Having a PC or laptop is common, nowadays. Everyone likes to stay connected to the world both outside and inside his or her cities, countries and regions. However, sometimes our devices get too slow and it gets just, oh so, frustrating. Sometimes it is because you do not have a good enough connection (check Mediacom Home) but other times it is because of your own beloved PC.
Having problems with your PC windows 10? No need to sweat on it, here are a few suggestions to boost it and get the best you can from it!
Updates and Device Drivers
Make it a motto to have all the latest updates on windows as well as those device drivers. It is one of the best ways to make sure you get as much out of your Windows 10 PC. While you are checking for updates, your PC would also search up the latest device drivers that can help you improve its performance. In order to check for updates, follow the given steps;
- Click on; Start à Settings à Update & Security àWindows Update à Check for Updates
- Check the update status and it’d either be “You are up to date” or “Updates are available”. If you are up to date no need to do anything and just move to the next tip – however, if updates are available … select Install Now.
- Choose all the update that you wish to install and then do that too. Do what? Install!
- Restart your PC and observe its speed. If it’s better – congrats … if not just continue to the next tip.
Restart your PC and run only those apps that you need
You know how when mobile’s being slow or is losing a lot of battery – it is mostly because it has too many background applications on the go? Similar is the case with your PC if you don’t need an app for hours no need to keep it running. Close it. Restart your PC!
How to restart your PC?
Click on; Start à Power à Restart
To run the Troubleshooter
- Type troubleshoot in the search bar and then select it too.
- Choose Program Compatibility Troubleshooter from its list of troubleshooters and then click on run.
- Choose the program you are having issues with and then click Next so as to start the troubleshooter.
Still having an issue? See if the next tip works for you!
Memory and Memory Usage
When it comes down to memory – the first thing you need to do is check how much RAM memory you actually have and compare it to the amount that is being used to have a better understanding as to how much is left. You can easily find it out via the Task Manager.
To check memory and memory usage
- Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete and a menu would pop out for you. Choose Task Manager.
- Once open; click More details à Performance à Memory
See how much RAM you have in total and observe the graph to understand its usage. Once you know how much of it is used on regular basis, you can consider adding more RAM to your system esp. if it only has 1 – 2 GB of RAM. You can also view the type of RAM your PC model uses by visiting the manufacturer’s website.
Low Disk Space? Make some room!
Another way to improve your PC’s performance is to free up some disk space. You can check if you have a low disk space by following the steps given below;
- Select; Start à Settings à System and then choose Storage
- Your drives would be listed under storage. Observe the amount of free space as well as the total size of your drive.
While freeing up space make sure that you have selected both, temporary files as well as the recycle bin to get rid of from your system. Once done restart your computer and see if the performance issue has been resolved. If it is still slow – try uninstalling a few apps that aren’t in your usage. You can uninstall the apps by following the directions below;
- Choose Settings from the Start button’s menu. Go into Apps and then Apps & features
- Search up those apps that are obsolete for you, kill them, soldier! But first, sort out the ones using the most space
- Once you are sure about which ones you want to remove then all you need to do is choose it from the list and select Uninstall
Restart your system to see if the issue has been resolved – if it persists then try moving your files to a new drive. Photos, music and other such files also consume a lot of that free space you have on your computer. Consider saving them to a removable media form like a USB or you could save them on something like a Google Drive.