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Not every computer problem requires professional attention. For example, if your computer slows down, it might just need a quick breather. Here’s what to do… You can do this with your desktop, laptop or tablet.
Want some other simple fixes a slow computer?
If you’re using Windows 10, here are ten additional things you can try to get your computer up to speed…
Microsoft suggests that you perform these tips in the order provided below. If the first tip doesn’t work, try the next one, and so on. (For details, visit this page.)
1. Check for the latest updates for Windows and device drivers.
Be sure that you’re running the latest version of Windows 10. When you do, your PC will also search for the latest device drivers, which can also help speed up your PC.
2. Restart your computer with only the applications you need.
Running a lot of applications can slow your computer down. Restart your computer and close all the apps you don’t need. You can also try running the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter for information.
If you’re using applications that were made for earlier versions of Windows, these can also slow down your computer. Make sure you’re using the latest version of the application by going to the software company’s website.
3. Check your memory and memory usage.
If your RAM (Random Access Memory) is lacking, you may want to add more. Check the kind of RAM you’re using by go to the Task Manager and read the memory information. You can also go to the PC manufacturer’s website for information.
4. Free up some disk space.
This can help to improve your computer’s speed.
5. Restore your PC.
If you’ve made changes to your computer, this could cause speed and performance issues. Maybe you installed new applications, updates or drivers? If you restore everything from the original restore point, this may help. Don’t worry; this won’t affect your files. It could, however, remove the applications, updates and drivers you installed after the original restore point was created.
6. Disable unnecessary programs that run automatically on startup.
Some programs start automatically and run in the background when you turn on your PC. Disabling these may help to speed it up. Find the programs that start automatically by looking at the program icons in the notification area on the far right of the taskbar. Be sure to “Show hidden icons” so you don’t miss any.
7. Check for viruses and malware, and remove them.
Viruses and malicious software may slow down your computer. Always prevent this by running antimalware and antivirus software and keeping it updated. Even if you take precautions, your PC can still become infected.
Try scanning your computer with Windows Security. It’s included in the Windows 10 operating system. If you use other antivirus or anti-malware, check the software company’s documentation to find out how to locate viruses or malware and remove them.
Also, only to run one antivirus/antimalware program at a time. If more than one is running this can cause computer performance issues.
8. Look for corrupted Windows systems.
Use the DISM tool (Deployment Image Service and Management) to scan for any corrupt files in Windows 10. You must be connected to the Internet to do this. DISM will try to replace any it finds. If it can’t, the SFC (System File Checker) can check and replace the files through Windows Updates.)
9. Try adjusting the appearance of Windows.
Sometimes the nice visual effects that you use can slow down your computer, especially if you have a limited amount of RAM. Go to the search box and type Performance >Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows > Apply. Then restart your computer to see if this helps.
10. Turn off OneDrive sync.
If you sync the files on your PC to OneDrive, this can sometimes slow things down. If turning off the syncing helps, go to Fix OneDrive sync problems learn what to do to turn syncing back on.
Need more help? Be sure to contact the team at Colorado Computer Support.
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