We all know how frustrating it can get when our PC runs very slowly and takes a longer time to perform the simplest of tasks.
A slow computer ends up wasting time, effort and money in the long run.
While you can always approach or repair your Windows PC and get it up to speed, following certain fundamental rules of maintenance can usually help you to fix the lag problem on your System.
1. Try the Troubleshooter Performance
The best thing that you can try is the Performance troubleshooter, which can be easily found to fix the problems. The Performance troubleshooter checks issues that might slow down your computer's and Laptop performance, such as how many users are logged on to the computer and whether there are multiple programs are running at the same time or any unwanted action performance.
Just Open the Performance troubleshooter by clicking the Start button, and then click the Control Panel. In the search box, type the troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under System and Security settings, just click Check for performance issues.
2. Uninstall the Programs you Never Use
Many PC manufacturers, when filling a new computer with programs you might even get many unwanted programs. These include trial editions and limited-edition program versions and then after a certain period you need to pay to obtain the upgraded versions or newer versions. If you decide that you don't want them, keeping the software on your computer might slow it down by using precious memory and processing power. It is a good idea to uninstall all kinds of programs you don't use.
This included-both manufacturer-installed software and software you installed it yourself but don't use it anymore especially utility programs software. Utility programs such as virus scanners and disk cleanup run automatically at the startup, quietly along in the background where you can't see them. Many people have no idea they're even running background.
3. Defragment your Hard Disk
Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer System. Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data so your hard disk can work more effectively and efficiently.
Disk Defragmenter runs on schedule time, but you can also defragment your hard disk manually.
4. Clean up your Hard Disk
Unnecessary files on your hard-disk can take huge disk space and slow down your computer System. Disk Cleanup removes temporary files, empties your Recycle Bin, and removes system files and other items that you won't need anymore.
5. Run Fewer Program At Same Time
Sometimes changing your computing behaviour can have been a big impact on your PCs and Laptop performance. If you're a type of computer user who likes to keep ten programs and dozens of browser windows open at once—don't be surprised if your PC slows down. Keeping a lot of e‑mail messages open can also use up the memory of RAM.
Make sure you're only running one antivirus program on the system. Running more than one antivirus program on your computer can also slow it down easily. Fortunately, If you're running more than one antivirus program, Action Center notifies you can help you and fix the problem.
6. Turn Off Visual Effects
To adjust all visual effects for best performance:
- Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, in the list of search results, click on Performance Information and Tools.
- Click on Adjust visual effects. If you're an administrator you might not need password or confirmation, type the password or provide the confirmation.
- Click the Visual Effects tab, click Adjust for best performance, and then just simply click OK. (For less drastic options, select Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer.)
7. Restart Regularly
This tip is so simple. Just restart your PC at least once a week, especially if you use it a lot of time. Restarting a PC is a good way to clear out its memory and ensure that any processes and services that started running get shut down. Restart closes all the software services running on your PC not only the programs you see running on the taskbar but also lots of services that might have been never used and started by various programs and never try to stop.
Restarting can fix mysterious various performance problems when the exact cause is hard to find out.
8. Check for Viruses And Spyware
Spyware is a type of program that's installed, usually without your knowledge, to watch your activities on the Internet. You can check the spyware with Windows Defender or any other antispyware programs.
The best way to deal with viruses is to prevent them. Always run one antivirus software and keep your pc up to date.
9. Check Your Computer’s Speed
If you try these all above tips and your computer is still too slow, you might need a new PC or some hardware such as a new hard disk or video card. Windows provides a way to check your PC's speed with a tool called the Windows Experience Index. The Windows Experience Index rates your computer gives you a number for each, as well as an overall base score. Base scores currently range from 1 to 8. If your PC is rated lower than 3, it might be time to consider a new PC, depending on the tasks you want to do with your Computer System.
10. Remove Junk Files Like Temp And Prefetch
Temp files are created when Windows shuts down in an irregular manner, and your computer doesn't need them to function, so these are good candidates. Prefetch files are more complicated. They are created when an application runs for the first time. Both files are unwanted and unused so delete it.