How to Speed up a Slow Computer with Windows Utilities

Many people are unaware that Windows offers built-in utilities to speed up your PC. Making a regular schedule where you keep a checklist of cleanup tasks to perform can boost the speed of processing and take the load off your system, as a result you will see that the Windows runs smoothly. Here is the breakdown of what you can do within the already available resources:

  1. Keep the Registry clean

Clutter is never good, neither for your desk and nor for your computer. There is no doubt that a PC has enormous processing ability and spacious memory but it is after all a storage device. The more stuffed the storage space gets, the longer it takes to access the data. As mentioned in How a Computer loses speed, the registry of Windows is like the brain of the operating system, when too many thoughts aka files and links jumble in the registry folder, it translates to a major loss in processing speed.

That said, the question that arises is, how to prevent this from happening. The best way to boost the registryпїЅs performance is to use registry cleaners, the method is safe, speedy and reliable. On the other hand, you can also use manual commands, these will be discussed in detail in the article Manual Tweaks for the Registry. Any registry editing done by the user himself should be executed with the utmost care, although we will cover the ways to do it in order to give the readers a full perspective, we strongly recommend not trying it. Efficient versions of registry cleaners are available that come with many added features, some examples are PCHealthBoost, JvPowerTools, Registry Reviver etc. Use of these programs will make your PC maintenance practices smoother and quicker. Read a full review of the free and professional versions of registry cleaner software in the article Free vs Pro Versions of Registry Cleaners.

2.Cleanup the Disk

One should also remember to cleanup the disk drives by using the Disk Cleanup utility of Windows, at least once a month. This will get rid of hibernation files, internet cookies and recycle bin junk. The accessory is available from either right-clicking on the drive icon and opening drive Properties (as shown below) or from Start menu–>Programs–>Accessories–>System Tools–>Disk Cleanup. Screen image of Disk Cleanup utility is shown below.

Speed up a slow computer with Windows Utilities

3.Disk Defragmenter

If your hard drive has limited storage space, you can benefit from the disk defragment option of Windows. A defragmented disk will have data stored contiguously and will therefore increase your systemпїЅs speed. In advanced versions of Windows, the drives are automatically defragmented and usually there is no need to use this option manually, but for older computers, defragging can come in very handy. The utility can be accessed from the System Tools in Start menu or from the drive properties, under the Tools tab (as shown below). As seen in the following figure, the partitions are barely fragmented when there is ample drive space and a configured schedule for disk defragmenting.

Speed up a slow computer with Windows Utilities

Speed up a slow computer with Windows Utilities

4.Uninstall Programs

Software is so readily available these days that it seems almost sinful not have access to most of it. Getting too enthusiastic about installing different types of programs that basically do the same function or keeping programs that you might need to use just once can become cumbersome for your machine. Uninstall the unnecessary programs from the Control Panel. Under the Programs section of the Control Panel, click on the Uninstall a Program link. From here you can remove the software that you are not using anymore. It is advisable to have just one media player,photo editor and download accelerator unless you are a professional who reviews software. Moreover, remove add-ons and toolbars, they are only hindering your systemпїЅs performance.

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5.Remove Startup Program

We have mentioned this repeatedly, when the startup of Windows is stuffed and jerky, it plagues the look and feel of the entire PC. The only programs that are absolutely necessary and need to run at all times are, Windows Update utility and your antivirus software. All other downloaders, media players and messengers can be launched as required. You can stop these programs from running in startup, either individually from each programпїЅs settings or use Windows msconfig utility to edit the startup items. Type in пїЅmsconfigпїЅ in the Run command (Ctrl+R) of Start menu. Open the Startup tab and select the items you want to disable. You can also edit items from the services tab, but please remember not to mess with the Microsoft services, this might affect the Windows if done without proper knowledge.

Speed up a slow computer with Windows Utilities

6.Check for Disk Errors and Missing Files

Check for disk errors, although this tip will not directly enhance the systemпїЅs performance but it will keep you informed of any bad sectors or errors on drives. The option is easily accessible from the Tools tab of the drive properties. The disk check has to be scheduled for a later time for drive C: as it cannot be performed while the Windows is in use.

Moreover if you are facing error messages as described in the article, How a computer loses speed, a useful option would be to check for missing or corrupt Windows files. sfc/scannow is a little known but handy command to check for any corrupt files in the Windows installation. The command is directly entered in Command prompt with administrative privileges.

Speed up a slow computer with Windows Utilities

This was a recap of the Windows utilities that can be used to speed-up the computer, in the next article, Tips and Tweaks to Speed up SystemпїЅs Performance, we will cover some general tweaks and tips such as turning on/off some features to enhance performance.