We all do experience those times when we feel frustrated as our PC begins to slow down like an aging grandmother. We feel like getting things done on the computer really fast especially when we are constrained by deadlines only to be disappointed by the computer’s seemingly non-cooperation.
Those are the times when we feel betrayed by our PC. The slowdown seems like the machine is conspiring against our efforts at getting things done. Sometimes when our PC begins to slow down we begin to loose time and money which happens to be the big problem.
Only a few people are observant enough to actually know when PC slowdown has begun. For this reason, the cause of slowdown may never be known and most likely to reoccur in time even the PC is replaced with a brand new one.
Very many people fail to understand that just as eating one bad (wrong) meal can ruin the stomach, one bad software installed can cause our PC to slow down in a way that it literarily grinds to a halt.
The kinds of programs that usually do this are those that are poorly written that ends up using computer memory and resources in a way that do not follow the laid down rules.
Reverse engineering is a software alteration technique aimed at bypassing the security and copyright (protection) feature usually found in commercial software. The software thus modified can have malicious code embedded with the intent of subverting the standard operation and routine of the host computer.
For an end-user to being to experience a slowdown in the performance of user PC, it thus means that once upon a time, the PC was performing optimally. This is probable the first few months after unboxing the PC.
The following considerations can help the PC end-user to keep the computer working optimally once it is noticed that the machine is beginning to slow down.
Fancy Graphic User Interface (GUI) animations tend to use a lot of computer resources. If performance becomes really paramount, these should be turned off since they usually do not provide critical functionality to the end-user.
The hard disk (Not SSD – Solid State Disk) is usually a mechanical device that requires time to “seek and find” files stored in it. There is a difference between the time it takes for Windows to find a file or resource stored in a virtually empty disk and one Terabyte(1TB) disk that is 98% full.
For optimal performance of your hard disk endeavor to maintain a maximum of 50% full HDD and use external or cloud storage as a backup for storing large files like audio and video files. Also, remember to empty the recycle bin. It is the default location for deleted files on Widows machines.
Do house cleaning on your HDD at least once a year. January is a good month of the year to do this chore for many people.
The problem with unused programs is not usually the space they occupy but the background services they run which has no benefit to the end-user or the operating system. Uninstall them to lighten the load on Windows.
Identifying and removing programs that you don’t need at startup will further improve PC performance
I am not a fan of this operation but Microsoft recommends it. Fragmentation happens when through time there is storing and removal of store resources on the hard disk which can affect the response time to seek data by Windows.
Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data by closing “gaps” created by fragmentation thereby improving performance. I would usually do this once in a year at a time when my computer is idle because defragmentation takes time to complete especially for modern high capacity hard disks
This shows how the programs you run affect your computer performance. The monitor measures the percentage of processor resources used over time. Lower values translate to less work for the processor or fewer programs being executed, and consequently better performance
Target: start button then type in perfmon.exe in the search box (or Win + R then type in perfmon.exe in the search box).
My web browser is probably the most tasked software on my machine. I usually open up to 20 tabs sometimes. Then more tabs mean more demand the computer resource. Added to this are the many add-ons while I also keep a lot of browser add-ons as a web developer.
Avoid opening up to 20 tabs on Mozilla Firefox as that much tabs on Firefox can cause your system to hang not to mention Internet Explorer. I find Google Chrome more stable with many tabs
For best performance, keeps open tabs to less than 10 across all browsers
Target: Settings -> Extensions
Windows machines continue to need the services of anti-virus software as malwares can significantly cripple Windows single-handedly. Get a well-rated product for your machine.
This is perhaps one of the most neglected tips for getting your computer to work optimally. I use a computer that I cause to run a dozen programs at the same time and in order to keep tabs with the myriad of activities on the machine, I tend to avoid closing important stuff I would like to return to sooner or later.
Restarting the machine whenever it seems not to be living up to expectation can do a lot of good. This should be done at least once in 7 days especially if the computer is used regularly. A lot of programs run services and processes that fail to terminate whenever owner programs have long been closed. Restarting the computer refreshing the system by closing all programs and freeing the computer memory.
When all hope of rejuvenating a slowing down PC has been lost, it just may be time to start slowing down the rate of lost time.
While Windows may leave your personal files intact after the factory reset, it is important that a failure in this task may mean that you may never get important files back.
At this point, a factory reset for the slowing down PC just might provide the needed solution required to restore a slowing down PC back to health. Every manufacturer seems to have its own custom method. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for doing a factory reset or get help from a professional.
Warning: Factory reset might erase all the files on your disk. It is important to take necessary precautions before embarking on factory reset