Over the past few years, PC software and video games have become much more difficult to run on older computers. It can be almost impossible to run new games such as Fortnite and Apex Legends. However, you can help speed up your computer by doing simple maintenance tasks. Below are a few tips on how you can speed up your PC or laptop.
- 1 – Use AVG TuneUp
AVG is a handy piece of software that everyone who owns a computer needs. TuneUp cleans up your computer and performs maintenance to help speed up your computer. In the past, I’ve found TuneUp to be really useful. TuneUp also has tons of other features such as space saver and a problem fixer. If you are looking for a decent performance booster, TuneUp will work very well.
- 2 – Delete anything you don’t use
We all have a ton of bloatware and rubbish on our computers. Files from years ago that we never use, programs that we installed just for fun and a bunch of useless photos. However, these files and programs all use up a lot of storage space. Believe it or not, but the more files you have, the slower your PC becomes as it has to load more. Delete or backup everything except for the stuff you need. If you have a ton of old files that you don’t need now but may need in the future, upload it to the cloud with Google Drive or Dropbox. It will be more convenient and safer. More than 60% of the files we store on our computers is rubbish, on average. Also, make sure you empty that recycle bin.
- 3. Make sure you have high-performance settings on
You would not believe the number of times people have their laptops set to low performance without realising it. Your computer can also automatically set your computer to battery saver which can seriously affect your laptops performance. If you would like to set your laptop to high-performance mode, Open the control panel, enter “System and Security”, then “Power Options”. Then click “Show additional plans” and choose the high-performance mode.
- 4. End useless tasks and change startup settings
There could be useless tasks and apps running in the background. I highly recommend you end these tasks. If you wish to end these background tasks, open task manager by pressing Ctrl, shift and ESC at the same time. Once the Task Manager opens, open the process tab and end any process that you aren’t using. However, make sure you don’t end any system tasks. Only end tasks such as Skype or any other program that you aren’t using at the minute. You should also disable startup tasks. To do that, switch to the “Start-up” tab. This lists every program that automatically opens once you start your machine. Turn off all of these programs unless you want a program to automatically open when you start your machine. In order to disable the start-up process, just click the program then press “disable”. Do note that you can still manually open these programs, this just stops them from automatically being opened on startup. Disabling startup programs should help your computer startup faster.
- 5. Buy an SSD and extra ram
Although SSD’s are sort of expensive, they will make a big difference. There are two main types of storage in computers: SSD and HDD. Most computers come with an HDD, especially older ones. However, SSDs are much faster and more effective. I recently switch to an SSD from an HDD and let me tell you, the performance boost and start-up speed buff was amazing. If you can, always choose SSD. You can also have both if you wish. You should also look into adding additional ram if that interests you.
With these tips, you should have a faster PC in no time.