Slow PCs are a pain! But we’ve got some easy ways to speed them up. In part 1 and part 2 of this series we looked at ways to remove unwanted programs and clean up old files that could be slowing you down.
But we aren’t finished. There’s still a lot more you can do, like disable unnecessary programs when Windows starts up.
When Windows starts up, many programs tend to initiate in the background. The more the programs that initiate at start-up, the more time it will take your computer to boot. Most of these programs don’t even need to be running at time. Here we’re going to use CCleaner, which we discussed how to download in this article. So if you aren’t familiar with CCleaner, click here to read about it first. Here’s how you can disable them with CCleaner:
Click the Tools tab and then Startup:
Now, select the programs you don’t want to initiate at startup and click Disable. It also gives you the option to enable the programs you want to initiate at startup.
Now, we’re going to take care of any unwanted extensions in your browsers.
What most users don’t know is that unwanted extensions can be installed maliciously as well as with other programs. These extensions are a big reason for the slow browser and internet speeds. CCleaner gives you a complete list of all the extensions installed on all your browsers and the option to disable/delete them.
In the Tools tab, under Startup, CCleaner displays the extensions installed according to the browsers. Select the extensions you don’t need and disable/delete them.
You could also how visual effects look on your computer. That’s if you don’t mind the rudimentary appearance of your computer screen, then this tip will improve your computer speeds even more. Limiting/disabling the visual effects of the computer screen can enhance system performance. Here’s how you can do it.
Click on the Start menu and the click on Control Panel:
Next, click on Performance and Tools.
If you can’t see the “Performance and Tools” icon, click on View By: and select Large Icons.
Now, click on Adjust Visual Effects:
The dialogue box for Performance Options will open. Then select “Adjust for Best Performance”. You can also select Custom and chose the visual effects you still want to experience.
Personally, we find selecting Custom and choosing only the last option of “Use visual styles on windows and buttons” greatly improves performance without completely sacrificing the aesthetic appeal of Windows.
Implementing the tips in this series of articles can greatly improve the speed of your computer and also prevent crashing and freezing problems.