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Increase Your PC's Performance With These Simple Steps



Many people use their computers at work and at home for work, play, and everything in between. One of the most frustrating things people encounter daily is needing to perform a task on a time constraint while dealing with an incredibly slow computer. Sometimes it's as if it is severely bogged down, but other times it may seem fine. Fortunately, if it is sluggish due to being bogged down, it is often possible to speed the system up a bit. Here are a few simple suggestions to try that will typically help boost a Windows 10 computer's performance.

Adjust Your Power Plan

Your computer has a default power plan set when you purchase it, but it's not practical for everyone. Your ideal power plan settings depend on how you use your computer, so you may have more success adjusting the power plan a bit. Similar to pole numbering, the "Balanced" plan balances PC performance with the amount the system consumes. You can also choose the "High performance" plan, which will speed up your PC but will likely use more energy. The high-performance plan may not be your best option if you're using a laptop that you can't plug in for a while. If you check your power plan settings and it is set to "Power saver," this is probably one thing that is causing your system to run slow. You can also customize a power plan to better fit the way you use your computer.

Remove Unnecessary Software and Apps

Most computers come with several types of "bloatware" pre-installed. These are often pretty useless for many people, especially given the amount of storage they require. To uninstall, you can go to the Start menu and right-click on Windows apps that you don't want. Also, go to the Control Panel for another list of the software on your computer. You can remove anything you don't need from there.

Use Your Utilities

If you have a traditional mechanical hard drive (versus a solid-state drive), your PC has utilities that enable you to perform some extra maintenance manually. Use the utility labeled Defragment and Optimize Drives. You can select the drive and then select "Optimize." You can also use the disk cleanup utility by searching for "Disk Cleanup." Finally, the ReadyBoost feature on your Windows 10 PC can sometimes help speed up your system. With this feature, your system can use a USB thumb drive as a cache, freeing up a portion of your hard drive.

Modify Your Startup Programs

A slow booting computer commonly signifies many programs trying to start up when Windows begins booting. Some of the programs are absolutely necessary for the startup, but many are not. Any of the programs that are not critical upon startup can be disabled. Modify these programs by going to your PC's Task Manager, clicking the "Startup" tab, and selecting the programs you want to disable from immediately booting.

Check Your Available Storage

It's helpful to check your PC's storage. Windows 10 makes it easier to manage than in the past; all you have to do is open Settings, then System > Storage to view the usage summary of everything involved in your PC's primary storage. Be careful not to delete anything you can't identify, as they could be essential items. If there's a question, just leave it to avoid any potential problem. Windows 10 has a Storage Sense feature which helps determine what is safe to delete and is not needed. When you activate it, this feature will automatically delete unneeded "junk," such as temporary files.

Your computer may be running slow, but this doesn't mean that you have to buy new hardware to work faster. You may be able to avoid spending money on an upgrade. Try these tips today to see if you can boost your system's performance.


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