It is very annoying and frustrating when you try to get any work done on your computer that keeps getting slow every time. It is high time you stop living with a slow computer whether it is taking forever to boot up or keeps freezing. There are few techniques that you can try yourself instead of paying a technician or calling your tech support relative to help fix your computer.
Below, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot your slow PC using different easy techniques.
Using Task Manager:
You can think of Task Manager as a window which shows you your PC’s health. Itr can show you informative statistics about your computer’s performance. It enables you to monitor the applications, processes, and services that are currently running on your PC and can also give you insight about how much memory something is taking up and even how much network data a program has used. You can also use Task Manager to start and stop programs processes.
To open Task Manager you can use any of the following methods:
- Press Ctrl-Shift-Esc.
- Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and then click Task Manager.
- Right-click an empty area of the Taskbar, and then click Task Manager.
End a task or process
You won’t get a lot of information beyond which apps are currently running in Task Manager’s default view. To see more, after opening the app, click on More Details in the bottom left corner.
Task Manager showing CPU usage for different processes; Image Source: flipboard.com
You need to look for processes that stay at the top of the list with high memory or CPU use. If you find any process that is running with high CPU without your consent, for which you may feel your PC is acting slowly, click on it and then press End Task.
Disable too many startup apps
Sometimes you may see that your PC is taking forever to boot up. The reason behind this may be is that you probably have far too many apps trying to run at startup. There is always a chance to change this. You can always edit the list of apps and services that begin running when you log in to your computer.
Disable startup apps from Task manager; Image Source: windowsreport.com
All you need to do is go to Task Manager and click on the Startup tab. Go through the list and remove those that you don’t need to have loaded the moment your PC turns on, by clicking Disable.
Reducing browser windows
Your web browser could be the culprit for slowing down your PC speed beacause there may be times when you’ve lost count of the number of windows and tabs you have opened. Each window and tab takes up memory and processing power. So it is better to close the unnecessary windows and become more aware of how many tabs or windows you have open at a given time.
Breakdown of Chrome extensions and tabs in Task Manager
You can see the extensions and tabs that you have opened in the Task Manager by clicking on the arrow next to your browser’s name and see which tab is using most of the CPU. If you use Chrome, it has a built-in task manager of its own. You can get to it by pressing Shift+Esc while using Chrome.
Using Task Scheduler:
If you want to allow predefined actions to be automatically executed whenever a certain set of conditions is met, Task Scheduler is the tool you should be looking for.
To open Task Scheduler:
- Press Win + X
- Select Computer Management
- In the Computer Management window, select Task Scheduler
- In the Search box, type task scheduler and in the returned results, select Task Scheduler.
Scheduling antivirus scans
If you have antivirus in your system, there is a high chance that it is slowing down your system while it’s actively scanning your computer for malware and viruses.
Scheduling antivirus scan using Task Scheduler; Image Source: howtogeek.com
What you can do is, instead of letting your antivirus program scan whenever it sees fit, schedule it to run at times when you’re not likely to be using your PC, such as overnight.
Some Other Solutions
There are also some troubleshoot methods to speed up your PC temporarily. Those are mentioned below:
- Close running apps when you’re done, and make sure they’re not running in the notification tray, which is next to the volume and Wi-Fi indicators.
- Microsoft admits that OneDrive syncing can slow down your PC. You may want to Pause OneDrive syncing.
- If your hard drive or SSD is running out of space or is getting old, try to clear some space by deleting unused items.
- Turn off your computer. Instead of restarting it, completely power it off. This gives your computer a chance to clear out memory and start fresh the next time it’s turned on.
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