Speed up your computer

  1. In short; the most efficient way to speed up you PC is to clone the mechanical hard drive (hdd) to a solid state drive (ssd). The SSD is 10 – 20 times faster that mechanical. Tropical Computers prefer the Samsung EVO brand. Kingston and Intel are less pricy. However the reliability is not as solid as the Samsung.
  2. Clean out your PC from dust and other rubbish. Mainly the Cairns and computers in non-air-condition environment residents have to take this seriously. Often it’s nothing wrong with the computer. Please look at my Youtube clip on how to clean out your PC.
  3. Find Resource-Hungry Programs! Your PC is running slow because something is using up those resources. If it’s suddenly running slower, a runaway process might be using 99% of your CPU resources, for example. Or, an application might be experiencing a memory leak and using a large amount of memory, causing your PC to swap to disk. Alternately, an application might be using the disk a lot, causing other applications to slow down when they need to load data from or save it to the disk.
  4. Disable Startup Programs! Better yet, prevent those applications from launching at startup to save memory and CPU cycles, as well as speed up the login process. On Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, there’s now a startup manager in the Task Manager you can use to manage your startup programs. Right-click the taskbar and select “Task Manager” or press Ctrl+Shift+Escape to launch it. Click over to the Startup tab and disable startup applications you don’t need. Windows will helpfully tell you which applications slow down your startup process the most.
  5. Reduce Animations Windows uses quite a few animations, and those animations can make your PC seem a bit slower. For example, Windows can minimize and maximize windows instantly if you disable the associated animations. To disable animations, press Windows Key + X or right-click the Start button and select “System.” Click “Advanced System Settings” on the left and click the “Settings” button under Performance. Choose “Adjust for best performance” under Visual Effects to disable all the animations, or select “Custom” and disable the individual animations you don’t want to see. For example, uncheck “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” to disable the minimize and maximize animations.
  6. Free Up Disk Space! If your hard drive is almost completely full, your computer may run noticeably slower. You want to leave your computer some room to work on your hard drive. Follow our guide to freeing up space on your Windows PC to free up room. You don’t need any third-party software — just running the Disk Cleanup tool included in Windows can help quite a bit.