Whether you’re a photographer, a videographer, or a business professional; conducting business comes with a lot of processing power and you need a system that is powerful enough to handle that data for your projects. A way to organize those files is to defrag them as we’ll get to that in a second. However, over the years since Microsoft Windows created the transformation for the Windows platform; it has been a roller coaster as far as the GUI (Graphics Interface). Today, just about every school, office, or home has a PC with the Microsoft Windows software on it. As of now, we’re only focused on the latest installation to the Windows series – Windows 10. Here are a few tips and tricks you can do to ensure that Windows 10 can provide a consistent workflow experience and to maintain the speed of its hardware.
1. Disk Defragment and Optimize Drives
With time, your files may get ‘fragmented’ as the hard drive that has to store data and sometimes things can become unorganized. Imagine your hard drive being a warehouse to store all of your files. Well, it has to house all of those files in order to ensure when the user clicks on a file, that file is not corrupt and opens with ease. Disk Defragment allows the data [files] on your hard drive to be defragmented or reorganized. It also optimizes any bad sectors on your hard drive causing applications [programs] to crash [hence why you were probably receiving errors or not responding messages].
1. Right-click the Start Menu and left-click on Search.
2. In the search box below, type Defrag.
3. Left-click on Disk Defragment and Optimize Drives.
The results from your Windows drive should read 0% when completed.
2. Install a SSD
There’s no comparison when it comes to solid state drives (SSD) over the standard Western Digital hard drives the computer manufacturers preinstall into your PC. If you wish to upgrade to an SSD for performance, this would be a great upgrade and would provide a better workflow for your machine. As I mentioned above about a drive storing your information in a warehouse, a single SSD will not only boost the performance of your PC but will increase productivity in that drive while you’re using it.
However, if you’re going to transfer all of your files, including Windows, from an old hard drive to a solid-state drive; you’re going to need a SATA [Serial ATA or Serial AT Attachment] cable to transfer all of that data, safely. I would only use a flash drive if you’re using it to transfer data without a Windows software installation (ex. Music, videos, documents, etc). If this is going to be your main drive (without partition), I’d recommend upgrading to a solid-state drive as soon as possible to run the latest video games, video or audio editing, or simple work tasks such as blogging.
Here are a few recommendations as for which SSD to buy.
As for internal SSDs, you may need to Google or check your computer’s manual to see which SSD is compatible with your system.
3. Free Up Space
A slow machine can mean that its time to clean out the clutter on your system. To clear any unnecessary files from your PC on Windows 10, right-click the Start menu, then click Settings. Next, go to the Storage tab on the left-hand side and then under Storage Sense, click on Free Up Space Now. The next screen should look like this:
Once you have selected every check box, go ahead and delete those files.
4. Need More RAM
Realistically, this only applies to serious enthusiasts who use their system for video and audio editing as well as video gaming. The reason why is because the motherboard takes a lot of memory and processing power to run video game applications on a PC.
So any application that’s running which requires RAM for video rendering or playback will need more RAM as space. Just make sure to learn about your system to prevent from maxing out your memory capacity (not to be confused with cache memory).
5. CTRL + ALT + DEL = Task Manager - Limit Startup Processes
At the system startup, the tasks running in the background can hinder your computer’s processor since everything is loading all at once. To eliminate this, press CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard and choose Task Manager and then Yes (if prompted). Now if your Task Manager looks compact, select the More Details option with the arrow facing downward and that should open the entire Task Manager application. Select the Startup tab and choose all of the programs that you wish to startup when you begin Windows 10. This also helps if you have a standard Western Digital HDD in your PC as the HDD as to rotate (RPM) a disk to sort through information. You probably wouldn’t want to have a bunch of programs running when launching Windows 10.
6. Fewer Desktop Animations
If you can handle lower graphics on the desktop, then fewer desktop animations would more than likely help boost your PC performance. Go to the Control Panel by right-clicking the Start menu and click Run. Once the run prompt is up, type in Control Panel and then hit Enter on your keyboard. Now, you can left-click the System and Security option and then System. Now left-click Advanced System Settings. In the Advanced tab, left-click the Settings button in the Performance option. Now you can choose what’s best for you and your computer. I keep it on Adjust for Best Performance, but keep the screen font visible or else it looks messy. I hope that this helps out!
7. Malware Removal & Security
Another cause for a slow computer is the amount of malware on your hard drive. Malware is a virus that can be penetrated to your computer via email, a website with a simple click and downloaded file. A bad or corrupt file can lead to bad hard drive sectors which aren’t good for the hardware side of things. For malware removal tools and security; visit Download.com.
So the next time that your computer is acting slow or lagging is because of one of these things listed above. I hope that these tips help with your personal or office computing experience. If you have any other tips that you would like to add, be sure to comment below.