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4 Practical Ways to Boost Your Windows PC Performance

January 23, 2024

Struggling with a slow Windows PC can be frustrating, especially when you need to get things done efficiently. The good news is, there are several simple yet effective steps you can take to enhance the performance of your Windows operating system.

1. Disable Startup Programs

  • What to Do: Access the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Navigate to the ‘Startup’ tab (you may have to click More Details at the bottom left). Here, you can disable programs that automatically launch when your PC starts.
  • Why It Helps: It’s safe to disable most programs in startup and it can provide a significant boost in startup time and performance. Don’t worry, it doesn’t disable the program. In the worst case scenario you just need to launch the application that didn’t start with Windows.

2. Uninstall Programs You No Longer Use

  • What to Do: Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type “add”. Add or Remove Programs should be the first option so just press enter. You can click on a program and choose Uninstall. Remove any applications that you no longer use one at a time.
  • Why It Helps: This step is more about preventing unnecessary programs from running in the background and using your system’s resources, rather than just freeing up disk space.

3. Keep Windows Updated

  • What to Do: Regularly check for and install Windows updates and/or turn on automimic updates. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type “update”. Check for Updates should be the first option so just press enter. You can Check for Updates manually or turn on “Get the latest updates…”.
  • Why It Helps: Updates often include performance improvements, bug fixes, and security enhancements that can keep your system running smoothly.

4. Check Your Hardware

  • What to Do: Access the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard. Look for the Performance tab (you may have to click More Details at the bottom left). Check the CPU, Memory, and Disk (C:).
    • CPU: Having 4 Cores with 8 Logical Processors is good but we recommend 6 and 12.
    • Memory: You should have a total of at least 16GB of Memory here. Also, the utilization shouldn’t be too close to 100% under a normal workload.
    • Disk (C:): The Type should be SSD and we recommend a capacity of at least 450GB. This should indicate you have a 500GB SSD or larger getting you higher speed than with having smaller drives. You read more about that here.
  • Why It Helps: Having an SSD is the single biggest performance boost. Having less than 4 Cores might explain why your computer seems slow. If your computer is sluggish after opening multiple programs or browser tabs, you may need to more memory. Ensuring that your hardware meets these minimum recommendations is crucial for optimal performance.

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In Conclusion: Following these steps should lead to a noticeable improvement in your PC’s performance. If your computer still feels sluggish, it might be time to consider upgrading your hardware or getting a new system. At TOPGUN PCs we want to see you and your computer at peak performance. So if you have a need… a need for speed, just email our experts at TALON@TOPGUNPCs.com and we’ll help you out every step of the way.