How to optimize a computer's performance?
Working on a system with low speed really gets cumbersome for anyone. If not cared, the speed of computers with Microsoft Windows starts to decrease over time. It appears that your system taking more time to respond your actions such as surfing the internet, opening files, folders and many more. Slow performance is the result of some common reasons like cookies and massive unnecessary background processes, unneeded applications placed on system, adware and desktop items crowd etc.
Here we have come up with some measures that can be taken up to
optimize performance of your system:
Remove junks from computer regularly:
The junk files, cookies, logs and temp files clutter your computer very quickly. Such junk files affect a PC's performance very badly over time, especially in case of traditional hard drives (non-SSD). Some free tools and disk cleaning utilities like Disk cleanup utility from Microsoft can be used to clean such junks up to an extent. To save yourself from hassle of a bogged down-system you can commit regular maintenance of your drives. Also clean up prefetch and temp sub folders' files under c:\windows to speed up computer, in regular routine.
Ensure to have an updated Antivirus:
Keeping a system safe from virus is an essential requirement of any computer. One of the critical components of any efficient computer system is an Antivirus software. But make sure not to have two antivirus applications installed at the same time on a system which can reduce the performance of your system or even crash it. It is better for a user to replace the pre-installed antivirus that comes with a new PC with anyone of available antivirus in market like AVG, Avast etc., as per their budget.
Remove unnecessary applications:
Dead programs are applications that do not serve a specific purpose for you. They just occupy space on your disk. You can find yourself whatever not necessary on your system and removal of such items can improve PC performance too.
Speed Up Boot Time:
The programs that start automatically on system increase the boot time of your system. Such programs regularly make interference to the ongoing performance of a computer as they continuously run in background. While booting around 15% of programs start to run automatically. As per Lab testing, removing three resource-intensive startup decreases boot time by 41%. There a number of free tools available on internet for removing such unnecessary programs from a computer system.
Normally one can do this by using a built-in utility called "msconfig" in Windows. For this, type "msconfig" in the search box located in the "Start" menu. Here in Startups, you can find the unnecessary programs to remove.
Reduce material on your system:
Always keep on removing unused programs, unnecessary start-ups, empty space and malware from computer to expedite efficiency of your system. To automate all these tasks, a number of PC optimization software available to download that will automate all of these tasks.
Keep updating your programs:
The out-of-date software is more vulnerable for a computer malware. Such programs can lead your system to be affected very easily. Software making companies constantly release new versions of their software you have already paid for. These updates not only enhance features of your programs but also provide patches against vulnerabilities.
Such software updates and patches often pop up automatically that should not be put off. Try to update those patches to your system as far as possible.
Defrag your drives:
Defragmentation on the disk rearranges the useless material on your system to different locations from useful files. While you save or delete a file, its data gets placed in "sectors" on the hard drive in different locations that results to fragmentation. The fragmentation of files increases the data seeking time of placing all information for each file in one place. Defragmenting files on the disk saves your computer a great deal of time in seeking whatever you require.
Note: Do take back up of all your important data and keep a reliable source of power backup too, before defragmenting.
Keep your Desktop Clean as far as possible:
The overloaded desktop of your computer results to slow down your computer speed. Try to keep less shortcuts icons, file and folders on your desktop to optimize your system's performance.
Reduce size of your Webpage history:
Web browsers store list of visited web pages to user's computer through organizing them within a page of history by days. It is better to keep only couple days of web history within your computer. Web history more than a week starts slows down your computer's performance.
Turn off windows animation and Visual effects:
Default Windows setting of 'Fancy sliding and animated effects' can be turned off easily to enhance your system speed. It speeds up simple tasks like opening and moving windows, taskbars etc. much quicker.
For this Go to control Panel -> Double click System icon -> Click Advanced tab -> Click "Settings" button underneath "Performance". First check Adjust to best performance radio button then uncheck the options related to animations, and unnecessary visual effects.
Turn off indexing in Windows XP and Vista:
Windows Search indexing service is turned on by default for all local hard drives, in Windows XP and Vista. The system performance can be increased simply by Turning off indexing option for local drives.
For this go to My computer->Right click any local drive->click properties->On General tab you will find the bottom most option with text "Allow Indexing service to index this disk for last file searching". On uncheck this option, you will be asked with a dialog box "Whether you want to apply these settings to all files and folders or just to the root of the drive".
Choose all files and sub folders, otherwise it will keep on indexing everything on the drive. Click OK and wait for few minutes as the settings are applied to all files of that drive. In case, you get an Access Denied error while proceeding, just click Ignore All as this can be a system's file that would be in use.
Generally users remain unaware to the slowing down speed and decreasing performance of their computers until he gets any unexpected response. By taking regular care and few necessary measures, anyone can keep his system not only fast but also reduce maintenance budget of their business.