Things you can do to improve the performance of a slow computer

Aug 6, 2023 8:08:47 PM | Managed IT Services Things you can do to improve the performance of a slow computer

Here are some tips that you can take to improve the performance of a slow computer system.

If your computer is running slow, there are several things you can do to improve its performance. Here are some steps you can take to speed up a slow computer:

1. Close unnecessary programs: Make sure you don't have too many programs running simultaneously. Close any unused applications to free up system resources.

2. Check for malware: Run a full system scan with a reputable antivirus program to detect and remove any malware that might be slowing down your computer.

3. Free up disk space: Remove unnecessary files, applications, and temporary files to free up disk space. Use the built-in Disk Cleanup tool on Windows or third-party cleaning applications on other platforms. Your computer should operate at under 80% disk utilization for best performance. 

4. Disable startup programs: Many programs launch automatically during startup, which can slow down your computer's boot time. Disable unnecessary startup programs to speed up the boot process.

5. Update software and drivers: Make sure your operating system, drivers, and software are up to date. Updates often include performance improvements and bug fixes.

6. Upgrade hardware components: If your computer's hardware is outdated, upgrading components such as RAM, SSD/HDD, or even the CPU can significantly improve performance. Often changing a regular hard drive for a solid state drive can extend the life for a few more years. It is almost like getting a new computer.

7. Adjust visual effects: On Windows, you can improve performance by reducing or disabling some visual effects. Right-click on "This PC" (or "My Computer"), select "Properties," go to "Advanced system settings," and under the "Performance" section, click on "Settings" to adjust visual effects.

8. Optimize power settings: If you're using a laptop, changing your power settings to "High Performance" can enhance performance, but it may consume more battery power.

9. Clear browser cache: Web browsers can accumulate a lot of cached data over time, which can slow down browsing speed. Clear the cache regularly to improve performance.

10. Reinstall the operating system: If your computer is still sluggish after trying all the above steps, a fresh operating system installation can give it a clean start and potentially resolve performance issues.

Remember to back up your important data before attempting any major changes or installations on your computer. Additionally, these types of slow performance issues are things that Lexcom Systems Group handles on your behalf with a managed IT services agreement.

Written By: Emily Janz