Greetings, everyone! I’m Markus, and if you’re like many of us, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of a computer that doesn’t run as smoothly as it used to. In this article, we’re going to explore 10 specific tips that you can try in Windows to enhance your computer’s performance. While hardware upgrades are the ultimate solution, these tricks can make a noticeable difference, especially for lower-end computers. Keep in mind that if you recently upgraded your system and it’s still slow, these tips may not be as effective.
Turn Off Visual Effects:
For those with low-end hardware, consider turning off visual effects in Windows. Navigate to “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” through the Start menu, and choose “Adjust for best performance.” This will remove fancy animations and graphical effects, potentially improving performance on less powerful machines.
Optimize Dual Boot Settings:
If you dual-boot your computer, reduce the time it spends at the operating system selection menu. Access the settings by typing “This PC” in the Start menu, selecting Properties, then navigating to “Change Settings,” Advanced, Startup and Recovery. Adjust the “Time to Display list of operating systems” to a shorter duration.
High-Performance Power Plan:
Switching to a high-performance power plan can boost your computer’s speed. Access this setting through the Start menu, then Settings, System, Power & Sleep, and Additional Power Options. Choose the High-Performance option, but be cautious with laptops running on battery, as it may significantly impact battery life.
Manage Windows Search Indexing:
Limit or disable Windows search indexing if you have a large number of files. Access this setting through Settings, Search, Searching Windows, and choose between classic and enhanced indexing based on your needs.
Take advantage of ReadyBoost by inserting a USB drive to serve as additional, albeit slower, RAM. Adjust the settings through This PC, right-clicking the flash drive, selecting Properties, and then navigating to ReadyBoost. This feature is more beneficial for systems with limited RAM.
Adjust Page File Size:
Optimize the page file size to enhance performance. Go to Start, type “This PC,” select Properties, Advanced System Settings, Performance Settings, Advanced, and Virtual Memory. Customize the page file size based on your system’s needs.
Run System File Checker and DISM:
Use the System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Service and Management Tool (DISM) to identify and repair corrupted files. Open Command Prompt as an administrator and type “sfc /scannow” and “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth” sequentially. Restart your computer and rerun SFC for a thorough check.
Leverage Windows Automated Maintenance:
Ensure Windows Automated Maintenance is running efficiently. Access it through the Control Panel, System and Security, Security and Maintenance, and check the last run date. Adjust maintenance settings as needed.
Consider ReadyBoost for Extra RAM:
If you’ve exhausted other options, use the “Reset This PC” feature to restore Windows to its default state. Access this through Settings, Update and Security, Recovery, and then Reset This PC. Back up your files before proceeding.
These 10 tips, ranging from visual adjustments to advanced system checks, provide a comprehensive guide to improving your computer’s performance on Windows. While not every tip may apply to your situation, trying a combination of these methods can significantly enhance the speed and responsiveness of your computer. Remember to always back up important data before making significant changes to your system. If you found these tips helpful, share your thoughts in the comments, and let’s keep our computers running smoothly!