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7 EASY steps to speed up your computer

20 November 2016

I will very simply tell you, step by step, how to clean, organize and considerably speed up your Windows computer.

1. Control panel (if in Win8, right-click with the mouse over the bottom-left corner), and "Uninstall programs". There probably will be a lot of crap software that has installed itself there, so remove everything you don't regularly use.

windows control panel pic

If I was you, I would even remove the antivirus if it has installed too much stuff in your system... Never! open a file that you have downloaded from the internet, if you are not sure about its origins, and SPECIALLY if it's an .exe file.

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2. In general, delete as much as you can... programs you don't use often, heavy files like videos, films, documentaries... definitively games. If possible and available, use the portable version of the program (so you don't have to install anything).

Delete some, modify and organize your Desktop files... it will feel better.

The emptier your hard disk, the smoother your system will function and start up.

3. Now go to Start (again, if in Win8, right-click in the bottom-left corner of the screen), "run (or execute)", then write "msconfig" and hit enter. There you will find a tab dedicated to the processes that are being executed in your pc automatically when you start it (its name depends on your OS, it could be boot.ini or services or startup...)

start and msconfig start up programs

This is bad because there will be things here that you don't want running and spending resources all the time... without you even knowing. So just go ahead and deactivate those, but be very careful, there are things that are essential in there. You can always search in Google for the name of that thing, see what it is about...

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4. Use the Disk Cleanup tool to delete the stuff in the "temp" folder, useless records, emptying up your bin, etc... very useful! It may take a while though, don't worry about that.

windows disk cleanup tool

Disk Defragmentator as well is a great tool to let your disks order themselves a little bit. Nowadays most systems do these on their own, automatically, but check it out anyway just in case.

You will find these tools looking for Administrative Tools, in Windows. If you have trouble finding that, read this help page from Microsoft.

5. You can even right-click in Desktop > Personalize... and change your theme to the classic silver look, with more squared windows and buttons. It's easier on the cpu and graphics unit so it does help a little bit.

Even leaving the Desktop's background black speeds up a little the rendering of it when you come off some application or game, for example. Surely you must have seen the icons in your desktop loading their pictures and names with delay, sometimes.

6. This is optional but it would also improve your system's performance and smoothness of use, if you do it right (it can make big difference, in fact).

Thing is, it doesn't look that fancy and you can obviously fit less stuff in the screen but: Reduce your screen resolution!

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7. Lastly, make sure your computer has good ventilation, physically speaking. Let it breathe from all angles... if not, it will warm up excessively and whether it is a laptop, pc, tablet or even smartphone... the hotter the slower!

There are physical reasons for that... electrons flow better when their surroundings are cooler.

THE END! Now your system should flow a bit faster than before. With a little bit of luck, those videos that didn't run properly now do.

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