Close system tray programs: If your PC is booting up slowly then take a look at the bottom right corner of your screen. Click on the upward arrow on the Taskbar and if you find too many icons, then there may be too many applications / programs starting at the same time as the system. Right click > close the ones you don’t need.
Disable startup programs
Open Task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) > Startup. Similar to applications running in the tray, there may be unnecessary programs that run on startup. While you may your antivirus and your graphics card, you won’t need a lot of them. Disable the ones you don’t need immediately after booting your system.
Find programs that are leeching
If your PC is running slowly, there may be programs that are leeching off your RAM / disk space. Go to Task Manager > processes & there is a high chance you’ll find a program or two that are seriously anchoring your system down. Either close them from the source, or click on that trustworthy “End Task” button.
Adjust Power Options
By default, the settings are set to “Balanced”. However, this setting is better suited for situations where you have limited battery or you’re trying to keep the electricity bills down. Switch to the “High Performance” mode as it favors performance over battery life.
Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Power Options
The go-to solution every random Joe will give you if your PC is lagging is a Disk Cleanup. It’s a built-in tool to clean up unwanted junk files that accumulate over time.
Control Panel > System & Security > Administrative Tools > Disk Cleanup.
Defragment your drives
The second piece of advice every random Joe will give you is to regularly Defragment your drives. Over time, the drives on your PC get fragmented, in other words, data gets stored sporadically, all over the place, which makes it difficult for the system to put that data back together.
So, go to My PC > Right-click on desired Drive > Properties > Tools > Optimize & Defragment Drives > Optimize
If the above-mentioned tips haven’t worked well for you then maybe it’s time to invest in some extra hardware. You have two options here. Either add more RAM to your systems, especially if you use multiple, heavy programs on your system or invest in a good SSD. A Solid State Drive can be pretty handy for some much needed additional space.
Remove unused browser extensions
You don’t need a hundred shortcuts in your browser! Like I said, less is more. If you feel that your browsing speed isn’t what it used to be, then it’s time to get rid of those unused browser extensions.
Shut off windows tips & tricks
I’ve personally found Windows constantly watching my activities and giving me “tips” as intrusive and unnecessary. Also, I’ve rarely found such tips necessary. If you feel the same way then go to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions. Uncheck those options dude!
Stop one drive from syncing
Just like icloud, Microsoft’s cloud file storage system – OneDrive keeps your files safe on a cloud. Although it is a handy backup tool and you can stop worrying about losing important data, it can slow your system down since it constantly syncs data between your PC and your cloud.
Right click on the OneDrive icon (it looks like a cloud) and pause syncing. Observe if during this time your PC showed signs of a speed boost. If yes, and you do decide to turn off syncing altogether, then right click on the OneDrive icon > Settings > Account > Unlink this PC
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