How to Clean and Optimize Your Windows PC/Laptop
There are times when you might feel that your PC is running slow, web pages are taking too long to load and folder are opening after some time. All of these are signs that your PC is struggling with something that is not usual to happen. These things can happen to any new PC as well if it has been used for few months as well. Do not blame your PC for this kind of stuff, there are chances it might have collected lots of junk items or files that’s why it is taking too much time to process your request. This is the time to optimize your PC.
Although there are many PC optimizers available on internet these days and most of them are paid software but you really don’t need to pay for those software, you can do PC optimization by yourself without paying anything. It’s very easy to clean your PC without any kind of technical knowledge. You just need to do few things mentioned below and your computer will be back to normal as it was, its matter of few clicks only.
Remove Unnecessary Programs: Go to Control Panel and them Programs and Features and this will pop up a list of currently installed software on your PC. Look at the list closely and remove any program that you are no longer using. This will also free up some disk space on your hard drive that you can use to store important files.
Disk Cleanup: Click on Start button then Accessories then System Tools and look for Disk Cleanup Utility. This little tool will help to delete junk items and temporary internet files from your PC, this will also free up some disk space for you.
Optimize Startup Items: If your PC is taking too much time to start consider reviewing startup items. Press Window+R to open run box, type MSCONFIG command and go to startup tab. Carefully check all startup items and disable unwanted application from being run at startup.
Hard Disk Optimization: Click on Start button then Accessories then System Tools and look for Disk Defragmenter Utility. This might take some time to complete to relocate files and optimize your disk drive.
Windows Update: Make sure Windows Updates are turned on and your computer is checking for new updates regularly. This will fix most of security issues on your computer as well as will keep your computer up to date. Your computer should be able to check for new updated at least once a week.
Antivirus Scan: Make sure you are using a reputed antivirus protection and it is also being updated with virus definitions regularly. Most of the good antivirus softwares today have built in PC Optimizer utility to optimize your computer time to time. You should run a full scan of your computer at least once a week.
Apart from the above things you can also increase virtual memory on your PC if your PC is low on RAM, this might also affect performance of your computer. You might also consider optimizing windows registries but remember incorrectly editing registry item might cause damages to operating system, if want to do so consider using a good PC optimizer or registry cleaner utility.