When your computers are new, they are very shiny and fast. Programs open and load within a matter of seconds in your state-of-the-art PC, but over time, the speed gradually declines. You might not notice it immediately, but after you download junk from the internet, install dozens of programs and load the PC with antivirus and anti-malware tools, its speed goes downhill. In the end, you are left wondering what exactly happened to your beloved PC. Being in the industry for past several years, I can tell you guys for sure that regardless of the cause of this slow down, there are a lot of ways to deal with a slow Windows 7 PC and optimize it for better performance, even without making any upgrades to the hardware. Some of the effective ways are as follows:
Delete Unused Programs
Numerous PC manufacturers pack a variety of programs into new computers and some of them are not needed by the user. These often comprise of limited-edition versions and trial editions of programs that software companies want to sell. If you don’t want these programs, keeping them on is simply going to slow it down because it uses precious processing power, disk space and memory. Therefore, it is a good idea to delete all the programs that you don’t intend to use. This doesn’t only include software installed by the manufacturer, but also what you installed and then stopped using. Utility programs are on that list, which include backup tools, disc cleaners and virus scanners that run at startup automatically and continue chugging quietly.
Limit the Number of Programs Running at Startup
There are numerous programs that are designed to start automatically at the start of Windows. Software manufacturers often make programs that open in the background where they aren’t visible, but will open immediately once the icon is clicked. If the program is used a lot, this can be helpful, but if it isn’t, then it is only a waste of precious memory and increases the time taken by Windows to startup.
Defragment the Hard Disk
Because of fragmentation, the hard disk has to work harder and this can slow down the PC. The fragmented data can be rearranged by the disk defragmenter so the hard disk is able to function more efficiently. Defragmentation can be done manually or an automatic program can also be used for this purpose.
Clean up the Hard Disk
Disk space is taken up by unnecessarily files on the hard disk and they can also slow down the computer. The recycle bin is emptied, temporary files are removed and even a number of system files are deleted in disk cleanup, which are no longer required.
Run Fewer Programs At Once
Sometimes, the PC’s performance can be affected by changing the computer behavior. Don’t be shocked if your PC is bogged down when you open a dozen browser windows at once, chat with friends and open eight programs together. Memory is also used up if you open a lot of email messages. Do you really need to keep so many windows and programs open at the same time? Close the ones you don’t need and your PC is going to speed up. Don’t run more than one antivirus program at the same time.
Turn off Visual Effects
Disabling or adjusting some of the visual effects is an excellent way to speed up you Windows 7 if it is slowing down. It is a battle between performance and appearance. If you scale back a bit on the prettiness, your Windows will speed up and perform better. Let go of the bells and whistles either one by one, depending on your choice or allow the PC to turn them off automatically. The number of visual effects that can be controlled by the user is 20 such as the displaying of shadows, the opening and closing of menus and the transparent glass look.
If you use your PC heavily, it is best to restart it frequently i.e. at least once a week. This is an excellent way to clear off some memory and shut down any errant programs and processes that might have started up. All the software that is running is closed when the PC is restarted. This doesn’t only include programs that are showing on the taskbar, but also those that were initiated by various programs, but didn’t stop.
Performance Troubleshooter or Optimizing Software
This troubleshooter is designed for automatically finding and fixing problems that slow the PC down. BoostSpeed is a software that can be used by individuals for cleaning up, repairing and speeding up their Windows 7 when they encounter problems with its performance. It is a quick and effective solution that allows users to sit back and let the software do all the work. With BoostSpeed, the computer will be running optimally in no time.