Call us on: 02920 887 362
Insights /

How to speed up your computer in Windows 10

When turning it off and off again just doesn’t do the trick. We’ve got some easy tips to help you speed up your computer in Windows 10.

 

PC’s naturally decline over time, but if you have found your machine suddenly stops or slows down, there could be a few reasons that you can control.

 

Find out the source of the problem

When your PC runs day to day, it uses up a lot of your CPU resources running programs. Therefore, if your machine has suddenly started running slower, it could be one program taking up a lot of those resources.

To find out what your processes are and what is happening to them right now open your task manager. To bring up your task manager, use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.

From here, click the ‘More details’ button at the bottom. Now you can look along the columns to find out what program is taking up most of your CPU. Then you can end the task of it and see if your PC speed improves.

Close system tray programs

Many programs run in the background whilst you are using your PC.

These programs usually open at startup and continue to run in the background but are hidden from your taskbar. To find them, simply click the upwards arrow in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. Now you can hover and see what programs are running. To close them, right click and choose ‘Exit’.

Startup programs

There’s so much more than just turning on your computer…

Making sure you know what is required for you when you turn on your computer, can save your pc opening needless programs. Therefore, saving you time and lots of computer processing power.

Using the previous keyboard shortcut of ‘CTRL + SHIFT + ESC‘ bring up the task manager and select the tab ‘startup’ along the top.

From here, you can see what programs are launching on startup and decide whether you require them.

Free up disk space

A simple technique that a lot of computer users simply forget to do. Not emptying the recycle bin for months on end can see your storage quickly fill up.

Aside from this, you can perform a disk cleanup where you can delete a whole host of different files that your computer is clinging onto.

Just head to your windows search bar and look for ‘Disk Cleanup’. After opening the result, you should see this window.

Here you can go through and check off which files you would like to lose. Each section will clearly explain what the files are and how they are used.

Related post: Tech Tips: How to restore a closed web page

Uninstall programs

The biggest culprit, unwanted programs that are never used!

After using your PC for a number of weeks, months and years. There is bound to be numerous programs which you have no use for but have never been deleted. Here’s how to look through your programs and simply uninstall the ones you don’t need.

Using the windows search bar, look for Control Panel. Open it up and go to ‘Uninstall a program’ located under the ‘Programs’ title.

From here you should see all your programs listed, you can then filter them by name, date, and size. Now you can select the program and click the uninstall button on the top menu bar.

The uninstallation wizard will then guide you through the steps to remove the PC. After you have removed a program, it’s recommended to restart your PC to make sure the computer can remove any temporary files.

 

There we have it, these quick tips should allow you to identify what programs are slowing down your PC and how to sort it out!

Next steps?

If you have any other questions about general PC issues or upgrading your current setup. Then please get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at info@excellence-it.co.uk

← Back to the blog

You might also be interested in:

A Quick Intro to Patching

What is patching? And why do IT people talk about it so much?

When should you outsource your IT?

The short answer, and the one you’d expect from an IT support provider, is as soon as you can. But there’s a bit more to it than that.

Excellence on Ice