With the passage of time it is not uncommon for us to begin to notice the computer slower than normal. Installing applications and programs, having a full hard drive or a browser collapsed with tabs when browsing, are some of the reasons why we just want to throw it out the window. With computing it is not only necessary to be patient, you also have to know how to maintain order and common sense. Because we are sure that you would like to have your laptop or PC as the first day you released it, we have developed a series of simple tips that you should put into practice. Take note.
1. Remove programs you don't use
One of the basic rules for your computer to go faster is to uninstall those programs or applications that you are no longer using. Think that everything you accumulate causes the system to have to manage a lot of content and that, therefore, it does not work with ease. In this way, it is essential to only have the applications, programs or files that we are going to take advantage of. It is useless to have Photoshop installed if in the end we use it once every three months. For those cases, it is best to have an external hard drive and have them stored here so that we can go there when we need it.
We also advise you to schedule cleanings so that things do not continue to accumulate. Thus, it will not cost you so much work to do them. Set one day a month to erase everything you don't want to have or record it on an external drive.
2. Delete temporary files
It is not only essential to have a clean and tidy computer, it is also necessary to delete temporary files to speed it up. These small bits of information are only needed at one point in time, but are then stored on the hard drive despite being of no use. To give you an idea, they can occupy gigs of space, consuming all kinds of resources. Their presence contributes to the laptop slowing down and sometimes even becoming unresponsive.
Deleting temporary files is very easy. In Windows 10 you just have to enter the Settings menu , click on System and enter Storage. In the right column, click on the hard drive (C) to access the memory settings of the system's main hard drive. Inside you will see the option of temporary files, being able to delete the ones you want.
Another option is to install a program like CCleaner, which will help you clean all kinds of useless files that are taking up space on your computer. If you wish you can combine the two things at the same time.
3. Close background programs
Believe it or not, there are times when programs running in the background can greatly affect the speed of the laptop. Locate them in the new Windows 10 task manager. Under Run as administrator and Processes tab. To find out which programs are affecting the performance of your computer the most, look at the memory and CPU columns. If you go to the Network tab, you can also check if there are other tools that are consuming resources. Deactivate the ones you want.
4. Change your hard drive for an SSD
Those users who have replaced their old hard drive with an SSD drive have noticed an obvious improvement in the overall performance of the notebook. This is because this type of disc only works with chips and not with mechanical parts. Also, it is a good idea to install the operating system on an SSD drive and have secondary traditional hard drives to store large programs, data and files.
5. Always ventilated
Surely you have verified that the hotter it is, the worse the equipment is. This is no accident. The fact that it does not cool properly can affect the speed, to the point that the laptop can turn off because it no longer exceeds itself. Now that the good weather is approaching, if you don't want your computer to go pedals, think of a solution. We recommend you buy a cooling base that includes a fan and put it on top when you feel excessively hot. Another option is to change the thermal paste. For about 10 euros, which is what a professional usually asks for, you will get an obvious improvement in terms of speed on the days when the thermometers go off.
6. Beware of startup programs
When installing a new program, it is common to check the option that it opens when the system starts. It is something mechanical that can cause the computer to slow down tremendously as soon as it is started. The vast majority of these programs allow us to modify the configuration to choose whether we want it to start when we log in or not. In case this possibility is not available, go to the start menu with the right button and choose Task Manager, Run as administrator. Then click on the Start tab to see how many programs are running as soon as the laptop starts up. Choose the programs that interest you and click on Disable.
7. Increase RAM
And if things get really ugly, increase your RAM. If your computer allows it and you have never done it, putting a larger module will make your computer run much looser and better manage the programs and processes you carry out. If you have 4 or 8 GB, going up to 16 or 32 GB will make you notice the difference. It will be a great respite, but don't forget to put into practice the rest of the things we have mentioned so that the result is much better.