Every time you try to open a file on your computer, you can prepare and drink a liter of coffee: it takes an eternity to start and more generally to perform any type of operation. You have tried the most bizarre solutions to try to speed up your PC, but you have not yet achieved any results.
Well, I’m sure you haven’t tried the right and effective solutions yet. I bet that, for example, you haven’t tried to defrag your PC or even clean it from the heavier files that start automatically. Don’t worry, doing these things is really easy and I’m sure your computer, although a few years old, will benefit. You’ll see that if you follow all the steps that I will show you in this tutorial, your files will open faster and your PC will be able to do nothing but thank you.
How do you say? Would you like me to give you advice to speed up the slow PC? Are you not an expert on computer use and are you afraid of combining some disaster? But no, don’t worry, I’m here and I can help you. Take a few minutes of free time, sit in front of the computer and read the instructions I’m about to give you. You will see that you will be satisfied. I wish you a good read.
How to speed up slow PC (Windows tools)
Removing visual effects and Windows indexing
The visual effects of the theme of your Windows operating system can slow down the performance of your PC, if it is a little dated. Also, consider removing bars or third-party tools to customize the Windows interface, as these may slow down your PC.
If this is not the case, then you will have to think about simply turning off the visual effects that are active on your operating system by default. To do this, go to the Windows Control Panel, by clicking on the icon with a magnifying glass symbol (Search) and typing the term control panel. Then click on the corresponding result and click on System and Security. Then click on System and, from the left panel, click on the Advanced system settings item again.
From the small window that will be opened to you, click on the Advanced tab and then on the Settings button, in the Performance box.
Then select the items to remove, removing the check mark. You can try doing tests, removing some effects from time to time and checking if you notice any improvements. However, I advise you to disable the items Show thumbnails instead of icons, Show window shadows, Save taskbar thumbnails, and Smooth the screen font corners.
Then confirm your choice by clicking Apply and then the Ok button.
Your Windows operating system tries to index all the files that are on your computer, so as to guarantee you a targeted search for them. However, this feature can slow down your PC; you will then need to check which items are indexed and make the appropriate changes.
To perform this operation you need to find the Windows Indexing panel: click on the icon with a magnifying glass symbol (Search) and type the term indexing options. Then click on the corresponding search result and, from the window, click Edit.
At this point, remove all the elements you don’t want to index and then click on the Ok button and then on Close.
Cleaning the hard disk space
A hard disk full of data, especially if you have temporary files, could slow down your PC. Just to give you an example, I refer to the temporary files generated by the operating system, the software used or the browser, while browsing. Many of these data that remain on your PC may not serve you and their removal is useful to speed up your PC.
The procedure for removing temporary files does not take very long. What you need to do is open the Windows Disk Cleanup tool.
To find it, click on the Search button (icon with a magnifying glass symbol), located at the bottom left of the Windows Taskbar, and type the term disk cleaning. Click on the corresponding result and, from the window just opened, select the disk drive to clean. Click on the Ok button and wait for the next interface to open.
Click on the Clean up system files button and select the disk drive to be cleaned again, confirming with the Ok button. Select the items to clean and click Ok. Then confirm the cleaning procedure by clicking on File deletion.
Another procedure that you could perform to lighten the space occupied on your hard disk is the one related to the uninstallation of all the software you do not use; alternatively you can also think of replacing them with other similar ones but faster and lighter.
To do this, go to the Add or Remove Programs panel, by clicking on the Search button (icon with a magnifying glass symbol), located in the lower left corner of the Windows Taskbar, and enter installation applications. Then click on the corresponding search term and uninstall any software that takes up too much space, that you don’t use or that slow down your computer’s performance.
Defragmenting the hard disk
Defragmenting a hard disk partition is a procedure that allows you to distribute data so that it can be accessed more quickly by the system and software.
This is a practice that is usually done manually or automatically on the classic hard disk with magnetic disk, which I do not recommend, however, if you have an SSD.
To start a defragmentation, you will have to type the term defragment and optimize units in the Search bar (Search icon with a magnifying glass symbol). Select the corresponding result and, in the newly opened window, select the partition to defragment and click on the Optimize button. You can also decide to analyze (Analyze) the partition first and check whether it actually needs defragmentation.
Also check that the periodic defragmentation procedure of the partitions in your hard disk is active, so as to streamline this procedure and make it automatic. Then click the Edit Settings button and put a check mark in the Run box on a schedule. Select the frequency of execution of this procedure using the drop-down menu below and, to confirm, click Ok.
Automatic program removal
If your PC takes a long time to start up, perhaps the fault could be due to the presence of numerous software that are activated automatically when Windows starts. I therefore advise you to arrange to disable them, through the procedure that I will indicate below.
On Windows 10, start the Task Manager: you can start it using the key combination CTRL + Shift + Esc or CTRL + Shift + Esc or by right-clicking the taskbar at the bottom and selecting Task manager.
In the Start tab you will have to disable all the services that you think are useless: then right-click on one of them and select the Disable item.
If all that I have indicated above is of little use, then probably your Windows operating system requires a new installation. This practice often solves many problems, but there is the risk that you may lose some important data stored on your hard disk.
I therefore advise you to read these guides of mine in which I explain to you how to format the PC and how to format Windows 10, which could be useful if you want to know how to restore your operating system.
Has the Windows restore brought no change? Then seriously consider that some hardware components inside your PC may not work properly or may no longer be sufficient to withstand new updates to your operating system or new software versions.
A common problem is, for example, the amount of RAM, which may not be sufficient to manage one or more software open at the same time. Even an SSD, if replaced with a Hard Disk, can guarantee you excellent results in terms of running and starting both the operating system and the software installed on it.
I therefore advise you to take the time to view these guides on the best SSDs and RAMs suitable for your PC.
How to speed up the slow PC (macOS tools)
On macOS the story changes a lot. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the Apple operating system is more optimized and stable than the Windows one and requires fewer interventions for its optimization. I therefore recommend below some procedures for optimizing the space on your computer’s hard disk with macOS.
Access Spotlight by clicking on the button at the top right with a magnifying glass symbol; then type space management and select the corresponding result.
In the window that will be opened to you, you will have to wait until all the elements on the left have finished the analysis. When finished, click on the Tips tab. You will be presented with some very useful items for optimizing your macOS, including the ability to automatically delete files in the recycle bin older than 30 days (Automatically empty the Recycle Bin) or view the files on your computer through the Fai function order.
You can also decide to automatically remove all the movies and programs already seen on iTunes or download only recent attachments from the emails displayed through the Mail app. You can find these settings by clicking Optimize, corresponding to Optimize Archiving.
If instead you click on the left section instead, you will be able to view the different categories and discover, in each of them, how you can act to speed up and optimize your Mac computer.
How to speed up slow PC using software
Many of the procedures I have indicated to you in the preceding paragraphs can also be carried out with third-party software. Before talking to you about the programs that can help you optimize your computer, I want to open a parenthesis on the virus and malware problem.
If your computer suddenly becomes slow, besides what has been said so far, it could be that it has been infected by a malware that is using your PC’s resources.
A case, for example, is that of cryptocurrency miners, which use the processor or video card of your PC to process cryptocurrencies; this involves a considerable consumption of electricity and a faster wear of the components of your PC. I therefore advise you to always carry out a deep scan of your PC and make sure you have installed a lightweight but functional antivirus. You can find some tips in this guide of mine on the best antivirus.
Returning to the subject, below you will find some software that could help you in optimizing your PC, be it Windows or macOS.
CCleaner (Windows / macOS) – This free software is very famous and aims to provide for the removal of all useless files. It also allows you to manage general computer optimization using some of its tools. You can remove the temporary files generated by the system and the software you use (if supported), clean the Windows registry, uninstall the programs, delete the entries that run automatically when you start Windows, format the partitions, check which files are take up more space on your PC and those that are duplicates.
Glary Utilities (Windows) – It is a free software similar to CCleaner, with a well-organized interface and some additional features.
Defraggler (Windows) – It is a free software for defragmenting partitions on your computer. It is very simple to use and allows you to reduce the execution time of this procedure, deciding to defragment only the data that need it.