How to speed up your PC: slow computer/laptop what to do?

A newly purchased computer may not be able to maintain the high performance for a long time. If you are here reading this guide it is probably because you have noticed slowdowns inside your PC. Well, today I will show you how to speed up your PC/laptop by following some small and simple tips, which will clean your computer from any malicious programs or from missing optimizations that slow down the device.

The types of problems that can arise related to slowing down your computer can be in the software or hardware department. In both cases, there is a simple solution, just try to understand and identify what the real cause is.

  • Internet
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 10

How to speed up your computer

Before starting with the actual guide you must know the basic information about the possible reasons why your computer is slowing down. First of all, if you have a Windows 10 operating system, I remind you that it is recommended to use one of the best SSDs on the market. This is because the hard disk is now an obsolete device, suitable only for operating systems before this.

HDD vs SSD

The first notion you need to know when trying to speed up your computer is the difference between SSD and HDD. The first uses Flash memory modules that exponentially speed up document storage.

The advantage of using an SSD memory is certainly that of speed, which can be checked immediately, and that of the heat emitted by the device which is much less, as well as the noise and related consumption. The only flaw is the price that the hard disk has the merit of having a lower price as regards the size-cost ratio.

Hard disks are much slower devices because they take advantage of magnetic disks that, however fast they are, cannot reach the performance of flash memory.

Having said that, the first thing I recommend you do, in case you already have an SSD, is to check that there are no unnecessary large files inside the computer that can take up useful space in the memory of the computer.

Delete unnecessary files

To do this, simply do a manual search of the folders contained within your PC, or use an integrated system from Windows 10 that uses an application for storage settings (use the Windows search function). In this way, you can have an overview of all categories of files present and the space occupied. At this point, you just need to easily choose which file to delete or not, including temporary files.

Alternatively, the disk cleanup function still exists as in the old operating systems, accessible via the Start menu. All you have to do is start it and select the types of files you want to delete on your computer.

Avoid using external programs for this function, because the operating system is already equipped with excellent programs that optimally do this.  

Use a lightweight antivirus

Perhaps not everyone knows that one of the main programs used by users is an antivirus. The latter helps protect our computer from any external attacks, but often it is badly chosen. For example, there are programs like Avast that ensure certain protection of the computer, but that sometimes makes the PC slow, conflicting with some programs.

For those who use the Windows 7 operating system, there is already an Antivirus inside, called Windows Defender (formerly Microsoft AntiSpyware ) as Anti-Spyware. While as Anti-Malware we can install a light and free software called Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

On Windows 10 things get even better because the Windows Defender service also includes Anti-Malware functions. This way, there will be no need to install any other antivirus. It is a very light piece of software both in terms of CPU and RAM work.

How to speed up your PC: Internet

If your main problem is that you have noticed slowdowns in the use of the internet and not of the PC itself, I recommend that you first check the actual speed of your modem and the signal of a possible wi-fi connection. In this regard, I remind you that a 2.4 GHz connection can reach greater distances at the expense of connection speed. While those at 5 GHz have a much shorter range, but a much more powerful speed and without interference.

Furthermore, if you haven’t done it yet, I also recommend that you switch to fiber as an ADSL connection is now obsolete and somewhat slow to load any type of site.  

That said, if your problems do not arise from the previous cases, what you can do is set the Google DNS in the PC modem connection settings. Or, you can use a much lighter browser than the more popular ones like Google Chrome.

Recently, Windows 10 has made some great updates regarding Microsoft Edge that have made it a much more reliable and lighter browser, ideal for a less powerful computer. So, if you haven’t done so yet, I recommend that you update Windows 10 using Windows Update.

Set up Google DNS

To set up Google’s DNS on Windows we need to go to Start and the control panel. At this point, we can select the item internet network and network and sharing connection center and go to the property item of the window just opened. Under the wording the connection uses the following elements click on Internet protocol IPv4 and check the cross where you find written to use the following DNS server addresses. Here we can insert those of Google that is 8.8.8.8 in the preferred DNS and 8.8.4.4 of the alternative DNS.

Or, in Windows 10 you can access settings even faster by right-clicking on the connection icon at the bottom of the desktop. Select the option Open Network and Internet settings and then click on the item change connection properties. At this point, click on Edit in the IP Settings section and modify the DNS.

How to speed up your PC: Windows 7

If you enter the category of users who need support on how to speed up the PC with the Windows 7 operating system, I remind you that support from Microsoft is over. As a result, your computer’s security is not ensured. In case you decide to upgrade to a more updated operating system.

Disable programs at startup

As for Windows 7, to disable programs at startup, go to the run window, clicking on win + R. Type the MSConfig command and check on the general tab that the Selective startup option is selected.

At this point, we can proceed in the Startup window (automatic execution) and uncheck all the software that we do not want to access the PC at the time of startup. Select Apply and then OK 

Remove unnecessary software

On Windows 7, to uninstall a program you need to follow the following steps: go to Start to access the general menu and click on the control panel. Now go to Programs and Features to get a general overview of all installed software. Choose the program to uninstall and click Uninstall. Wait for the process to finish to delete other programs.

How to speed up your PC: Windows 10

To understand how to speed up the PC with Windows 10, the most recent operating system released by Microsoft, we can follow the following steps both from desktop and notebook. The first of the procedures that I will introduce you is the one that concerns the removal of the startup of some software. After that, we will take care of uninstalling unnecessary programs that take up memory space inside the PC and slow down its performance.

Disable programs at startup

To disable programs at startup on Windows 10 you have to click on the Start button, located at the bottom of the screen, and click on the task manager tool. Once the window is open you can click on the more details item. At this point, you can go to the Start window and click on disability at the bottom right for all non-important and non-antivirus programs.

Uninstall unnecessary programs

Instead, to uninstall a program permanently, go to the Windows Start menu and look for the icon of the application you want to delete, and right-click on the uninstall item, as in the picture. Over time, Microsoft has speeded up the most common processes of users, making the operating system much more fluid and intuitive, similar to that of smartphones.

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