Like with using phones, there are times your PC slows down and everything takes forever to load. It’s at this point your patience is tested, making you wonder how Jesus survived knowing Judas would betray him. Tough luck! Anyhoo, whether it happens slowly over the years or suddenly, it is very frustrating to work with a slow system. This is especially so if you’re used to faster running PCs.
Truth be told, slowing down happens with every kind of technology. Think of it as the human version of aging. As time goes by, new updates come out, which makes processing harder for older devices. Lagging happens when these devices struggle to keep up with the changes they weren’t customarily built for. This post is for systems running on Windows 7, 8, and 10.
However, before scraping your system for parts or throwing it off your balcony in frustration, check for solutions. Matter of factly, there are steps that improve the processing speed of PCs. Some of these steps involve decluttering, others additional software or hardware. Whatever the case, they are handy for speeding up your PC. This article is geared toward system performance not network issues. So, this piece won’t help improve internet speed. Sorry.
Below are some working steps:
- Clean up your storage:
There is a built-in tool for getting rid of junk files on a Windows-running system. Junk files refer to files that accumulate over time, take up space, but provide no value. To use the cleaning tool, follow the processes below:
Open Control panel → System and Security → Administrative Tools. Here, find the Disk Cleanup tool in the list.
Launch the tool and click on the file types you want to clean. Next, select OK to begin the process. Clicking on Clean Up system files raises a prompt. Pick the system files you want gone and okay the process.
- Tune the power options:
There are several “power plans” on your PC designed to suit different needs. The usual default setting is Balanced, which accounts for energy consumption and general performance.
However, the former becomes a problem when trying to conserve energy or running without battery. In this case, changing plans is necessary. Switching to the Power Saving plan is unwise, especially if your system already lags. This is because performance is reduced at the cost of conserving battery life. The High Performance plan is the better alternative in this case. However, it drains battery life faster, but at the cost of a faster system. Make your pick.
If this doesn’t suit you, create a custom plan of your own. Follow the steps below:
Open Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Power Options → Create a power plan.
Enter a plan name of your choice and click next. Alternatively, use an already existing plan and adjust it to fit your preference. To do this, follow the processes below:
Open control panel → Hardware and Sound → Power Options → Choose or customize a power plan → Change plan settings on existing plan.
Whichever of these options you use, the basic options toggle between two main factors:
The timeframe the display remains on during inactivity; and
The time taken for sleep mode to kick in.
While both factors won’t necessarily improve the speed, adjusting the advanced power settings can make a real impact.
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In recent versions of the Windows OS, there are lost of graphics and animations. Some include flyouts and fading effects. While they help the OS seem smoother and improve user experience, they make processing slower. But don’t despair, there is a way out. To adjust this setting and save processing proficiency, use the following steps:
Open Control Panel → System and Security → System → Advanced system settings.
In the Performance section, click on Settings. This will open up a list of options to choose from. Here, you can click on adjust to get the best performance. This will only take out the visual effects. However, you can try removing some by yourself. You can do without the shadow and fade features, but that’s up to you to keep them on or not. On Windows 7, look for the Performance Information and Tools section. There, click on Adjust visual effects. Click to use the Visual Effects tab.
- Increase your RAM:
For older PCs, running current programs might be a little too much work. This is because the RAM might not have the processing power to pull it off. Also, when using many programs at once, your RAM (Random Access Memory) struggles to pull through. Installing a new ram kit solves the problem entirely. It boosts your RAM and speeds up the system in general.
- Regularly reboot your system:
Most of us work on our systems a lot and forget they need rest too. For heavy users, rebooting the PC every other time helps improve speed. This allows updates kick in and shuts down lagging programs. As this happens, memory is greatly boosted, and the PC becomes fresh and ready to use again. Also, the break allows you some time for a quick snack or drink.
- Open fewer programs at once:
In people, multitasking reduces productivity. Conversely, in systems, it affects processing speed. Opening and running many programs at the same time splits the processing speed. This causes the lagging phenomenon. Prevent this by closing programs no longer in use. Minimizing means it’s still running in the background and using up valuable processing speed.
- Terminate all system tray programs:
For PCs that start off slow when turned on, chances are that lots of programs turn on with the OS. This phenomenon is called “Run on start-up.” For instance, items in the system tray launch on start-up and run in the background. Adjust this setting by clicking on the upward facing arrow on the right side of the taskbar. Right-click on programs you don’t need and terminate them instantly. That clears up some RAM and improves processing speed.