We all want our computer lights up in seconds, execute any task in the blink of an eye and we don’t have to wait for a page to load. But it is not always possible. Time passes and your PC becomes slow. A slow computer is a problem, but there are always solutions, from the hardware and from the software. If you are one of those who thinks “my computer is very slow”, you have two options.
The one of the hardware happens to acquire a new computer or to improve the one that you already have. Add more RAM or include an SSD drive to run Windows and the applications and games are the two changes that you will notice the most in your day-to-day life.
And from a software point of view, Microsoft recommends several maintenance tasks to speed up Windows 10 and thus achieve that your slow computer behaves better than before. You may not solve the problem completely but you will notice some change to be able to work without problems.
Is everything up to date?
First tip. To update. Microsoft recommends update windows to keep all patches, fixes, fixes and drivers up to date. This way you will solve problems, errors and ensure that your team has the best software.
Windows usually updates on its own, but it doesn’t hurt to check for updates. You will have to go to Start> Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update> Check for updates.
Reboot, the new ‘Power off and on’
There is a very famous gag from the funny IT Crowd series in which as a solution to any computer problem, technicians recommend turning off and on the computer. It’s funny but it is very effective in many cases. Also when you think something like “my computer is very slow”.
Sometimes the problem of your PC slowing down is temporary and is caused by an occasional problem. Restart the system will solve the problem. As easy as going to Start> Shut Down or Restart> Restart.
Malware slows down your computer
One sign that your computer is infected is that, in a few days, its performance has suffered. Pages take a long time to load Although the connection is good, Windows loads much slower than before … Maybe you have visited pages that you should not and you have malware on your computer.
Although Windows incorporates real-time security tools to detect viruses and malware in general, sometimes something may happen to him. You will find these tools under the name Windows security Go to Start> Settings> Update & Security> Windows Security **.
Once in Windows security, check that the antivirus is up to date. If not, click on Virus and threat protection> Check for updates. Then you can perform a quick or complete analysis of your computer.
When you get rid of the malware, you will see your slow PC become faster than before. Faster and more secure.
Startup programs, out
When the problem that my computer is very slow only affects Windows startup, the key may be in the programs that load at startup. You will see them in Start> Settings> Applications> Boot.
Some will be helpful. But others you will see that they are of no use to you or that they are expendable. The more you deactivate, the better. If something goes wrong, you can turn them back on again. You will also find this list in the Task Manager Windows.
One of the startup programs that comes with Windows by default stands out. If you don’t use OneDrive to save your files and documents in the cloud, you can do without it. You’ll need to pause syncing first, if you’ve ever set it up. If not, just close it and remove it from the list of startup programs.
Adjust the appearance of Windows
Windows visual effects, animations, and shadow effects affect your performance on a slow PC or slow computer. Deactivating these aesthetic options You will be able to accelerate Windows 10 so that it behaves better with the available resources.
You should search for “performance” in the search box. You will find the option Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows. In the tab Visual effects, Choose Tweak to improve performance. Finally, click on Apply.
After restarting your PC, you will notice the visual differences but also in performance. A small sacrifice to make your computer perform better.
Increase the size of the paging file
The paging file it is a way that Windows uses to use as memory. Taking advantage of the free space on your hard disk, the operating system can expand the available memory through software. The larger that file, the better. So if my computer is very slow, I can make that file bigger.
To change it you will have to go to System properties. You will find it through the search engine. In the tab Advanced> Performance> Settings you’ll find Performance options. There you will also have to enter Advanced. On Virtual memory you will see the configured amount and you can increase it.
You can entrust the task to Windows by checking the box Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. If you want to change the file size on your own, keep in mind that this file takes up space on your hard drive. Microsoft recommends that the paging file be 1.5 times larger than your PC’s RAM. But you can go further if your album allows it.
A hard drive with space, a less slow PC
Related to the previous point. If your hard drive is very full, the performance of your computer it will also suffer. So it is convenient to have a large disk so that all the equipment works as it should.
From Start> Settings> System> Storage you can see the occupied space and free it up by deleting unnecessary files. It will also be useful to you uninstall apps and games that you no longer use.
Activating the Storage sensor, the cleaning process will be done automatically when possible. Specifically, the Trash will be emptied and temporary files from previous installations and tasks will be deleted.
ReadyBoost, more memory with a USB
Returning to the lack of memory so that Windows performs enough. If expanding the paging file is not enough and you don’t have enough space on your hard drive, you can use a USB stick as additional RAM memory. An external help for the problem of “my computer is very slow”.
You must have at least 500 MB of space. You will not be able to use it to save anything, as it will make additional memory for your PC.
This feature is called ReadyBoost and can be activated from File Explorer. Right-clicking on a USB memory, click on Properties (edit). In the tab ReadyBoost, we activate the option Use this device.
Go back to the first day with Restore
If all of the above has done nothing to speed up Windows 10 or another version of Windows, there is no choice but to clean the computer drastically. With Restore systemYou can speed up Windows 10 by simply deleting everything on the computer, returning the operating system to its original state. Before you installed applications and made the changes that have caused your PC to go slow.
From Start> Settings> Update & Security> Recovery> Reset this PC you will be able to reinstall Windows. You can do it by deleting all your files or keeping them. You will keep your files but they will be deleted settings and applications.
Another option is to restore by deleting everything. In this case, if you want to save something, copy it to an external memory or disk.