22th Oct. 2017
Everybody wants a fast PC... and everyone deserves it. Almost everybody tries to get the highest performance out of his build... but not everyone is able to do it. What is the difference in this second case? The expertizes what you can get by reading articles like this one!
This post will list some pro tips to increase your Windows's performance for free and without software luring with false promises. Let's see how much speed can we gain!
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Well, probably... a lot of things would be much easier with Tesla. No-no, not with Tesla. They can help too, but I meant Tesla. The Nikola one... in the picture. Or two.
It's so sad, but we can't get anything from nothing. So now we won't increase our PC's performance but we will rearrange the resources for useful things.
You can also overclock your rig but that's another story.
What slows you down?
Generally, it isn't hard to find what eats your performance. Just open Task Manager, switch to the "Details" tab and look at processes that use a lot of CPU and/or RAM!
This shows you the values at the current time so you should check this list multiple times while you use your computer. This way you can identify the software which are slowing down the PC.
After this, you have to determine if a process is important for you (or for the OS) or not! You can do this by just searching for its "Name" in Google.
Now let's see how can we get rid of the unuseful ones!
1) Disable Startup Programs
If you kill the unnecessary processes they won't steal the resources. But it's much better not to start them.
At first, use Task Manager and switch to the "Startup" tab! Here you can disable the autostart of a software by right-clicking it and selecting "Disable".
After you managed this, let's see the other startup software! (Yes, there can be more.) Open Task Scheduler! You can find it by typing "Task Scheduler" in Start Menu.
Here you find tasks organized in folders. If you want to disallow the execution of a task, you can just disable or delete it. Both functions are available on the right side of the window or in the right-click menu.
2) The same but for Services
You've disabled startup programs but there are services too. To list them type "Services" in Start menu and open it!
You can use Google again to get information about the individual services. Right-click the unuseful service and select "Properties"! To disable its autostart set the "Startup type" to "Manual"! To fully disable it, set "Disabled" as startup type!
3) Optimizing Win's GUI
On weaker builds, this can help a lot and not just in visualization's speed. Go to Control Panel >> System and Security >> System >> Advanced system settings! In the opened System Properties window, switch to the "Advanced" tab and click the Settings... button in the Performance group! Then you have to see this list in the Visual Effects tab:
Most of the effects can be disabled without causing a big change in visualization but they have a large impact on performance. Uncheck all and apply the changes! After that, you can enable the ones you would like to keep.
It's possible that your PC is infected. The effect on the speed depends on the type of the virus. If you've got a zombie bitcoin miner, you'll feel that you have a supercomputer after you remove it. So if you haven't run any virus checks long ago, then do it!
5) The Browser, itself
If you primarily use your PC to access the internet then this can be an important point for you. How many toolbars do you really use? Got it? Now remove all of the others! And which plugins do you utilize? Great. Then remove the others! Add-ons? Keep it up! Is it faster? Much faster!
You can search the specific method for your browser.
6) What should I do with disk space?
Nothing. Nothing! Nothing! I can't say it enough that the amount of free disk space DOES NOT AFFECT your computer's speed.
The defragmentation is a similar thing. It was a good practice... 10 years ago. Now its impact is close to zero. I can also say this to the clearing of the registry.
7) Do you want a drastic solution?
Then reinstall the Windows! After that, you should do the steps listed above. Definitely, this is the best practice to gain speed. It completely removes the additional problems and process overheads your OS gathered during use. Reinstallation is very worth it! So if you have some free time, don't fear to do it!
8) Xtremely fast boot
If you are among the lucky ones whose motherboard supports some kind of boot acceleration then you would be a complete fool if you didn't use it. It doesn't affect any other things, but it has an incredible impact on booting time. With GPT system partition, you can select "Ultra Fast" boot mode in your mobo's BIOS. This option can easily result in 3 times faster boot than with the traditional method. See your motherboard's documentation to learn how to activate it!
With these steps, you can speed up your PC by using software modifications only. So you don't have to buy new parts or a new computer which means you saved money today! Finally, an article what has palpable value!
We wish you high clocks and low temperatures!