A survey revealed that Americans waste around 16 minutes per day waiting for their computers to load. This number might not seem like a lot at first, but it adds up quickly. That’s two whole hours a week wasted on slow computer speeds.
Not only will improving your computer performance give you back lost time, but it’ll also help with productivity levels. This is especially important for those who work from home. If you’re constantly waiting for your computer to load an application or startup, then you’re losing valuable work time as well, which can cause you to become distracted.
In the guide below, you’ll discover a list of several ways to boost performance on a brand new computer or an older computer.
Continue reading to learn more as a computer user.
1. Disable Startup Programs
When you buy a new computer, there’s the possibility that it’s already programmed to launch several applications at the startup. These programs will then continue to run in the background even if you don’t notice they’re running. This is a good feature to have for programs or applications you use daily, such as multiple desktops.
However, if you’re not using these programs or applications, then you should disable them from launching at startup, which causes a slow down in your computer. To correct the issue, go into your computer’s setting and click on, “Applications.” Select, “Startup” and then enter the “Sort By” menu.
You can now choose to disable this feature. Keep in mind that different types of computers will require you to disable the feature in different ways.
2. Disable Apps in the Background
As briefly mentioned before, certain applications on your computer can continue to run in the background and even perform tasks when you’re not using them. When your computer’s trying to run the application you’re using and also try to run background apps, it can lose its speed.
To disable apps from running in the background, access your computer’s settings and click on, “Privacy.” Then, select, “Backgroud Apps.” You can now choose which apps you want to remain running in the background and which to disable.
3. Uninstall Unneeded Apps
When you buy a new computer, it’ll come with several applications already installed on it. Some of these applications you might want to keep, but there’s a good chance there are a few of them that you never use. You may have also downloaded applications in the past that you no longer want.
Uninstall anything on your computer that you’re not using.
This goes for software as well. Removing the apps frees up space on your computer and prevents it from having to manage applications you’re not using. To uninstall applications, go into the settings and click on, “Apps.”
You’ll then select, “Apps and Features” and remove the applications you don’t want. A prompt may come up after trying to uninstall a program, so be sure to confirm the action. When complete, you’ll have more space and a faster computer.
4. Install Updates When Suggested
We’re all guilty of it: putting off updates when suggested. You’re working on your computer and don’t have time to stop and allow it to install updates. This is understandable, but when you’re done working you forget all about the updates you dismissed earlier.
Take a few minutes to run the updates on your computer when you know you won’t need to use it. Installing updates can take several minutes or longer so always be sure to choose a time when you’re done working for the day. Sometimes, when your computer’s running slowly, it’s because an update is required.
To install updates, go into your settings and select, “Update and Security.” Then, click on, “Update” and “Check for Updates.” If there’s an update available, then be sure to install it.
5. Disable the Visual Effects
Newer computers come with enhanced visual effects to improve the aesthetics of the computer. Unfortunately, these visual effects could be what’s slowing your computer down. Different computer types will have their own visual effects, which may or may not slow down performance.
To disable the visual effects on your computer, go into the settings and click on, “System.” Then, click on, “About” and access the Advance System Settings section. Select the “Advanced” tab and open the “Performance” section.
You’ll then click on, “Visual Effects” and change the settings to the best-performance options. Do be sure to look into how to disable visual effects for your specific computer.
6. Clean Up the Hard Drive
The type of hard drive your computer have won’t make a difference if it’s full. Once the hard drive on the computer reaches full capacity, the computer’s going to start running slow. A hard drive starts to run out of space once it reaches 70% capacity.
To correct this issue, you’ll need to clean up the hard drive. One way to do this is to access your computer’s settings and enable the feature to have temporary files deleted. Make sure to check everything before deleting, especially in the download folder.
You can always uncheck the box next to temporary items you don’t want to delete. Research more information on how to free up space on your specific computer’s hard drive for optimal performance.
Let’s Improve Computer Performance Right Now
Dealing with a slow computer is a frustration many computer users face. You don’t have to be one of those people. Use all of the helpful information given in this guide above to improve computer performance today!
Try several of these ideas if not all of them for the fastest operating computer possible. Then, to read more tech topics, continue to check back here often.