Does your computer take 5 minutes to boot up? Or does opening a simple web browser taking way longer than it should? Perhaps your computer is in dire need of optimization. With frequent use, computers slow down. This is due to various factors and will be different from one machine to the next, however, this doesn’t mean there are no definite ways to improve your computer’s performance.
Get Rid of All the Useless Stuff
You probably have a couple of unused background tasks running in the background right now, add some utility software you’ve installed half a year ago, and also the bloatware that the manufacturers installed. All of these things combined can slow down your computer to abysmal levels. You know that feeling- three minutes into booting into your desktop yet your memory consumption will be high, and your CPU processes are bouncing between 90% to 100%.
If this happens, it doesn’t mean that your system is weak or you need to get a new one. It simply means that the software side of your computer needs some cleaning. Much like we clean and organize our room to function more efficiently and smoothly, our computers need that too. The best place to start is to uninstall all the unused programs you have. If you can, include the programs the manufacturers pre-installed, too. Uninstalling these programs will also remove their utilities so they won’t be clogging up your CPU. However, even if you’ve uninstalled all the useless programs, it’s still the best practice to look at your Task Manager and see what’s eating up your process. Sometimes our computers are running background tasks that we don’t need, and if you find that yours do, you can choose to terminate them. This will hopefully bring down that CPU usage to below 80%.
Like with all things computer-related, it’s good to check on the internet the name of a process you’re going to terminate. Especially if you’re not familiar with it. While this is still relatively safe, proceed at your own risk.
Repaste Your Heatsink
Okay, right off the bat: you’ll be opening your computer for this one. If you’re not comfortable with that, it’s best to check with a professional or a friend who can help you.
Computers slow down for a variety of reasons, and among those reasons is heat. Our computers have a thermal threshold, and once the CPU temperature hits that threshold, it automatically slows itself down to cool itself. This is the reason why CPU and GPU-intensive tasks like gaming or video editing slows down after some time.
How do you help your computer cool down? By adding new thermal paste on the processors. If you’re not familiar with it, thermal paste is the goo that’s applied on top of the CPU or GPU when connecting it with a heatsink. This fills in the microscopic gaps metal has and ensures that heat is transferred from the processors to the heat pipe. Over time, this thermal goo cakes and solidifies- especially on gaming desktops and laptops. If you’ve had your laptop or computer for more than a year or so and experience slowdown or heating issues, repasting your thermal paste is worth looking into.
Minor Hardware Upgrades
Hardware upgrades don’t always have to be expensive, but they are always welcome. There are two ways to immediately increase the performance of your computer: upgrade your RAM and if you’re using a hard disk drive, switch over to a solid-state drive. Let’s talk about them one by one.
RAM, or random access memory, fetches, and stores the data you’re currently working on. Unlike storage memory, RAM is deleted and rewritten constantly as your RAM usage will vary greatly depending on what you’re doing. More RAM means the ability to have more tasks open simultaneously. If your computer begins to slow down when you have multiple software or internet browser tabs open, then RAM is the most likely culprit. Look up your current RAM amount and then desktop or laptop model online to see if it can accept more RAM. Having more means you can work more efficiently, and that it won’t slow down when you have more than one tab open.
If you’re still using a hard drive, then you have to switch to a solid-state drive right now. Also known as SSDs, they’re faster than hard drives by a mile. An SSD can boot up to your desktop in a matter of seconds and open your files and other software much faster too. The difference lies in how they’re made: hard disks still use spinning disks inside while an SSD is much similar to a USB stick that uses microchips to store memory.
Meta title: Make Your Computer Work Faster in Three Ways
Meta Description: We use our computers every day, and overtime they slowdown. While the reason for it slowing down can vary from computer to computer, there are still ways to improve performance. Read on.