How To Speed Up Your PC

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How To Speed Up Your PC

How To Speed Up Your PC

Does your PC struggle to keep up with the demands you place upon it? Do you think that it might be time to bite the
bullet and buy a new one? If your PC is under ten years old, there’s a good chance you can extend its life without having to incur the cost of a total replacement. In this guide, we’ll show you all the tips and tricks you need to speed up your PC – and many of the techniques we reveal won’t cost you a penny.
There’s the inevitable clean-up of course – most speed problems can be traced to increasing the load on your computer over time, so we’ll start by stripping things back.

Then we’ll help you examine the time it takes your PC to start up – not only will our tips and tricks eliminate boot-time bottlenecks, but you’ll also free up more system resources and give your PC a new lease of life.
We’ll then look into some clever system tweaks that can free up your machine even further, helping to improve its responsiveness and performance when heavier demands are placed on it.
And we’ll finish by revealing which hardware components you might want to swap out for faster, newer ones to
give it a real lift. Follow our guide to its end, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought about replacing your
PC as it frees itself from its shackles and really starts to fly.

Perform a quick clean-up

Step one to speeding up your PC means giving it a clearout – if you’ve followed our previous features on the subject,
you might be tempted to skip this step, but you’ll be surprised by how quickly detritus can accumulate, so these tips are worth following even if your last spring clean wasn’t long ago.
First, we need to make sure there’s a sufficient free space on your system drive – aim to leave at least 5GB (and
preferably much more) spare. Open File Explorer, right-click your drive and choose Properties. Click the Disk
Clean-up button, wait for the scan and then click ‘Clean up system files’ to find more files to clear out. You may need to scroll through the list and tick further items to clean up; be sure to select them first to read more about them since some – such as ESD files – are best left in place if possible.
If you want to push things further – or you’re still lacking free space – follow the ‘Clear out using CCleaner’ boxout on the facing page. You can download and install CCleaner from www.piriform.com

Clear out unused apps It doesn’t matter how diligent you are, at some point you’ll start to accumulate redundant programs on your PC, each one demanding its own share of space and system resources. You can manage these from the Programs and Features Control Panel (Windows 7 or 8.1), Settings > ‘Search and apps’ > App sizes’ (Windows 8.1 – Store apps only) and Settings > Apps (Windows 10 – both desktop and Windows Store apps).

That’s all well and good, but programs leave bits of themselves behind – leftover files and Registry
entries. If you don’t plan to reinstall the app again, these can be safely deleted with the help of a third-party program, such as Revo Uninstaller Portable (www.revouninstaller.com – click Downloads followed by ‘Free Portable’). Note Revo Uninstaller only works with desktop programs. You can clear out both desktop programs and Windows Store
apps (including those pre-installed with Windows) using IObit Uninstaller 6 Free (www.iobit.com/en/advanceduninstaller.php) instead. Make sure that you skip the pop-up offer when you come to download it, and we also recommend installing Unchecky (www.unchecky.com) first – this will ensure you don’t inadvertently agree to installing the complete IObit Advanced SystemCare suite, as well as helping to keep other unwanted software off your system.
Both CCleaner and IOBit Uninstaller 6 Free work in the same way: take a System Restore point if offered, then let
the program’s own uninstaller do its job.
Don’t reboot if prompted; instead, run the scan to view and delete both leftover files and Registry entries. For
more details, see the ‘Registry cleaning’ boxout on the facing page.While you’re going through your installed apps – particularly on low-powered machines – consider ditching resource-hungry programs for their lightweight equivalents. Microsoft Office too much for your tablet or low-end laptop? Remove it and then install WPS Office 2016 (www.kingsoftstore.com) or LibreOffice (www.libreoffice.org) instead. Also try switching to portable apps, where possible, to prevent clutter from accumulating on your PC’s main storage drive – save these to a separate
partition or drive instead and they’ll also survive Windows reinstallation with all your settings intact too.

Finish your clean-up
Most of our lives are spent on the internet, so if your web browser is starting to creak at the seams, consider
taking steps to give it a clean-up and refresh. First, perform an audit of all the browser add-ons you’ve installed – the procedure for reviewing what’s installed varies from browser to browser: Chrome users should type ‘chrome://extensions/’ into the Address Bar, for example, while Firefox users can use ‘about:addons’.
Disable or remove any add-ons or extensions that you no longer need – if you have a lot of items and multiple
browsers to process, then you’ll find that both CCleaner (Tools > Browser Plugins)
and IObit Uninstaller (Toolbars & Plugins) make it easy to manage everything from one convenient spot.
Another area to focus cleaning on are fonts. If you have a lot of fonts installed on a low-memory PC, they will have a knock-on effect on performance.
Manage them using AMP Font Viewer (www.ampsoft.net/utilities/FontViewer.php), which makes it possible to
uninstall those you don’t use regularly, loading individual or groups of fonts back into memory for temporary use
when the need arises.There’s one major area we’ve yet to look at and that’s the start-up process.
Turn the page for a complete guide to both monitoring the boot process and optimising it to speed up how quickly
your PC starts up. We’ll also explain how to optimise system resources further.

Registry cleaning

Third-party clean-up tools – including CCleaner – include Registry cleaning tools, with the promise of streamlining
and speeding up Windows. These tools scan areas of the Registry for supposedly redundant Registry entries,
offering to delete them with one click. Hundreds or even thousands of entries get removed at a time, but even if
your cleaning tool doesn’t accidentally delete an important Registry entry (and it will sooner or later), Registry
cleaning offers no benefit to performance whatsoever.
You can potentially improve performance – but not by much – by defragging the Registry files (known as ‘hives’)
using a dedicated tool, such as Registry Defrag Free (www.registry-clean.net/free-registry-defrag.htm). It’ll
analyse the Registry and tell you if significant ‘bloating’ has taken place; if it has (more than
10%), you can take a Restore Point then let the program compress and defrag the files.
If you’re running Windows on an SSD, however, there’s little benefit in defragging the files. In most cases, you’ll also find that Windows has done a reasonable job of keeping the hives in good order, making the process redundant.

Will Be Continued…..


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