When you get a new laptop or PC with Windows, it is always fast to start up and respond quickly. However with time as you install apps, games and the hard drive is filled up with documents, music, photos and movies it slows down and might take ages to start up. Even though there are a lot of things that can make your Windows sluggish, it should be able to restore most of its old glory without spending much.

Regardless of your computer’s hardware, if Windows seems sluggish, you can restore good performance using these simple tips.

Reduce the Load

Windows is quite a pretty operating system, with various bells and whistles throughout. While these visual effects offer up oodles of style they can also be a burden on older machines. However they are quite easy to turn off.

You just need to go into advanced system settings and in the section marked Performance and opt out of the various visual effects you don’t want. Or simply select the Adjust for best performance option at the top. Always remember to save your changes on exit.

Regular Updates

Out of date drivers, programs and the OS by themselves can cause the computer to run slowly. In the case of Windows updates being set to automatic, only essential ones are automated and there may be useful optional ones available. So it’s always better to manually check for updates in the Windows Update option in the Control Panel.

Faulty drivers can cause Windows to move slowly or even stop it from shutting down. Hardware drivers are often updated to patch bugs and boost performance, so it is always a good idea to check that you have the latest version. Updating them is a chore where you have to identify the hardware, the driver versions, and so on.

It’s easier to use a free tool such as Slim Drivers or Driver Booster who do all the work for you. They identify the current drivers, check if there are updates, and then download and install them for you.

Virus Scans

It’s advisable to run system scans periodically to ensure that there are no erroneous bits of software causing harm to your machine or slowing it down. If you rely on the inbuilt Windows Defender for your security needs then you’ll have options to run a Full, Quick or Custom scan. Make sure to run this when you don’t need your PC as it will take a while to complete. If possible opt to run the Full version. If Windows comes across anything untoward it will inform you and suggest ways to take care of the issue.

If using another antivirus package such as Avast, AVG, Kaspersky or like, you’ll have to launch the program and perform a system scan in a similar manner.

Degfragging the Hard Disk

Modern Windows versions automatically defragment the disk, but the inbuilt utility is very basic and there are far better third party tools that can do the job even better.

Keep in mind that you should use one of these only on traditional mechanical hard drives. It’s recommended not to use such utilities on SSD’s, and if you have both, use a defragger only on the hard disk.

Carried out regularly these steps can solve and prevent a lot of problems along with speeding up your Windows System.

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