Over a period of time, you’ll notice, as everyone does, your PC beginning to take a little bit longer to start up. Eventually, you will begin to measure your computer’s startup time in units of tasks which can be done during the process such as, grabbing a cup of coffee, how much of your breakfast can you get down, or checking your social media.
We’re going to give you a few tips to shorten that process.
Eliminate unused programs
If you’ve had your PC for several years, then chances are you have old software installed that slows the machine down and takes up valuable hard drive space. Time to remove it and move on. If you haven’t used a program in over a year, you probably won’t miss it.
To remove your old programs, simply go to the “Start” menu and then to your “Control Panel”. Once there, select, “Programs and Features”. When you arrive, you will be able to select those old and / or unnecessary programs and “uninstall” them.
Some other quick tricks to speed up your computer can easily be performed and accessed with the Click of the “Start” button.
Click “Start” and search for:
- Disk Cleanup
These will lead you straight to where you need to go to clean up your PC.
Another recommended check is to see what programs are slowing your startup process. Every time you boot up your computer, it has to run and open a list of programs. While some of these are essential system files, others, such as “Google Drive”, “BitTorrent”, or other user-installed programs may not be necessary and can be easily started when you need them.
Eliminating these programs from the pecking order in your startup does not delete them from your machine. It simply saves you time by booting your computer faster. So, how do you get there?
To do this quick and simple fix, go to your Task Manager. Click the “Startup” tab. You will see the list of programs which run during startup. In the “Startup Impact” column, you will see which programs have the most effect (cause the most delay) in your computer’s booting process.
If you know which programs you do not need to start, simply right click on the program and choose “Disable”. If you are unsure of the function of any program in the list, it’s is better to either leave it alone or search for the name using one of the various search engines (Google, Bing, etc.).
These are just few tips to help you get started on your PC cleaning process and you should see a noticeable improvement in your computer’s speed.
It will not enhance the performance of your machine so don’t expect to play the latest video games since only hardware upgrades will enable that experience. For optimal performance with your current setup, I suggest visiting a computer pro at your local electronics or computer store.