We all know how annoying it is when our computers are running slowly. In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, if we have to wait longer than a few seconds for something to load on our laptops, we get impatient and feel like we’re wasting our time. Not unexpectedly, Business Wire recorded that 66 percent of Americans state that one of their greatest frustrations is waiting for a program they know should be quicker. More specifically, one study in the UK showed that sluggish computers would cost organizations 5.5 days of missed output per employee per year.
Luckily, there are options to make the computer run quicker if you think it’s running slower than it should be. If you have a windows laptop / PC, here are 10 tips to try before you start bringing a hammer to your computer.
In this article I will address 6 steps to ensure you get maximum output from your computer
Make sure to follow the steps as stated
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1. Turn off delivery optimization
As Windows installs an update or app using Distribution Optimization, it can scan for other PCs on your local network (or from the Internet, depending on your settings) who have already downloaded the update or app. Windows doesn’t download the whole file from a single site. The download is broken down into smaller pieces instead. Windows would then get parts of the upgrade or software from the PCs that have it, and parts from Microsoft. Windows uses the easiest, most secure update source for each portion of it.
- Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options.
- Select Delivery Optimization
- Turn it off
2. Change power plan of your PC – Turn on high performance mode
Computers have various power plans (usually Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance) to monitor how power is used by the machine. Some configurations maximize battery life by reducing efficiency, however High Performance can improve the speed and performance of your computer. Notice that this will only work on your desktop, as the High-performance mode on your laptop will kill the power.
- Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
- Type in the following text, and then press Enter. powercfg.cpl
- In the Power Options window, under Select a power plan, choose High Performance.
- If you do not see the High-Performance option, click the down arrow next to Show additional plans
3. Disk clean up
It’s a win-win. It will boost efficiency and free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleaner has been around forever, but this trustworthy Windows tool will still help clear up temporary files, installers, and other garbage litters on your hard drive. To run it, just check for Disk Cleanup, run it, and press the Clean Up system Files button.
To delete temporary files:
- In the search box on the taskbar, type disk cleanup, and select Disk Cleanup from the list of results.
- Select the drive you want to clean up, and then select OK.
- Under Files to delete, select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it.
- Select OK.
If you need to free up more space, you can also delete system files:
- In Disk Cleanup, select Clean up system files.
- Select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it.
- Select OK.
4. Adjust For Best Performance
When the computer boots up, the boot menu will be shown for a certain period of time before the operating system loads. This gives you time to do stuff like starting Windows in Safe Mode. You will cut a few seconds off your initialization time by adjusting the timeout of the boot menu, which is set to 30 seconds by default.
To do this, click on the Start button and click settings. Go to System >on the left side click > About > on the right side click> Advanced system settings, and, under Advance on the performance tab click > settings and click on > Adjust for best performance
5. Maximum processor settings
On the search box
Type system configuration>click to open
And select boot option>
Click on advance option> check on number of processors > change it to max and then
- Uncheck the option> click on ok
- And click on apply> prompt to restart just restart