by Kirsty · October 19, 2017
One of the biggest pains of using a computer that’s a few years old is that it can become slow and sluggish, making it difficult to perform even everyday tasks without it seeming that the system has become overloaded by your requests. Thankfully there are some simple, easy and cheap ways to give life back to your computer and attain the speed you used to enjoy. Take a look below at our list of the 10 best ways to make your computer run faster so you never have to make do with a slow computer again.
Defragment Your Drives
Windows features easy to use built in defragmenting software that can automatically reconfigure your hard drives and make them more efficient. Modern machines do this frequently and automatically but if you have turned off the schedule setting or have an older version of Windows then you will want to run defragmentation regularly. Go to My Computer and right click your hard drive, click Properties then Tools and look for the option to defragment and optimise your drive.
Uninstall Unused Programs
Uninstalling the programs you don’t use will instantly free up memory and disk space on your computer, making it run faster. Even on a new computer there are programs you won’t use already installed, and as your computer gets older they will clog up your system along with software you’ve downloaded yourself. In Windows, head to Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program to rid yourself of unwanted software, or use PC Decrapifier if you’re not sure what to remove and what to keep.
Delete Temporary Files
Temporary files collect on your computer through running everyday tasks and they can be stored in such large numbers that they can slo w your system down considerably. Getting rid of temporary files and internet history can allow your computer to run much faster. To delete the files search for ‘Disk clean up’ on the start menu, choose your drive then watch as Windows automatically deletes all your unneeded temporary files.
Disable Unneeded Startup Programs
If unneeded programs are booting up in the background during startup then they can not only slow down your computer when it turns on, but throughout the time that you’re using it too as they continue to use memo ry even though you’re not using them.
Open Task Manager on a recent Windows version and navigate to the startup tab, or s earch for Run in the start menu then type in msconfig to bring up the startup options. From there you can disable any programs you don’t want to run as soon as your computer boots up.
Buy An External Hard Drive
Storing photos, videos and documents on your computer doesn’t normally affect its speed, but if your hard disk reaches 85% or more of its memory capacity then you can find your system may be particularly sluggish. Investing in an external hard drive of 1TB or more will mean you have plenty of memory space to store your files without worrying. Plus, they’ll all be safe if anything happens to your computer.
Clean Dust From Your Fans
Dust in your computer can block airflow, causing the fans to spin loudly and your system to slow down as it overheats. Both desktops and laptops can suffer from dust problems, and the only way to rectify it is to suck out the debris. Turn off your computer, disconnect any cables then wait for 30 minutes before removing the external case. Then use your hoover with a small attachment to suck out dust, fluff and debris from the fan and inside areas.
Clean Up Your Sy stem With CCleaner
One of the best ways to make your computer run faster is to use system cleaning software such as the free CCleaner which optimises your computer, removes tracking cookies and temporary files, fixes errors and allows faster startup. Install the software using the link above then analyse your system and clean it up all using one handy program.
Regularly Re-Start Your Computer
Restarting your computer will reset its memory and close any applications running in the background that can cause your system to temporarily run strangely or slowly. This is also important to remember if you tend to keep your computer on stand by or in hibernation as you can find that it run slower and slower the longer it is kept on. Regularly shutting down your system at night and restarting during the day if needed will help to keep it running quickly and smoothly.
Empty The Recycle Bin
Unwanted files sit in your recycle bin using up memory on your computer as they can still be recovered until they’re permanently deleted. You can amass a large amount of these files without thinking about it so emptying your recycle bin will help to free up the space they are taking up. Right clicking on the recycle bin desktop icon or an empty space within the bin will give you the option to empty it, one of the easiest ways to make your computer run faster.
If nothing else is working and your computer is still very slow, installing Linux is the best way to make the computer run faster. Linux can help you get more use out of your old Windows PC and some of the versions are specifically made for older computers as they have much less system requirements than Windows. Consider installing a free operating system such as Lubuntu which is a lightweight mix of Linux and Ubuntu, so that your computer can run faster and more energy efficiently.
Introduction: How to Keep Your PC Running FAST and EFFICIENTLY
This instructable will guide you step by step on how to clean up your computer and keep it running fast without paying for one of those rediculous programs.
Step 1: Updates
One of the biggest thing you can do for your computer to help keep it running fast is to check for the latest hardware and software updates. You can accomplish this by opening internet explorer and highlighting the tools button on the main ribbon at the top of the window and clicking on the windows update option.
Step 2: User Accounts
One of the things that people don’t usually realize is that when you have alot of user accounts on your computer, it slows it way down. You can counter this by simply deleting some of the users. When you have deleted the users just make a folder for each person that uses the computer in the “My Documents” folder. When you want to keep something secret from the others on the computer, just make the file hidden, or put it in a folder maze. (explained in other instructable) When you have deleted the accounts you can also change the way that you log on and off of the computer by changing the settings so that you log on and off with the old method. (No Welcome Screen, just username and password) This can significantly reduce the amount of resources that you use. Also change your background to a plain color by choosing none in your desktop properties and choosing a base color. This will reduce startup time.
Step 3: Startup Tasks and Ram Usage
Another thing that you can use to speed up your system that most people don’t know about is configuring the startup of your computers task bar programs. To start off click the start button. In the start menu, click the button that says “Run” (If your using Vista, search it in the search bar) After that window opens up, type in the text box “MSConfig.” This will open up the system cofiguration program. It may seem confusing at first, but its rather simple. First start by clicking on the services tab, dont worry about anything else for now. In the services tab you can search through the programs listed and disable them from starting up. Remember that it is extremely important dont turn off anything important or that you dont know what it is. But, a good example of what to turn off would be the wireless service if you are connected to the internet through a ethernet cable. Once you are done in here, open up the startup tab. The names of the items in here are not in any way as strait forward as the services tab. What you want to do is extend the column at the top that says command. In this tab, disable anything that isn’t important such as google desktop, java, adobe, printer software, dial-up or other nonsense. These programs will still work if you launch them from a shortcut or link if you click on them. They just wont waste your valuable ram if your not using them. After done selecting everything click accept and done. It will prompt you if you would like to restart. CLICK “EXIT WITHOUT RESTART”!
Step 4: Virtual Memory and Visual Effects
Now what you want to do is open “My Computer”. Click on the “View System Information” link in the upper left hand side of the screen. Once this is open click on the the “Advanced” Tab. The will be a box that says “Performance” click on the button there that says “Settings”. In the first tab that is open called “Visual Effects”, you can edit how good your computer runs or looks. You can either choose the automatic setting for “Appearance” or “Performance”, or you can click custom and choose what you like. The less that is selected, the faster your computer will perform. Click Apply. After this open the “Advanced” Tab. The “Processor Scheduling” and “Memory Usage” boxes should both be set to programs. The final box that says “Virtual Memory” should say how many megabytes your computer is using as “Virtual Memory” or Ram that is allocated on your hard drive. Click “Change”. This step is only useful if you have an extra hard drive besides the one with your system files on it (Windows OS), or if you have a flash drive that you can commit to speeding up your computer, or external hard drive. If you meet one of these requirements, first select your main hard drive with the OS on it and select the “No Paging File” and click set. After that select you extra hard drive or flash drive in the menu above and select “Custom Size”. In the text boxes type in a relatively high number based on how much space you have on your extra drive. I set mine at a minimum size of 5000 MB and and max size of 6000 MB. This is a good high number that will allow your computer to never run out of virtual memory. After you set the size, click “Set”. Then you click “OK” and close these windows.
Step 5: Check Disk and Defragment
For this step it is important that you do these when you are not planning on using your computer while it is working on this step. The best time i found is to start these tasks before i go to bed, work, or school even. Open “My Computer’, right-click on your main hard drive and click “Properties”. In this window click on the “Tools” tab. The first thing at the top of the window should be “Error Checking”. Click on the button that says “Check Now. “. When the next small window pops up make sure that both check boxes have a green check mark in them. Then click “Start”. It will tell you that it needs certain OS files and asks you if you would like to schedule the Disk Check on the next restart. Click “Yes”. Go through all of your hard drives and follow these steps. Then Restart your computer. But remember, if you do this at a time when you need to use your computer you will be screwed for at least 1.5 hours per hard drive, thats why it is best to do it before bed. When the computer restarts and you log on, there will be a prompt awaiting you from the system config we did earlier. Click on the check box that says “Don’t show this again” and click “Done” or “Ok”. After you do this go back through “My Computer” and open up the properties and tools for your hard drive. This time though, your going to click on “Defragment”. Click on that and when the new window pops up click “Analyze”. This will take a couple of minutes. After it is done it will say “You should (or Should not) defragment this hard drive” Regardless of what it says just click on the “Defragment” button. REMEMBER: Only do this when not planning on using the computer for a while. (Bed, work, school) Repeat this process for each hard drive.
Step 6: Internet
One last step that is really dependant on each person and there computer is that you can delete your cookies and temporary internet files. Internet Explorer >> Tools >> Internet Properties >> delete cookies, and temporary internet files. You can also perform virus scans which may help your computer to run faster.
Step 7: Use Your Computer!
Use your now faster and more responsive computer! Glad I could help.
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Whether you’re new to Windows or an old pro, it’s important to maintain your computer and its software. Some of it can be automated, but a little effort can help save plenty of frustration.
Windows 7 is a powerful, flexible operating system, but it also needs some regular attention to keep it running smoothly. It’s much easier now than it was years ago, but it’s still all too easy to neglect. Fortunately, quite a few processes can be automated, and the rest can be added to your weekly or monthly task list and taken care of fairly quickly. Here’s what you need to do:
- Protect your computer from viruses and attacks. Microsoft Security Essentials is free, automated, and incredibly easy to configure. If you do nothing else, make sure you have this running, and you may as well uninstall any antivirus or firewall programs that came with your machine while you’re at it. They may work fine, but Microsoft got it right this time.
- Remove unnecessary programs and files. While most computers these days aren’t struggling for hard-drive space (unless you’re an inveterate media hoarder), it’s still a good idea to clear off any unwanted or unused programs now and then, as well as temporary files and other detritus. I like CCleaner for zapping programs and searching for dead files, though Revo Uninstaller is also a champ. Be sure to look carefully at what they want to delete, though; losing some things, like browser sessions, can be irritating. CCleaner removes unnecessary programs and files.
- Scan and remove malware. Many more Web sites than you would think install cookies and programs on your computer to keep tabs on you or indulge in even more nefarious shenanigans. Spybot is a fantastic, open-source program that does a great job of finding them, clearing them out, and then (if you like) watching for them in the background. This is a must for heavy Web users.
- Back up important files. It’s telling that this still doesn’t go without saying, several decades into the PC revolution. The odds are good that you know someone personally who’s lost important data to hardware failure; now is as good a time as any for you to start insuring yourself against such a catastrophe . New options make it much simpler to automate the process, and if the worst should happen, at least you’re only out some money instead of important data or memories. Back up Windows files.
- Back up your system. This may not be as important to most people as backing up pictures, e-mail, and so on, but those of us who have tweaked Windows to our liking and play around with new programs quite a bit should invest a few minutes each week or so to set up a System Restore point . It’s easy to do and keeps you from having to reinstall Windows and painstakingly set it all up the way you like in the event of a major crash.
- Clean out your hardware. If you’ve never opened up your computer, you may be surprised by how grotty it gets inside the casing. Physical cleaning is a great way to improve your machine’s longevity –just pick up a can of compressed air or a vacuum cleaner designed for computers, turn off your machine, pop the case, and get to work. Laptops are trickier, as they are harder to open up as thoroughly as desktop machines, but it’s still a good idea to do what you can.
I should point out that there are a few old-school computer maintenance tools that just aren’t that important anymore. Defragging the hard drive used to be a vital element of Windows maintenance, but Windows 7 does it automatically in the background, and you shouldn’t have to do it with your main drives. (It may still be a good idea to check auxiliary drives now and then.) Similarly, registry cleaning used to be seen as essential, but these days, it’s recognized as unnecessary, improving performance by only a tiny fraction of a percent in most cases.
They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true when it comes to computer maintenance. Here are five simple ways to keep your system running smoothly:
1. Use Antivirus Protection
To keep your computer safe, you need protection against malicious software. You should use both antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Make sure that both programs are kept up to date.
These anti-malware programs can help you avoid many of the headaches that plague computer users. Maintaining your subscriptions to these services is important, so be sure to make note of any renewal dates.
2. Back up Your Files
Frequently backing up your files is a good way to make sure that you don’t lose anything vital if your hard drive gets damaged.
Be sure to periodically back up important files to a flash drive or external hard drive. You can also use a cloud-based service to back up your files. There are several companies out there that provide in-house, off-site, and cloud-based options for data backup.
3. Defragment Your Hard Drive
Another task that must be done on a regular basis is defragmenting your hard drive. Defragmentation rearranges files that are saved on the hard drive so that they are stored in contiguous locations. This lowers the amount of time it takes to access your files.
Windows’s built-in Disk Defragmenter tool can help you with this. Before starting the defragmentation process, make sure to turn off any programs that are running in the background. The process will take much more time if you don’t shut down these programs first.
4. Perform a System Restore
If your system starts acting strangely, you can always restore the system from a point in time at which everything was running properly. Restoring the system lets you undo any negative changes that you may have made. A system restore will not affect personal files like your documents and photos.
Windows has a system in place for regularly creating restore points on your computer, but you can create a restore point manually if you want. To use the System Restore tool, just search for “System Restore” by using Windows’s search function.
5. Reformat Your Hard Drive
If your computer is still not working properly after a system restore, you may need to reformat the hard drive. This will remove everything from your computer. You will then need to reinstall Windows and all of the other programs that you are using.
Reformatting your hard drive erases everything that is stored there. This lets you remove any hidden problems. However, it will also delete all of your data, so be sure to back up your files beforehand.
It is definitely clean to preserve your pc jogging like new with the right regular renovation. Yes, your PC requires preservation, just like your vehicle. This article explains some of the things you may do to hold your pc walking speedy and smooth so that you will get higher overall performance from it.
No, you no longer purchase a computer every couple of years; until you want to have that type of money. However, many humans do not have the disposable earnings to update their computer every 3 years or quicker. If you are already experiencing laptop troubles, adore it freezing, crashing, or taking forever to load and shut down; it isn’t too past due to fix it and start getting the great performance.
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First of all, you will want to run a PC experiment on your computer at least once a month; this by myself will assist your pc run at its excellent viable velocity. It will even cast off any muddle that has constructed up over time for your pc. Once it’s miles easy, you’ll want to hold your desktop and tough disk smooth and clutter-free.
Downloading track online is another popular issue that can motivate your pc to end up sluggish and move like molasses. If you’re one of the tens of millions of those who love downloading tunes or films online, make certain that you are cleaning up on every occasion you do it. Do no longer go away with the packages or media files on your tough force; you will now not be using them again. As these files take a seat to your tough force, they may purpose your laptop to underperform, and it’ll take longer to perform matters online. Empty your trash bins and recycle packing containers on an ordinary foundation.
As you continue to take those steps, you will word that you may discover ways to maintain your pc running speedy and easy like new. You will also get lots greater execution online without having to paintings via all the litter. It does not take long to perform these steps to ensure that you get your computer’s very best overall performance.
One of the best and most inexpensive ways to talk to people today isn’t always on a mobile smartphone. A fashion in many groups uses their current Internet connections and uses VoIP services like Cisco and Vonage to make their commercial enterprise calls. Doing so will shop them huge dollars to eliminate their need for a leased line for smartphone communications. Cell phones are limited to the regions they cowl, and they generally fee more to function than Internet VoIP applications. To use your laptop to make smartphone calls, you may need a VoIP software program and a laptop headset to permit you to talk over the Internet for free; if you buy a provider along with Vonage, you could make the neighborhood long-distance calls without spending a dime. So, if deciding to move in this direction, right here are some tips while purchasing your new laptop headset.
Don’t Buy the Cheapest.
When buying a pc headset, it isn’t sensible to move for the reasonably-priced, ten-dollar model offered via the well-known technology agencies. These may function nicely enough to suit you; however, after a while, you’ll be dissatisfied with their best. Most of the less expensive models are usually fairly uncomfortable and could handiest come up with lackluster performance. Paying a bit extra for a good excellent computer headset will dramatically boom the audio exceptional of each inbound and outbound voice call. Headsets had been famous for being used with pc video games for some years now; the recent fashion in Internet gaming has helped improve the market. Bluetooth pc headsets have also been growing in recognition during the last few years within the business world to increase mobility and productivity.
Computer Headsets for Business Use
Computer headsets present the necessary interface to the laptop to permit enterprise users to make all of their contacts calls over the pc and utilize the Internet to make the decision free of charge. Headsets can also be used in an international commercial enterprise in places like call facilities to cut down on the historical past noise of having so many personnel on the smartphone at an identical time in a small location. This allows for greater personal communication as well. Gone are the times of allotting massive quantities of cash each month for mobile phone plans for every worker. Using the computer to make smartphone calls, the most effective items you want to with the aid of are the VoIP software and a reliable headset for the user to put on. This setup will prevent money in the end in comparison to today’s rate mobile wi-fi provider plans.
Computer Gaming Headsets
If you’re into laptop games for the Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii, the brand new craze is to play towards one another over the Internet. This lets customers from everywhere in the world play in opposition to every different digital space, the Internet. However, if you stay competitive in this international of excessive-tech gamers, you will want pc headset to connect to your Xbox or PlayStation. These headsets are usually wi-fi, the use of Bluetooth generation. Of direction, in case you are the traditional laptop gamer, your computer headset will be plugged into your final gaming PC, and you may be gambling something like Counter-Strike or World of Warcraft. If that is the case, you can want to go together with a USB interface in your laptop headset. This style can be wired without delay in your PC and could now not require you to update the batteries. This fashion tends to be extra comfortable and offers far high audio nice than some of the cheaper wi-fi fashions available.
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The Performance Monitor is one of many useful tools buried deep in Windows. It can generate a System Diagnostics Report with information about problems and suggestions of how to fix them. If your computer isn’t performing well or is experiencing another problem, this quick report might be able to help.
Other useful diagnostics tools include the Reliability Monitor, which provides more detailed information about crashes and other issues, and Windows Memory Diagnostics, which will check your computer’s RAM for problems.
How to Generate a Report
To generate a report, press Windows Key + R to open a Run dialog box.
Type (or copy and paste) the following command into the box and press Enter:
The Performance Monitor window will appear. Over the next 60 seconds, it’ll monitor your PC’s performance statistics so it can put together a report.
Reading the Report
After it completes, you’ll see a very detailed report with a list of information and recommendations.
The top section offers a list of “warnings” with information about issues with your system and suggested fixes. On the Windows 7 system report below, we see a warning that the system isn’t running an antivirus product registered with the Security Center.
Click the link to the right of “Related” to see more information about that problem on Microsoft’s official documentation pages.
If you need more information about a problem, click the link to the right of “Symptom” to view more detailed technical information. Those technical details may be more helpful for performing a web search and finding information about your specific problem.
Further down, you’ll see a number of “Basic System Checks.” If everything went well, you’ll see a green “Passed” result for all of them. These system checks check everything from your Windows version, SMART status to see if your hard drives are failing, and the status of various system services and hardware devices.
If any category of checks failed, expand that section for more information.
Below that, you’ll see a “Resource Overview” in the Performance section. This will show you information about your system resource usage. If there’s unusually high CPU, network, disk, or memory usage that could potentially be reducing the performance of your PC, this section will inform you of it.
At the bottom of the window, you’ll just find several sections of technical information. You shouldn’t need to dig through this information, as any problems here will be shown at the top of the report. Click the “Symptom” link for a problem and you’ll be taken to the more detailed technical information about it near the bottom of the report.
Access System Diagnostic Reports Later
If you’d like to save a report for later–perhaps you want to show or send it to someone–you can click the “File” menu and select “Save As” to save it as an HTML file on your computer or “Print” to print it as a document.
You can also access reports later, even if you didn’t save them at the time. To do so, open the Performance Monitor window. Press Windows Key + R, type the following command into the Run dialog, and press Enter:
Navigate to Performance > Reports > System > System Diagnostics. You’ll see an ordered list of every system diagnostics report you generated. The date and time the report was generated appear in each report, so you’ll know when they were captured.
This tool won’t help you solve every problem you experience, but it can provide some helpful information and give you some useful suggestions if your computer doesn’t seem to be running well.
In an ideal world, we would all be using a brand new NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti graphics card with an Intel X-Series processor.
But reality is that technology gets old fast, and almost every streamer can make things easier on their PC.
We collected some tips from StreamElements Discord support aces, we hope you’ll find them useful.
Use your Graphics Card for Encoding
It’s important to find out if any components are causing issues for you. For example, if you have such high CPU usage that your PC is slow then there is a setting in OBS called Hardware (NVENC), Hardware (VCE) or Hardware (QSV) within Settings > Output > Streaming.
When NVENC/VCE/QSV is selected this will use your graphics card to do your encoding instead of your CPU, effectively relieving some workload from the CPU and therefore making it less strained.
Load your Overlay from a single Browser Source
StreamElements takes everything possible and puts it all into one single browser source. Loading your overlay from a single source means that your CPU only has to load one source instead of several, which will reduce CPU usage by a lot.
Need help with connecting StreamElements overlay with OBS? Watch our video guide.
Adjust Video Bitrate
You can set your Video Bitrate in Settings > Output > Streaming.
The bitrate you are able to upload depends on your Internet upload, I upload at 3500 Kilobits myself (equivalent of 3.5 Megabits).
If you lower the number in this field you should notice that it uses marginally less CPU usage, I do not recommend going any lower than 2000 Kilobites, this will cause pixelation in your stream quality.
Advanced Encoder Settings
There are a couple of hidden settings within Settings > Output > Streaming
You will need to click Enable Advanced Encoder Settings to access them, then you will see the hidden options available to you.
You can enforce your upload bitrate with the limit you set, this means that you will not upload past a certain amount above your desired bitrate. This will prevent your PC from having to encode more than you feel it’s capable of handling.
The Encoder Preset option sets is simply a case of the higher the selected option means the less CPU usage.
Potentially countering drop in quality from using NVENC/VCE/QSV
If you use NVENC/VCE/QSV you can counter the drop in quality if you raise the Video Bitrate.
Be mindful of the fact that people still need to download this data. Twitch doesn’t suggest going over 6000 as an absolute maximum Video Bitrate, they can shut down your stream if you surpass this.
It’s worth remembering that 3500 is a good average for bit rate, this is what I choose to use myself as many people still don’t have very high download speed.
Downscaling your resolution
Downscaling your resolution in Settings > Video is a good way to ensure you’re downscaling so many pixels. If you downscale your resolution down from say 1080p to 720p it means that your CPU only has to encode your stream at 720p, which is only half the pixels.
Obviously not everybody has a 1080p monitor but the process is relatively the same regardless of your monitor resolution.
Selecting a Downscale Filter
The option called Downscale Filter will decide how you choose to downscale your resolution if you choose to do this.
The top option is Bilinear and it is the best option for streaming on a less powerful computer. Since it’s the fastest it doesn’t spend as much resources doing the downscale.
The information in the brackets tells you that you may experience some instances of blur if scaling with this filter, although as somebody who downscales from 1080p to 720p myself with this very same downscale filter I notice no blur, so this may require some testing.
Selecting an FPS to stream at
The FPS you stream at is also a factor in how much resources you’re using, streamers often wonder what to use between 60 or 30 FPS, 30 FPS would be a safer bet than 60 FPS with a less powerful computer.
Selecting a lower FPS will use less CPU usage not having to capture 60 frames every second but instead half of that.
Of course if you capture half the frames then you will most likely notice that the stream is not as fluid, but at least it’s less work for your CPU and still considered reasonable for most viewers.
We hope you’ll find this list helpful! Our support staff are in StreamElements Discord 24/7 and can further help with more tips and tricks and would love to hear your suggestions as well.
Microsoft’s newest operating system is getting better all the time, and if you’ve already updated, you’re no doubt wondering how to get the best software experience you can. These tips should help you improve performance on your computer by cleaning the clutter you don’t really need. Here are four things you can do to streamline your Windows 10 experience:
1. Stop programs loading at startup
Windows launches several programs at startup, so that they’re instantly available when you need them. The problem is it can actually slow down your computer. You can stop some of these apps from launching just by navigating through a few folders in the settings.
Visit the Startup tab of the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) or use Microsoft’s official (and free) Autoruns for Windows tool to see what’s launching alongside the OS. From there, you can disable anything you don’t want. If there’s a particular entry you’re not sure about, err on the side of caution and leave it be.
2. Ditch applications you don’t need
Unused applications don’t necessarily do your PC any direct harm, but they take up valuable hard disk space and room in the memory, and tend to mean Windows is working harder than it needs to. They can also cause unexpected bugs and incompatibility issues with other devices and apps.
Type “uninstall” in the taskbar search box then pick Change or remove a program to see all the applications currently stored on your machine. For any that have been gathering dust for a few months, click the relevant icon and select Uninstall, then follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
3. Disable background apps
Microsoft is a big fan of its native universal apps, which might be why it allows them to run in the background even when you haven’t actually launched them. That means you can access their features more quickly, but it’s a waste of system resources if you don’t use these apps on a regular basis.
To modify software running in the background, go to Settings from the Start menu then click Privacy and Background apps. Turn off the toggle switches next to the apps you don’t want to have running all the time. Of course, you can still launch these programs manually if you need them.