If you see that your computer does not achieve optimal performance, here are some tricks to free up its workload a bit and improve its processing speed.
Sometimes we want to do a very heavy job for which our computer is not prepared. It may be a somewhat old model that already has trouble measuring up or has a short memory. The result is poor performance that drives us crazy
The point is that we can’t always buy a better computer or inject some life into it with a more powerful memory or hard drive. In that case and before evicting the device, there are a series of tricks that can give the PC a little more air.
Free up space, update, clean up workload and other simple and quick tricks like the ones indicated below can give your computer performance a boost. They are free options that are at your disposal but that many do not know or do not dare to use.
Keep an eye on apps in the background
While you are working with a program, other applications are using your computer, they are not spying on you and it is not a bad thing, it is their job. However, these applications are taking up work space and distracting your PC so it can slow down its performance. If the task at hand requires more power, turn off other applications so that your computer can concentrate.
- Enter in the Task Manager
- Locate those that are taking up resources and turn them off
- The right button of the mouse, “Finish homework“
Free up Windows Startup for faster startup
Also in the Task Manager you can find a very useful function if your computer takes a long time to start each day. Some applications and programs start together with the whole system, it can be useful to have the work plan ready in a moment, but it is an excessive workload for many computers.
- In the Task Manager, find the Home section
- Choose the apps you can do without on startup
- Click on the right button and check Disable
Free up storage space
When storage drives, especially the hard drive or SSD where the operating system is stored, have little free space, application data is fragmented to fill gaps, and Windows has trouble doing temporary operations and updating files.
We recommend having at least 20% of the free space and if you still notice a lack of performance, try to free up more space to see if it improves your PC. Windows offers a tool called Disk Cleanup, when you open it you must mark the data you want to clean and press the Clean System files button to erase old Windows installations and restore points.
In any case, you will need to do some manual cleaning between photos, documents, games and other series of files that you can save on an external hard drive and not on your computer so as not to drown it.
This action should actually be done with any device during the first months of use after purchase. Bloatware or applications and other files that the manufacturer has installed on the device before putting it on sale. It is a way of promoting your programs and systems so that users can find and test them, but if you are not convinced it is better to eliminate it than to have it there occupying resources.
There are some free programs such as SlimComputer or PC Decrapifier that help locate leftover software and remove it. Bloatbox is also one of the simplest to perform this cleaning that can make your computer lighter.
Remove visual effects from Windows 10
Another interesting option that you can consider when the PC is a bit slow and you do not get improvements elsewhere is to simplify your work. Windows uses a number of animation effects to open and close windows, activate icons, and more. These visual effects that give you more style, but that consume some CPU resources.
You could say that they are flourishes that improve the user experience, but that we can do without if necessary:
- In the search bar type: sysdm.cpl
- Open that window and select Advanced configuration
- Select settings for visual effects
- You can customize with your choice or check the box “Adjust for best performance“
Along with the previous trick we can also deactivate another visual effect of Windows, very attractive, but very heavy, such as transparencies. Little by little we are adding performance to the most important tasks and subtracting from the rest. The Start menu, the taskbar and the Action Center have different layouts that we can customize, and transparencies are more work than a simple opaque color.
- To deactivate them, just enter Configuration (Windows + I)
- Choose section Personalization Y Colors
- Turn off transparencies and choose a color that we like for our new basic Windows
Activate Windows automatic maintenance
Computers also perform maintenance processes on their own to preserve the best quality and maximum performance. Every day Windows performs a series of checks, scans the security of the device for faults and makes a diagnosis of it to keep the PC with the best performance and without any problems.
This process should be enabled when the computer is charging and idle, but the feature may have been disabled. Check that it is working:
- Open the Control Panel
- Choose Security system and then Security and Maintenance
- They look in Maintenance automatic function
- You can tell the system to do it at the moment with the button Start maintenance or enter configuration to manage its operation. However, you may see that the last execution date is close, that means it works fine.
The previous example is a clear example of why you have to trust Windows to manage and keep your devices ready. Although it is an operating system prone to failures with each update, the problems are often seen more than the advantages, which are many.
With the multiple updates that reach us throughout the year, Microsoft corrects system errors, strengthens the performance of the devices and protects the system from possible attacks, that is, it keeps your antivirus up to date to fight against the threats that are discovered In the net. That is why it is important to keep your device up to date.
Simply click on the shutdown button and choose the Update and restart option. But if you want to know how to check the version of Windows you have and if there is an update available at the moment, here is a complete tutorial.
Turn the computer off and on
Another trick, the simplest of all, is to restart the device every so often. As you use the computer, its memory decreases, processes slow down and everything seems to go downhill. When you restart the computer, that RAM memory is cleaned and everything is ready to work again, eliminating background processes or accumulated tasks.
Activate Ready Boost
Windows 10 offers a function to integrate an external high-speed USB drive, a pendrive or an SD card, with which to expand the RAM memory instead of changing computers or installing a new memory that can be more expensive. This feature is called Ready Boost.
Not just any USB stick is worth it, it must be a high-performance device with a good reading and writing speed. Also, keep in mind that this option is no better than buying more modern hardware, but if you need a push in a timely manner, it is an alternative to consider.
- Enter in the File Browser Windows
- Click on the external drive that will appear in the right-click side menu mouse
- Accede to Properties
- Look for the ReadyBoost section. Windows 10 performs an analysis of the device, in case you have little space (it is not our case) it will allow you to use it.
With these simple tricks your PC should already be showing signs of relief and working faster. If you still want to know more tricks, here we leave you a more extensive list so that you can consult new options.