It’s a common frustration to have a slow-running computer, which should not be the case with decent hardware and proper operating system configuration. While we won’t delve deeply into hardware issues, we can explore Windows settings to ensure optimal performance. If we neglect these settings, over time, our computer’s performance may deteriorate. In this article, we’ll focus on two Windows features I disabled to optimize my PC’s speed.
Adjusting Windows Performance and Appearance:
One of the initial steps to enhance your computer’s performance is to configure visual effects, such as animations and shadow effects, which can impact Windows PC performance to varying degrees. If you’re experiencing slow performance, follow these steps:
Go to the search bar on the Windows taskbar.
Type “Performance” and select “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” from the results.
Inside the settings, click on “Visual Effects” and select the “Adjust for Best Performance” option.
Finally, click “Apply,” restart your PC, and you’ll notice improved speed.
While this can be a drastic measure, it’s highly effective. Alternatively, you can choose the “Custom” option and selectively re-enable some visual effects to maintain a more appealing interface.
Disabling Startup Programs:
If your computer takes a long time to boot up, the issue likely lies in the configuration of programs that automatically launch during startup. To address this problem, disable unnecessary startup programs:
Click the Windows button on the taskbar.
Type “Settings” and open the Settings menu.
Navigate to “Applications.”
Click on the “Startup” tab.
Here, you’ll find a list of programs that launch when your PC starts, along with their impact on system performance.
Deactivate programs that you don’t need, particularly those with a high impact on performance.
This adjustment will significantly reduce the time it takes for your computer to start up since fewer programs will load in the background. You can also check for additional startup programs by examining the icons in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar. Click the arrow-shaped icon to reveal more items.
If, despite these efforts, a program continues to start automatically during Windows startup, consider scanning for viruses and malware. A virus could be causing system disruption, in which case you should rely on your antivirus software for complete removal. If none of these steps improve your computer’s performance, you can consider a complete format and OS reinstallation as a last resort.
These solutions should be explored before considering hardware upgrades, such as installing a new SSD or purchasing a new computer with updated features.