. The following steps are highly recommended. They will make sure your computer system runs smooth and efficient.
I use CCleaner before I start any computer repairs to speed up time. It helps to remove excess files that are taking up room on the system. Also can sometimes clean up malicious files that would normally need to be scanned by Anti-virus software.
This reduces the computer troubleshooting and repair time. The instructions on this guide are mainly based around using CCleaner and Auslogic Defrag. They are easy to install and free applications.
CCleaner is a free is a free computer software application. It is freeware but watch out for extra programs in the installer. It is best to uncheck those boxes. Such as Google toolbar or any other extra add-ons. That it might want to install during setup. You may want to enable system integration into the “Recycle Bin”.
This allows easy access by right clicking on the recycle bin to bring up a menu for easy access. It is a great tool for cleaning and optimising your computer.
It has many functions. One is that it cleans out all unnecessary files from your system. The built in “Windows Disk Clean Up” is not very efficient. It does not access all the locations needed and leaves plenty of junk on your PC.
Download CCleaner: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
Once installed check all the boxes on the main screen. I advise not checking the “Wipe free Space” box. This option is good if you want to securely erase data that has already been deleted. It wipes your hard drive free space making it like new. This option takes a long time and is best used when needed.
Once you check all the boxes and click run. The process can take from 1 to any time up to about 10 minutes. This depends on the speed of your computer and how many junk files.
Note: You may want to go into “Options”. Select “Settings” and “Monitoring” to find the option for start on “Windows Start-up” and “Active Monitoring”. If you don’t want this to occur it is best to select to disable these options.
The second thing you probably want to do is uninstall unused programs. These are taking up room on your computer. They could also be starting up when Windows starts. Which is slowing down your PC taking up RAM and CPU usage. There are 2 ways you can do this.
Since CCleaner is installed it has the option to remove programs built in. You can also use the Windows Remove Programs feature. They both work the same so either is good to use. Depending on what your preference is.
Windows Remove Programs
Go into or search Control Panel choose “Add/Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features”. This is depending on what version of Windows you are using.
CCleaner Uninstall Programs
In CCleaner go to the “Uninstall” option on the left of the program. It will bring up a list of installed applications. Select the program and choose uninstall.
I recommend uninstalling any program you are not using or do not need anymore. You can always re-install later to fix it. If you decide you need it again. After uninstalling all the programs you don’t want. Restart your computer. Sometimes after uninstalling programs you will be automatically asked to restart your PC.
By removing these applications you are freeing up room on your hard drive. This will make it much faster to do system maintenance such as Defragmentation.
To defragment your computer I recommend using Auslogic Disk Defrag Free. It is a free program to download. It is more efficient than the built in Windows Defragmentation tool. Once Auslogic Disk Defrag is downloaded and installed.
Open it and choose defrag. Wait for it to stop and finish the process before doing anything else with your PC.
Download Auslogic Defrag: http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/
The easiest way to remove startup items is to use CCleaner. Open the program and choose tools. Once the new section/window is opened select the ”Startup” option. This will show you all the items that start when your computer starts.
Anything you know you do not need running all the time disable. Double or right click on the item to enable or disable. Repeat the procedure to re-enable if needed.
You may need to restart your computer. If you find that something does not work re-enable the item. Most programs will still work if not run at startup.
It is recommended not to disable any system hardware drivers such as graphics cards and sound.
After doing the above steps there should be an increase in speed and performance. Once your computer is restarted and allowed to boot to the new configuration. If performance is still poor there could be another issue causing the problem. It could be an Anti-Virus program or similar.
Check your “Task Manager” (ctrl + alt + del) will bring it up on your screen. Check which processes are using the most CPU and RAM. These will be the most prime culprits for reducing computer speed. Using high system resources.
You may need to find another application to replace the ones causing the performance issue. Sometimes system or application updates are needed to resolve compatibility issues.
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